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post #1 of 6 Old 08-16-2008, 07:23 AM Thread Starter
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Devils Claw

Does anyone use Devils Claw as a joint supplement? I was wondering how well it worked and how well it works in comparison to conventional joint supplements.
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post #2 of 6 Old 08-18-2008, 11:44 AM
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I prefer to stick with glucosamine and chondroitin because they have been proven beneficial. Prolonged use of Devil's Claw can lead to ulcers so without studies to show it's beneficial and with that known risk, I stay away from it.

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post #3 of 6 Old 08-18-2008, 04:33 PM
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I would respectfully have to disagree with you Ryle on causing ulcers. That is unless you can present some scientific data relating to that. I'm always open for more information.

Devils claw is not recommended for humans or horse's that have gastric problems as it may increase stomach acids, but given to a healthy human or horse it's is well tolerated in the proper dosages.

Products like Lakota and others contain Devils Claw and there have been many success stories with these products.

I wouldn't rule it out 100%.

Ruling this out is like ruling out long term use of Bute in small doses. There are lots of horse that are kept pasture sound and live to a ripe old age on small doses of bute 2-3 times per week.

If you have a TB, which are very susceptible to ulcers or know you horse has digestive problems then consult your vet first.
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post #4 of 6 Old 08-22-2008, 12:50 PM Thread Starter
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ok well if it can increase stomach acid I should stay away from it because my horse is a tbx and a show horse who leads a fairly stressful life and has a history of ulcers.

I'm going to look into finish line joint supplements everything else I've used of theirs is great.
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post #5 of 6 Old 08-22-2008, 01:13 PM
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Devil's Claw is a banned substance at competitions, fyi. I would not use it because of that.
My recommendation is to do monthy IV/IM injections of Legend and Adequan. Essentially you are introducing the same things in the feed supplements directly into the bloodstream and cutting out the middle man (stomach lining) which can block out all or most of the molecules we want in the bloodstream to get to the joints.
These injections are much more effective than any feed supplement I have tried and have no negative effects beyond the small risk of injection site infection.
And they are cheaper. They cost me about $50/month per horse while high end feed supplements that have been proven to do something can be up to $85/month. And they are more effective in treating and preventing lameness.
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post #6 of 6 Old 10-31-2010, 06:03 PM
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colon cleanser

devil's claw is a herbal tea that i drink, i do not know they give it horse in competitions
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