Instead of investing in plain MSM, why not go to a product like this: SmartFlex Senior Pellets - Equine Joint Supplements from SmartPak Equine
I have Nelson on this product, and I get more bang for my buck with this. I have him on the Herb Free product because he has Ulcers, and Devils Claw is not a good ingredient for a horse with ulcers because it upsets the system.
With Nelson, I have him on full turn out. No stall time at all. The reasons being is
- Horses with Arthritus/joint issues thrive better when they are able to move around naturally. Being confined in a stall, they are left to stand for hours on end. Not good for the joints.
- Horses with ulcers, like Nelson, and senior horses with a digestive system that runs slower, needs to beable to have access to hay continuously. Being confined in a stall, limits their hay access - unless the barn is willing to throw hay in the horses stall when the horse is running low. I find most people sleep through the night, which makes this impossible.
I have Nelson out 24/7. He has access to a round bale so he can eat at any point in time he chooses so. He does very well when he has access to roughage all day and all night.
His buddy who is 17, was in the same shape before we moved. Skinny, poor temperment, not wanting to work. Now that he is out 24/7 and has consistant access to roughage, his personallity has improved greatly, you cannot see ribs anymore and the attitudes of both have sky rocketed and the movements we are getting out of the boys, are wonderful. Roughage, Roughage, Roughage, Roughage!
Here is an article I believe will help you out: Balancing Act - Designing A Diet For The Modern Horse
For "feed", the barn we are now at feeds this: ProAdvantage Grass Formula ProAdvantage Hi-Fat Formula
I spoke with a few Equine Nutritionists before the move, and they told me that Progressive Nutrition is up there in quality. Which made me feel great about putting him on it.