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post #1 of 30 Old 06-28-2009, 09:23 PM Thread Starter
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Hey- I am interested in putting my mare on a joint supplement bc of the amount of work she does. She does not have any problems, but I ride her 6 days a week 45 min to an hour on a grass field with a hill. We jump like twice a week and once a week in our lesson. We jump 3'3-3'6 in my lessons. We also show almost ever weekend in the summer. I think she should be on something. Does anyone have a joint supplement that they like or recomend? My mare is also a VERY picky eater!?! THANKS!

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post #2 of 30 Old 06-28-2009, 09:26 PM
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MSM! I loooove it. And so did my 19 year old mare! It comes in a powder or pellet form for picky eaters, just like my Mare. She would eat right past bute, but ate all of the MSM.
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I absolutely love Corta-Flx pellets. They are alfalfa flavored and I have not had a horse refuse them (and I've used it on many). It works really well on everything from a horse that just needs a bit of support to a mild arthritic older horse. It's not expensive and it comes with its own scoop so you know exactly how much to give them with each feeding.

If you want an injection (but by the sound of it you don't) I love Adequan.

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Feeding something to a horse doesn't work. My vet will never put a horse on a powder, or pellet joint supplement because they don't work.
Adequan works. My mare's knees used to pop and she used to get sore, a few months of Adequan, she is great! I would talk to your vet, and have him do flexx tests and see if your horse needs it's hocks injected and then if your horse needs a joint supplement, then they will give you the right one.

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post #5 of 30 Old 06-29-2009, 10:54 AM
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Feeding something to a horse doesn't work. My vet will never put a horse on a powder, or pellet joint supplement because they don't work.
Adequan works. My mare's knees used to pop and she used to get sore, a few months of Adequan, she is great! I would talk to your vet, and have him do flexx tests and see if your horse needs it's hocks injected and then if your horse needs a joint supplement, then they will give you the right one.
There is debate whether oral joint supplements can work but the problem is Scientifically, many potentially promising benefits of oral supplements exist, but to date the efficacy of oral joint supplementsin horses is unproven. There is also debate of whether Chondroitin can work due to the molecular weight. Personally I'm not a big fan of Adequan either but it is a good product depending on your needs. The expense to me is not worth the often unclear benefits, if injections are needed they are administered to my horses and though the cost is expensive the benefits are there. That is just a personal opinion of mine in weighing cost and potential benefits.

I'm a big fan of feeding Omega3 products for joint inflammation as well as the multiple other benefits that are scientifically documented. It will not repair the cartilage as is the goal on oral joint supplements but as I stated above. I know you asked for an oral joint supplement but if I had to choose I would feed and omega3 product like Eo-3. That said I actually feed both but Eo3 and KERFlex but mostly because I get the oral joint supplement at cost because my wife works there. EO•3 a KERx Solution

Here's an article on omega3 and joint inflammation that was in equine review.
http://www.ker.com/library/EquineRev...rition/N27.pdf


Btw, there is research currently being conducted on whether certain engineered HAs taken orally work on a molecular level much in the same way as Adequan does IM. It has not been completed yet but at least we are starting to see more research in the area but it is extremely hard to prove of disprove whether oral joint supplements actually work and to what level.

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I absolutely love Corta-Flx pellets.
I will second the Corta-Flx pellets! I love them! They help my 20 yo gelding tremendously. There is a 31 yo in my barn that is also on them, and he is doing really well. As far as joint supplements go they aren't expensive either!

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StormyBlues, I'm sorry but that is complete crap. Feed thru's don't work for every horse, especially ones who have more moderate to severe arthritis but they DO work as a support supplement and as a preventative just to help the horse out before the arthritis begins. My vet recommended Corta-Flx pellets to my mare who has very little arthritis but as she is 17, she needs some support.

Hock injections are pretty extreme. Yes, a lot of people do them, but don't do them if you don't have to. If it is administered wrong, it can have a negative effect on the joint.

If you don't want a feed thru, then talk to your vet about an IM injection. Don't quite go to the hock injections yet.

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^ A) I'm sorry that you question people that go through 10 years of training in vetrinary medicene.
B) IM injections are easy to give if you are taught properly.
C) I never said TO inject the hocks, I just said to talk to the vet about it.

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A)I'm sorry that you doubt people who have used feed thru's for five years and found great success with them. My vet has had his practice for five years, plus the 10 or 12 that he spent going thru school and being an apprentice.

B)I know IM injections are easy. I've been doing all of my own shots since I was 11 and have given Adequan every month for three years to my mare with not a single bump or reaction.

C)"see if your horse needs it's hocks injected"

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post #10 of 30 Old 06-29-2009, 04:54 PM
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^yea, as in ask the vet. And my vet who has been doing this for forever doesn't belive that oral supplements will help a horse, then I'm not going to doubt him.

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