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    06-29-2009, 05:06 PM
  #11
Green Broke
Oral supplements don't help SOME horses. Usually horses that need more help, I.e. Horses with moderate to severe arthritis. That DOES NOT under any circumstances mean it doesn't help horses in good health with mild arthritis or horses just need some support (as in the OP's horse). There is no point in counting out oral supplements when you don't have a problem yet. They are for support, and they work.

I doubt you have ever used Corta-Flx so please don't pass judgement on a product that you have never tried for yourself.

To the OP- tell us what you end up with. I'm curious to see what brand you choose!
     
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    06-29-2009, 06:02 PM
  #12
Started
So I am not sure if you have found a supplement that you want to use but I use Smart Tendon from the smartpak and I love it.. My mare is 6 and I want to keep her healthy so that is why I give it to her. She doesn't need it per-say but it sounds like you want to do what I do and I would suggest you look into it :)

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Good luck- preventative is always the best route to go!
     
    06-29-2009, 08:48 PM
  #13
Foal
Thanks everybody! I think that I may try the corta-flex bc I have heard more than once, outside of the forum, that it is good. I am sure that it will be hard to tell if it is working bc she doesnt have any problems. I will defenetly talk to me vet too. Many ppl at my barn inject their horses, but I do not want to do that (plus my dad doesnt want it done bc of insurance). My only question is, is it unreasonable to put my horse on a joint supplement as a preventative? And once I put her on it, will I really be able to know if it is working? THANKS!
     
    06-29-2009, 08:57 PM
  #14
Green Broke
Its absolutely not a bad idea to put your horse on a joint supplement as a preventative and a lot of people do it. You probably won't see much of a change if any because she doesnt have a problem. But it will surely help her
     
    06-30-2009, 11:31 AM
  #15
Green Broke
I guess it is our different opnions.
Def talk to your vet and tell us how it goes!
Can I ask one question- why would giving an iinjection once a month do anything to inssurance?
     
    06-30-2009, 12:01 PM
  #16
Weanling
I use dac Total Performance or dac Hy-Victory on my barrel horses.
For Omega3 I use dac Oil or dac Bloom
For sore muscles or alternative Bute/Banamine I use dac Herbal Respond
     
    06-30-2009, 12:26 PM
  #17
Showing
I absolutely believe in feed-through suppliments for most horses.

Sorry, StormyBlues, but it seems you have only one source to go on, and in the horse world that just isn't enough. Some vets believe in joint supplements, but some do not... know why? Most vets aren't a major supplier of feed-through suppliments; they suggest it to the owner and the owner comes to a feed or tack store to buy the suppliment. Lost money for the vet. If the vet can convince the owner that the horse won't do well on a suppliment but will do well with an injection, that makes the vet money.
Many vets are simply money-oriented. So much so that they convince themselves that it's not about the money and rather they're really doing it in the horse's best interest.




I've had varying results with each joint supplement that my tack shop supplies. By far, we sell more Recovery EQ and Recovery EQ HA. They both have glucosamine hydrochloride, which some scientists claim is absorbed more than glucosamine sulfate. MSM is another great joint supplement, which can be found in Recovery as well. Hyaluronic Acid is the "latest and greatest" and really does get the best bang for the buck. When fed with glucosamine and MSM, it's basically the trifecta of joint supplements.

Corta-Flx is another great joint supplement as well.

Lube-All and Lube All Plus is very similar to Recovery as it has glucosamine (sulfate though I think), MSM and HA, but it's in a liquid form.

I would prefer, personally, to start with an oral suppliment rather than jumping straight to injections. If the oral suppliment works, then you have a few more years of avoiding injections that will, eventually, quit working their magic as well.
     
    06-30-2009, 12:29 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I am VERY VERY VERY offended by that. Our vet is not only been our vet for 8 years, but is a very close family friend, and that was not fair for you to say that about him. And he doesn't do the injections. We do.
     
    06-30-2009, 12:34 PM
  #19
Showing
Quote:
Originally Posted by StormyBlues    
Can I ask one question- why would giving an iinjection once a month do anything to inssurance?

Insurance companies are out there to make money, nothing else. Really, most of them don't care much about your horse/car/house/etc. They want money. If your horse is found to have an injury to a part of his body, the next time you renew your insurance on him, they can exclude that body part from their insurance policy.
For example... Denny's right hind leg got injured. His vet bills added up to about $700 for the course of treatment. I have a $500 deductable, and could have claimed the $200, but they would exclude coverage on that leg from future insurance claims. So, if he re-injures the leg, and say, racks up $1500 worth of vet bills, I'm hooped, I can't claim any of it.

Some insurance companies, I'm sure, would think that injections are admitting that the horse is unsound, and may offer less coverage because of it.
     
    06-30-2009, 12:37 PM
  #20
Green Broke
Oh, ok
     

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