06-30-2009, 12:26 PM
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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.