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post #1 of 3 Old 04-09-2010, 08:39 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy joint and hoof supplements. good or bad at this point??

okay so my horse is on smarthoof and smart joint mantience in smartpaks.
he is just turning four. he had crappy hoofs before and was sore in his joints from growing so much. we have seen a huge difference in him.

can we keep him on these supplements for years? or will he eventually become like "immune" to it.

and is it bad to have younger horses on supplements? will it do any damage??
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post #2 of 3 Old 04-10-2010, 03:55 PM
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You can keep him on these supplements as long as you need to and no he will not become "immune" to them. It's like a human taking any dietary supplements, if it was working in the first place they will notice a difference if they stop, therefore they are not "immune" to them.
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No, he won't become 'immune' to them - they are supplements, not drugs. If anything, most supplements are cumulative - they work better the longer term.

I don't know the particular 'smart' brands you're using, but especially if the poor boy has joint issues already, a joint supp might be a good thing to keep up with.

As for a hoof supp, yes, of course nutrition plays a big part in healthy hooves. But as a rule, all horses are deficient/imbalanced in a wide range of nutrients, unless well supplemented. This is not just to do with the hoof department, and hooves, as with coat, are extremities which reflect overall health. So for these reasons, I tend to favour overall nutrition, rather than just hoof supps, with a few nutrients that may or may not be the problem. As I'm no nutritional expert, I personally subscribe to a great, fantastic value diet analysis/nutritional service called & I recommend them. But there are other similar services out there, if you're interested but that one doesn't suit.

Re his feet, diet, as opposed to nutrition, plays a huge part in their health, and my bet is that if he was fed & grown 'too well', chances are that his diet was problematic for feet too. If he's not already, I'd advise you keep him on a very low carb(starch, sugar, grain...) diet.

Many other factors, such as environment & exercise - or lack of it - and of course quality & frequency of farriery, are also big contributors in the state of a horse's feet.
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