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post #1 of 6 Old 10-11-2012, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Joint injections?

I was just reading a thread and a few people had mentioned IV Legend. I'm just wondering what exactly it is and how it compares to Recovery EQ. The vet had suggested that supplement but I'm reading that IV Legend might be much better in the long run?

Anyone who could share their experiences or explain it to me more in-depth, it'd be greatly appreciated!

I'm asking because my mare's x-ray showed starting signs of arthritis (raced until she was seven) and I'm trying to find the best possible route to keep her as sound as possible while staying on a slight budget.

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post #2 of 6 Old 10-11-2012, 06:09 PM
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Look into Pentosan, Adequan and then the IV Legend. You may not need actual joint injections, but the Pentosan and Adequan are intramuscular shots, given in the muscle (butt, neck, chest etc) and helps with inflammation and to produce more joint fluid allowing the joint to move smoother.

Ill be doing Pentosan injections per my vets orders. I hope they help my mare.
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I'll have to look into all three. I'd have to hope that my instructor would be willing to give the needles, since I don't trust myself enough to do it. The supplements have helped a lot with her joints but I'm wondering if the injections might be a better bet.. might be cheaper as well.

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IV is intra-veinous, meaning it is injected into the jugular vein of the horse.
IA are intra-articular and are injected directly into the joint. Legend, Pentosan and corticosteroids can all be injected IA.
Adequan, Pentosan and Legend each have specific functions within the joint, and some may be ineffective for certain OA (osteo-arthritis) while others are highly effective, it is worth it to do some research about their functions. There are many other injectables as well, like glucosamine, tildren, etc..

Talk to a lameness specialist vet. A comprehensive joint management program requires a lot more than an ineffective feed through supplement, and any vet that recommends one is not a lameness specialist, IMO. My vet has not once recommended a feed through supplement other than a high quality multivitamin and mineral supplement.
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my mare has torn cartilage in her knee along with some calcium build up.

We didnt do IV Legend but Adequan

Before we did Adequan with her she had about 45% flexibility in her knee....that was with her getting 1-2 ounces of Next Level and glucosamine and daily stretching exercises to work that knee...

After Adequan she had MAJOR improvement getting about 90% of the flexibility a normal non injured horse would get. The size of her knee went from almost double of her left knee to almost the same size


I've never used the others that CLaPorte listed but I can say that IV Legend worked very well.

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I'll definitely look into all the options! Thanks everyone! The Recovery EQ is already pretty expensive so I'm thinking that Adequan or whichever turns out to be the better option will hopefully be about the same.

I'll try talking to both my instructor and vet to see what they have to say.

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