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    11-27-2011, 05:40 PM
joint supplements?

Right now I am looking for a good joint supplement for my horse. He is a 17 year old Qh who has begun to get a little stiff with arthritis, mainly in his back legs. He is used as a lesson horse 3 or 4 days a week doing w/t/c and sometimes a little jumping for about an hour or so each day, and I ride him some days as well, mainly trail riding but sometimes doing a few jumps.

Are there any exercises, stretches, or warm ups that would specifically help him loosen up and be more comfortable? He is currently being warmed up just doing w/t/c, nothing special. He is outside 24/7 except to be fed, he has free choice hay but does not stand around too much and is usually walking around grazing. He doesn't stock up or anything, just gets a little stiff.

What ingredients should I be looking for in a supplement? If anyone has any that they have used and like or don't like, please let me know. I am looking for something a little on the cheaper side, but something that works well.

Thanks in advance! :)
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    11-27-2011, 06:38 PM
I will start out by saying I found Joint supplements a bit overwhelming when I first decided my older guy needed them. THere are SO many combinations. I have found so great resources here, for sure, and can only tell you what MY experience has been. My guy is also a bit arthritic in his hocks.

I started him with the Cortaflex liquid, which worked great for a couple of years. I personally like the liquid because I know he gets it. After reading posts here, I went to the Cortaflex HA (added the Hyaluronic acid) and MSG. Did seem to help for sure.

I personally find the Cortaflex to be a reasonably priced alternative.

I have had friends who are looking for supplements, and Smartpak, altho they are a bit pricey, are very knowledgeable and a great resource. THey have chart that easily compare ingredients and will gladly send you samples, since nothing will work if your horse won't eat it.

Hopefull some of the gurus will chime in here, as my experience is anecdoatal rather than scientific-

Good luck!
    11-27-2011, 06:41 PM
I have heard good things about Cortaflex and I may end up trying that, I just wanted to get some more opinions as to what would work best! Are there any natural mixtures you can put together that would do the same job rather than buying a supplement?
    11-27-2011, 06:43 PM
I've always used pure MSM. It's cheap, and is very affective.
    11-27-2011, 07:02 PM
Looking around a few places for ideas on what to try, tell me what you think:

U-Gard Pellets - 4 pounds | Pet Supplies, Horse Supplies, Dog Supplies |

Corta-FLX Flex-Force Solution with HA -

Flex-Force MSM 5000 Solution -

MSM Supplement | Finish Line MSM joint supplement | MSM Supplement For Horses | Horse Health USA
    11-27-2011, 07:04 PM
AniMed Pure MSM -

This is the exact brand I buy. If you get MSM, be sure it is pure, not MSM with added stuff thrown in.
    11-27-2011, 07:24 PM
Thanks, Tennessee! How long did it take you to see any improvement after starting your horse on it?
    11-27-2011, 07:29 PM
Well, I got it for my mare. Her back right stifle was popping VERY bad. She's had three pretty serious injuries to that one leg, and considering she's a barrel horse, I needed something that worked. It took me literally a week and a half to notice a difference. Not only did her stifle stop popping, but she now gets around very well and she's back on the barrel pattern. I give it to both of my horses now.
    11-27-2011, 07:42 PM
MSM works really good took our 16yr old to the vet because he was sore and stiff did xrays and yup Arther is moved in..The vet told us to get MSM,and it works within a week he is bucking and running around feeling great..You can go to Smart Pac and they will ship automatically every 28 days.Its nice you never have to worry about running out its always there..
    11-27-2011, 08:06 PM
Okay thanks you two! I think I will keep looking more into MSM and I may end up trying it.

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