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  • Cortaflex liquid vs pellets
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    11-27-2011, 08:35 PM
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I tried having my mare on just MSM and I didn't see any sort of improvement at all. However, she's 26 (nearly 27) and not very creaky, but the creaks she has might be more than a younger horse (since MSM just takes care of inflammation, not the joint causing the pain like glucosamine and HA does - per my horse owning hoof trimmer).
The two things that have really worked well for my mare are Majestys Flex Wafers - and I just got her this a few weeks ago (it's cheaper than the wafers) to try, with good results so far: Corta-FLX Flex-Force Pellets with HA -

I have tried having her on a supplement with more glucosamine and such in it but I didn't see any difference between the supplement with more stuff and less. I'm sure she'll probably eventually need more "good stuff" but for now, less is working great for her.
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    11-27-2011, 08:40 PM
My 19yo TB doesnt have arthritis, but he is older and still very active. We inject him monthly with Adequan. It costs about $40/month. It helps keep him loose and supple. Just FYI.
    11-27-2011, 08:56 PM
My 11 year old QH is VERY creaky (no idea what his previous owners did with him). I have him on SmartFlexIII & MSM... there's a difference, but not a big huge one.

The vet was here last week and the only oral joint supplements she recommends are Cosequin & Cortaflex.

We opted to go with Legend shots for Beau - they are more expensive than Adequan but don't require as many "loading" doses or "upkeep" injections. He got one IV injection ($110) last week and will get another in 2 weeks. After that, they're given on an as needed basis - with most horses getting 3-4 injections a year. It's been a week and I already notice a difference in him - less creaky, playing more in the field and he bucked a bit during a ride on Saturday (not a bad buck, but a woo! This is fun! Buck).
    11-27-2011, 10:46 PM
My one horse I treated with Glucosamine IM injections. I found it help her,Also know a lady that maintained her old arthritic stud on it. No fussing with making sure they get there daily dose in the feed.Wasn't too pricey either.
    11-27-2011, 11:35 PM
Right now I am trying to decide between Corta Flex and MSM.. What are the pros/cons for each?
    11-27-2011, 11:41 PM
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You could always get enough MSM for 2 or so months because by the end of 2 months it should be obvious whether it's helping your guy, and if he's still creaky, try the Corta-Flex for 2 months.
That way you'll have a better idea of his arthritis and if MSM is all he needs, you won't be paying for everything else in the Corta-Flex.
    11-28-2011, 12:52 AM
Like I said-I inititally used the Cortaflex (have no idea what the difference is between that and the "force flex you posted?) initially, then moved to Cortaflex HA and added MSM. Really not very expensive, IMO. THerefore, I would start with the Cortaflex-do AT LEAST 2 months, as glucosamins and chondroitin supps take time to be effective. THen assess whether you need to add anything.
    11-28-2011, 11:17 AM
Franknbeans, I think that's what I'm going to do. I'd rather have a powder or pellets, but with a liquid I'll know he's getting it.
    11-28-2011, 11:58 AM
Originally Posted by amp23    
franknbeans, I think that's what I'm going to do. I'd rather have a powder or pellets, but with a liquid I'll know he's getting it.
Depends on the horse. My gelding would not even go into his stall if he knew I had the liquid cortaflex on his feed.

You may have to play with different supplements to get what works for your horse. For my picky guy, I ended up having to do Legend injections.
    11-28-2011, 02:48 PM
My guy isn't picky- at all. :) I doubt that will be a problem :)

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