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post #1 of 7 Old 03-22-2013, 08:08 PM Thread Starter
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Joint Supplements

I am going to put my mare on a joint supplement to see if it will help with her stiffness in the hock area..Any brands anyone recommends that is effective and not outrageously priced? So far I have found these two I am interested in...
1) Horse Health Reach Joint Supplement 2.815 lbs - Horse.com

2)DuMOR® Joint, 2.815 lb. - Tractor Supply Online Store

Anyone have experience with either of those?
Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-22-2013, 09:52 PM
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Hi!

I can't say that I've used or heard anything about the two supplements that you're looking at, but I'm very familiar with stiff hocks. My Quarter Horse started going stiff when he was only 8 years old. My trainers advice was to start with the cheapest supplement and see if that works. If it doesn't work, go to the next cheapest and work your way up until something works.

I personally LOVE Smartpaks. It can be a little pricey for the stronger joint supplements, but their customer service is absolutely amazing and their staff KNOWS their STUFF.

BTW your horses are so gorgeous. Keep up the great work!
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Thank you so much! I'll look into smartpaks, and your trainers advice sounds like a good plan..same thing for me! Arabella is also a quarter horse and only 7 years old. Hoping a supplement does the trick and its not something serious.

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Hi!

I can't say that I've used or heard anything about the two supplements that you're looking at, but I'm very familiar with stiff hocks. My Quarter Horse started going stiff when he was only 8 years old. My trainers advice was to start with the cheapest supplement and see if that works. If it doesn't work, go to the next cheapest and work your way up until something works.

I personally LOVE Smartpaks. It can be a little pricey for the stronger joint supplements, but their customer service is absolutely amazing and their staff KNOWS their STUFF.

BTW your horses are so gorgeous. Keep up the great work!

"Don't flatter yourself cowboy..I was lookin at your horse."
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I also LOVE Smartpak. They simplify things so much. When I priced it out, it was only about $10 a month more through them than it was purchasing the larger containers at the cheapest prices. It is well worth the extra $10 for the convenience.

I'd recommend Equine Leg Magic. It is put out by a small local company in FL so it isn't available in Smartpaks (darn). There is a lot of science behind their product and a few people I know swear by it and wouldn't think of not using it.
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I love AniMed's AniFlex Complete. My mare is sound when she's on it, and if I miscalculate and she goes a week or so without it she is dead lame. I will swear by it.
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Thumbs up to the AniMed. My 15 y.o. Mare is on AniMed AniFlex GL and does well with that.
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post #7 of 7 Old 03-27-2013, 02:11 AM
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I used Cosequin for my buckskin when he got older and started showing signs of stiffness. I do not remember the full name of the product, but the results were visible and amazing.

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