09-07-2010, 10:41 AM
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I am not a big fan of Oral Suppliments because too many studdies have been on on the products that show that they may not be 100% of what the companies claim them to be, and also that they are not always effective as we all may like to think they are.
Reason being is that Oral Suppliments fall under the Equine Nutrition category, which means that the rules and the regulations, studdies and tests are not that strict. So companies can get away with saying that "this product has this ingredient in it" and companies can say that "this product has this much of this ingredient in it" when in reality it may not.
Also, studdies show that while you give your horse a full scoop of the product to injest with his/her food, that only a small amount of that dose you gave, gets to the place where you need it to go to get its' job done.
I do not trust Oral Suppliments nor do I want to invest my money on an expensive product that "may" or "may not" do the job that the company claims it "possible can do"
IM's, like Adequan, fall under the "Equine Medical" category. Where rules, regulations, and testing is very strict. So the products that are out there, are exactly what they say they are, and have the exact ingredients in them as they say they do and do the job that they say they do.
I like Adequan, because it does a great job and I know it is doing the job that the company states it does, because of the category it falls under.
There are quite a few people at my barn, who have horses with no joint issues, but use Adequan as a "buffer" over show season, especially in the Hunter/Jumper and Eventing World. People start giving their horses the IM's a couple of months before their first comp, and continue to give the injections once a month until the end of the season - or continue on giving the injections like myself *my horse needs them*
Jumping and Eventing is a very, very strenuous sport. Many studdies show that our horses front legs take alot of strain when landing off of a fence, regardless of height and alot of shock. Our horses front limbs break down little by little, and by adding products like Adequan, help buffer those joints to help protect them to prevent injuries and issues down the road.
Also, being educated about how much you jump a week, and what you do to take care of your horses joints after you ride, and before you ride. Stretches, hosing, wrapping, nutrition. Proper conditioning on a daily basis, boots, etc, etc.
I say, talk to your vet about joint suppliments and go with what he/she says to you. I do like SmartPak alot as well. I use smartpak, my horse gets SmartGut Pellets and SmartDigest Ultra.
I also know people who use orals as a "preventative", which is fine. Their money, their horse, their choice.