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        07-20-2011, 04:23 PM
      #11
    Yearling
    I've used Liquid Next Level and Vet Value (I think its called that....) on two horses.

    On one of the horses I feed it to it just helps him track up a little better and give him a little more length in his stride. The other horse has drastic changes. Without it, she is hard to push out in stride, she drags her way along and pretty much plods along. On it she is active with her strides, over tracks, and it is easy to get her into a nice stride. Though I have seen many joint supplements that don't work, and I know with the mare, she actually gets lame/stiff off of some of the joint supplements.
         
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        07-20-2011, 11:28 PM
      #12
    Foal
    Another Adequan fan here :) My 17 year old Arab mare does fabulous on Adequan; she's been on it for about 3 years now due to some "offness" in her stifles and it has made a huge difference. She moves better, has a better attitude about work, and I would never dream of taking her off it. I myself take oral supplements (human version of Cosequin actually!) for my knees and have seen a vast improvement so I'm not anti oral supplements!

    Most horses after the intial "loading doses" of Adequan (every 4 days for 7 treatments) go to 1 injection per month I believe. Some horses (especially highly competitive horses) may have more custom tailored dosing schedules.

    I administer my mare's injections myself. I found it pretty easy to learn how to give I M injections, but I do work in a vet clinic as well as having a very calm horse, so others may not find it so easy.

    I also don't believe that most horses would find a correctly administered injection every so often to be "invasive"
         
        07-21-2011, 12:03 AM
      #13
    Trained
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    Originally Posted by horseluver250    
    MIeventer- How often do you have to give your gelding the adequan? The only dosage info I keep finding is to give every 4 days for 7 treatments, but then how often does it need to be given after that? Do you give it yourself?
    Believe it or not, I did not do the loading dose with Nelson because he showed FABULOUS results after the first dose. My vet was very impressed with his change in movement, we just did the one shot a month deal.

    The cheapest route to take, is to get the 10 month vile through SmartPak at $300something. As it was, I was spending $50 for 1 bottle a month through my vet, I'm saving $$$ by using the 10 month vile. Instead of $50 a month, I'm spending $37 a month - and that, is cheaper than most oral supplements, and you're getting the sure thing.

    It's fabulous that your boy is out 24/7, the more movement the better!

    Sunny - I agree. IM's are not invasive at all they go directly to the source, and do exactly what the company states they do due to the fact that they fall under the equine medical category.
         

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