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post #1 of 5 Old 03-15-2010, 03:09 PM Thread Starter
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Mystery Lameness and Supplements!

Went out and rode Majic today and he seemed kind of off in his right front leg. Now he has a bump under his knee joint that is from an old injury of unknown origin. Today he really didn't want me to touch it, but I have touched it in the past and it feels hard.

I am wondering if because I am putting him back into regular work if I should put him on a joint supplement. He is 15 years old (not that old IMO) and appears to have no trouble with any of his other joints. My BO doesn't seem to think that putting him on a joint supplement is going to help because the bump that seems to be bothering him is below the joint...

I have been reading some of the other threads on joint supplements and have heard MSM is a good thing, but what else should I look for in a supplement?

SmartMSM from SmartPak Equine
I was looking at this because it seems to give a good amount of bang for the buck.

I am also thinking about putting him on a digestive supplement, he shows a lot of the clinical signs of a horse that is suffering from possible ulcers. I had good results using U-Guard before with my TB, any other suggestions?

Also keep in mind that I am leasing this horse and I am on a tight budget.

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post #2 of 5 Old 03-15-2010, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Other possible joint supplements:

Flex-Force with HA Corta-Flx (Equine - Horse Supplements - Joint - Powdered/Pellet) (I have no idea what half the stuff in this is or what it does...but it was suggested in another thread)

MSM 99.8% Ultra Pure from SmartPak Equine

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post #3 of 5 Old 03-16-2010, 02:32 PM
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The best product out there for joints is called EquiMotion Gold. Certified organic ingredients...proven in a double blind placebo study to eliminate the effects of osteoarthritis. Rebuilds bone, cartilege. Increases production of Synovial fluid 300%. For ulcer symptoms, they also make a product called UlcerAide that actually goes in and heals the mucous membranes and ulcers. Doesn't mask symptoms or "shut off the pump" like UlcerGuard and the like. Email me at and I can get you more information or visit the FaceBook page - Blue Ridge Distribution to see testimonials, etc.
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Oh Boy I hate Mystery Lamenesses. He could have an abcess waiting to blow, a pulled muscle, and edema.

I think the earlier you start them on joint supplements (and ourselves) the better as part of a preventative regime. Carlos is only 11 and I started seriously shopping around for "the best". Unfortunately the best is always expensive.

What I love about the smartpak website is it lets you compare the ingredients of supplements side by side. That will be your best tool in figuring out what to give your aging boy. MSM is good but don't forget about Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid and Condroitin.

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post #5 of 5 Old 03-18-2010, 08:26 AM Thread Starter
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Okay, I will look for something with that in it. I have no idea what to look for in a joint supllement. :p

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