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    11-30-2012, 10:53 PM
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Foal
Senior Joint Supplement for Arthritis

Hey so I have a 23 year old paint gelding. He has developed arthritis in his back hocks, really bad in the right. Also in both knees. He always clicks when're I pick up his hooves. Now with it being colder it's even worse. My farrier suggested that I put him on a joint supplement, but I don't know what to try. I've had him on MSM before but wasn't seeing a big difference, so I took him off of it. So any suggestions or experiences would be great. Thanks.
     
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    11-30-2012, 11:13 PM
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Yearling
I have an 18 year old retired polo pony that has arthritis. I also tried MSM with no luck/no change.

So, I bit the bullet and have SmartPak's SmartFlex II delivered every 28 days.

She is a different horse. No stiffness, no pain. It is amazing!

But it is expensive. I have had her on it since May. It is a pretty high dose of Glucosomine and MSM and I am going to try to lower her dosage and see what happens. Tractor Supply's Dumor Joint Supplement has the same ingredients, jus at a lower dose so I am going to try that. I am hoping that the 7 months she has been on SmartPaks acted as a loading dose and the lower dosage now will keep her where she is.

If not, back to SmartPak's!
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    11-30-2012, 11:38 PM
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Foal
I have looked into smartpaks in fact I had him on their smart hoof and source earlier in the year and most of last year, but it is expensive. I was thinking about the smartflex senior, but just didn't want to spend $35 a month. And then I looked at bl pellets, but I just don't know if those would be enough because it is mainly for being uncomfortable.
     
    12-01-2012, 12:00 AM
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If its really severe and you're willing to spend some money, ask your vet about Legend shots for his hocks. Our QH mare had severe artheritis in her hocks in her 5 years of life and shots kept her sound enough to be lightly ridden for a long time.
     
    12-01-2012, 12:32 AM
  #5
Yearling
I use technyflex which I cannot praise enough. On it my 16yo mare is sound enough to hunt. Without it she can't trot a circle.
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    12-01-2012, 02:15 AM
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Yearling
The best feed through stuff I have ever used, and I have cared for a practically crippled older TB, was liquid Corta-Flx with as much HA in it as I could afford. Hands down the best.
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    12-01-2012, 03:30 AM
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    12-01-2012, 08:58 AM
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Trained
I second the Cortaflex liquid with HA, but, I also add MSM. Works well for my guy. THat said, it is an individual thing. I prefer liquid, since I know he is getting it as it is basically stirred in and coats his food, holding the MSM powder on also. I have known folks have issues with horses not eating pelleted supplements. The Cortaflex is also pretty affordable. However-Smartflex is great-and they will send you samples to see what your horse will eat(since nothing left in the feed bin works!), so that is something to think about. They also take a while to get into the system and really make a difference, so it takes time to tell what really helps, IMO.
     
    12-01-2012, 09:03 AM
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Green Broke
I use Cosequin ASU on my arthritic 12 year old and my new guy. Super expensive but I really like it. Especially for my mare who's also on Previcox. I wish it was cheaper but otherwise it's been doing great for me. When I first got my mare she use to creek and crack in her joints Everytime she would walk. And now she's tearin ass around the field like a wild pony. Haha
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    12-01-2012, 09:31 AM
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Foal
I have a 20 y/o saddlebred/appendix qh cross gelding w/ some arthritis issues who I give smartflex senior. Between starting that a couple months ago and all the positive changes my farrier has made with his feet (he foundered about 2.5 years ago) he has been crazy! He'll run off w/ me under saddle to go over rails on the ground and seems so full of energy! Its definitely something Im glad I tried for him although its hard to say whats making him better the most, the supplement or the feet.
I just switched my mare from smartflex support II to I for the winter since she is getting time off, she doesnt have joint issues so I can't say how good itd be for that (knock on wood).
     

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