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    12-02-2012, 12:29 PM
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As far as supplements, I have found that different products/combinations of ingredients may work or not work well depending on the horse. We had an elder gelding with arthritis that did really well on SeniorFlex, but our elder mare (diagnosed with the same thing) didn't get any relief at all (we had her on SeniorFlex for 3 months.) Then we tried a couple other products (each for about 3 months) and very little relief. We put her on NextLevel pellets and she did great; we noticed a significant different in about a month. We then switched to Flex Wafers (cheaper and super easy to feed) and she's still doing great.

It may take awhile to find the supplement that is going to work the best for your particular horse.
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    12-02-2012, 12:50 PM
  #12
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I have a 5 year old mare with arthritis due to an injury. This is her regimine...

- Pentosan IM Injection. 6ml every 2 weeks. Similar to Adequan injections.
- CortiFlex with HA oral supplement.
- MSM
- Magnetic Hock Wraps
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    12-02-2012, 01:00 PM
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It sounds as if different things work for different horses. The cold weather has really aggravated my old mare so I'm interested to see how other people find things work for them.
I can't say that MSM has made any difference at all so giving up on that. Previcox helps but I worry about long term effects on her stomach (ulcer risks)
I've orders Back on Track hock boots and an Ice horse Stifle wrap which you can put warm treatment in as well and I'm hoping will support her stifles too - though not convinced it will stay on
Having her stabled at night on good deep bedding so she can lie on a warm soft bed and not cold frozen hard earth makes a big difference
     
    12-02-2012, 02:41 PM
  #14
Yearling
Indie showed improvement on RecoveryEQ, although it's pretty expensive. We only used maybe a third of it before she passed away. Looking back, I'd have gone the injection route.
     
    12-02-2012, 02:47 PM
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I use Recovery for my 20 year old TB and used it for my old Appy, I find it works well :) It's about 50-60 $
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    12-03-2012, 12:25 AM
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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.
Both are awesome- I have 4 horses and one is on BL pellets one is on the Senior. The BL pellets with the devils claw and yucca are QUITE effective in managing pain, since they have natural anti inflammatory properties without the hefty price tag. The senior has "extra" stuff other than just joint support. I would totally recommend trying the BL pellets- if you aren't happy with them (or any smartpak product), they will happily give you a refund. So if it works, great! If it doesn't, you can still get your money back! The BL pellets aren't legal for horses who are showing, because of the devil's claw, which matters to some people. It has turned around my 22 year old QH- he has arthritic hocks from a lifetime of showing western pleasure (I didn't get him till he was 15, at which point he was retired from showing), now he just is my go to lesson horse for small kids (under 70 pounds) just learning how to ride. Keeps him comfy and moving nice!
     
    12-03-2012, 12:29 PM
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Both are awesome- I have 4 horses and one is on BL pellets one is on the Senior. The BL pellets with the devils claw and yucca are QUITE effective in managing pain, since they have natural anti inflammatory properties without the hefty price tag. The senior has "extra" stuff other than just joint support. I would totally recommend trying the BL pellets- if you aren't happy with them (or any smartpak product), they will happily give you a refund. So if it works, great! If it doesn't, you can still get your money back! The BL pellets aren't legal for horses who are showing, because of the devil's claw, which matters to some people. It has turned around my 22 year old QH- he has arthritic hocks from a lifetime of showing western pleasure (I didn't get him till he was 15, at which point he was retired from showing), now he just is my go to lesson horse for small kids (under 70 pounds) just learning how to ride. Keeps him comfy and moving nice!
So I'm thinking about the bl pellets but would I need to add like glucosamine and HA or should I just get corta flex with HA? The bl pellets would be cheaper but should I get discomfort or help prevent anything further? And his arthritis is getting way bad because it was probably around 55 degrees and I had a little girl about 45 pounds on his back and just walked him for twenty minutes and he looked really bad.
     

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