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post #1 of 11 Old 02-16-2011, 01:18 PM Thread Starter
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Question Something for a stiff older horse to keep her riding

Anyone know of something that will work on a stiff 25+ year old horse to keep her sound and riding? She doesn’t fully stride with her hind foot.

Need an AFFORDABE supplement to give during the summer riding months.

No - I'm not riding her really hard or over working her, but she does like her trail rides and is much happier getting ridden.

What really works?

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post #2 of 11 Old 02-17-2011, 11:49 AM
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My mare is twenty four and has been on Yucca, MSM, Corta-Flex and Apple Cider Vinegar for years. If for some reason she doesn't get this for a week (I'm ill, on vacation whatever) She gets very stiff in the front end and lightly limps on one of her front feet. It takes a good three to four weeks of this fed daily to get her back to sound and smooth again. I guess that said, I know its working.

If you're looking for cheaper try the Yucca ($10 a month) MSM ($10 a month) and Apple cider vinegar together, see if this helps. The corta-flex is the only costly supplement of these four.

Edit to add: I feed 1/2 cup of the apple cider vinegar daily.
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post #3 of 11 Old 02-17-2011, 11:56 AM
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You might want to ask your vet about pentosan. I pay about $200 for a 50 ml bottle. That gives me 10 shots per bottle (so $20 per shot). When Zee is in hard work, I give him one every 10 days, but for the work you're describing, once a month should be fine. It's like a generic version of Adequan. Pentosan Equine - NOVEMBER IS PENTOSAN EQUINE UP TO 50% DISCOUNT PROMOTION MONTHS!!! Shots are given IM, not directly into the joint. I see a huge difference in his comfort in all his joints when being ridden.

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post #4 of 11 Old 02-17-2011, 09:50 PM
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Natural vitamin E helps horses recover more quickly, at least younger horses. I don't know how effective it is with the older ones. Just make sure it's natural and not synthetic.

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post #5 of 11 Old 02-17-2011, 09:56 PM
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I would definitely look into previcox, I don't know a ton about it (its my moms mare) except that it works wonders! My moms mare has a bone spur in her left hind hock which fused before we got her and with MSM and previcox she's totally sound and doesn't limp at all. Sorry, I know my info is practically useless but hopefully its atleast a lead. You do need a prescription for it though.
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post #6 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 07:08 AM
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If she is 25 I would also recommend Previcox. It's not very expensive - works great - and she most likely has other "generalized" arthritis and stiffness due to her age that it will help tremendously. My 20 year old is on it and he runs around like a 5 year old, rides great and is very, very sound despite arthritic hocks. He is also on Platinum Performance CJ for joints which is fabulous but unfortunately pretty expensive.
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post #7 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 07:45 AM
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I have had good luck with both Corta-Flx liquid with added MSM and SmartPak's SnartFlex Senior.

SmartFlex Senior:
SmartFlex Senior - Equine Joint Supplements from SmartPak Equine

PROMO - CORTA FLX SOLUTION - GAL PLUS FREE QUART-Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supply - This will last you 160 days, so it's $0.50 a day to feed.

FLEX FORCE MSM 99.9% PURE 28,350MG PER OUNCE 4LBS-Big Dee's Tack & Vet Supply - This is a 180 day supply, costing $0.10 a day to feed.

I have also had good luck with Acti-Flex 4000, adding a 1/2 scoop of MSM with it.

If you buy from Bid D, links above, use the coupon code hpny11 for $10 off an order of $50 or more, which makes everything even more affordable .
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post #8 of 11 Old 02-18-2011, 08:35 AM
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I have my coming 25 y/o on MSM. I don't ride him anymore, though.

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post #9 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 01:18 AM
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My 31yo pony is on Gumnuts,copra,apple cider vinegar, calcium and brewers yeast. She still goes to pony club with my 4yo off the lead and still canters.. nobody guesses her age either !
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post #10 of 11 Old 02-19-2011, 11:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone!

Can I ask what the Apple Cider Vinegar will help with?

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