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post #1 of 5 Old 05-02-2009, 11:41 PM Thread Starter
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Stifle Supplements for Gaited Horses ????

Need some info from all of you !!!!
Is it true that Gaited horses require additional amounts of Vit. E and Selenium to prevent damage to their stifle joints?? Has anyone ever heard of this, and is it true??
Please help me to find out if this is true.....
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post #2 of 5 Old 05-03-2009, 08:17 PM
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No, never heard of that. I have quite a few friends that ride gaited horses and the only ones that get supplements are older, or already have problems. Have you asked your vet?
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post #3 of 5 Old 05-03-2009, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for your reply.....yup, talked to our vet about it, he kinda was non-committal, but mentioned that he DID have a product in his office we could purchase.....
Right now we top dress with a multiple vitamin/ mineral, (which has Vit E and Selenium included) along with excellant quality hay, rich pasture grass. I have done an Internet search to see if there is any validity in the "gaited horses/stifle issue" and the need for additional Vit E and Selenium....but have found nothing.
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post #4 of 5 Old 05-04-2009, 12:02 PM
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Have you ever looked at the Brenda Imus website, Gaits of Gold? I found her article on stifles to be very helpful when I found my old TW had an issue with that and the vet was not at all knowledgeable about gaited horses. I stopped trying to do circles and stuff with him. You might not agree with everything she says or want to buy all her stuff! She certainly is devoted to gaited horses. You might even be able to e-mail her and ask about supplements. Of course, she probably has one for sale. :) I think the vets are rightly non commital because the research on supplements is not as scientifically proven as they would like, more anecdotal (sp.) (Does the supplement actually get to the area in need and improve it.) I know they are making progress all the time in that area though.
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post #5 of 5 Old 05-04-2009, 02:25 PM
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Juniper is right, oral supplements seem a bit of a mystery. They really help some horses and don't help at all with others. The only treatments that are proven to work are the injectable kind, like Legend or Adaquan (sp?). I used an injectable HA with my Doberman and it really helped him during his last year alive. He was back to being a puppy! lol He died of unrelated causes .
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