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post #1 of 17 Old 10-22-2009, 10:50 AM Thread Starter
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Question Supplement for horses joints

My boy is 24 years old, and since I'm still working him, I want to get him something that will help his joints, especially his lower legs. Suggestions? I want it to be affordable ( not much more than 20 dollars a month ) and effective.


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post #2 of 17 Old 10-22-2009, 10:54 AM
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I started Noah on some outrageouly expensive supplement from an area vet. I want something cheaper, so I'm thinking of switching to this SmartFlex Senior from SmartPak Equine. Sorry I can't give any testimonials yet but I've heard good things about it.
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Oral supplements are not effective. Period. The glucosamine, PSGAG, HA etc.. molecules are simply too large to be absorbed into the horse's system through the intestinal linings.
The only way to get this stuff effectively into the horse is to inject in IM, IV or IJ. Injecting Hylarounic Acid and PSGAG once a month (IV and IM) can cost between $100-$250 /mo per horse, but it is the most effective solution.
The cheapest way to reduce the amount of inflammation in his joints is to bute him before you ride him. Along with doing this, cold hosing or icing his legs after exercise will also significantly reduce inflammation. There are other oral anti inflammatories developed that are less hard on the stomach of the horse, including Asprin, but they are more expensive, although the Asprins not by much - they are just less convenient.

Talk to your vet about options and how they could affect your horse.

Good luck!
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I disagree with annabel. I have an 11 year old OTTB who was on the track for nine years, and he had such awful creaking and popping noises, even when he walked. I started him on a joint supplelment, and within two weeks, there was no more creaking or popping. I used to use this

Flex-Force with HA Corta-Flx (Equine - Horse Supplements - Joint - Powdered/Pellet)

but since then i've switched to

Joint Combo Hoof-N-Coat Horse Health (Equine - Horse Supplements - Joint - Powdered/Pellet)

purely for the sake of convenience. I liked Flex-Force, its from the makers of Corta Flex and although it is a little hard to find, its reasonably priced and at Valley Vet you get free freight on a months supply.

However, I agree with annablels statement that for an older horse, injectable supplements might be the best route.
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I started Noah on some outrageouly expensive supplement from an area vet. I want something cheaper, so I'm thinking of switching to this SmartFlex Senior from SmartPak Equine. Sorry I can't give any testimonials yet but I've heard good things about it.
I just started my mare on this a week ago, it has excellent reviews so I'm hoping this will help her as the price is reasonable too.
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i use the acetyl D glucosamine IM injection once a month & it works great ! it only costs $13 a month. i personally dont believe that oral supplements work as well & they are usually a lot more expensive than the injections

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My husband and I have had our gelding on Equinyl Combo Intense (there are different strengths you can get) and we have noticed a huge change in his behavior/mobility.
Its about $50 a month, but IMHO its worth it.
We tried a cheaper supplement and we just didn't notice that much of a change.
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Oral supplements are not effective. Period. The glucosamine, PSGAG, HA etc.. molecules are simply too large to be absorbed into the horse's system through the intestinal linings.
The only way to get this stuff effectively into the horse is to inject in IM, IV or IJ. Injecting Hylarounic Acid and PSGAG once a month (IV and IM) can cost between $100-$250 /mo per horse, but it is the most effective solution.
The cheapest way to reduce the amount of inflammation in his joints is to bute him before you ride him. Along with doing this, cold hosing or icing his legs after exercise will also significantly reduce inflammation. There are other oral anti inflammatories developed that are less hard on the stomach of the horse, including Asprin, but they are more expensive, although the Asprins not by much - they are just less convenient.

Talk to your vet about options and how they could affect your horse.

Good luck!
I disagree, sorry. I had a gelding that suffered severely from stifle/joint pain, could barely move at one point in his life. I started him on Recovery EQ and within a few weeks, he was running in the pasture, he felt good again! Took him off of it to see if it was the supplement helping him, he went back to being in agony. Needless to say, I had to put him back on that VERY expensive supplement.
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I've heard a lot of people who say they like SmartPak. Would like to hear any testimonials.
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I've heard a lot of people who say they like SmartPak. Would like to hear any testimonials.
If you go on their website, there are testimonials of all their products. It's a huge help when trying to decide what to buy.
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