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post #1 of 3 Old 06-17-2012, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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Supplements for older horse

I have a 19 year old POA mare that seems a bit stiff some days even though she's on 24/7 turn out. I know she needs more exercise, she's always been lazy so she's not real active. But I'm assuming she needs supplements to keep her joints in good shape along with the rest of her. She does not get grain most of the time because she gets too fat. How do I know what supplements to get her? Do the cheap ones work just as well? Or do you get what you pay for? What do you use if you have an older horse? Are there any brands or kinds that you would recommend?
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post #2 of 3 Old 06-17-2012, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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If there's anything else you would suggest to keep my horse young I'd appreciate that too! Thanks :)

I have a much older horse but she started showing her first signs of aging much later and differently.
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I highly recommend getting FeedXL and inputting her current diet in to figure out what she needs.

I would say that joint supplements.. you DEFINITELY get what you pay for. I love how easy Smartpak makes it to distribute and they offer a wide variety of different types. Your mare might do good on Smartflex Senior, and it's affordable (costs the amount of a new pad per month) but if that doesn't work, just putting them on a supplement with MSM, hyaluonic acid, glucosamine, and chondroitin sulfate.

Make sure she has access to salt lick and that her feed gives her all the vitamins and minerals and energy she needs. FeedXL will help you. Even a month of use is so worth the cost. I'm telling you! I'm a year long member. I renew every time because it has been very helpful.

Hope that helped!

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