Asking for a friend with a horse that had a stifle injury as a youngster. She put the gelding on Cosequin and has had success, but the cost is getting a bit much, is there something that is as good as Cosequin without being as pricey?
Have your friend check the smartpak equine site..I love their products and they have something for every budget. Also if you look up coupons online for smartpak you can usually get a free shipping code too. I have my mare on Smart MSM, she had a prior hock injury and her Dam has had stiffle issues so I wanted to cover both. I could tell the different in a week and its only about 11.00 a month product..but there are several other options also..depending upon how severe his past injury was..and the people at smartpak are very helpful too if you have any questions or suggestions.
No. A study has been done on oral Hylarounic Acid and it has disproved any positive effects of the stuff - it actually does nothing. Glucosamine and PSGAGs are also indigestible by the equine stomach.
Your only other options are IM injections of Adequan (about $800 for 7 doses - if you administer it) and IV injections of Legend (About $100-$200 per injection, vet administered). There are many generics which I and others here have used which cut the price, but their effectiveness is less than the brand name. If the horse really becomes degenerative, IJ injections may be necessary.
Horses are expensive. If you want a cheap horse, go buy a plastic one.
Your welcome..and my vet tries to tell me oral supplements don't help to..but Im not going to argue with him, I know what I see. I think its a matter of making sure the dosage is high enough to actually make a difference in a horse and that's what they specialize in. And I know Im not imagining it whan I say my mare did act/feel better, especially on those mornings when it gets colder and she may get stiffer. Also smartpak sponsers alot of champion horses etc and I honestly don't think they would waste their money on something that didnt help their horses. I've got my walker on a vitapak for easy keepers thru them because he gains weight just looking at grain, but want to ensure he gets what he needs...and my paint gelding is on a omega3 product thru smartpak. And no Im not a "rep" for smartpak, but even if you don't buy any of their products they have a very educational website too. I've learned a few things.