Is he too young for a joint supplement?

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    02-24-2014, 07:27 PM
Is he too young for a joint supplement?

Is it ever too early for putting a horse on a joint supplement?

My coming 8 y/o gelding (Dakota) had a pretty bad joint infection in his hind fetlock joint as a weanling (he sliced the joint open on a piece of tin and was on antibiotics and other medications for two weeks). The vet told me that, due to how severe the infection was, he'd have arthritis by the time he turned ten years old.

I have been toying with the idea of putting him on the same joint supplement that my coming 20 y/o mare and coming 18 y/o mare are on (VitaFlex with MSM).

I started him on the supplement a week and a half ago, using it as directed to get it in his system, and took him for a short ride a few days ago. I was pleasantly surprised to find that he was much more forwards moving and willing to trot than usual... Very energetic and eager to get out and go (the same way my 20 y/o mare acts when on the supplement)...

So, I'm thinking about keeping him on the supplement, but am wondering if there could be any negative effects to putting him on it so young (and yes, I consider 8 y/o still very young).
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    02-24-2014, 07:43 PM
No 8 is not too young. Putting them on supplements when they are young will help in the long run.

I've had my mare on supplements since she was 5. She also got a joint infection and now has arthritis. She'll only get worse as time goes on.

You may want to look into Pentosan or Adequan to help him as well.
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    02-25-2014, 12:19 AM
With the history, no. Your horse probably could have been put on a low dose joint supplement when he started riding more seriously.

I put my horses on a joint supplement when they are 3 yrs old, and training started. Just a bit extra support for them, I think.
    02-25-2014, 04:56 PM
Ok, thanks for your info, guys! I probably could have called the vet and asked, but since phoning my vet is long-distance, I prefer to only phone him if I have an emergency, lol.

So, it looks like Dakota will stay on the joint supplement, and if he gets to where he may seem a lil stiff or something, I'll look into something else as well.
    02-25-2014, 04:56 PM
I've been using Vitaflex for almost three years now and it's the best I've found, IMO... and it's affordable!

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