Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Gallant, Alabama
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).
Horseshoe Loop Farm: Home of Gypsie (1994 TWH mare), Dakota (2006 TWH gelding), Jo (2012 TWH filly) & Minnie (1992 Paint mare)