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    06-07-2012, 10:13 AM
Green Broke
Question Which joint supplement?

I am looking at joint supplement for my 18 or 19 year old mare. She gets worked about 5 days a week with 1-2 of those days being trail riding averaging 3 hours a ride with lots of trotting. The rest of the days we are working in the arena with mostly t/c. She is still building muscle. She can get very choppy with her trot and some times feels off in her canter but never wants to slow down, ever.

I was looking at smart pak supplements and I was thinking the Smartflex senior.
SmartFlex® Senior Pellets - Equine Joint Supplements from SmartPak Equine.

But when I do the smart flex finder, for heavy work it says smartflex 3 resilience.
SmartFlex® III Resilience - Horse Tendon & Ligament Supplements from SmartPak Equine

I will eventually be doing dressage with her and actually we might be arranging group lessons for our barn here soon. So which one is better? And is there a cheaper way to get the basic ingredients from these? The senior is about what I would like to spend a month. I don't care about smart paks or if I have to measure.

Also I currently feed Enrich 32 ration balancer and if I go with the smart paks possibly switching out the 32 for Smartvite senior?
SmartVite Senior Grass Pellets - Horse Multi-Vitamin Supplements from SmartPak Equine

Or maybe give the senior joint supplement with this smartvite instead of the senior smartvite, as this is more cost effective?
SmartVite Performance Grass Pellets - Horse Multi-Vitamin Supplements from SmartPak Equine

So what is everyone's thoughts on this? I really feel that do to the amount of work I am putting her into with her age, some kind of joint support should be in her diet.

Thank you.
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    06-07-2012, 03:41 PM
Green Broke
Nobody uses any of these? Someone has to have an opinion on this?
    06-08-2012, 02:13 PM
Green Broke
    06-09-2012, 09:00 PM
I use the Smart Flex Senior for my older boy and it seems to work well, and has helped him stay more comfortable as he has been aging. I use the herb free option, as it warns you that if you give Bute with the boswelia herb ,so I err on the side of caution. If I were you, I'd just stick with the Enrich 32 and just add the senior supplement for now.
    06-09-2012, 09:06 PM
Green Broke
Thank you for your response. I didn't see where it said about mixing bute with the regular so that was good information. I definitely don't want to run into that problem so I will most likely go with the herb free. I've started her on alfalfa due to needing more weight so I need to switch to a different ration balancer.
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    06-12-2012, 02:07 PM
Green Broke
Anyone else use any of these?
    06-12-2012, 02:21 PM
Green Broke
I've never used any of those but my vet recommended cosequin asu for my mare with slight arthritis. If you hve the extra moneybid say try the ASU
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    06-12-2012, 02:38 PM
Green Broke
Hmm I just looked that up and it's only $.40 more per day, but that adds up fast. I'm trying to save as much money as possible.
    06-12-2012, 02:55 PM
Since your working her pretty hard, I would try using Fluid Flex and msm, it works very well on horses and it is only $30 a month. I know alot of people who have had success with both of those.

Also lots of warming up/stretching will help keep her limber, you can always put a liniment on her sore areas.
    06-12-2012, 03:07 PM
Green Broke
Well I looked that one up too and there was lots of good reviews... so now I have no idea what to decide haha. But I do like the price, a lot. I always put liniment on her joints after long trail ride as after the first long one she had a little heat the next day. But with liniment there is never heat or soreness the next day.

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