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    09-18-2012, 02:15 AM
Question Joints

I am wondering what do you feed your horses to help with their joints? Right now I don't feed anything for joints to my mare but I would like to start. Also I'm not looking to spend upwards of $100 for a joint supplement ;) So is something out there that will help but at a lower cost?

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    09-18-2012, 01:26 PM
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I feed MSM as a preventative for my horse. I buy 4 lbs at a time from SmartPak- it lasts half a year and comes out to $0.13/day

Does your mare already show any signs of stiffness? Or are you looking for a preventative? Is she in heavy or light work?
    09-18-2012, 07:37 PM
Originally Posted by verona1016    
I feed MSM as a preventative for my horse. I buy 4 lbs at a time from SmartPak- it lasts half a year and comes out to $0.13/day

Does your mare already show any signs of stiffness? Or are you looking for a preventative? Is she in heavy or light work?
We had the vet out when I first bought her to do a pre buy exam (4 years ago) and I was told later in life she would most likely have arthritis in her hips, I can tell that there are a few signs already showing. But I ride her on the trails and do lots of hill work which actually really helps it and has been keeping everything under control, so I'm just looking for preventative right now. And she is in heavy work as of right now (3x a week riding on the trails and 1-2x a week in the arena) but as winter hits she will only be getting ridden 1x a week, maybe 2x at the most.

Can you buy MSM from your local feed stores? What does it do exactly?
    09-18-2012, 07:51 PM
Green Broke
Yep, you should be able to find MSM at any feed store. Here's a little blurb on what it is:

MSM contains sulfur in a form the body can readily use. Sulfur is necessary for the production of collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin, all of which are building blocks of cartilage. Sulfur is necessary for the formation of all connective tissue in the horse's body, including cartilage in joints. Sulfur also works with thiamine, pantothenic acid, and biotin to promote metabolism and communication between nerve cells. Sulfur is found abundantly in keratin, a major component of hair, hooves, and skin, and it's included in some horse skin, coat and hoof supplements. Sulfur is also necessary in the formation of glutathione, which functions as one of the body's best natural antioxidants.
Source: Horse Joint Care: What is MSM?

Glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate, and hyaluronic acid are also common joint supplements; getting a joint supplement that includes more than one of these can provide even better results.
    09-18-2012, 07:52 PM
Riding will really help keep her less stiff!
I feed my mare Next Level pellets through SmartPak.
It really makes a difference, she's not clicky and she's not as sore
    09-19-2012, 02:06 AM
Mudpie was on CortaFlx, and I've just switched him over to SmartFlex I. Just because the ingredients are different, and work for different things, and SmartFlex I was more suited to him at the present moment. :) They're both affordable and work great!
    09-20-2012, 02:21 PM
I just started using cosequin asu at the reccomendation of a lameness specialist. It is a powder which I was very wary about, but my picky eater is eating it very well =] she also loved eat smartflex III
    09-20-2012, 05:06 PM
I have my one gelding on Yucca Saponin and I feed it just because he had bumps of fluid on his hocks and it seems to help him with them they are smaller and he seems to move better even thought he doesnt need it. I pay $.14 a day.

My QH who gets stiff in the stifle when it gets cold or worked REALLy hard so this winter he's getting Vita Flax MSM 4lbs is 192 days and only $24.
    09-24-2012, 11:37 PM
JJ was on Equithrive earlier this year but now we are going to just start giving Glucosamine shots for up keep as he is being used hard so needs to be kept up to keep him going long down the line.
    09-24-2012, 11:43 PM
My horse has a small bone spur in his coffin-pastern joint that doesn't cause lameness now but before he was agisted on full board I was giving him cosequin at the recommendation of my vet. It's about $250 for 6 mths supply where I got it (ouch) but if it prevents him from getting premature arthritis then all to the good.

ETA: Sorry, it's $200 for 3 mths supply! Double ouch, but still...
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