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    05-29-2012, 11:16 PM
  #1
Foal
MSM vs glucosamine/chondroitin

I am looking to start my horses on a joint supplement. One horse is a 15 y/o OTTB who I ride 5-7 days a week including trail riding and jumping maybe 2-4 times a month. She occassionally is stiff (rare) but is otherwise sound and doesnt seem to have joint issues but I want to make sure she is feeling her best and prevent anything. My other horse is about 20 and retired. He has arthritis in his hocks and I ride him 1-2 times a week and do pretty much only walking on the trail with him.
What should I feed them for a joint supplement? Do I want to buy something with MSM or glucosamine and chondroitin or should I feed them both?
Thanks for your advice.
     
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    05-31-2012, 04:59 PM
  #2
Foal
This is a great question. I'm curious about this too.
     
    05-31-2012, 05:06 PM
  #3
Yearling
I have a retired polo horse. She has arthritis in her hocks and stiff stifles. She had been on glucosamine when I bought her and she was sound. When I bought her, the boarding place only provided MSM unless you went with Smart Pak. I decided to see how she did on the MSM only. I really noticed a difference. She was "off" quite a bit and seemed really stiff. She is now on a Smart Pak with both MSM and Glucosamine and is doing great!!
     
    05-31-2012, 05:33 PM
  #4
Started
I personally would go with all three as i've noticed, both in my horses and in myself, that all three together make a noticeable difference. ;)
     
    05-31-2012, 07:02 PM
  #5
Trained
I use a product that has all three in it. I find that I get the best results in my dogs so why wouldn't I get the same with my horses? You shouldn't just give one like Chondriotin, it won't do anything productive for them.

- Gluclosamine will help to repair damaged tissues and protect tissues from future damage.
- Chondroitin helps to lubricate the areas so they move smoother.
- MSM helps support vital biochemical processes in the body. It's also an energy producer.

The best product I have found for a horse is made by Nusentia. It's called Regenex. I use it for my horses and for my dogs and have seen noticeable differences in as little as a week and a half.

It has the best price. A similar product will cost to 5-10 times as much.
Horse Glucosamine : MSM for Horses : Joint Supplement for Horses

One bottle lasts me 60 days, I give 1 ounce a day.
Manganese (Amino Acid Chelate) 10mg*
Glucosamine Sulfate 5000mg*
Chondroitin Sulfate 1000mg*
MSM 5000mg*

My 100LB dog has to have 1000mg of Gluclosamine and at least 500mg of Chondriotin. So think about how much a 1000LB horse should be getting.
     
    06-01-2012, 09:00 AM
  #6
Foal
Thanks!!
So the consensus is feed all three?
Thanks for your suggestions. Do you know if that product is safe for horses who are starch and sugar sensitive? My thoroughbred has a history of tying up and my older horse is founder and colic prone, but none of the tabs on that link work for me so I can't read much about it there!
     
    06-01-2012, 08:17 PM
  #7
Trained
Glucosamine/chondroitin are basically the same thing. One brakes down to the other. I myself prefer and use injectable Glucosamine. It works better fast is a lot less expensive and the horse uses ALL of it not the about 20% of the feed through. That is why it take so long for it to start working is the horse has a very hard time digesting it.

As MSM. I personally do not use it on any of my horses at this time. Use to use it on an old broodmare I had but found other things that helped her better for less.

At the end of the day any of these things are better then non.
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    06-05-2012, 11:40 PM
  #8
Foal
Thanks for your input! I talked it over with some other people who suggested the injections too, I got the generic adequan but havent given it to the horses yet. Hopefully it helps! Are they generally good enough with just the injection or do they need the supplements on top of that too?
Thanks everyone!
     
    06-05-2012, 11:44 PM
  #9
Trained
Adequin and gluecosamien are 2 different things and work in different ways. Adiquin is quick and short term.
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    06-06-2012, 12:04 AM
  #10
Trained
I may be misinformed....but if your horse has ulcers I would watch the amount of MSM in a joint supplement.
     

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