07-27-2010, 09:50 AM
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I would start out with MSM and go from there.
My honest opinion about oral suppliments is that you are spending more on a product that you cannot be sure or certain that it is working.
The reason being, is because Oral Suppliments fall under the Equine Nutrition Category - so the rules, regulations, and inspections aren't strict. So the companies can say that there is this much of this ingredient, when there really ins't. Or they can say that there is this ingredient in it, without even putting it in.
Also, say you give your horse 1 tablespoon scoop of the product, studdies show that only a minute amount of what your horse injests, is going to where it needs to be going to do its' job.
So going with MSM is cheaper than going for all those fandangled expensive products.
Now, if you want to go with something that is the "for sure thing" look into IM's - like Glucosamine, Polyglycam, Adequan, Legend..etc, etc.
Glucosamine is your cheapest route to start with. For a whole bottle that lasts a couple of months, is $25.00 U.S. Not sure what you can get in Australia.
I like IM's because they fall under the Equine Medical Category, where rules, regulations, studdes, tests and inspections are strict, closely followed and regulated. So, when the product says what it is, you can be sure it is. And when the product states what it does, you know it does.
I would talk to your vet :) See what they say.