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post #1 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 03:07 PM Thread Starter
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Opinions on "Horse Aspirin"

Hey! My horse is 13 and per the advice of my vet we put him on SmartFlex Senior since he isn't doing so well and is coming out stiff and sore a lot, always in his hocks. I wanted to put him on something extra to help with the pain for a while with giving him lots of time off with very light riding to see if he gets to feeling better. I stumbled across "horse aspirin" on SmartPak's site, it was $14 a month, and thought it was worth a try. I was just wondering if this is sorta like a bute, but not as strong? I would rather not take the chance of it making him feel reallllly good and then I start riding him again but all it was was the aspirin not making him feel pain, and by riding him made what ever is wrong worse. Thanks!
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post #2 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 05:49 PM
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Equine aspirin is like bute and works very well for short-term pain issues.

It does give a horse ulcers over time, so is not a product recommended as a "forever" supplement to help a horse with arthritis issues.

There are many other products out there and sometimes hock injections have a bit of success but that is something to speak with your vet about.

Hopefully others will come in with products they use that helps their horses without giving them ulcers

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post #3 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 06:06 PM
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The biggest difference is that bute can last 24+ hours while aspirin only lasts 4-6 hours. Both are hard on the stomach and liver with long term use.
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post #4 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 06:16 PM
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I use this for my old guy. It works and he doesn't turn his nose up at it. He gets it every day and has been on it for almost 3 years now with no problems.

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post #5 of 6 Old 06-03-2013, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you! I never thought how it can be hard on the tummy like Bute can be! I didnt know it only lasted 4-5 hours either. He already has ulcers, so I am NOT putting Ben on this stuff. Thanks guys!
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post #6 of 6 Old 06-06-2013, 02:13 PM
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I second devil claw root we use it for our boy it works very well for him.

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