I have an almost 13 y/o paint gelding, we do light work, some jumping, nothing crazy. But, he has upright pasterns and I know he is going to get arthritis so I want to help prolong/prevent it as much as possible.
I think I have decided that I am wanting at least these ingredients:
Glucosamine, Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Ester-C
So I have been looking around and here are my thoughts:
My first choice would be Cosequin ASU Plus, it contains everything I want in good levels
Nutramax Laboratories, Inc.
But, it is like $70 a month! I am a college student working part time and I do not think I can afford that.
I was also looking at Matrix 5+ H/A
Matrix 5+H/A - Equine Joint Supplements from SmartPak Equine
Which is more affordable but doesn't have MSM which I think is important.
Also, I found Acti-Flex 4000 which has everything I want, but I thought I heard you have to have 10,000 mg glucosamine for it to b absorbed and this only has 8,000. It is very cheap, but it is a liquid and I live in Ohio so that might not be a good idea for winter.
Acti-Flex 4000 in Joint Supplements at Schneider Saddlery
Finally, I talked to my vet and he said the main thing to worry about is the formula. He said a lot of companies have products with high levels of a bunch of stuff, but their formula isn't digestible for the horse so they are basically eating it and pooping it out, rather than absorbing it into their bloodstream. So that just adds another thing to the pile of, what the heck do I do?
Can someone please give me any advise at all?