Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
Too many studdies show that orals really are a c.r.a.p shoot. They may, and they may not work - too much and too long of a process for them to go through to do their "job".
Oral Supplements fall under the Equine Nutrition Category, where rules, testings and regulations are quite lax. Companies can say that their product has "this ingredient" in it, to find out that there really isn't anything of the sort in it. And they can say that they have "this much" of "this ingredient" in it, when in reality the product might have just a very small # of that dosage they claim.
Also, studies show that the process the oral has to go through, is quite long and has to go through many steps before it even reaches the area it is supposed to target - and by the time it gets there, the dose originally given, has broken down so much.
My Vets too, say that orals are a waste of money. They are not proven to do the jobs that companies state that they do.
Injections - like Adequan, fall under the Equine Medical Category. Where rules, testings, regulations are very strict and closely followed. So when the company states their product is what it is - it is. And when they state that "this ingredient" is in it, it is in it - etc, etc.
My Vets - from my Farm Vet, Equine Vet to my Lameness Specialist - all say that Adequan is the best of the best. It does what they company says it does. Studies show that when the dosage is given, it goes directly to the area's needed.
Orals can take up to 6 months before it gets into the horses system, where Intramuscular Injections like Adequan, take 48 hours.
In my opinion, Intramuscular Injections, like Adequan are the sure thing.
Just to add - lets not confuse IM's like Adequan, with actual joint injections. They are not the same thing. IM's go into the muscle, the neck is where I give my horse is dosage - where Joint Injections, you haul your horse to the vet and they give them directly into the joint itself. Two completely separate things.