What Joint Supplement Should I Use??

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What Joint Supplement Should I Use??

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    07-24-2012, 12:46 PM
What Joint Supplement Should I Use??

Hey, I have a 17 year old quater horse mare. She's a pretty big horse and im a pretty big guy. I ride her alot, we barrel race and rope. We also do some trail riding on the side. Lately I have been noticing her joints popping when she walks and trots. Her neck pops when she bends it as well. What should I do for this?? I don't have a very big budget. Thanks!
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    07-24-2012, 02:54 PM
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My vet recommends Joint Rescue. It is prescribed by the vet and costs about $144 for 120 days, so it is very reasonable. I haven't tried it yet but will in the spring when I can cut down on all the other supplements my mare gets.
    07-28-2012, 01:18 AM
I am super interested what more people say. I had the vet today for my 16 year old paint mare who is fighting arthritis/joint pain. The vet told me Phycox is super great, so I might put her on that and see if that helps.
    08-16-2012, 03:36 PM
You may want to try Mineral & Protein Mix from Frank Lampley's Products.

Also try this recipe to lubricate the joints. Ingredients: 8-12 oz can of frozen OJ and a bottle of cod liver oil. Mix OJ as directed on can. Add 1 tablespoon of cod liver oil to a 10-12 oz glass of OJ. Pour this combination of OJ and cod liver oil back and forth from 1 container to another 125 times. Do not mix, blend, stir or shake it. It must be poured back and forth from 1 container to another until none of the beads of Cod liver oil come to the surface. Then syringe the mixture into the mouth. Do not mix with feed or water. Give this mixture for a week or until popping noises stops.
    08-20-2012, 12:32 PM
I use Senior Flex and really have seen a difference in my daughters horse ... he is a 21yr old and does barrels and poles.
    08-20-2012, 12:35 PM
My vet [a lameness specialist] recommended that I start my horse on cosequin asu. So she will start on it next month and we will see how it goes !
    08-20-2012, 01:09 PM
!0 people will have 10 suggestions. The reality is different horses need different supplements, and the only ones that work are the ones they will eat. So, I highly recommend calling Smartpak and talking to them. They are really good about sending samples so that you can see what works. They also have a pretty good chart online as I recall so that you can compare.
    08-20-2012, 01:41 PM
Good point franknbeans

I got a free month of smartflex III from smart pak and gypsy will eat it. If she wont eat the cosequin asu I will put her on smartflex III
    08-20-2012, 05:56 PM
I have also had great luck with Cortaflex......THe one with HA
    08-20-2012, 06:40 PM
My $0.02 about feed through supplements is that they rarely actually work.

My vet has said that he feels bad about selling feed through supplements in his clinic because scientifically they don't work and people shell out a lot of money for them. Glucosamine and HA in particular are actually too large on a molecular scale to be absorbed by the horse's digestive system, and just end up in their poop. MSM and natural anti-inflammatories (like Yucca and Devil's Claw - which will test if you are showing) do work to a degree.

And another point I would like to make is that most of the oral glucosamine comes from shark fins, which is the leading cause of the world-wide decline of sharks.

What I would recommend is talking to your vet about what kind of protocol he would like to have the horse on. A lot of vets will recommend for "budget" regimes once monthly IV Legend (about $70 plus the farm call), once monthly IM Adequan (about $100 plus the farm call) or once monthly glucosamine (which I don't use so I can't say a price, but less than the Legend for sure) depending on the results of a simple palpation of the joints and a flexion test.
If you are really into "bang for your buck" it might also be worth it to think about doing a twice yearly Adequan regime of 7 shots, one every 4 days with no monthly maintenance between. Do one before show season for sure, and that might even hold you for the whole year if you give your horse winters off.

If you add up the price of these once monthly, or once/twice yearly options you are looking at between $1000-1500 per year, which is about the same cost as any "good" feed through supplements ($100/one month supply), and you will see far better results.

Good luck!

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