Originally Posted by franknbeans
Many folks give their own Adequan, since it is IM-and they do have great results. I just have an issue with giving my horse a shot monthly......leads to too many other issues over time, IMO. I am not on the bandwagon with many reiners who use it monthly on young horses. Any injection is a risk, IMO, and over time you cannot help but get scar tissue, etc, just like people. I have seen results with the Cortaflex, as stated, and prefer to stick with oral. Perhaps if I had a $50K horse......I would do the same at 3 yrs old......;-/
I inject all my horse's Adequan and he is on it regularly with no ill effects; every 4 days I do alternate sides of the neck though or else there is an overgrowth of blood vessels. In between his doses (I do the 7 shots, 1 every 4 days a few times per year) the vessels in his neck go back to "normal".
Yes, every injection carries risks, however learning how to do it correctly, drawing back every time and using a new needle for every shot as well as using the highest gauge needle you can (I use a 20g) reduce the risks immensely. Knock on wood, in my life I have given over 200 IM injections and never had an issue, although those have all been my own horses and I would never inject someone else's horse.
IMO I would rather spend the money on something that works very well and has been regularly proven over and over again scientifically and in studies rather than a supplement which is not regulated and has not been extensively independently tested, and the studies which it has been in show doubts towards its effectiveness. IMO much of the "results" from feeding CortaFlex are "placebo" by the owners and I bet you nor your horse would tell the difference if it were switched out to molasses.