Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Eventing Country
• Horses: 0
But how often do you work on dressage? GP Jumpers work on flatwork alone from 5-6 days a week, for a reason.
Again, a horse only has so much jump in them. Again, studdies prove that jumping wears and tears, and breaks down our horses joints on landing, regardless if it is a 2'0" fence or a 5'0" fence - shock is shock, compaction is compaction.
I can go to a Hunter/Jumper show and watch a Jumper Class. I can pin point what horse/rider team have a strong basis of dressage in their riding/training, from those who do not.
Food for thought.
Joint Suppliments - studdies prove that oral are not 100% accurate, nor are the ingredients always what the package states that they are.
Oral suppliments are not the sure way to go, because orals fall under the Equine Nutrition Category, regulations, rules and inspections are not up to par. So they are far more leniant on the products on the shelves as to what they are made of, and what % of what is in them, if they are even in them.
To make a long story short - Orals can be a waste of money.
The only sure way to go, are Intramuscular Injections, because they fall under the Medical Category. Which means that the rules, regulations and inspections and studdies are 100$ accurate because that category is far more strict. So that means, what you are putting into your horse, is exactly what the product claims it is and does.
Glucosamine IM's, Adequan, Legend.
Then come the most expensive, Joint Injections. These run to about $400 or more per injection, and should only be used on horses who are fully examined and xray'd by a veterarian that shows that the horse definitely does need these.
My guy is 20, turning 21 this month and he is on IM's. He is on Adequan now, was on Glucosamine but it wasn't enough.