Best joint supplement to feed?
I was just wondering about what is the BEST supplement to feed a horse to keep him comfortable and rebuild/slow down the aging process.
Also, is feeding one scoop (suggested amount) of MSM a good/bad idea? Safe? Long term?
Well I had a thread with this info but I will share again.
My vet puts all of his horses on msm and joint rescue. Joint rescue is by prescription only but he finds it is best absorbed by the horse. It costs $144 for 120 days so really not expensive. My mare is only on msm at the moment. In a few months when I have the extra money after vet bills she will go on the joint rescue.
He also uses legend on some of his but that is obviously very expensive and reserved for the hardest working horses.
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Thanks for the info!
Yes, I am trying to keep as low budget as possible :)
You can get cheap supplements at tractor supply. Really depends on the level of work and stage of joint problems your horse has. Even something with a low level of glucosamine would do wonders. Perhaps consult with your vet, they would know best what would work for your horse.
No clue but I'm going to try this with Sky:
Yucca Saponin - Equine Anti-Inflammatory Supplements from SmartPak Equine
Hi There. I have an old gelding so I have searched for the anti-aging supplements. The most intriguing I found was Recovery EQ. It seems to make good sense to me, as the ingredients used are also great for anti-aging in people. (I used to work for an anti-aging physician.) I read reviews and such, and am starting my big boy on it.
As far as joint supplements go, I've been giving my gelding those too for about 1.5 years now. We've had great success with Next Level joint supplement. I've found it cheaper on line - web sites like state line tack, and even amazon. I even found Recovery EQ on amazon for 1/4 the price of other web sites.
Of course every horse is different, and the proof is in the pudding. Watch your horse to see how he/she responds. If you don't get good results, try a different one. Just keep trying until you find one that works for your budget and your horse.
Well, MSM is my go-to supplement. It's cheap ($6 for 45 days), and extremely effective for most horses. If it works on your horse, it usually works very well. My mare has a ton of arthritis and gets stocked up. On MSM, no stocking up. Off MSM, she starts stocking up again.
My friend's mare has arthritis as well, and off MSM she's creaky and stiff. On MSM, she acts like a 5yr old.
Make sure you feed 10,000mg per serving. Some supplements don't have enough MSM. The human dose is 1,000.
You really can't overdose on MSM so don't worry about that. Even humans can't really overdose on it.
I haven't had good luck with Adequan (HA) or Glucosamine, or Chondroitin with my own mare. Just MSM. :)
My friend's gelding does great on Cosequin. You can tell when he's not on it. He's 24yrs old and still hopping pasture fences.
I'd like to try Hylan, as I've heard it's pretty good.
The supplements from smartpakequine.com are all good quality. If you buy anywhere else you'd best do some research to make sure you're getting the right dosage and source of the chemicals/nutrients in the supplements.
What I've seen when it comes to supplements is that results vary from horse to horse. What may do nothing for one horse could have done miracles in another. Best thing to do, IMO, is to approach supplements with an open mind and realize that to some degree, it may be doing more for your peace of mind than for the horse's body.
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^this what Dancing said. Many times supplements won't work because the joint damage has gone BEYOND maintenance. Many of these feed throughs do nothing, if it's gone beyond a certain point...and all you are doing is feeding something that is not going to be utilized by the body. And many times, for the supplement to be effective...you have to feed MUCH more than what the label calls for. Many vets say that the feed throughs are a waste of money depending on what the horse actually needs. The best one really is Cosequin and it's pricey. The best route to take...is to get yoour vet out, assess the actual health of the horse's joints to begin with...otherwise, you could be wasting your money big time.
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