Supplement for horses joints
My boy is 24 years old, and since I'm still working him, I want to get him something that will help his joints, especially his lower legs. Suggestions? I want it to be affordable ( not much more than 20 dollars a month ) and effective.
I started Noah on some outrageouly expensive supplement from an area vet. I want something cheaper, so I'm thinking of switching to this SmartFlex Senior from SmartPak Equine. Sorry I can't give any testimonials yet but I've heard good things about it.
Oral supplements are not effective. Period. The glucosamine, PSGAG, HA etc.. molecules are simply too large to be absorbed into the horse's system through the intestinal linings.
The only way to get this stuff effectively into the horse is to inject in IM, IV or IJ. Injecting Hylarounic Acid and PSGAG once a month (IV and IM) can cost between $100-$250 /mo per horse, but it is the most effective solution.
The cheapest way to reduce the amount of inflammation in his joints is to bute him before you ride him. Along with doing this, cold hosing or icing his legs after exercise will also significantly reduce inflammation. There are other oral anti inflammatories developed that are less hard on the stomach of the horse, including Asprin, but they are more expensive, although the Asprins not by much - they are just less convenient.
Talk to your vet about options and how they could affect your horse.
I disagree with annabel. I have an 11 year old OTTB who was on the track for nine years, and he had such awful creaking and popping noises, even when he walked. I started him on a joint supplelment, and within two weeks, there was no more creaking or popping. I used to use this
Flex-Force with HA Corta-Flx (Equine - Horse Supplements - Joint - Powdered/Pellet)
but since then i've switched to
Joint Combo Hoof-N-Coat Horse Health (Equine - Horse Supplements - Joint - Powdered/Pellet)
purely for the sake of convenience. I liked Flex-Force, its from the makers of Corta Flex and although it is a little hard to find, its reasonably priced and at Valley Vet you get free freight on a months supply.
However, I agree with annablels statement that for an older horse, injectable supplements might be the best route.
i use the acetyl D glucosamine IM injection once a month & it works great ! it only costs $13 a month. i personally dont believe that oral supplements work as well & they are usually a lot more expensive than the injections
My husband and I have had our gelding on Equinyl Combo Intense (there are different strengths you can get) and we have noticed a huge change in his behavior/mobility.
Its about $50 a month, but IMHO its worth it.
We tried a cheaper supplement and we just didn't notice that much of a change.
I've heard a lot of people who say they like SmartPak. Would like to hear any testimonials.
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