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franknbeans 02-16-2011 11:51 AM

Lameness/supplement gurus-suggestions?
My 22 YO semi-retired draft cross has been free leased to a therapeutic riding facility for the winter. He has been stiff in the hind for several years now, due to a combination of factors. (some arthritis, old suspensory, and a birth defect). He has been serviceable sound for light riding with Coraflex. Prior to them taking him I told them (and gave them a gallon) he needed to stay on it. The rest of their horses are on Cosequin, so I sort of got the feeling that as soon as I was out the door, they would do as they pleased.

Anyway, got a call yesterday from a friend who had talked to them-he is "off in the right hind" and the want my number to send him back. Ok, no problem. However, I told them (they are in upstate NY-SNOW country) that I go out of state for 6 months in the winter, and if they took him, it would be until spring. So, when I talk to them, I will remind them of that, and ask what supps he is on. I think they will board him until I get back up there in about 6 weeks.

BUT, in the meantime, is it worth trying him on the Cortaflex HA and adding MSM? If so, how much should I add? He is a 16.2 Clyde cross, and NOT a petite guy!

Thanks for taking the itme to read this!

Here is a video of him they used for his "job interview". You can see the stiffness in the hind, at least I can.:wink:

YouTube - FISHSTICK1233's Channel His name is Frank.

Cherie 02-16-2011 07:43 PM

You are far better off with Injectable Adequan or Legend. If you know exactly what joint is sore, Intra-articular injections of Hyaluronic Acid.

These are sooooo much more effective than any of the supplements.

Personally, I would go first for an HA injection and then follow up with monthly IV injections of Legend. That is just what I have had the most success with.

luvs2ride1979 02-16-2011 09:57 PM

I'd try him on the Corta-Flx HA and MSM for 60 days and see what you get. If you're happy with the results, stick with that. If not, go with injections like Cherie recommended.

I would use a double dose of the Corta-Flx for 7 days, then go with the regular amount. I would add 1 scoop, or 10,000 mgs of MSM. I add 5,000 for my guys that are a bit less stiff than your boy, to regular Corta-Flx and it really works well.

Trinity3205 02-17-2011 02:16 AM

The liquid oral Corta-flx is giving me some amazing results on my 16yo TB. I had very noticable results in 3 days. Im not even giving MSM with it currently but I will give it a try too to see if he can get any better that where he is now which is pretty dang good. Just the CF alone quit all his creaking and popping and loosened his hind end up a great deal. He jumped in his young days and has a great deal of hock and stifle stiffness plus some knee stiffness also without it. I give it two big thumbs up and the cost is very reasonable.

franknbeans 02-17-2011 05:29 AM

Thanks. He is on the liquid CF (the plain stuff), and I have had great results, until now...IF they still have him on it.
I don't think I really want to pay for the injections so that they can use him. It is a free lease, after all. I also think that most likely it would take more diagnostics prior to a vet being willing to do it. To invest a lot of $$ at this point is just not worth it, I don't think. He is pasture sound, after all, and I rarely use him when he is home.....perhaps for an occassional trail ride.
I think I will try the CF liquid with HA, thanks luvs2ride for the answer on the MSM. I really think that is the way to go.

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