Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Ontario, Canada
Don't comprimise a joint with injections unless necessary. Did someone seriously suggest you do knees "preventatively"? Why replace healthy synovial fluid with artificial? Injecting is not a risk free procedure.
Are your horses knees showing signs of soreness? I don't think injecting a knee is a part or being a reiner, as much as it doesn't have to be part of being a racehorse. I've had plenty of racehorses NOT have their knees done and be successful, and IMO, racing is far harder on the knees (we specialize in trotters).
If it does become necessary to inject after exhausting all other treatment regiments (including oral supplements, glucosamine IM, hosing, chiropractic, magnets etc etc), look into the best vet and the best injection. My personal fave is the HI 50 with 1cc cort to help with cooling.
~Lindsay~ Mom of 2, wife to the goldsmith, doula and childbirth educator in training, life-long horse dork