So I've heard a LOT of mixed reviews on joint supplements, but the resounding consensus on feed throughs/oral supplements is that they are not as effective as the injectables.
That said, I'd like to spark a discussion on the injectables, which through my research I've found mixed reviews on across the board. My mare had some on and off lameness earlier this year and the vet suggested it was her hocks. We ended up injecting them and she was a million times better! Now that was in March and she's been sound ever since. However more recently she's definitely becoming stiffer again, although still not lame. Just less of a "spring in her step", willingness to really come through and work off her hind. Vet recommended one of the IM or IV drugs to extend the hock injections since those are A. expensive and B. invasive so we'd like to keep them at bay as long as possible if we can.
SO what injectable joint drugs have you used with your horse(s) and what's your experience with them
? These are the 3 I have frequently heard about...
He actually recommended a sort of "generic" Polyglycan mix he uses a lot that's slightly different than the brand name version. He's been giving it to her monthly for the past couple months and I THINK it's made a difference, but it hasn't been drastic and I'm wondering if what I am seeing is a placebo in my head anyway
Hence why I am asking on here...it has to be given IV, and I'd like to be able to administer myself if possible, which would mean one of the IM meds more than likely since I don't really want to mess with learning to give IV myself if I can help it (which just leaves Adequan from my little list above I believe). If I can find someone to teach me to give IV I would be willing to learn, but it makes me more nervous than learning IM.
I was going to switch to Adequan just because it's IM and seems to be a common one used, BUT then I started hearing rumors from people about there potentially being a recent finding that was not very positive with this drug...I can't really find any more info on it yet since I guess it's been pretty recent, so I'm looking into that one more before I switch her over to give it a try...so if anyone has any info on that let me know, I'd be interested to learn what the rumors have all been about.