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post #1 of 8 Old 08-05-2014, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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What do you do for joint care?

Just curious what everyone does for joint care (mainly nutritionally but if you do something else I would love to know. I'm further researching options for my boy. It would be really helpful if you could give us a little background on the horse and why you use what you use. Thanks in advance guys, can't wait to get this conversation started!

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post #2 of 8 Old 08-06-2014, 07:41 AM
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Do you mean compitition liniment/warps or ageing arthritis?
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I feed a good balanced diet , NO SUPPLEMENTS! I leave the joint and soundness maintenance to my vet. That is what he gets paid for. Joint injections, adequan, special shoeing needs, etc. are all his call as to when and how often.
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Do you mean compitition liniment/warps or ageing arthritis?
Just whatever you do to help joints for your horse.

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While a good balanced diet are very important, that's not all of the equation.

Personally, for my horse Red, he is on pasture 24/7. Yes, he carries around an extra pound or two because of it, but I feel the action of grazing all day is the best way to keep his body healthy (especially circulation and digestive system). He gets exercised almost every day and is in good shape.

He gets fed a small amount of Purina Omolene 200. Basically just enough so that I have something to mix with his Platinum Performance CJ supplement. While feed-throughs aren't the best way to absorb joint nutrients, I do like feeding it anyway for it's other ingredients.

He also gets Previcoxx once a day to manage some of the problems he has.

He gets Adequan once a month.

He has a 2 degree wedge pad under his front shoes, and regular shoes on the back (for traction).

Every horse is different and will have different needs. It is important that you consult with your vet to figure out what is best for your horse.

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Just whatever you do to help joints for your horse.
Oh, Iv had my 23yr. Fjord on Glucosamin for her knees. I Heard from a Health Food Store friend that Nepon Powder is suppose to be very good. Its a red berry the size of a Cherry that grows on a thorn bush. The best ones grow along the Swedish west coast.
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Just whatever you do to help joints for your horse.
It really depends on the horses activity level. Glucosamine, while great, isn't easily absorbed through the horses digestive system: it isn't set up to let such a bug molecule pass through to the rest of the body to be productive. This is why it's really best to go with something like Adequan or similar.

Consistent work to keep the muscles around the joints strong for support, and to keep the joint fluid moving and fresh (sort of like blinking your eyes) is important, but knowing the horses limit is essential as well. A semi-retired arthritic ex-racehorse can only handle so much.

There are some ingredients that act as natural anti-inflamatories found in some joint supplements that have shown to be helpful in some cases. These include yucca, devil's claw, boswellin. I know some that are adamant about feeding a horse an oral joint supplement, and for them I recommend Tight Joints Plus.

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just googled, says provided through the vet. Take it Adequan is perscription.
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