My 5yo gelding currently has a bone injury and on stall rest. As its his off season I usually turn him out 24/7 with light trail riding and take him off supplements. During show season I keep my gelding on Smart Gut Ultra and smart flex 2. He has a history of ulcers before using Smart Gut; and a slight stifle issue that isn’t an issue as long has he is exercised/turnout and on supplements, but shows up when taken off supplements. With previous conditions I hate to take him off supplements. Should I keep him on his regular supplements or switch to smart gut and smart flex 1?
Whg is your guy on the Smart Gut? I would suggest Smartflex Rehab but it does contain herbal anti-inflammatories so if he has ulcers or a sensitive tummy, something to consider. Otherwise Recovery EQ is supposed to be good. I think it’s best to keep a horse on supplements year round especially if they have a specific condition. I take a multivitamin and use it in the summer just as I do in winter, so I apply the same philosophy for horse supplements
Smartflex rehab is amazing, but I think it has something in it that shows up in testing at shows.(at least I think it did at one point) I would talk to customer service and see for sure.
If you know he has joint/bone issues, why take him off at all? you’re just having to start over every time, if you kept him on it you’re doing more good and not having to let his body restart again.(which can take up to 1-3 months depending).
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