joint supplement?

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  • bri Original Poster bri
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    I’m thinking about getting my 9 year old quarter horse some joint supplements. He was first just on equine senior feed to gain weight which helped a lot. Now that I’m working him more I would like to just be safe than sorry. It needs to be like a famous brand name, something that I wouldn’t have to order.

    pheets pheets
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    Best bet is to first talk to your vet about your concerns and let them advise you accordingly. Then researchresearchresearch! There are SOOO many joint supplements available and by many big brand names. Choosing the right one can be an expensive and long, drawn out trial and errour period for you and your horse if you aren’t sure what you are specifically treating for. I know many folks will treat prophylactically (just in case) tho I personally am not quite convinced of the value in that approach. There is also the question of how effective oral supplements really are. I am not solid on that point, either, sorry!

    A good and consistent conditioning/riding programme, complete diet and thoughtful care (to horse AND equipment) could be pretty effective for a sound and happy 9 yo for now : ) Talk to your vet, they know a whole lot more about you, your horse and the path to your goals than I do 😀

    • This reply was modified 4 years, 7 months ago by pheets pheets.

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    patrick’s mom
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    My young horse has had a creaky fetlock joint that locks up sometimes. He’s had this since he was a yearling. I think it’s congenital or an old pasture injury. He’s been gettin Reach Joint Supplement for over three years now and the only time it “flares” up is if I run out of supplement and he has to go w/o it for more than a week. He gets 1 scoop in the morning-less than the reccomended dosage-works like a charm.I give a similar product to my dogs-not because they have joint issues- as a preventative. Flaxseed is a natural anti-inflamatory and may also help.

    NinaJD NinaJD
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    you can also talk with a smartpak customer service rep. They are super helpful.
    I would probably just put him on a basic supplement for now and maybe bump it up if you started competeting or training really heavily.

    you can also try more natural ways to keep his joints healthy. Carrots and yams are very good for joints. horses can have up to 5 lbs of carrots a day and you can give a him half a yam a day as well. If you were to do both, I would give him half a yam and maybe 2 lbs of carrots.

    "Take the time it takes, so that it takes less time."
    "Expect a lot, accept a little, reward often."
    Pat Parelli

    GHFrider GHFrider
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    I have a senior horse with a great deal of arthritis in his hocks. He’d reached the point a few years ago where if the shoer lifted the horse’s back leg, I had to massage the joint to get it to release so he could put it back down. The vet recommended Recovery EQ (I use the Extra Strength or HA), and in two weeks the horse was running and bucking and hasn’t had a problem since.

    That said, I’m not entirely in favor of giving supplements as a preventative. I don’t think there’s been any definitive research to show that they’re effective, nor can there be since there’s no way to unsupplement the same horse and let it live the time period over. Every horse has different joint issues, and some never really have a problem if they weren’t used hard or ridden in a collected frame. I agree with NinaJD. Just feed him a healthy diet with anti-inflammatory qualities and avoid the kinds of uses (research has shown that reining, jumping, dressage, and barrel racing are hardest on joints) that cause early arthritic changes, and he should have a healthy life.
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    patrick’s mom
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    I just loaned a copy of The Arthritis Cure (for humans) by Jason Theodosakis to a horse woman friend, for her arthritis. It focuses on rebuilding cartilage between joints. It advocates glucosamine and chondroitin. It works for humans and being that experts have be advocating it for Equines it sounds like aiding the natural rebuilding of cartilage between horse joints with the aid of glucosamine and chondroitin is a sound approach to alleviating a horse’s pain and stiffness.

    Noxx Noxx
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    I’ve personally had great success with Actiflex 4000 which isn’t sold on SmartPak. It’s usually $80 for a gallon jug, which has 128 oz (or maintenance doses) in it. My OTTB has a lot of hock, stifle, and fetlock issues on his hind and and this supplement really helps!

    Odie4Me Odie4Me
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    I have had great success with CosequinAU and a good friend of mine really likes Next Level(it’s a liquid). My older horse is on Smartflexsenior and is very sound on that. I recommend talking to a Smartpak rep and explain what you are experiencing with your horse and they can help you find the right supplement. Plus since it is a trial period, sometimes they will send you trial samples to see if your horse will actually eat the supplement.

    Jon Jon
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    I use GLC 5500 on my gelding and one mare. It helped them both. This is not sold by Smartpak. The nice thing is that my extremely picky mare will eat it. My gelding is just a hoover and will eat almost anything.

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