Oral supplements vs. injectables?

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  • topshelfeq Original Poster topshelfeq
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    Hi all,

    I’m curious on your thoughts regarding the effectiveness of a oral (i.e feed) joint supplement as opposed to an injectable (adequan or legend). Is the steep price for the loading dose of injections worth the price, or is feeding something like SmartFlex comparable?

    I’ve done both, but think I need to start one of our older, cherished lesson horses on a joint regimen and would like some input.

    TWH Girl TWH Girl
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    Well, this is a subject with lots of opinions. I like a daily supplement, and Smartflex Resilience is my fav. I would couple that with either semi- annual Adequan series or Legend iv. Which product is best depends more on what the horse’s issue is. You can do monthly injections after the recommended dose (4/7/28 for Adequan or 1/7/3 for Legend) but there is nothing to really prove a monthly dose on its own is helpful. Some say it is. I just had my 11yr old’s stifles injected and am doing an Adequan series twice a year and Smartflex Resilience daily. This seems to be a good regimen for him, but each horse is different and you may need to experiment or consult your vet for recommending. Best wishes to you!

    ally.shy
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    I have a 20 year old gelding that I started on his first joint supplements just last year. My vet recommended him to be put on an oral and intro muscular injection, due to his high activity level and the fact that I still haul him several times a month. Even though he didn’t show any obvious signs of discomfort or pain.

    So he is on every option possible to give him the best comfort possible. I think activity level plays the biggest role in which route you go. I also don’t believe that a young horse should be started on injectables if an oral supplement can get the job done. I will swear up and down that Adequan help my old man in more ways than I thought possible. Although I think his oral supplements really helps with any discomfort after workout. It’s a toss up. Smartpak has an amazing line of oral supplements. If I had a younger horse (say mid teens), I would defiantly go oral supplement first. Sorry, this probably doesn’t help at all, I kinda just rambled on. Haha. Hope you find a good combination!

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