Best Oral Joint Supplement for the competing Senior Horse
looking for recommendations on the hands down best oral joint supplement for the competing senior....looking to find the product that gives you the most bang for your buck-including high levels of glucosamine/choI'mndroitin,msm,HA, and any other vital ingredients particularly that would be good for the senior horse
I've used Horse Tech's Hylasport, Recovery Eq HA,and SmartFlex Repair,and Lubrisyn in the past...just would like feed back on what everybodys using and having the best results w/...right now we're trying Mega Grand Flex,plus Grand HA and i don't think its working as well as some of the others....i'm also considering Platinum Performance CJ but am wondering if its truly worth it b/c its very pricey...can i get the same result combining other products? My vet carries a liquid joint supp called Vet Flex that has all the key ingredients-its a gallon-and is like a 2 maybe 3 months supply for around $100! it also has ingredients such as yucca,devils claw,and boswelia ....are these ingredients good for seniors?!?
Also....i already know about joint injections/adaquan,legend etc
I use Cosequin ASU for my arthritic gelding, but for cost effectiveness I believe we're switching him to the glucosamine shots. I've heard great things, especially from my vet, about Platinum Performance, so if you're willing to pay that much, that would probably be something that would work for you.
My vet recommends Cosequin ASU. I think injectables tend to work better though.
I've used Recovery HA. I'm not entirely sure I saw a huge difference, but he definitely didn't get worse on it.
I think a good all-around diet is as important, if not more important, than joint supplements. I think it all helps and I definitely won't stop using the joint supplements, but I think a healthy conditioning program and good nutrition also play huge roles.
Used the injectable Legend for several years and switched to the oral LubriSyn or Hyalauronex. Showed at the AAs in the 3' Adults until horse was about 17, then dropped to 2'6" but still showed actively for 3 years.
Taking this year off. Been a little stiff but much better now, possibly something fusing (finally).
Also always had a vitamin supplement containing the glucs and chondroitin (sp?) and have had a few hock jobs. It's a total program though...not just the oral HA. You have to watch the workload and footing as well as careful warm ups.
Have started on Previcox twice a week (actually did that last fall), will go to 3 times if we start getting more serious again. Really helps horse's comfort level and gentle on the tummy.
And, yeah, careful on the "natural" stuff. Devils claw is illegal and some of them have valerian (a tranq) or similar in there so horse does not care what hurts.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.
I've been looking at the Platinum Performance CJ as well. I figure it's kind of the all-around supplement - I'd be supplementing with all the stuff in it anyway, and high quality stuff doesn't come cheap. Everyone I know has raved and raved about PP by itself, and the ingredient levels of the joint stuff is very high. I plan to give it a shot if the lease with my slightly older guy goes through! That said, I also plan to use injectibles if necessary (Legend/Adequan) and he has been getting a yearly hock job for about two years now. So, we will carry on with that too.