Best Oral Joint Supplements That Are Not Powder/Granules?
I'm looking for a effective oral joint supplement that comes in a form other than powder/granules, such as pellets or liquid.
For me, powder-based supps don't work well since the horses live out and the wind reeks havoc with powder in the feed.
I did see that one oral supplement is now manufactured in a bar, which I think would be awesomely convenient. I wish I could make my favorite powder supps into a bar form (And I bet some clever COTHer knows how to do this.?.?)
I feed the SmartPak repair in pellets. Tasty enough that she eats it alone without grain. I also supplement with liquid Flex Force. It's a cherry syrup. She gets two squirts a day on her food (it's 100 mg of HA per squirt.)
I second the Next Level. My horse just wasted Cosequin. He wouldn't touch his grain with the Cosequin in it. Totally hated the stuff! He's been eating up the Next Level like it's candy. He's on the liquid currently, and as long as he's happy eating that I won't be changing a thing.
"Flavored with rolled oats, molasses, apples, raisins and cinnamon, each cookie also contains 2500 mg glucosamine, 2500 mg MSM, 1250 mg yucca extract, 600 mg chondroitin sulfate and 500 mg ascorbic acid. Recommended feeding: 1-2 cookies daily for a month, then 1 cookie/day. For competition, 2 cookies per day."
"Each wafer contains 150 mg hyaluronic acid, 2500 mg glucosamine HCl, 2500 mg MSM, 2500 mg yucca extract, 600 mg chondroitin sulfate and 1000 mg vitamin C mixed with apples, cinnamon, molasses and oats. The great taste ensures that your horse will get the entire dose of supplementation, without waste. Feed 1-2 wafers per day."
I feed the one without HA since I make my own HA with pure HA powder and distilled water. I have written about that in other posts here, so if you're interested, you can probably find it. If not, let me know, and I'll repost when I get finish up doing the evening feeding.
I just started my guy on liquid corta-flx. Can't comment on how effective it is, since we're only on Day 2 of the loading dose, but he's not a fan of a taste. It looks and smells syrupy so I'm not sure why, but he's certainly slowing down his eating with it added.
But, lots of other horses at the barn are on it and it's done a great job for most of them. Most people use the pellets and there doesn't seem to be much of a palatability issue there.
BTW the Flex Force HA (and their MSM) liquid is cherry flavored. Its also not a runny liquid.... not quite as thick as syrup.. somewhere in between. Anyways, my horses eat it up. Even my super picky mare.
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We use Smart Pak in a powder. Mix it with a little water, smear it on bread and make it into a sandwich. It goes in a zip lock bag and into a coat pocket. Our horses are out 24/7 and then when we feed hay or they come to the gate it's handy to just feed a sandwich to the one that needs it. No buckets needed.