I'm a marketer's dream: with 'sucker' branded on my forehead. I've purchased every bucket of white powder that is priced in the $100.00 bracket and never noticed any difference in my horses...anecdotal information and I'm (was)
Foxtrot's, your post made me giggle out loud. I think many of us are guilty of getting excited about "anecdata."
My vet says that the only oral supplements of proven efficacy are MSM and glucosamine, so my guys are all on SmartFlex Senior with her blessing (she likes the other active ingredients -- prebiotics, probiotics, etc. -- and the quality). I started IM Adequan injections for my 14-year-old TB about a week and a half ago, and the difference, in just a few days of use, has been absolutely startling. We may also be doing joint injections later in the summer.
Yes have to agree with the MSM and glucosamine the smart flex senior is good have used it in the past. Questioning whether or not oral is really worth the money spent monthly? I have started a few on the injectable glucosamine and have seen results but it does not hold them much longer than a week.......
I like the SmartFlex Senior and have had good results with it, but I will never pay more than $40/month for an oral joint supplement. I can do Adequan or another injectible for just a smidge over $40 each month, and they definitely show better results. I'm dying to give my senior horse Adequan, but just haven't been able to stomach the cost of the loading dose quite yet. That is really the only major drawback to injectables, IMO.
"Winter's a good time to stay in and cuddle,
but put me in summer and I'll be a... happy snowman!!!"
Have attended vet seminars where we were told injectables Legend/Adequan and similar seem to work better than various powered options. Also have a holistic veterinarian who recommended liquid glucosamine. She felt powdered supps were not absorbed well, if at all.
My vet says the only way the hylauronic brands are effective is injected. She also recommends msm, glucosamine, and chondriaton (I know I spelled it wrong) to feed. I've always fed msm and glucosamine, but I guess it needs to chondriatin to to work better. It's pretty cheap. I buy ingredients separately, msm and glucosamine from horse catalogs and chondriaton from PureBulk.