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  • MSM Discussion

    At what point do you put a horse on MSM?

    I have a 14 y/o TB who I want to start on it for maintenance purposes- am I wasting my money? He gets ridden 5x per week, jumped 1-2x. He's been going pretty consistently since he was 5.

    It can't hurt, right?

  • #2
    MSM can be given at any age. It's not just for joints It's also good for healthy hoof growth. Most of my horses get MSM and they range from 5 to 17 years old and none of them are ridden. I don't even give it for joints actually and have never seen any sort of 'improvement' in that area. I keep it on hand as an anti-inflammatory and for hoof growth.


    • #3
      My vet feels that MSM is the one feed thru supplement for joint health that has some proof to work, the feed thru glucosamine/chondrotin etc may or may not be beneficial, nto definitive, but MSM does have a lot to show that it works. I eprsonally use it on ALL horses that are being ridden/competed, I feel it at twice the recommended level per my vet.


      • #4
        Ditto the last poster! There have been studies suggesting that glucosamine being a very large molecule is not absorbed well when given orally. I prefer to give it as a shot!
        I also give the MSM at twice the recommended dose to my older competition mare. The other riding horses receive the normal dose!
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        • Original Poster

          Thanks guys... I used to have this guy on MSM when we were jumping more consistently and I did notice a difference (moreso than when he was on Cosequin). Time to get back on it!


          • #6
            I give it to my older TB and it does help with his joints. I ran out and didn't get any bought or ordered for a few weeks and he started to get sore again. Put him back on the MSM and he improved again. He isn't a real bad case of arthritis, but he definitely improves on MSM.


            • #7
              I have a young OTTB who had very sore hocks, and really noticed a difference since putting him on MSM. I'd rather use it than daily bute, that's for sure!
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              • #8
                I, too, give MSM to both my horses. One is 6, the other 19. Both have joint issues and both seem to do so much better while on MSM. Plus, it's cheap and does have studies that it works, unlike the feed-thru glucosamine supps. I've found that MSM plus HA (specifically Flex Force HA) work great together, and it's cheap .
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                • #9
                  All of mine get it, ranging from 2 - 22 years. I started the 2 year old on it when he was a yearling and started to grow quickly. The 22 year old gets 2x the dose.


                  • #10
                    Originally posted by appychik
                    I've found that MSM plus HA (specifically Flex Force HA) work great together, and it's cheap.
                    I'm liking this combo too, I'm using both too.


                    • #11
                      My 18-yo mare is on a double dose. It does seem to help her move more fluidly than when she is on a regular dose. She may or may not have some mild arthritis, but the MSM seems to give her just a bit more comfort in her work. She is schooling second level right now, regaining strength after a round of bute and robaxin following some soreness.


                      • #12
                        Doesn't anyone else have issues with gas colic on it? I tried with 2 horses, both of which improved dramatically and then promptly began colicking on it. took them off, stopped colicking, put them back on, started again. "Just" gas colic but still, it couldn't keep going. Why would these 2 be so different?
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                        • #13
                          I have a normally sane TB stallion that went seriously hormonal on it - to the point of being almost dangerous. Took him off and got my sane horse back. I might try it for a mare or gelding, but I would not feed it to a stallion again.



                          • #14
                            I've had my horse on MSM for just over a year now. She's only 15 but started having hock issues a few years ago (and is just generally stiff). I'd tried a few other oral joint supplements (never noticed a big change) and injections (some improvement). She isn't "perfect" with the MSM but there is a clear difference in how she gets around when on vs. off of it (I've slacked off a few times and forgot to reorder before running out). Plus for the 1st time in the 6 years that I've had her she grew her summer coat with dapples! Not sure if that's related, but it's the only thing that's changed in her diet or grooming routine. For $9 for a 45 day supply I'll keep giving it!


                            • #15
                              MSM powder and BL solution are what keep my older geldings fluid and fabulous
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                              • #16
                                Ditto- love the MSM and Flex Force HA combo! I took my horse off of platinum performance cj and put her on this combo plus regular PP and she is doing great! And even better, I am actually saving some $$$$


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Christa P View Post
                                  I have a normally sane TB stallion that went seriously hormonal on it - to the point of being almost dangerous. Took him off and got my sane horse back. I might try it for a mare or gelding, but I would not feed it to a stallion again.

                                  My stud has been on it for 2-3 years with no behavioral changes (and he's pretty calm and sane).


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by vbunny View Post
                                    Doesn't anyone else have issues with gas colic on it? I tried with 2 horses, both of which improved dramatically and then promptly began colicking on it. took them off, stopped colicking, put them back on, started again. "Just" gas colic but still, it couldn't keep going. Why would these 2 be so different?
                                    Can't say I have noticed that. My old gelding did have a gas colic last winter but that is the first time in ...oh...11 years or so and he has been getting MSM for years. Touch wood!


                                    • #19
                                      Anybody have an idea why mine would be affected so differently? I have 2 others that I'd love to put on it but I am scared to.
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                                      • #20
                                        Could it be the combination of MSM with something else. You aren't feeding brewer's yeast by any change?