As equestrians almost all of us are familiar with the various joint injections as well as maintenance that some horses need. The past couple of days I have been doing a lot of searching on various joint support options for Houston in addition to his regular actual joint injections(all pending our vet appointment that is probably occurring as you read this).
The key players that I have always known about are:
One that I hadn’t heard much about but that I know a friend has used with success is Ichon – yes I know that technically Ichon is produced for another purpose but I wanted to include it nonetheless to this discussion incase any of you had first hand experience.
What I am most curious about is finding research (if it exists) on if one can use a joint supplement almost preventatively for support – in regards to Annie. Does that then make it less effective when your horse actually needs it? Do any of you know if there are studies to support either theory of thought? I am curious about this topic not only for Houston but also for Annie. Her current work load is very reasonable but I do want to make sure that I do everything I can to keep her comfortable well into old age!
I am not much on feed through supplements though I did have a lot of luck with SmartSox as well as a Magnessium supplement in the past with Houston. With how expensive most joint injections are I want to make sure to provide extra support if I can. With how pricey supplements get anyways I would prefer to know that every last drop is going where it needs to instead of only being partially ingested.
Houston has been like clockwork getting his hocks and stifles done every 12 months for a couple of years now but missed his most recent round and at about 7 months over due I can’t help but wonder if it has affected his performance. I will definitely share the answers that I get when I take him to the clinic today. Goodbye money – Hello answers!
I would love to hear about everyones personal experience on the matters!