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Joint Supplements as Preventative Maintenance

I have 3 young horses (3 yo Irish Sport, 5 yo TB and 7 yo Appendix) that I use for hunter / jumper showing. Although there are no indications of joint problems now, I am concerned about the long term

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Optimal Cosequin Maintenance Doses

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My 23 year old gelding has been on Cosequin for approximately 10 years for documented pastern arthritis. He has also been diagnosed with “Cushings” for which he receives Pergolide. I have 2 questions regarding Cosequin: First, is there evidence that

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Supplements for Hind Luxation

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Hi there, I was wondering what supplement would be best for a Thoroughbred gelding that has luxation of his hind left stifle. And if a joint supplement alone will help his stifle locking issue. JS Dear JS, I’m going to

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Upward Fixation of the Patella

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I have a 3 yr old gelding that started showing signs of stifle problems as a yearling, from a yearling to 2 yr old it progressively got worse and his legs, one or the other were locking up. I had

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Joint Supplement Efficacy

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I have a 10yo quarter horse who’s never had any soundness issues. We do a lot of hacking out and he gets ridden 6 days a week, 2 are serious training days about one to two hours each. We are

Posted in Ask the Vet, Lameness

Treating Swollen Legs

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We are pleased to have a guest veterinarian provide an answer today. At SmartPak, we realize the importance of staying on top of the latest research, nutritional products and horse health issues, while helping to promote increased involvement of veterinarians

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The In’s and Out’s of Popped Splints

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My young two year old warmblood has very small splints on both front legs. There is one on each leg up front. I am wondering if those splints will grow over time when he is being jumped and worked on

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Keep Your Finger on the (Digital) Pulse

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“My vet told me that a “bounding pulse” indicates a problem. I am having a hard time determining what constitutes “bounding”. Sometimes I am able to easily feel the pulse though it does not seem hard or fast. When I have felt the pulse, my horse does not seem to be in pain and is moving freely and easily. Other times I am not able to find the pulse and he seems a bit ouchy…Am I over thinking this or should I be concerned that I am finding such variance in the pulse?”

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Joint Deterioration in the Older Horse

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“I have a 19 year old thoroughbred gelding. He is 17.3 and has just been diagnosed with arthritis and fairly severe joint deterioration. I have had a hard time finding information on the best way to treat him. I would like to keep riding him if that’s possible. I do dressage with him. How would you suggest treating him? I want to keep him out of pain as much as possible. I also am on a fairly tight budget which makes treatment even harder.” – HG

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Supplement Time Limit?

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Just read a blog from early September regarding a suspensory ligament injury, as my mare is going through the same thing. We did stall rest with slowly increasing hand walking, icing, wrapping, anti-inflammatories, & Q 6 wk ultrasounds. I put her on SmartTendon, but now just switched her to SmartFlex Rehab as it contains more of the important joint ingredients. My question is: Is there a time limit recommended for a horse to be on this particular supplement?

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Soft Tissue Recovery

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My OTTB was recently diagnosed with a pulled suspensory ligament in one of his front legs (we think he hurt himself during turnout). My vet said to expect that he’ll be out of work for at least 6 months. What

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Support for Equine Ligament Injury

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I rescued a horse about one month ago, later to find that he has a degenerative suspensory ligament desmitis injury from racing. Is there anything I can do for this horse so that he can be started back in light riding in approximately six to 10 months?

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Joint Supplements and the Benefits of MSM

I am so confused about joint supplements. I have a 3 yr old in training and I want to give him supplements for maintenance while he is being ridden every day. If he develops a problem, is the MSM going

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What are the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin?

I have a 13-year-old warmblood gelding. We compete on a regular basis in the adult equitation and hunters and I’ve been thinking of adding a joint supplement to his nutrition program. What are the benefits of glucosamine and chondroitin?

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Hock Swelling – Thoroughpin or Something More Serious?

I have a 3 yr old mare that has developed a swollen hock on the right back leg. She is not lame, there is no heat, and there is swelling in the hock. The swelling is soft and feels like

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