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 Posted: Thu Oct 29th, 2009 02:44 am
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TN Trailrider wrote: There are also some natural herbal products you can try.  I prefer to stick with non-herbal as they are tested in labs, but there's nothing wrong with herbals.

I think most herbal remedies are tested in labs or done through clinical trials, or have been used in other countries outside the USA for sometimes hundreds of thousends of years. Think about what people used before we had the advent of "traditional" western style medicine. People for hundreds of thousends of years have used herbs to treat ailments etc. :)

The FDA's relunctancy to "approve" most herbal suppliments has to do with the Pharmasuetical Industry not wanting the unweavering competition of the herbs and their ability to heal the underline cause of the ailment and often perminately with out any side-effects or very minimal side effects. And with out the necessity of long term dependance on a medication.

Think about it, there are diets, herbs etc out there that would allow people to be healthy, never get sick, etc. And not have to be dependant on long term treatments and cure most diseases. But, could you imagine how many people's jobs that would put out of business? And how many companies that would kill? So in the interest of big money , the FDA which anyone should know by now can't be trusted blocks most herbs, natural remedies and lables those that support them as Quaks.



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Thanks for the recommendations. 

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My experience with 2 aged TWH echoes what Lynne just said, which is also what a vet told me. Over the years I have tried several supplements, for the past two yeras I have used CortaFix for my 19 yr gelding; he is doing well with it. If/when I have to 'upgrade' I will probably try CetylM first, as I have heard good things about it from several sources. Good luck!



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With joint supplements (have had 4 horses on them) you kind of have to try a few and assess what it's doing.  From an article in Horse Journal several years ago, the recommendation was a minimum of 5,000 mg of glucosamine.  Now the recommendation is to include hyluronic acid (spelling??).  If the horse has arthritis, you may also want a supplement that includes MSM (the higher the percentage the better).  So you're looking for a minimum of 5000 mg glucosamine and 500 mg or higher of MSM.  In the past, I have had good results with CortaFlx, and it's not really expensive, as well as Cosequin.

There are also some natural herbal products you can try.  I prefer to stick with non-herbal as they are tested in labs, but there's nothing wrong with herbals.



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My daughter's 12 year old TWH needs a better joint supplement.  He is currently on Aniflex Complete.  Yesterday when I was cleaning his hooves, I noticed his joints cracking.  My daughter always grooms him that is why I just noticed the cracking yesterday.  We have owned Zeus for 6 1/2 months.  Before us, he was owned for 8 months by an older lady who was afraid of his fast gait so she just walked him in the arena a couple times a week, and I don't know if she had him on any joint supplement.  Before that he was owned by an older man who used him for trail riding, but he said Zeus couldn't hold up to the difficulty of the rides they went on.  Before that Zeus was a racking show horse.  I really don't know many specifics about Zeus' life before about 1 1/2 years ago.

Can anyone recommend a really good joint supplement for him?  I am not concerned about the price.

Thanks!

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