I will admit to being a very overprotective and worrisome horse owner. Miles definitely inherited some baggage when I became his owner, which includes paranoia about arthritis. My old horse, Visa, was mostly retired a few months before he passed due to severe ringbone and just general arthritis in his hocks and back. I was at the “evaluate his step every day” phase, and sometimes I catch myself doing that with Miles too. It’s a hard habit to break.
Just about every horse owner has dealt with arthritis, and the consequences thereof, thus it comes as no surprise that one of the most popular supplements are joint supplements. I had Visa on SmartFlex Senior by SmartPak, as well as Adequan when he got into his mid-teens; and the stuff worked wonders. But most of my research (which I now cannot locate, so maybe I’m making this up. Someone please call me out if I’m crazy!) shows that joint supplements are more effective when used as preventative measures rather than after the fact.
Of course, I want Miles around for a really, really long time. And I want to preserve his awesome joints for as long as possible. I wanted to wait through part of the winter to see if Miles got stiff or sore, but he really didn’t, for the most part. He was previously on MSM, but I’m not crazy about using that supplement by itself. I’ve read that join supplements are more effective when certain ingredients are combined (again, let me know if I’m wrong!). So I’m currently looking into SmartFlex I Maintenance by SmartPak.
It combines MSM and Glucosamine, while still being relatively cheap. Of course, part of my motivation for ordering this supplement is SmartPak’s free shipping for over $40 (which, if I also get a coat supplement, Miles’s “Pak” will fall at right about $40). Damn you, marketing strategies!
Of all the supplements I’ve discussed for Miles so far, this one seems to be the biggest stretch. There’s not a problem I’m trying to solve; so am I just throwing away money?
Do you feed a joint supplement? If so, why?