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Q: Joint Health Treats

February 16, 2009 | By zoe g. | 3 answers | Expired: 1979 days ago

zoe g.

I have been looking at jeffers equine catolgs. Some of them feature treats that are supposed to help horse's joints. How do I tell if my horse needs joint health care? should I just buy some for my horse and give them to her? I am very curious.

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Robyn A.
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Feb 27, 2009

If your horse is over 10 years old joint supplements will probably help him feel better, but if you really don't work him too hard, probably he doesn't need anything. Trailriding and casual riding would not cause too many problems, but barrel racing or jumping, stuff like that might be a reason to buy supplements.

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Krissy M.
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Feb 16, 2009

How old is your horse? Does she show any stiffness at all??? I am a big fan of giving my horses the least amount of supplements and various products as possible. Your horse food should be of a high quality which should include the right amount of vitimins and minerals for joint health. Turn over your feed bag and look at percentages. If you are feeding your mare the best grain for her, you should not need supplements for a normal, healthy horse. Remember, too much of anything is not a good thing.
I am not against horse treats. I usually just feed carrots because a lot of commercial treats are loaded with sugars and other things my fat horses do not need! So your question is difficult to answer because all horses are different. If she is fairly young and in good shape, you are feeding a high quality horse grain and plenty of hay, she should be fine. If you want to buy treats for her, educate yourself about ingredients and read the labels before you make your decision.

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linda w.
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Feb 16, 2009

AS I new horse owner, I must admit I find it also overwhelming what suppliments to use. If your horse is young and has good quality feed I would doubt you need it. I have a 6 yr OTTB, I do give him ferriers formula for his hooves but other them this no other supplemnts.

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