Is liquid Glucosamine for Horses better than other types?
Liquid glucosamine for horses are sometimes more desirable because the liquid is more readily absorbed by the horse in the body. Regenex™ for Horses is an ideal formula as it contains natural ingredients and a light flavor that horses love. The liquid formula contains key minerals for quick absorption and maximum delivery of key nutrients: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM.
Is it important for Horses to have all three ingredients, Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM?
Short answer: for best results, always provide chondroitin and MSM with Glucosamine for horses.
Why?: With age, or injury, a horse's cartilage becomes drier and more fragile. Chondroitin for horses attracts fluids toward the joints like a magnet! Since the horse cartilage has no blood supply, all the nutrients and lubrication must come from the fluid that flows around the horse's joint areas. This is where glucosamine comes in... Glucosamine is a major building block for joint nutrients. Glucosamine is the lubrication that chondroitin attracts to the horses joint. When the horse has a regular supplement of glucosamine and chondroitin, the joints and cartilage are lubricated and allow for the horse's natural repair mechanisms to take command of the joints. MSM is a widely researched sulfate that has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Horses with regenerative joint disease, horses arthritis, osteoarthritis, or injuries will benefit most from a supplement for horses that contains all three ingredients: Glucosamine, Chondroitin, and MSM.
What are the side effects of giving Glucosamine to Horses?
Horses generally have very few side effects, and rarely severe side effects when they take any chondroitin, glucosamine, and MSM. The safety of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM are well suited and recommended for long-term use in all horses, especially senior horses or horses that have previous injuries. There have been no reported adverse effects associated with horses who take glucosamine or chondroitin supplements, however, many benefits are documented. There have been occasional reports of rather mild side effects which include nausea, upset stomach, diarrhea or constipation, indigestion, stomach pain and heart burn.
Should I give my horse Glucosamine HCI or Glucosamine Sulfate?
Glucosamine HCl and glucosamine sulfate both work equally well in horses, however, glucosamine sulfate has been proven more extensively over a period of time through study and research for its effectiveness. Regenex contains 5000mg of Glucosamine Sulfate. Because of the significant dosing amount of Glucosamine Sulfate, we feel that Regenex will be the most effective at repairing joints in horses.
How long can my horse take a Glucosamine joint supplement?
Most horses with joint and arthritis (osteoarthritis) need to be on the replacement therapy of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM for the rest of their lives. Studies have shown that cartilage degeneration will reoccur about four to six months after the product is discontinued. For younger horses who are given glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM following joint surgery or injury, use may be discontinued after 3 months. We recommend lower doses of Glucosamine for horses that are younger as a wellness program to help protect the joints and bones against osteoarthritis in later years.
How do I know which equine joint supplements are best for my horse?
Glucosamine in a pure form, or combined with chondroitin, can be purchased in health food stores, at veterinary clinics, and online. We recommend Regenex™ for Horses by Nusentia for quality and value, especially as the formula was developed specifically for the needs of a horse, not a human. Not all horse joint supplements are created equal and it can be difficult to navigate all the brands online. We recommend that with whatever product you buy, compare the ingredients between products to ensure that you are getting what you pay for.
What is the proper dosage of glucosamine, chondroitin, and MSM for horses?
Please follow the table and instructions on the Glucosamine Chondroitin Dosage for Horses page »