Can you make your own joint supplement for your beloved equine for less than a dollar a day? The answer is yes!
Equine joint supplements containing therapeutic doses of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid average $3.00 - $4.00 a day. Read on to learn how to blend your own for 56 cents (maintenance dose) or $1.11 (loading dose) per day and where to buy the ingredients (links provided).
Effective equine oral joint supplements should contain a combination of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid - and those that do come at a high cost. However, even at top price points, many don’t provide the therapeutic levels you need. Some even include insignificant amounts of minerals and vitamins that should be provided in the core diet.
Pure, human pharmaceutical grade ingredients with no fillers can cost less if you know where to buy them and you’re willing to blend them yourself. Let’s dive in.
Suggested Therapeutic Doses
According to the Horse Journal Guide to Equine Supplements and Nutraceuticals, by Eleanor M. Kellon, DVM, the recommended loading and maintenance doses of glucosamine, chondroitin sulfate and hyaluronic acid for a 1,000 to 1,100 pound horse, when fed in combination, are:
The following formula provides:
Where & How Much to Buy of Each Ingredient
Purebulk.com offers pure human grade pharmaceutical ingredients with NO fillers. Buy:
Milligram, Gram and Kilogram Conversions
1,000 milligrams = 1 gram
1,000 grams = 1 kilogram
Items You Will Need
Recipe for Equine Joint Supplement/Ingredient Weights
1 Kilogram Glucosamine
600 grams Chondroitin Sulfate
14.2 grams Hyaluronic Acid
How To Measure & Blend Ingredients
Measurement of Daily Doses
For a 1,000 to 1,100-pound equine, the total dose is:
As equine guardians, providing an affordable, quality life for our beloved companions can be incredibly challenging. I hope this information lightens your financial load and leads to happier, healthier equine companions.
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About the Author:
Monique Warren invented the Hay Pillow® slow feeder and is the owner of Hay Pillow Inc.
Warren has been an equine guardian for over forty years and slow-feed advocate for over 10 years. She contributes equine nutrition and digestive and hoof health articles to publications such as Equine Wellness, The Journal, The Naturally Healthy Horse, Natural Horse Magazine, Nicker News, Horse Back Magazine, The Horse's Hoof, and Miniature Horse World Magazine. Equine nutrition and horses feet are her passions. She resides in Southern California.
Kellon, Eleanor. Horse Journal Guide to Equine Supplements and Nutraceuticals. Guilford. The Lyons Press. 2008
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