How to Make Quality Equine Joint Supplements for a Fraction of the Cost
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).
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
- Glucosamine: Loading 5-10 grams / Maintenance 2.5-5 grams.
- Chondroitin Sulfate: Loading 2-4 grams / Maintenance 1-2 grams.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Loading 40 - 100 milligrams / Maintenance 20-50 milligrams.
The following formula provides:
- Loading - 142 doses
(7 grams glucosamine, 4 grams chondroitin and 100 milligrams hyaluronic acid).
Current cost = $1.11 per day.
- Maintenance - 284 doses
(3.5 grams glucosamine, 2 grams chondroitin and 50 milligrams hyaluronic acid = 5.55 grams)
Current cost = 56 cents per day.
Where & How Much to Buy of Each Ingredient
- Glucosamine: 1 kilogram. Current cost is $36.50.
- Chondroitin Sulfate: 1 kilogram. Current cost is $99.00 (you will only use 600 grams, save the rest for your next batch).
- Hyaluronic Acid: 100 grams. Current cost is $45.50 (you will only use 14.2 grams, save the rest for your next batch).
Milligram, Gram and Kilogram Conversions
1,000 grams = 1 kilogram
Items You Will Need
- Gram scale, cost is under $20.00
- Food storage container to weigh ingredients
- Large Ziploc bag OR plastic bag and a twist tie
- Solid, light proof container to store your joint supplement in
Recipe for Equine Joint Supplement/Ingredient Weights
- 1 Kilogram Glucosamine
- 600 grams Chondroitin Sulfate
- 14.2 grams Hyaluronic Acid
How To Measure & Blend Ingredients
- Turn your gram scale on.
- Place food storage container on scale and press Tare (the Tare button will reset the displayed weight on the scale back to zero).
- Start by adding chondroitin sulfate into the food storage container until you reach 600 grams. Pour into the Ziploc or plastic bag.
- Repeat steps 1, 2 & 3 by weighing 14.2 grams of hyaluronic acid. Pour into Ziploc or plastic bag.
- It’s not necessary to weigh the glucosamine. Add the entire kilogram into the Ziploc or plastic bag.
- Initially, blend with a large spoon, close the bag and repeatedly manipulate it to thoroughly blend. Once blended, transfer into a solid, light proof container to store your joint supplement.
- TIP: Continue to blend throughout use (shake and roll the container). Heavier particles will settle to the bottom of the container.
Measurement of Daily Doses
- Loading dose - 11.1 grams (or 2.75 teaspoons)
- Maintenance dose - 5.55 grams (or 1.5 teaspoons)
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It depends on your results. Noted in the article, “You can adjust the dose according to results or your equine’s body weight. Severely compromised individuals may need the loading dose indefinitely.”
There’s no definitive answer. Best of luck with your beloved equines.
How long do you give the loading dose?