1. jazzy323

    Wow, I have NEVER heard of horse joint supplements, so you learn something new everyday! Are these supplements herbal or do they contain chemicals? Also, how many horses do you own? I am interested in this topic now that I have come across it as there is a lot of controversy around supplements and whether they work

    • Martina

      It depends which ones you get – some are herbal based and some are based on natural compounds. These can be extracted from natural sources or manufactured chemically. For a list of the different compounds I put up in a chart, which includes examples of the herbal supplements you can check out my last post here!

      At the moment, I don’t own any horses as I’m stuck in the city full time and I just don’t have the time to even board…I know – it’s terrible! But I’m working on it and hope to get back out in the country in the next few years.

  2. Julius


    I’m not very interested in equestrian, but I just accidentally find your blog, and I really like it! I don’t know too many things about horses, so it’s really interesting for me to read.

    I totally agree that it can be really hard to find good supplements these days. There are a lot of scammers who are trying to fool gullible people. That’s why before I buy something, I always do my own research on the internet. Blogs like this one can really be helpful for cautious people.

    Keep it up!

    • Martina

      Hey Julius,

      Thank you for your positive feedback 🙂 I’m happy you enjoyed my post and that you learned something new. Maybe someday you’ll change your mind about horses! You might be surprised – cheers,


  3. Front St Global llc

    Well, because I don’t currently own a horse, although I’d LOVE to, and I never have. And I know nothing about horse supplements, this page was difficult to get through. I am a huge advocate of vitamins and supplements for humans, so I do believe in them. However, I decided to move to another of your pages called the “5 benefits of Horseback Riding” instead. Now THAT was a great read! I love exercise, and I would love to ride a horse as a form of to things = Exercise and my LOVE of animals all in one. Maybe one day if I ever make an income again. TY!

    • Martina

      Hey there, 

      Yes horse supplements can be overwhelming – even for horse owners. Just like human supplements, there’s a lot of options to choose from, a lot of different brands and a lot of different resources so it’s 100% overwhelming. 

      I’m happy you liked our article on riding benefits. And I’m sorry about your income right now – best of luck on that so that you can start riding! 

      Let me know if you have any other questions or comments 



  4. Jaime

    Some horse owners take for granted the real athleticism required of their horse, even if just for a daily ride. And that they have a physical body that wears down just as ours do. Knowing to give supplements to an animal and what kind to give is so important. Thanks for the recommendation.

  5. kmv

    Do you recommend consulting with a vet before starting any kind of supplement program?

    We are on a tight budget, and can’t afford much more than boarding and general care for our horse. If we had to choose one supplement, that doesn’t require a vet visit/physical, what would you recommend?

    Our horse is about 12 years old generally in very good health.

    Thanks for all your great posts. You have lots of useful information!

    • Martina

      I would recommend consulting with a vet if you’re looking for a supplement program in order to keep a very athletic horse at peak standards or if you’re trying to treat a condition using supplements because you always want to rule out anything more sinister that requires professional treatment. 

      Supplements just used to get coats a little shinier or in an effort to keep older joints moving well don’t necessarily need a vet consult but do mention it at your next usual vet appointment that you have started to use them. If your horse is in very good health, then I would recommend no supplement – keep doing what you’re doing 🙂 

      If you are specifically looking for a preventative joint supplement, I would go with Nutramax as it sounds like your horse is very lightly worked



  6. Richard

    Great post – I would stand to reason that there are supplements for animals including horses. I was wondering that if you had a horse that was getting old, would you increase the number of supplements for joint problems. would also be advisable to consult the vet if your horse had joint problems?

    • Martina

      Hey Richard

      Your horse should be getting regular visits from the vet, who should also be up to date on any joint issues. Increasing supplement dosing simply because of age is definitely not advisable. You want to keep track of how hot and swollen the joints are and also how much activity your horse is doing. Then based on that, and the guide above, you can make a more informed choice. Just like human supplements, you don’t need to discuss each decision with your vet but it’s good to bring up which supplements your using at your routine checkups and then the vet can let you know if they’d make any suggestions/changes 🙂

  7. Cris

    Great article, informative, and inclusive. I’ve had my horse on plantinum performance complete joint for 6 months. His coat is amazing. He loves eating the mix but he still stocking up and has fluid build up near his joints. He is 10 and we do a lot of hill work and conditioning out on trails other days we will concentrate on arena work for his mind and crossovers. I’m trying to avoid injections and my vet knows he is on platinum she said it’s good stuff. After reading your article I can’t help but wonder if there is something better geared to his joint fluid getting what it needs to be more viscous. Or? I kinda stress daily of this I will openly admit. Looking forward to your reply. Thank you in advance,

    • Martina

      Hey Cris,

      The fluid build up sounds like chronic inflammation – it would be good if you could bring that down with an NSAID just because if it’s been going on for a while you really wanna try to get that under control. You have to be a little bit careful because too much can cause bleeding but maybe talk to your vet about something like Equioxx. Normally I would say look for products with MSM such as Nutramax Cosequin Equine Optimized with MSM but platinum performance actually has more MSM in it (8200mg I think) compared to the Cosequin (5000mg) per serving size. So I would probably go for the NSAID at this point, which can be but doesn’t need to be injected – it also comes as a tablet.

      Hope this helps Cris!


  8. Christine


    This is a very useful post, and I agree, there are so many supplements out there on the market, you don’t know which one to buy, and some don’t even tell you what’s in them … but atfter reading your article, I now understand why companies don’t always reveal the formula of some supplements. Nevertheless, I always prefer to read the ingredients. 

    I used to ride when I was a teenager, and I haven’t ridden horses in decades, but there are many horses where I live. They belong to ranchers and they let them roam around. It’s a rural area, so there are lots of open spaces. Some of the hroses though don’t look good, they are thin, and a few are hobbled (it breaks my heart to see that) I tried to talk to the owners about the hobbling, but it’s a little delicate … I can’t get them to get mad at me either … (I live in a small rural area in Mexico). 

    I didn’t know that these supplements were available for horses, but it makes perfect sense, doesn’t it? Especially for the heavily worked horses. I could tryto talk to the farmers about the supplements, but I’m not sure if I would be successful. But you never know 😉 

  9. Robert Trevor

    I think the idea of saving money,for horses that are not too heavily worked,or very lightly worked, by not giving them any supplements, is an excellent piece of advice,especially if it spends more time in the paddock,than being ridden.

    As insurance for moderately worked horses,I would agree with the recommended Nutramax with MSM,to prevent pain and arthritic symptoms,manganese could be a problem,so I might go with the Actiflex as an alternative.    As a supplement,I would choose Asu Plus,if the horse started to show any symptoms,of overwork or pain.

    If the horse is used for jumping,or steeplechasing, or other heavy work,I would be inclined to put them on Cosequin, or the Plus,and in case there was already some damage, a collagen supplement.as we would not like them, to develop joint problems,but provide adequate preventative solutions.

    As the supplement companies, as has been pointed out, have clouded the issues, of what to buy for various reasons of self interest,we are very grateful for the guidance given.

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