There are countless different commercially available products all claiming to have amazing abilities to resolve your horse’s problems. There is also a minefield of information so to assess the benefits it is worth looking at each component individually to fully understand which components are necessary. Of the oral products marketed there are really only a few research proven compounds (Glucosamine, Chondroitin, MSM, & HA) that can be completely justified for use in maintenance of healthy joints
It is a mistake to assume that a product which contains more component compounds is better. Although many commercial products do contain additional compounds this is usually to the detriment of Glucosamine and Chondroitin levels. Glucosamine, Chondroitin and MSM are virtually completely absent from a horse’s ‘normal’ diet, thus making them an important addition to an already balanced diet.