Wally was on an oral joint supplement when I bought him, and my vet, Jennifer, suggested keeping him on it. I gambled once and tried stopping the supplement, just to see what would happen. Well, guess what? Wally didn't go lame, but he seemed stiffer at the jog. While I realize that's hardly a scientific study, it was enough of a scare to prompt me to rush out to the local vet supply store and buy another canister of joint supplement.
I'm a confirmed comparison shopper, so I stood in the aisle for at least 15 minutes, comparing amounts of glucosamine in one product versus MSM and chondroitin totals in other products. I also got caught in the trap of, "Surely the most expensive supplement is the best, because it must cost more to make the superior product."
So now Wally is back on his daily joint supplement, pricey as it is. Each time I fill up the itty bitty scoop with the pelleted supplement I think about how much each one of those tiny green pellets cost. It's like I'm feeding Wally a heaping spoonful of granulated gold.
This most recent purchase of buying an equine joint has led me to this discovery: Owning a horse is expensive!
I know. You came to this conclusion a long time ago.
Fortunately I've learned to appreciate the cheaper things that help make my life with horses enjoyable. Not every purchase has to be a big ticket item. About twice a month I'll satisfy my urge to buy something horsey, but force myself to stick to something cheap. A squeeze bottle of tail de-tangler, a new lead rope or a funky cowgirl t-shirt off the sale rack are some of my latest finds. And each one cost less than a dozen dollars, which leaves me more money for Wally's next jug of diamond dust. I mean joint supplement. For other suggestions of nifty, thrifty ideas to use around the barn that cost under $20, click on this link:Not Everything Horsey Costs a Fortune
It's the latest installment of HI Spy on Horse Channel. If you can think of other things that cost under $20, add them to the comments section at the end of the article. Who knows, your ideas might end up in Horse Illustrated magazine!