Speedy G is on a on a monthly dose of Adequan, so he got that first. Even though it is expensive, $289 for seven doses, endurance horses work very hard and their joints really take a beating. Now that we're not doing endurance racing, I am not sure how necessary it is, but I give it anyway. I am guessing that dressage horses work their joints pretty thoroughly as they become more and more collected. Isn't that the very definition of collection: rocking back on their hocks and rotating their pelvis? I'd like to know how many other owners of young, uninjured horses give Adequan prophylactically. Speedy's still just six years old.
I know that in the photo it looks as though I am forcing the syringe through pinched lips, but actually he's pinching his lips tightly to avoid spilling what's being dispensed from the syringe. When he sees the syringe coming, he opens his mouth, sucks on it like a straw, clamps his mouth closed, and swallows. Perfect form!
There's definitely a blog post about this in the future, as teaching him to allow me to administer oral products was a VERY successful endeavor.