Equine America Glucosamine Xtra Strength HCL 12,000 for Horses

Equine America Glucosamine Xtra Strength HCL 12,000 for Horses

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Wear and tear on the cartilage which covers the articular surfaces of joints is one of the most common causes of reduced mobility in horses and ponies. It is often seen in older horses but can affect those in lighter work, as well those with a strenuous training and competition programme.

Cartilage doesn’t have its own blood supply and it relies on the bone underneath and the synovial or joint fluid bathing the joint to supply nutrients and key compounds to maintain its health and shock-absorbing properties. As the horse ages, or the daily impact of training and competition increases, the ability of the underlying bone and synovial fluid to provide these nutrients may not be enough to maintain health, resulting in stiffness and reduced mobility.

It then becomes important that the horse receives a dietary supply of these key nutrients to ensure the cartilage and joint fluid retain their elasticity and shock-absorbing properties to support joint health, comfort, and mobility.

For 500kg horse: for initial 10 days, 30g per day. Thereafter, may be reduced to 15g per day, to maintain the desired response.

Composition: Dextrose, Glucosamine hydrochloride , Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM), Hyaluronic Acid.

Glucosamine is one of the key compounds in supporting joint health, and has 3 important roles:

  • To stimulate the production of the proteoglycans which help produce the strong, elastic, shock absorbing properties of the collagen matrix in the cartilage
  • To help reduce the degradation of cartilage
  • It has antioxidant properties and helps promote a normal inflammatory response.

MSM helps to promote a normal inflammatory response

Hyaluronic Acid is important in maintaining the viscosity and elastic shock absorbing properties of joint fluid

Glucosamine HCl 12000 provides these 3 key nutrients to provide nutritional support for both cartilage repair, and to help maintain healthy joint fluid to lubricate and nourish the joint.

Key Ingredients Per 30g Serving

Glucosamine HCI12000mg HA9mg


Crude Protein18.2% Crude Fibre<1.0%
Crude Fat<1.0% Crude Ash10.3%

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Reviews (63)

Summary of Reviews for Equine America Glucosamine Xtra Strength HCL 12,000 for Horses

Overall 5
Ease Of Use
Value For Money
Absence Of Side Effects
63 out of 63 (100%) customers would recommend this product.
5 stars (51 reviews)
4 stars (11 reviews)
3 stars (1 reviews)
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35 EA Glucosamine
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By on 13 April 2022

Good product

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45 Best glucosamine ever! Great for your money
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By on 9 November 2021

Very good buy

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45 So far so good.
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By on 27 September 2021

I've not really used it long enough to give a through review but so far it seems OK. My mare who is very fussy don't seem to notice it in her feed so hopefully I will start to see the benefits from using it.

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55 Strong glucosamine supplement
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By on 3 July 2021

I used to use this on a very elderly pony with bad arthritis and it did seem to help him so I am giving it as a maintenance measure to my mare who is 21 and her field companion who is 26. They seem very mobile at the moment and I want to keep it that way.

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55 Equine America 1200 glucosamine
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By on 31 December 2020

Have used it for yrs on all my horses of different ages it’s a great product it doesn’t just have to be used on older horses either but young ones as well start as you mean to go on

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Q & A

Below are some recent questions we've received regarding Equine America Glucosamine Xtra Strength HCL 12,000 for Horses, including answers from our team.

26 February 2022 at 9:52pm

Ingredients and young stock feeding rate


What are all the ingredients in this product? The NAF one contains simple sugars and rapeseed oil which is something I’m not looking for.

My boy is 301kgs ish, would I just feed one scoop a day as a loading rate then half moving forward until he’s bigger or am I ok to feed 1 scoop a day continually?

Thank you,


  • VioVet Staff

The ingredients for this product are as follows:
Composition*: Dextrose, Glucosamine hydrochloride , Methylsulphonylmethane (MSM), Hyaluronic Acid.*

Dextrose is a type of sugar so it does contain some sugar. If you are looking for a joint supplement containing Glucosamine that does not have sugar then I suggest Cosequin Equine.

1 April 2021 at 5:37pm

What is different?

Joanne Newman-Hutchison

Hi can you please tell me what is different between this and cortaflex? I am looking for a joint support supplement to be fed with buteless for a horse that has sciatic pain?

  • VioVet Staff

The ingredients are below with their differences highlighted in bold:

Glucosamine Plus:
Glucosamine, MSM and Hyaluronic Acid

Cortaflex HA Regular Strength:
Collagen, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid, Manganese, Silicon, Copper

The aim of both supplements is to support the joint and they do this in some similar but also other slightly different ways. If your horse has sciatic nerve problems then I recommend the Cortaflex HA as the collagen within has been linked with nerve repair and function. Giving this alongside Buteless will be a double dose of the MSM however this is likely to be very safe.

16 November 2019 at 7:48pm

Can this be used for laminitis

Shannon Clancy

  • VioVet customer since 2019
  • From: Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

Hi I have Bern told
This isn’t safe to use if a horse has had laminitis is this true ?

  • VioVet Staff

There is no evidence to suggest that joint supplements in general are not suitable for laminitics. This particular supplement does contain a dextrose (sugar) base for palatability which of course should be avoided in large quantities for laminitics. However the recommended daily amount is such a small percentage of daily food intake that (given at the correct dose) it would be very unlikely to cause a problem.

11 March 2017 at 9:02am

Glucosomine 12000 replacing 10000

Susan Galuszka

  • VioVet customer since 2014
  • From: Shropshire, United Kingdom

Your website says that Glucosomine 12000 + HA is replacing lucosomine 10,000 + HA + Turmeric. Can you confirm that the replacement product includes Turmeric

  • VioVet Staff

Yes the glucosamine 12,000 does still contain turmeric. Below is a list of ingredients:

Glucosamine Hydrochloride 2 KCl 404,500mg/kg, Maltodextrin, MSM, Turmeric, Sodium Hyaluronate (HA) 300mg/kg

10 February 2017 at 8:52am

HA? What is this

Marie McNamee

  • VioVet customer since 2014
  • From: North Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

I notice quite a few products have HA.
I am looking at the Glucosamine plus MSM + HA (but it's in a few products). I can't find an explanation for what this HA is - can you advise?

  • VioVet Staff

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) is found naturally in the synovial fluid of the joints. It helps to lubricate the joints and so is added to many joint supplements in the hope that it will soothe stiffness and increase mobility. I am not sure how much of it actually gets into the joints when given orally but many people do report good results with supplements of this type.

28 January 2017 at 5:32pm

How many scoops per day for a 500kg horse..


How many of the 25ml scoops does my 500kg horse need per day?

  • VioVet Staff

The measure enclosed in this supplement is a 15g measure. A standard 500 kg horse requires 30g (2 scoops) for the first 30 days then a maintenance dose of 15g (1 scoop) thereafter.

9 August 2016 at 10:04pm

Any good for foal with upward fixation of patella


Would this product help my orphan foal with upward fixation of the patella (stifle lock ) due to loose tendons he's 4 months ??? Desperate for any help !

  • VioVet Staff

Locking stifles are not uncommon in young horses. Most often it is due to weak quadriceps muscles. Some horses will grow out of it as they get older and stronger. Others require strengthening of the muscles around the stifle by walking up hills and over poles etc. Occasionally surgery is required. You should control any pain or associated swelling with non-steroidals (metacam would be best in a foal). The stifle joint is not likely to suffer too much damage but feeding a joint supplement such as Equine America won't do any harm and could help maintain a healthy joint surface. However it will not do anything to cure or prevent the locking stifle.

22 April 2016 at 12:36pm

Feeding Rate


  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: , United Kingdom

Hi there

Is this safe to feed t the loading rate permanently?

Many thanks.


  • VioVet Staff

Yes this can be done. Normally the amount of extra benefit you might get does not warrant the extra cost, so the reduced dose is done more for financial reasons. It is safe to continue with the loading dose life-long if it is helping.

25 February 2016 at 10:53pm

Is this a vegetarian product?

Helen Baker

  • VioVet customer since 2015
  • From: Gloucestershire, United Kingdom

Can you tell me if the ingredients are derived from animal sources please or is this vegetarian?

  • VioVet Staff

The company does not state where the glucosamine comes from, but it is very unlikely to be vegetarian. That would make it more difficult to extract and make into the finished product and they would almost certainly state it was vegetarian as a sales promotion if indeed that were the case. Usually it comes from shellfish and the like.

11 August 2015 at 10:36pm

Glucosamine Plus with MSM ASU HA for Horses

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1) Is the Glucosamine: glucosamine hydrochloride or glucosamine sulphate please?
2) What is the purity value of the glucosamine?

  • VioVet Staff

Glucosamine sulphate is used in this product. The purity value is not stated. Given that this is such a well known brand I would expect the purity to be high, though it might well vary slightly from batch to batch.

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