Angela Gladding, Dressage rider, Wiltshire
I have been using Epiitalis Forte gel on my PSG horse now for nearly a year and the difference in him is amazing. I bred him myself, he is by Glocks Johnson and will be 10 this year. A couple of years ago after having hock X-Rays we realised his left hock was not quite fused. This was causing him to be weaker through this leg and meant I was finding it hard to keep him straight as he would compensate by twisting through his body.
He had steroid injections into the hock but the effects only lasted about a month. We then treated him with Osphos which lasted around 6 months in full effect.
My vet, Hani Milstein from Endell Equine Hospital suggested I try Epiitalis Forte gel - he was previously on a joint supplement and I have tried other supplements but nothing had made any difference – however after 2 days on Epiitalis he felt more loose and supple and I had the expression back in the trot that I had lost. I can now manage him on a combination of the gel and Osphos (which he has once a year).
We are aiming for our Inter 1 debut shortly followed by Inter 2 by the end of this year.
Trish Cole, Show Cob, Yorkshire
Olly, my 15 year old show cob and once in a lifetime friend has never had a lame day in his life so when he presented last June short striding and with a noticeable nod at trot, I was devastated. After investigations he was diagnosed with bone spurs on both his front fetlocks. My vet decided to treat him with an Osphos joint injection but also recommended commencing Epiitalis Forte gel. He hasn’t looked back and is happier and livelier and moving more freely than he has in years! It’s now over a year down the track and he hasn’t required any more veterinary treatment and is back competing and enjoying all that life has to offer.
Joshua Smith, Polocrosse player, Gloucestershire.
Joshua started his 15hh 16 year old Argentinian polocrosse pony 'Ballerina', on Epiitalis Forte gel at the recommendation of our physio. Ballerina suffered a pelvic injury as a youngster and has an unusual way of moving and can get quite stiff. Ballerina went from finishing one tournament tired, stiff and hardly able to walk on the lorry to go home, to within 3 weeks of starting Epiitalis Forte gel finishing her next tournament as if she hadn't played.We will certainly be keeping Ballerina on Epiitalis Forte whilst she continues to play polocrosse and would definitely recommend it.
Damien Cain, Vet Partner, Equine Vet Centre, Moorhouse, Yorkshire
'When I was first informed of another wiz bang joint supplement entering the market 12 months ago I naturally rolled my eyes and huffed. I took slightly more interest after reading the scientific evidence provided but it wasn’t until I saw some of my respected colleagues in referral hospitals endorsing the product that I decided to give it a try.
I still needed to see the results for my own eyes, so I handed over the Epiitalis® Forte gel (with a disclosure spiel!) to several horses with DJD. To my surprise it wasn't long before the clients reported that their horses had responded really well to the treatment and were re-ordering.
Most of my clientele are pleasure horses, loved to death by their owners but unfortunately they are an aging population. I have found Epiitalis® a fabulous product in the management of degenerative joint disorders. The anti-inflammatory effect enables a reduction in the dependency on NSAIDS such as bute, whilst the proactive effects on the chondrocytes ensure long term joint support.
I have not had any issues with palatability and it is priced extremely competitively in the supplement market. There are no miracle cures for arthritis but I find Epiitalis® Forte gel a great adjunct to the veterinary management of joint related disorders.'
Sam Backstrom, Showjumper, Hampshire
I have a young horse who was diagnosed with OCD in his stifles and an asymmetric right hind fetlock joint secondary to an epiphyseal injury as a foal. Early last year his performance deteriorated with a marked unwillingness to go forward. Even after 3 months field rest and treating both of these areas along with his sacroiliac with intra-articular injections and we still had no joy. It wasn’t until a bute trial last September that he started coming right. Not being able to compete on bute I started looking for options. I found out about Epiitalis Forte gel through a friend and visited the stand at the Horse of the Year show last year to find out more about it. I bought the gel after the visit and we haven’t looked back since. He spent two weeks on the loading dose, and has been on the maintenance dosage ever since.
I have tested the gel and seen an impact within a couple of days with him feeling more supple & springy than he ever had so I am positive the results are from using the gel. We have gone from not being able to trot or canter, to jumping double clears in Newcomers - soon moving up to Foxhunter. He is continuing to go from strength to strength on Epiitalis Forte gel, and I can’t thank the team enough for their help. I am enjoying every moment of having Egg back jumping and in peak condition!
Hani Milstein, Vet Partner, Endell Equine Hospital, Wiltshire.
'My caseload is predominantly first opinion and more complex referral hospital lameness. We don’t sell many supplements as a practice, however I really liked what I heard and read about the theory at joint level, science and serious approach behind Epiitalis Forte. The clinical response and positive feedback from clients across a range of cases has been remarkable, from poor performance to overt lameness, sports horses in their prime to older horses with numerous issues. Clients are so impressed, they ask if their other horses could also try it and more than once I’ve been asked if a human form exists! It’s great to have such an effective, safe and exciting, competition legal product in our dispensary.'