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Arthritis is a common condition affecting the joints and mobility of horses. Whilst arthritis is more often seen in older horses, it can affect a horse of any age. Naturally, horse owners feel compelled to seek treatments that provide their horses with relief. But finding the best joint supplement can feel like looking for a needle in a haystack. Thankfully, this task is made much easier with a little research into what the beneficial ingredients are and how likely they are to benefit the horse.
For arthritis, these symptoms emerge due to joint pain or disease. “Arthritis” is the term given to a number of conditions affecting the joints.
Arthritis is a medical condition and it’s important that your veterinarian is consulted in any treatment plan. Vets have access to diagnostic tools that shine a light on the degree to which your horse is affected. Knowing this allows you and your horse’s support team to make informed care choices. There are also treatment options that can only be administered by a trained professional.
Where supplements provide the horse with a nutritional approach to alleviating arthritis, Veterinarians are able to inject treatments directly to affected joints. Injection options for arthritis include corticosteroid injections, Hyaluronic injections, plasma, and polyacrylamide hydrogel. Vets also have other medications that are injected into muscle tissue to benefit all the joints in the body. Such options include cartrophen (also known as pentosan). Your vet will consider a range of factors when determining a treatment plan for your horse. There’s no “one size fits all” solution, and indeed, each horse may respond differently to treatment, particularly given the varying living environments we keep them in.
Most people are familiar with arthritis as an “old horse ailment.” It’s true that arthritis is more common in aged horses over 15 years. A lifetime of exercise (particularly high intensity) can injure cartilage. If the horse isn’t getting proper nutrition then its ability to repair cartilage is also compromised. Other factors can bring about early onset of arthritis well before a horse is considered to be aged. Some of these factors are developmental disease such as Osteochondrosis (OCD). Other factors are environmental. Long periods of standing in stables places joints in compression. Joint injury, high impact work, or nutritional shortfalls can also bring on an early onset of arthritis. By supporting your horse’s nutritional needs with a complete diet you are setting your horse up with the best chance of a long riding career and comfortable retirement.
Believed to reduce inflammation and stimulate cartilage cells.
A natural amino sugar that is one of the building blocks of cartilage. Whilst naturally produced by the horse’s body, a horse can be unable to produce enough glucosamine during times of stress or injury.
A natural compound found in cartilage.
A naturally occurring compound that assists in reducing inflammation.
Several amino acids are required for growth and repair of joints, cartilage and connective tissue.
Proline is an essential amino acid which is required for collagen structure and, in turn, cartilage.
Methionine is a sulfur bearing amino acid and aids in the synthesis of cartilage and connective tissue.
Lysine also performs a similar role to Methionine.
VITAMIN C (ABSORBIC ACID)
Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C) is a co-factor for enzymes involved in collagen stabilization. Ascorbic Acid is understood to help slow the progression of osteoarthritis.
Beneficial for reducing joint inflammation and promoting regeneration of cells and tissue.
A blend of quality neutraceuticals and glycosaminoglycan (GAG) components for the nourishment of joints, cartilage and connective tissues.
A unique and powerful blend of three naturally derived antioxidants in liquid form. CURCULAIN PRO™ provides the collective and well documented benefits of Curcumin (from Turmeric), Bromelain (from Pineapple Stem), Boswellia Serrata and Biota Orientalis Seed Oil to deliver a potent antioxidant boost from Mother Nature herself. Antioxidant therapy may be of benefit in treating soft tissue ailments or injury by countering the impact of oxidative stress. Tendons, muscles, ligaments and joints may all benefit from effective antioxidant supplementation. Discover more
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