Equine Joint Care Mobility
|General Horse Joint Care Information|
Equine joint care is important because, although fitness work and training can strengthen muscles, bones and tendons, it also puts a huge amount of strain on your horse's joints, which in turn can lead to degenerative joint disease. General wear and tear and old age can also lead to stiff joints and impede mobility, even in the leisure horse, creating the possible need to supplement the horse's diet with equine joint care products or horse joint supplements.
Healthy joints are protected by cartilage, which acts as a cushion between the joint bones and synovial fluid, which helps lubricate and keep the joint active. Healthy cartilage is essential for optimum joint function. When the cartilage between the joints breaks down, the joints rub together causing painful conditions which can compromise the joint mobility. Collagen is a major component of cartilage, giving it its cushion effect. Synovial fluid lubricates the joint and also supplies nutrition to the cartilage thus helping the joint to naturally repair itself.
The horse’s joints contain natural shock-absorbing and lubricating components composed of glycosaminoglycan, proteoglycan, sodium hyaluronate and chondrocytes (GAGs).
As the horse is asked to meet increasing athletic demands, his body must constantly repair and replenish damaged joint tissues and fluids.
Supplying extra amounts in equine joint care or horse joint supplements, of the same ingredients that the horse uses naturally to repair joint wear and tear, such as Chondroitin Sulphate and Glucosamine, the necessary nutritional building blocks (GAGs) supports his ability to maintain healthy joints.
|Veterinarians and trainers both agree that although it's impossible to prevent joint stress, there are effective ways to minimize wear and tear, and many advocate feeding a joint supplement early in the athletic horse's career and continuing throughout his lifetime. Horse Joint Supplements can be used to support existing conditions, but the vast majority of riders and trainers prefer to start early in the horses training in order to help maintain healthy joints.