If the joints don’t move well, the body doesn’t
move well. The ability to flex, extend and rotate
the joints in the horse’s legs and spine sets the
parameters for that athlete’s ability.
Many things contribute to joint problems such as
nutritional imbalances, GI problems, trauma (acute
or chronic), genetic pre-disposition, conformation,
poor shoeing/trimming, metabolic disorders,
normal “wear and tear,” and infections (systemic or
in the joint).
A simple sprained fetlock as a yearling that isn’t
treated appropriately can start the cartilage
deterioration that will progress into arthritis and
cause lameness a few years later.
Aggressive effective treatment of all joint injuries
and continual preventative care are key to long
term joint health, especially in the equine athlete.
When it comes to purchasing joint therapies, buyers beware. Oral
joint supplements don’t have the quality or
purity controls required by law that prescription medications do.
Many orals are not of therapeutic
concentrations and/or quality in spite of their labels. Compounded
“generics” may not be safe or effective and
many studies have shown them to be less effective than the “name
brands.” NSAIDs have potential side effects
and have been shown to decrease synovial fluid quality in human
joints, so limit your use of phenylbutazone and
Being overweight or in poor muscle condition puts excess strains on
joints so keep your horse fit. Here are
some effective safe therapies to help treat a wide range of joint
- Bayer’s Legend (hyaluronate sodium) given IV and/or IA
- Luitpold’s Adequan (PSGAG) given IM and/or IA
- Nutramax Cosequin ASU (glucosamine/chondroitin w/MSM & ASU) orally
- KAM’s FRE Liquid and FRE Powder
- HEEL’s Traumeel and Zeel in gel topically and tablets orally
- Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatments
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