Maintaining optimum joint health is crucial for your horse because their weight bearing joints get little relief and are subject to constant pressure.
The areas most commonly affected by joint stiffness are the knee joint, front fetlocks, hocks and coffin joints. Inflammation usually results in swelling, which can be uncomfortable for your horse when the joint is flexed.
Horses often develop stiff joints as they age, but younger and growing animals can also have joint stiffness. Performance horses in particular can put a lot of strain on their legs as they run, jump, spin or pull carriages. Common signs include:
- Your horse may appear stiff and awkward initially and improving as they warm up.
- Your horse may have a reluctance to perform movements that used to be done with ease.
- You may notice a grating sound when the joint is used.
- They may have bumps on joints.
- Your horse may experience stiffness after sleeping or prolonged standing.
It’s important for your horse’s joints to function properly in order to enjoy their life to the full. As their owner, you will be able to recognise a change in behaviour and activity level. To help to maintain joint mobility in your horse, here are some positive things you can do.
Introduce regular exercise tailored to your horse. Exercise increases joint fluid circulation and tones the muscles. Fitter horses have thicker and healthier cartilage covering their joints.
Maintain a healthy weight
Overweight horses require more attention to their joint health. Excess weight can add more stress to your horse’s joints as well as increase wear-and-tear. Consult your vet who can advise a suitable diet for your horse’s needs to help maintain a healthy weight.
Glucosamine HCL and Chondroitin Sulphate are essential to maintain healthy joints. A natural alternative can be found in Boswellia Extract, which acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and aids mobility, flexibility and supports joint structure.
Always make a habit of doing stretching exercises with your horse along with a good warm up before any exercise. This will help to increase blood flow and warm up and soften muscles and ligaments.
Be sure to keep your horse well shod, as well balanced feet will help to reduce the stress on lower limb joints. Your farrier will be able to help to ensure that your horse’s shoes are comfortable and a good fit.
Try to avoid work on hard ground as this will reduce concussion to the joints and help to maintain optimum joint mobility.
Nutritional joint supplement
Take advantage of the benefits of a high strength, natural and fast acting joint support product such as nutraquin+ to help rebuild joint cartilage and maintain optimum joint health. Giving your horse nutraquin+ will not only promote mobility, it will also aid and soothe stiff joints.
If your worried about your horse’s joint health, you should speak to your vet who will be able to advise the best course of action and provide support. Ask your vet about nutraquin+, our fast acting natural joint health product. nutraquin+ is specifically formulated to maintain healthy joint function with the added advantages of Boswellia Extract, which supports the natural systems that control inflammation.