Unsure where to start when it comes to joint supplements? Check out our useful guide to help horse owners navigate this area.
Horse owners know that joint health is important for a multitude of reasons. It can hard to know where to start when it comes to joint supplementation so we have compiled this guide to help horse owners navigate this area.
What is a Joint and How does it Work ?
Simply, a joint is the point where two or more bones meet. It is made up of a number of different parts that work together to allow the horse to move and bend. There are three types of equine joints: synovial joints, cartilaginous joints and fibrous joints. There are 18 synovial joints in the horse, meaning it is the most moveable joint and thus the most susceptible to injury (e.g. knee, hock). Within the synovial joint, where the two bones meet, the ends of each bone are covered in lubricated cartilage – this is to allow for frictionless movement and shock absorption. In the joint capsule, there is an inner lining called synovial membrane which secretes synovial fluid for further lubrication to prevent friction.
When and Why Use a Joint Supplement?
In the normal day-to-day life of a horse, joint cartilage is continually being broken down and replacement cartilage is manufactured in a naturally balanced way. However, various factors can upset this balance and cause inflammation to the joint structures. Equine joints are built to withstand the weight of the horse’s own body. However when we add a rider to the equation, there is considerable strain put on the joints, which can upset the natural balance. Further joint balance distribution can be caused by:
- Increased training
- Ground conditions
- Old age
- Body condition
- Fitness level/muscle tone
- Seasonal restrictions (joint stiffness in winter owing to restricted turnout/limited exercise)
Therefore, it is crucial to actively manage your horse’s joints at any age to enable ease of mobility, minimise daily wear and tear as well as limit potential problems in the future. A proactive approach to joint health will ensure your horse remains mobile, healthy and able to perform at their best.
What Ingredients are Important in a Joint Supplement?
Joint supplements have been developed to provide targeted nutrition that supports healthy, functioning joints and easy mobility. The following ingredients should be present in joint supplements:
- Glucosamine – an amino acid that assists in the manufacture of cartilage
- Chondroitin Sulphate – a molecule that assists in lubrication and shock absorption of the joints
- Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM) – a naturally occurring sulphur compound which helps soothe knocks and improve joint mobility
- Hyaluronic Acid (HA) – the principal constituent of Synovial Fluid for joint lubrication
- Vitamin C – an antioxidant that helps with cartilage formation
When choosing a joint supplement, take note of ingredients as well as formulation. Be sure to research the product and examine how it will fit in with your horse’s feeding regime. Don’t be afraid to reach out to experts such as vets or equine nutritionists for advice or information before purchase.
Arthri Aid Joint Mobility Supplement
Arthri Aid Equine Joint Mobility Supplement has been formulated to aid the lubrication and help to promote regeneration of shock absorbing tissues of your horse’s joints. It contains all the above ingredients in a powerful and potent formulation. Arthri Aid Equine Joint Mobility Supplement is available in two presentations:
- Liquid – palatable and fast acting
- Powder – economic and highly effective
To conclude, equine joint health should not be overlooked to ensure mobility, performance and comfort for your horse. For more information or advice on joint supplementation, please contact our equine nutritionist on 051 304010 or here.