With modern day advances in scientific research in the equine sector it’s been demonstrated that osteoarthritis and other arthritic changes are responsible for around 60% of lameness in not just both pleasure and performance horses but even horses at rest and youngsters. The old adage that prevention is better than cure is a wise philosophy to follow as it’s often more difficult to reverse an existing problem.
During the first two years of a horse’s life, emphasis should be placed on developing a healthy skeletal system so it makes sense to provide your young horse with the correct nutrition to enable this as well as providing long term nutritional insurance for healthy joints, particularly once a horse starts his working career under saddle.
If you’re reluctant to go down the path of injectables, (and many owners are), Fibregenix Liquid Joint & Bone RLF is a unique neutraeutical product and being in a palatable liquid form is fast absorbing. It contains active ingredients that are well-documented with studies and trials as to their effectiveness to help in the formation of strong dense correctly mineralised bones, help slow down the degenerative process and assist in providing relief from inflammation and helping to improve mobility.
Rosehip (rosa canina) contains glycosides which act as an anti-inflammatory. Glycosides control the number of white blood cells that can enter the site of injury (this may be degenerative injury i.e. arthritis or an acute injury such as a soft tissue tear.) White blood cells that enter the site of injury cause swelling; by controlling the number of these white blood cells that can enter the joint, Rosa canina has been shown to help minimise swelling aiding joint comfort both on a short term and long term basis. Rosehip has been proven to be 40% more effective than Glucosamine. Rosehip also contains high levels of Vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant which neutralises free radicals helping to prevent damage to cells.
Hyaluronic Acid (HLA)
Synovial fluid is the fluid enclosed within a joint capsule that helps to ensure the joint moves freely. When a horse ages or injury occurs within a joint this fluid can become more viscous and physically prevent a joint from moving freely, which can cause mechanical stiffness. Hyaluronic acid may help ensure that synovial fluid remains at the correct viscosity, enabling joints to move freely.
Cartilage covers the ends of bones to ensure they do not grind against each other. When arthritic changes or cartilage damage occurs, this can result in the breakdown of cartilage, making horses uncomfortable. Glucosamine is an amino sugar and a precursor of glucosaminoglycans which are a major component of joint cartilage and essential for cartilage re-generation. It is available in many forms but glucosamine hydrochloride is regarded as the most bio-available variety, which safeguards maximum absorption and is therefore the most effective way to aid in the process of cartilage regeneration.
MSM (Methyl sulphonyl-methane)
Tendons and ligaments are soft tissues which connect muscle to bone and bone to bone. For a joint to move these soft tissues need to be healthy and strong to assist with the movement. When an injury occurs to one of these soft tissues, joint movement may be restricted. MSM provides the building blocks of protein to aid tendon and ligament repair and general tendon and ligament health.
TO OPTIMISE BONE HEALTH
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol)
Plays a key role in regulation of calcium and phosphorus homeostasis, especially in bone and stimulates the intestinal absorption of calcium, building up the bone matrix and promotes the mineralization of osteoblastic bone formation. Vitamin D3 has been shown in studies to work synergistically with Calcium to benefit bone health and bone remodelling after exercise.
99% of calcium in the horse’s body is deposited in bone and is key in supporting the mechanical property of bone and the bone remodelling process. Providing calcium as chelate ensures it is a highly efficient and a readily available nutrient which may also play a part in helping to prevent bone weaknesses.
If you are looking to optimise joint & bone health for you growing youngster or competition horse then our outstanding Liquid joint & bone RLF can play a key part in giving you that peace of mind.