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Combating Arthritis in Horses With Exercise

The senior horse requires special attention to keep him comfortable and to enable productive work under saddle in his vintage years.

The benefits of keeping your senior horse working are many. Not only will regular light exercise help to engage his mind and keep him mentally active, it will also help keep equine arthritis and unsoundness at bay.

A trained horse that is left to his own devices may become depressed, develop stable vices and will genuinely miss the interaction with humans in his daily life under saddle.

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Equine Joint Supplements 101: How Much Glucosamine is Enough?

Even though we know more is not necessarily better, it is tempting to pick a horse joint supplement with a really high glucosamine number on the label and not look any further. But why is that not the best approach to your horse’s joint health?

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Spring Horse Training Tips: Key to Using Horse Liniments

Spring is near which means we will be riding and traveling more to horse shows, clinics and other fun events in the near future! Unfortunatly this can also mean an increased amount of stress on our horse's muscles and joints. Every horse can benefit from proper muscle care.

Muscle soreness, stiffness and swelling are common conditions that can be avoided or reduced when you implement a muscle care regimen into your daily riding routine. When used properly, horse liniment can help horses recover from work and continue training.

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6 Tips to Prepare Your Horse's Joints for Winter

Cold weather is almost upon us, and its time to start thinking about what special care and precautions may be needed to keep your horse's joints healthy throughout the winter. Most horses easily adapt to cold weather, but there are some simple management changes that can help with the transition.

  1. Horse's with arthritic joints may expirience more soreness during cold weather. Maintain turnout and self-exercise in the winter but consult your veterinarian for specific recommendations for your horse.
  2. If weather allows, continue working your horse during the winter. Even occasional riding or lunging can help keep your horse's muscles, ligaments, tendons, and joints limber.
  3. Keep in mind, warm-ups and cool-downs should be about 50% longer to account for cold muscles, tendons and ligaments. Click here for tips on how to properly cool your horse down in cool weather.
  4. If riding is not an option, consider incorporating stretching exercises into your horse's routine. Neck stretches for a treat and knee bends can also add some bonding time between you and your horse!
  5. Try to send your horses into winter with a body condition score of at least 5 (ribs are not visible but can be felt). But don't overdo weight gain, as horses that are too fat will over-stress their joints with the extra weight.
  6. Feed a horse joint supplement such as Rapid Flex to help support their joints. Joint supplements help ensure your horse’s body has a consistent supply of the ingredients it needs to cope with the stress of exercise and cold weather in order to maintain healthy joints. Because joint supplements are designed to support normal joint tissues, the best time to start supplementing is BEFORE your horse starts displaying signs of joint problems.
Rapid Flex is a horse joint supplement that utilizes a unique combination of Glucosamine HCI, Chondroitin Sulfate and Hyaluronic Acid (HA), as well as a blend of natural herbs. Horses love the licorice flavor! 

 

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