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6 Tips to Prepare Your Horse's Joints for Winter

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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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Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler graduated from Truman State University in 2013 with a BS in Animal Science & Nutrition and a minor in Equine Science. Gabby currently works on Manna Pro’s marketing team, and enjoys competing regularly with her six horses.

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