The modern horse is very much like the modern athlete. We have more and more expectations of
them, and a horse or pony does not necessarily have to be old to suffer from joint problems.
Most often, the synovial fluid in the joints drying out causes this. It's like trying to run an engine without oil, and causes great discomfort for the horse. Traditionally, the use of Bute provides some relief. Alternatively, you can now use a very effective anti inflammatory like Devils Claw Liquid
However, in the longer term, it is better to feed a product containing the kind of ingredients you would normally find in the synovial fluid to provide that extra lubrication. Flexijoint Powder
has been formulated with all these important ingredients to do just that. It is also available in a liquid form Flexijoint Liquid
in a Devils Claw base. Flexijoint contains high levels of Chondroitin, which provides the components that are the shock absorbers of cartilage. It does this by binding large amounts of water into the cartilage. It also contributes to the inhibition of degradative enzymes, which cause Degenerative Joint Disease. Another constituent of Flexijoint is Glucosamine, which is essentially the building block for lubricants and shock absorbers in the body. Then we include MSM, an organic form of sulphur, which is needed for the synthesis of connective tissue. Deteriorating cartilage can also cause toxins, free radicals and waste material to build up in the joints, causing pain and inflammation. Antioxidant vitamin C is included too, because it helps to rid the body of free radicals.
For horses in competition Flexijoint Liquid with Bromelain
is an alternative. Bromelain is a very effective anti-inflammatory derived from pineapples and is approved for competition rules.
Our sister company makes a human version of Flexijoint
in capsule form, so if you suffer yourself from stiff joints, ask your retailer to get some in for you!
Other joint products in the Equimins range are herbal and include Mobile Mover Dried Herbal Blend
and Mobile Mover Liquid
. Oils can also help give some relief to stiff joints and A & R Cod Liver Oil
has been formulated with precisely this in mind.
Managing Director, Equimins Ltd