Our vets look at Glucosamine for horses’ joints.
Most horse owners know that joint problems can impact a horse’s athletic life significantly in performance and longevity. The number of joint supplements for horses available on the market is vast, each brand offering different ingredients and making different claims to them. Some of which are unfounded claims where most of the supplements’ ingredients have no actual scientific backing in horses and rely purely on data obtained from research carried out on humans and other animals. So, with so many joint supplements available on the market how do you know you have chosen the right one for your horse?
First, it is important to educate yourself on knowing what ingredients are in the supplement you feed and at what levels. Then you can determine whether it is going to be effective for your horse’s requirements. Here we look at the most popular ingredients for joint care that are backed by scientific research and clinical trials, to see how they work.
Glucosamine & Chondroitin Sulfate
Scientific evidence has shown the benefits of feeding Glucosamine combined with Chondroitin for maximum effectiveness compared to feeding individually. Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin Sulfate help to protect and provide nutrients to the joints. Glucosamine is a powerful, fast-acting ingredient that is commonly used due to its long-standing evidence. It has lubricating properties keeping your horse’s joints hydrated, helping with mobility and suppleness.
Chondroitin Sulfate is an important component of articular cartilage. Glucosamine works extremely well with Chondroitin, and both play key roles in helping to build cartilage around the connective tissue that protect the joints, assisting to delay the cartilage deterioration rate. They are scientifically proven effective pain relievers, supporting the reduction of inflammation, heat, and swelling.
Performance horses in heavy work could benefit from Glucosamine because one of its key roles is to lubricate, which effectively cushions the joints. Jumping horses puts a strain on their joints, so those horses that participate in showjumping, eventing or jump racing could find Glucosamine beneficial.
Horses that suffer from conditions such as arthritis (OA) could also gain from Glucosamine by helping to make them more comfortable.
There are many supplements on the market that contain Glucosamine for horses but in exceptionally low doses. With no official regulation of what goes into horse supplements it is easy for brands to cut corners on quantity. Studies have shown that supplements with higher levels of Glucosamine have the best results since it is much more effective in higher doses. This is because only 2-5% of Glucosamine fed to horses is bioavailable and can be absorbed sufficiently. Therefore, it is no surprise that so many supplements are deemed ineffective. Containing nowhere near enough Glucosamine to make a difference. An effective dose of Glucosamine is 15,000 mg per day.
THE LEADING VETERINARY JOINT SUPPLEMENT FOR HORSES….
SYNOVIUM® MOTION-JMT is a favourite with our customers. It contains the highest daily amount of the three most important and trusted ingredients needed for joint care. This veterinary joint supplement has been developed by Synovium’s team of Olympic and FEI vets. It is based on the latest scientific research which shows the need for at least 15,000mg of Glucosamine, 10,000mg of MSM and 2,400mg of Chondroitin per daily dose.
- contributes to mobility improvement, repair of tendon injuries and provides long-term cartilage protection
- maintains flexible joints and helps aid cartilage production
- the best horse supplement in supporting optimal movement and performance
- contains the three most effective ingredients needed for joint care
- contains the correct levels of active ingredients per daily scoop, so unlike most joint supplements on the market Synovium guarantees to make a difference to your horse
- backed by scientific evidence showing the benefits of feeding Glucosamine combined with Chondroitin for maximum effectiveness compared to feeding individually
- the ingredients used are not on the FEI doping list. Consider the applicable rules of your federation during competitions
- manufactured under GMP certification in a Government controlled facility
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