Horses are naturally active animals that require a lot of exercise. Too much of the same type of physical activity, however, can lead to damage and deterioration of joint tissues. Many performance horses will eventually suffer joint damage or Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD). Joint damage can be minimized through proper training and with the addition of a horse joint supplement to the diet, as well as sound veterinary care.
DJD, also known as osteoarthritis causes lameness, particularly in aggressively trained athletic, sport horses. Due to repetitive loading of the joints, the cartilage around the joint becomes inflamed which leads to deterioration of the cartilage and bone in the joint. . Once the cartilage wears away, bone to bone contact occurs, which is extremely painful. The joints that are commonly affected are hocks, ankles, stifles knees, spine, and coffin in the forefeet.
How do you know if your horse has DJD? Here are some symptoms to watch for:
- Excessive swelling lasting longer than a couple of weeks
- Pain and stiffness
- Decrease in performance
- Joints that warm to the touch
- Change in temperament
- Sore shoulders or back
- Gait changes
You can help prevent DJD by supplementing your horses diet with an effective equine joint supplement. Prevention is much easier and less expensive than treating a horse long term for a permanent, deteriorating condition .
Equi-Force Horse Joint Supplement:
Equi-force Equine Products come highly recommended by veterinarians and trainers. Dr. Amy M Gill, founder of Equi-force, has formulated effective and safe supplements she uses in the diet of her own horses. With four products that can be used alone or in combination, Equiforce provides the most comprehensive horse joint supplement program that you can give your horse to help prevent DJD and other joint disorders.
Siliforce™: Helps increase bone density and production of collagen in tendon, ligaments and cartliage
Osteo-Gen ™: Enhances bone and cartilage development
GLC 5500: Has been shown to increase cartilage repair and hydration
MSM Equine: Helps with inflammation control