Equine Joint Care After a Summer of Hard Ground

This Summer has been fabulous, with ample sunshine, warm temperatures and now extended weeks of hot weather beyond usual expectations for this time of year! The flip side for us country folk, is that it has resulted in very hard ground. This impacts on the growth of grass and crops but also for our animals the hard ground can be very concussive to their joints. Scientific Nutritional Products takes a look…

Our horse's joints are crucial structures facilitating movement and absorbing impact and the joint naturally suffers wear and tear over the years so therefore must be supported. Taking good care of your equine's joints with Glucosamine for Horses can ensure your horse or pony remains comfortable, happy in their work helping to prevent the risk of pain or injuries alongside prolonging their ridden career.

As we come towards the end of summer, when the ground is at its hardest, it is important to think about the way we work and exercise our horses Daily wear and tear on joints cannot be avoided completely but there are ways to reduce its impact. Providing consistent joint care is important for all equines but particularly for those which are competed regularly or ridden on hard ground.

The synovial joints such as the knees joints, the fetlocks, stifles and hocks are particularly affected by hard ground surfaces and are the joints most often implicated in injury. Age and movement will naturally affect the joints, as will general conformation but horses that jump, are raced or hunted are more likely to suffer joint problems as they age simply because of the demands of their discipline.

Diet, a good Horse Joint Supplement, fitness, workload and the state of the feet can also contribute to the state of the joints.

 So what can you do?

A sufficient time warming up and cooling down pre and post exercise is fundamental in avoiding joint problems.  Doing this correctly will keep your horse’s joints supple and therefore minimise the possibility of any damage occurring. Regular exercise is wise but ensure if you do have an equine with a joint problem be sure to avoid any hard work or excessive strain.

 If you are competing or hacking out be aware of the ground condition as hard ground or rough terrain which your equine is not accustomed to will place more stress and strain on the joints.  After a long, strenuous ride or a competition allow your horse a day off in order for your equine to rest and recover properly reducing any chance of problems. A joint problem arises when damage occurs faster than repair.

There really isn't a truer sentiment than 'no foot no horse' so keep your horse's hooves well trimmed and balanced in order to limit the risk of joint problems.

Horse owners should also supply a Joint Supplement for Horses in the diet! Horse Joint Right Supreme designed and produced by Scientific Nutritional Products can have a positive effect on joint mobility. The supplement incorporates optimum levels of Glucosamine for Horses, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid and MSM, all of which help to build equine cartilage, ligaments, tendons and develop synovial fluid alongside helping to cushion and lubricate the joints. Horse Joint Right Supreme also contains Green Lipped Mussel (Perna Canaliculus).  It is well known for its soothing qualities on joints and works by encouraging synovial fluid production to lubricate and cushion the joints which is essential for the maintenance of joint cartilage and connective tissue therefore optimising joint function.

 A range of supplements are available from Scientific Nutritional Products, including Horse Joint Right Supreme. For more information about the supplement range or to keep up with our informative and educational blog visit the website at www.horsesupplementsdirect.co.uk.

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