Horses, like dogs, humans, and most other animal species, will, as they age, start to experience wear of the cartilage which lines the various joints, giving rise to the condition known as arthritis. The pain associated with it can be alleviated by the use of anti-inflammatory drugs such as phenylbutazone, part of a group known as NSAIDs.
Unfortunately these can in the long-term interfere with the mechanisms that protect the stomach wall from attack by stomach acid. They can also cause problems further down the digestive tract. Traditional medicine can provide a solution, in the form of herbs with powerful anti-inflammatory properties such as turmeric, boswellia, ginger, Devil’s Claw, Slippery Elm Bark, etc etc.
Whilst these are effective at controlling pain they only mask the symptoms. Providing supplements such as Methy Sulphonul Methane, Glucosamine, hyaluronic acid & chondroitin will enable repair of damaged cartilage & maintainance of its health. Such supplements can be given to the middle-aged horse to prevent or delay the onset of arthritis.
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