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3 Affordable Joint Supplements

Joint health is one of the most common challenges that horse owners face. We require most of our horses to be athletic and to perform into their teens and beyond. Horses can experience joint problems due to various factors such as age, exercise, or injury. Joint supplements can provide the necessary nutrients to support joint health and reduce the risk of joint damage, and also provide comfort from chronic inflammation many older horses experience.

Joint supplements can contain ingredients that help reduce inflammation in the joints. By supporting joint health and reducing inflammation, joint supplements can help improve mobility in horses. This can be especially important for older horses or those with joint-related issues that affect their ability to move comfortably. Even horses without current joint issues can benefit from joint supplements as part of preventative care. By supporting joint health early on, it can help reduce the risk of joint problems later in life.

Here at Sound Advice we have three joint supplements that are suitable for different situations. Above all, our goal is to make these supplements affordable so that horses owners aren't limited to supplementing their 'good' horse, but can economically supplement retired horses too.

Joint supplements - take care of the horse that took care of you.

Rosehip + includes rosehips and magnesium. This is most suitable for younger horses in work that benefit from the muscle benefits of magnesium as well as the anti-inflammatory properties of rosehips.

Turmeric Joint Mix includes turmeric, glucosamine, and MSM in a chia base. This mix is suitable for teen and older horses in work and competing as it provides support but does not include any swabbable ingredients.

Relief Mix + contains devil's claw, glucosamine and MSM is suitable for older and geriatric horses who are no longer competing, or horses with chronic inflammation as the ingredients have analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties, but this mix is swabbable, so it's not suitable for horses that are competing. It's also a natural alternative to bute, so a handy supplement to have on hand.

Here are some qualities of the ingredients in Sound Advice joint supplements.

  1. Chia: Chia seeds are a great source of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are essential for maintaining healthy joints, skin, and coat. They are also rich in fiber and antioxidants, which help regulate digestion and support the immune system.

  2. Turmeric: Turmeric has been used for centuries in traditional medicine to treat a variety of ailments. In horses, it is commonly used as a natural anti-inflammatory to support joint health. Turmeric contains a compound called curcumin, which has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain in horses. It also has antioxidant properties that can help protect against free radicals and support a healthy immune system.

  3. Devil's Claw: Devil's Claw is a natural anti-inflammatory that has been shown to be effective in reducing pain and inflammation in horses. It is often used to support joint health and can be particularly helpful for horses with arthritis or other inflammatory conditions.

  4. Glucosamine: Glucosamine is a compound that is naturally found in the body and plays a key role in maintaining healthy joints. It is commonly used as a supplement for horses with joint issues, as it has been shown to reduce inflammation and support cartilage health. Glucosamine is often used in conjunction with MSM for maximum benefit. Glusomamine and MSM are in both our Turmeric Mix and Relief Mix +.

  5. MSM: MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) is a naturally occurring sulfur compound that is commonly used as a supplement for horses with joint issues. It has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce pain and swelling in horses with arthritis or other joint conditions. MSM can also support healthy skin and coat, as well as promote overall immune system function.

We have talked about each of these supplements one-by-one in previous blogs, including reference to academic papers on the ingredients. If you would like to go more in depth on these supplements, you can find those blogs here:

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