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As all horse owners will be aware joint problems are very common in horses, especially horses that are involved in riding, show jumping, dressage or racing. Therefore prevention is very important and by using Equine Cortaflex, controlling your horse’s weight and implementing an exercise regime this can be achieved. Cortaflex is designed to protect against joint degeneration, damage, and helps to reduce the effects caused by aging as it contains chondroitin and glucosamine which are molecules that are used to synthesis the cartilage in joints.

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However sometimes joint problems are unavoidable and effective treatments and care are required. Vetrofen is a recommended natural based treatment which targets inflammation around the joints and helps to reduce pain.

Gentle exercise is also important as this will help to strengthen the joint and supporting structures and help to prevent the joints from becoming stiff.

If your horse is overweight weight loss will help as the excess weight will be exaggerating the problem and causing more pain as it puts more pressure on the affected joints. A weight loss and exercise programme will be needed however it is important to discuss this with your vet to prevent any further damage.

Osteoarthritis is a common joint problem in horses and is caused by the deterioration of the synovial fluid and cartilage. As this is what prevents the bones from rubbing together once it has worn away it causes friction and agonizing pain. Swelling and inflammation usually result with other symptoms including stiffness, lameness and a reluctance to exercise.

Osteoarthritis usually affects the stifle, hocks and spine and is more common in older horses however it can also occur in younger horses, usually as a result of an injury or repetitive strain. Although osteoarthritis is incurable, treatment such as Seraquin can help to slow its progression and help rebuild cartilage.

It is important to remember that you should get a professional diagnosis from your vet before administering any treatment to your horse in case it is misdiagnosed or there are other underlying health issues that need to be treated. It is as equally important to check with your vet if you are using more than one joint supplement and/or medication as certain substances can react and therefore cannot be given together.

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