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5 Concerns Senior Horse Owners Should Know About

July Nut Min

Click here to read our Nutritional Minute.   Article written by KPP staff. Copyright (C) 2015 Kentucky Performance Products, LLC.   All rights reserved. Article sponsored by Joint Armor; complete joint supplement at a very affordable price. When health issues arise, always seek the advice of a licensed veterinarian who can help you choose the correct course of action for your horse. Supplements are intended to maintain healthy... Read More »

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The benefits of Hyaluronic acid

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Hyaluronic acid (aka sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronan) is found naturally in your horse’s synovial fluid, which is the fluid contained in movable joints. Hyaluronic acid is responsible for making synovial fluid viscous and lubricating the joint surfaces. Under normal conditions, the synovial membranes produce enough hyaluronic acid to protect the joint, but when repeated wear and tear from exercise takes place the depletion of hyaluronic acid can lead... Read More »

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What is arthritis and why are older horses more susceptible?

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Arthritis is a degeneration of the articular surfaces of the joint caused by inflammation. Over time, normal wear and tear leads to an erosion of joint structures and a reduction in the synovial fluid that cushions the joint. Loss of elasticity in older tendons and ligaments causes greater joint trauma and a thinning of the joint cartilage. Such changes reduce your horse’s natural shock absorbing abilities and result in increased joint inflammation,... Read More »

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What is HA and why should I look for it in a joint supplement?

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Hyaluronic acid (HA) is an integral component of synovial fluid and articular cartilage. It is responsible for lubrication of the joint surfaces. While glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate work mainly as the building block for cartilage, HA is more beneficial to the joint fluid, which nourishes the joint and provides shock absorbing properties. Hyaluronic acid has been found to be helpful in controlling joint pain, heat, and swelling. The recommended... Read More »

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Dealing with arthritis in senior horses

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Over the past couple of decades improved management, nutrition, and veterinary care have contributed to increase longevity in today’s horse population. It is not unusual to hear of horses living well into their thirties. As horses age, the wear and tear of a lifetime of activity takes its toll on joints, leading to the development of arthritis. While there is no cure for arthritis, there are ways we can keep older horses more comfortable. What is... Read More »

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Nutritional Considerations for Horses in Drought Conditions

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Careful management of your horse year-round will help ensure that he remains healthy during drought conditions. In the short-term future, the first and perhaps most elementary and immediate point to consider is nutrition. As the drought in Kentucky and surrounding states rages on, pastures may be brown and their bounty less than nutritious. If you rely heavily on pastures to provide calories for your horse, he may not be receiving sufficient energy... Read More »

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Why use a joint supplement

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In healthy joints, the ends of the bones are coated with a thin layer of friction-reducing tissue known as articular cartilage. The articular cartilage contains synovial fluid, a thick liquid that serves two primary functions: (1) as a source of nutrients for the articular cartilage, and (2) as a lubricant and shock absorber for the bones that form a joint. Lameness can result when damage occurs to any joint tissue, whether it involves the bones,... Read More »

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