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Bone Supplements for Horses

Frederic Bousquet

As a horse owner who wants to keep their horse healthy and happy for as long as possible, you may be wondering whether bone supplements can help maintain healthy bones. The short answer to this question is that the right supplements can offer several benefits.

Older vs. Younger Horse

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Bone remodeling is a lifelong process that repairs stress damage done to bones and replaces old bone with new. This process, just like so many others, is very active in younger horses and slows as a horse grows older.

However, it’s just as important to support bone remodeling in a young horse as it is in an older horse because the more stressed the bone, the more stress will be put on the joints. Stressed joints can lead to discomfort and pain, which both affect your horse’s mobility, health, and, ultimately, their quality of life.

If you have an older horse, it’s important to consult your veterinarian before giving any supplement, as this can cause interference with their nutrient balance

The Benefits of Bone Supplements for Horses

Bone and joint supplements offer a range of benefits for horses of all ages. They offer the lubrication and hydration that bones and joints need for healing, rebuilding, and cushioning. In younger horses, supplements like glucosamine can prevent joint, bone, and other subsequent conditions.

Athletes, working horses, and older horses all can benefit from supplementation. In athletes and working horses, bone supplements can speed up healing and greatly reduce or eliminate post-activity discomfort. Osteoarthritis and similar conditions experienced by older horses can be greatly reduced or eliminated with the right product.

When to Use Bone Supplements

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Bone supplements offer a way to prevent and treat various joint and bone issues without having to use pharmaceuticals. In order for any horse to get the most benefit from supplements, they must be used in conjunction with:

  • Allowing your horse sufficient time for recovery after exercise or work
  • Turning out on a regular basis
  • Long walks on flat ground to build bone density
  • A well-balanced diet that includes trace minerals
  • Regular exercise
  • Frequent and proper hoof maintenance
  • Avoiding exercise on hard, dry ground, which can worsen joint damage
  • A veterinary visit to confirm the feasibility of offering supplements

What Glucosamine Can Do for Your Horse

Glucosamine prevents your horse’s cartilage from breaking down and supports joints with the nutrients needed for the growth of new cartilage. This well-researched supplement can also help to stimulate the natural healing of your horse’s joints, and is easy for your horse’s body to absorb.

Glucosamine can ease the pain and inflammation associated with arthritis and can also slow arthritic joint deterioration. It can also keep the bones and joints of younger horses healthy and prevent the development of issues later in life.

If you want a truly natural way to prevent or treat bone and joint problems, look no further than glucosamine, which already exists in your horse’s cartilage

Finding the Right Glucosamine Supplement

Glucosamine HCI

There are many glucosamine products on the market, which can make it challenging to find the right one for your horse. Glucosamine HCI from Equi-Herbs contains only 100% natural and highly absorbable ingredients that your horse’s body recognizes.

Our premium-quality glucosamine supports your horse’s joint and bone health by speeding the healing of damaged bone and increasing bone strength, and also helps with ulcers, stress relief, and hoof care. Visit our website to learn more.