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How to Preserve Your Horse’s Joint Health and Mobility

Get expert advice on developing a plan to maintain your horse’s joint health and slow the progression of equine arthritis and other inflammation.

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By: Dr. Nathalie Reisbig |

When people talk about arthritis, they usually mean osteoarthritis, a painful condition where the cartilage cushion in a joint breaks down due to inflammation. Osteoarthritis is a disease that affects many species including people, horses and dogs. It’s also chronic, which means it can be managed, but not cured. Always, the first step is to develop a treatment plan with your veterinarian, because each case is different. Your horse’s options will depend on the severity of the arthritis, but it’s safe to start with the basics. Obesity and excess weight will add stress to the joints, so try to manage your horse’s diet to keep his weight at a good baseline level. Low-stress, low-impact movement is always good. Adequate turn out with safe, active companions will deliver the best type of constant movement. Depending on your horse’s level of lameness, riding can be included as part of his exercise regimen,…

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