Has your horse seemed a bit ‘not quite right’ recently? Maybe a little stiff when moving off, or uncharacteristically unwilling to work? Your equine buddy might be suffering from arthritis.
Arthritis is a common, progressive and painful degenerative joint disease believed to be responsible for 60% of all lameness. It can affect horses of any age, breed and use. Factors that may contribute to the development of arthritis include age, poor conformation, injury; regular, high-impact work; working on hard ground, exaggerated gaits and a long career of jumping.
Signs that may indicate your horse has arthritis include:
- Stiffness that goes away as the horse warms up.
- Subtle changes in the way the horse moves, such as shortening of stride, hollowing of the back, or raising of the head.
- Mild soft swelling of the joints of the distal limbs, or bony swelling in the region of joints of the distal limb.
- Reduced range of motion in joints.
- Reluctance to perform to normal ability.
- Change in personality or willingness to work.
- Some horses may prefer not to lie down as frequently due to pain when rising again.
What to do next:
It is important to diagnose and treat arthritis to help your horse live a comfortable, happy and more active life. A definitive diagnosis can be made by your veterinarian, and you may wish to consider a daily joint health treatment such as 4CYTE™ for Horses, or 4CYTE™ EPIITALIS® Forte Gel.
4CYTE™ is scientifically proven to reduce pain and repair damaged joints affected by age, injury and arthritis.
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