Many horses now have very good quality lives in their senior years thanks to the improvement in the diagnosis and management of old age diseases. Leisure and hack horses are likely to be older horses or horses that have retired from high-performance sports due to injury. These horses often make excellent companions and leisure horses though many may have some arthritis or musculoskeletal damage from their earlier years. Managing inflammation and pain and reducing further inflammation and pain allows these horses to maintain an excellent quality of life, often well into their 20s.
RECOMMENDATION: ELITE FLEX LIQUID or POWDER
ELITE FLEX LIQUID or POWDER contains glucosamine, chondroitin, MSM, vitamin E. omega 3 essential fatty acid, lysine and zinc. Glucosamine and chondroitin have been shown to have a positive effect in increasing stride length (mobility) in veteran horses. Supplementation with omega 3 fatty acids has been shown to decrease the mediators of inflammation in horse’s joints. MSM has been demonstrated to have a potent antioxidant effect on exercising horse tissues and may limit inflammation-induced injury. Vitamin E is a potent antioxidant and reduces oxidative stress and has the potential to limit cell damage during exercise. Lysine is an amino acid and is found in large amounts in muscle cells and zinc is an important component of the hoof wall and contributes to the keratinisation and hardness of the hoof.