Your Senior Horse: Fierce Competitor or Out to Pasture?

Your senior horse has always given you his best. Return the favor and choose a joint supplement that’s tailored to his specific needs to help keep him comfortable in his golden years.

Whether he’s new to you or has been your longtime companion, you want to provide your senior horse with the best possible care. Years of training, traveling and competing can really take a toll on joints, and many older horses lose mobility due to stiffness and soreness. With a wide range of senior joint supplements available, how do you know which one is right for your horse?

“Senior” doesn’t necessarily mean “retired”

Consider his lifestyle. Whether he is still active in the show ring or is already enjoying his retirement, you can support your horse’s joints with a supplement that was designed with him in mind. Along with proper management and care, the right supplement can help your older horse stay comfortable and happy for years to come.

Taking it Easy

If your senior is already retired, help him grow old gracefully by providing him with a supplement that supports healthy joint tissues and fights the inflammation that causes day-to-day discomfort. Key ingredients to look for include Glucosamine, Chondroitin Sulfate and HA for joint tissue health, and powerful inflammation- fighters like MSM, Devil’s Claw and Yucca. More comprehensive products also contain ingredients for digestive and immune health, two areas in which many seniors need support. Potent antioxidants like Vitamin C and Super Oxide Dismutase can protect cells throughout the body from the damaging effects of inflammation and stress. Prebiotics and probiotics support healthy digestion and weight maintenance. For support in all three areas, try SmartFlex® Senior (#17400, $31.60), Senior Flex (#11817, $28.60) or Grand Flex Senior (18172, $34.95).

Still Going Strong

SmartFlex® Senior Herb-Free PelletsMore and more horses are competing well into their senior years, but traditional senior supplements contain herbs that may be banned or restricted by some show organizations. As a result, it can be difficult to find an appropriate joint supplement for your competitive senior. But there is hope! Supplement manufacturers are beginning to realize that “senior” doesn’t necessarily mean “retired”. SmartFlex® Senior Herb-Free Pellets (#18243, $37.50) offer the same comprehensive joint, digestive and immune support as SmartFlex Senior, without any herbal ingredients, making it ideal for competitive seniors.

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