Your horse’s joints are under stress. Are you giving him the support he needs to keep going strong throughout his career?
All horses are at risk for developing osteoarthritis, even ones that haven’t been ridden a day in their lives. In fact, in a 1999 study in the Equine Veterinary Journal, arthritic changes were identified in a herd of wild mustangs. The researchers concluded that the arthritic process is naturally present in horses, meaning every horse is at risk for future lameness. Because performance horses’ joints experience more daily wear and tear, this additional stress can lead to joint deterioration. But that doesn’t mean there’s nothing you can do to help support your horse’s joints. Read on to learn about how these two horses get the right support for their age and workload.
Goal: Grand Prix
Age 4 – Starting training
Ruby is young and just beginning her training, so she gets SmartFlex® I Maintenance Pellets to help maintain healthy joint tissues right from the start.
Age 7 – Jumping for joy
Now that Ruby’s workload has increased and she’s competing in the jumper ring, her joint support needs to step up, too. SmartFlex III Resilience Pellets provide comprehensive joint, tendon, and ligament support for hardworking horses like her.
Age 12 – Going grand
Ruby is competing frequently and starting to show in strenuous Grand Prix classes. Now that she’s in intense work, she gets SmartFlex IV Ultimate Pellets. This formula, fully loaded with high levels of all the major ingredients for joint, tendon, and ligament health and enhanced with antioxidants, is carefully designed to power her performance.
Age 19 – Golden girl
Ruby may be getting older, but she’s not ready to retire from showing just yet! Years of training, traveling, and competing have taken a toll on her joints, but SmartFlex Senior Herb-Free Pellets help keep her happy and comfortable while she helps bring young riders along in lower level jumper classes.
Discipline: Trail riding
Goal: Have fun!
Age 6 – Happy trails
Rosie is going for long trail rides four times a week. SmartFlex II Support Pellets are perfect for helping her manage the day-to-day joint stress that comes from moderate work.
Age 8 – Laid up
Rosie got hurt during turnout and had to go on stall rest. She’s not in work, but she can still benefit from the support of a joint supplement. SmartFlex Rehab Pellets support normal healing by combining ingredients for joints, tendons, and ligaments along with ingredients for a healthy inflammatory response.
Age 12 – More mileage
Rosie is ridden for five hours per week. She’s dabbling in local shows and spending more time jogging and loping on the trails than she used to. Now that she’s in heavy work, she gets SmartFlex III Resilience Pellets for comprehensive joint, tendon, and ligament support.
Age 18 – Retired
At 18, Rosie is living the good life out in her field and goes for a couple of light rides a week. Years of work can take a toll on joints, so she gets SmartFlex® Senior Pellets to help keep her happy and comfortable through her golden years.