10 Equine Joint Health Resources on TheHorse.com

Whether your horse jumps or spins, does piaffes or a running walk, climbs mountains or pulls a cart, or works on the weekends or not at all, his joints keep him moving.

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Whether your horse jumps or spins, does piaffes or a running walk, climbs mountains or pulls a cart, or works on the weekends or not at all, his joints keep him moving. But, as most equestrians know, joint disease can stop a horse dead in his tracks.

Fortunately, there are ways you can help keep your horse's joints healthy and to treat joints that have developed problems. We've scoured our archives and collected 10 resources available for free on TheHorse.com that you can use to help keep your horse's joints flexing freely.

For more joint health and disease resources, search "joint health" or "joint disease," or view the bone and joint problem topic group on TheHorse.com.

Article: Promoting Lifelong Equine Joint Health Horse owners are painfully aware that the predominant factor limiting a horse's athletic longevity is musculoskeletal injury—particularly joint problems. But by using sensible strategies we can promote healthy equine joints capable of withstanding athletic demands. Here's how. Read Now

Infographic: Equine Joint Structure and Function Learn how equine joints work and what common joint-function problems you might encounter with this step-by-step visual guide. View Now

Special Report: Joints: It All Hinges on This There are 205 bones in the horse’s skeleton. Eighty bones are in the horse’s four legs. The location where these bones come together is the joint. Movement of a horse is dependent on joints of various types. Learn how synovial joints are constructed, where they are located, the functions they serve, and common problems that can develop. Download Now

Ask the Vet Live: Equine Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a degenerative and career-compromising disease in horses that is often emotionally and financially draining for owners. In this archived event, our experts answer your questions about preventing, treating, and managing equine OA. Listen Now

Article: Beyond Osteoarthritis: 'Other' Causes of Joint Disease An estimated 60% of lameness is caused by osteoarthritis, so that means 40% of lamenesses are caused by something else. Learn about some of the other causes of joint disease and how these other conditions relate to OA. Read Now

Article: Advances in Equine Joint Pain Management

Joint pain due to osteoarthritis (OA) is one of the major causes (60%) of lameness and lost training days in horses. To alleviate this pain, veterinarians most often turn to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and corticosteroids, but how do all the different medications stack up against each other? Read Now

Infographic: Equine Joint Health Supplements

Owners face a sometimes overwhelming amount of options when it comes to supplementing horses for joint health. Learn about equine joint supplement ingredients, research, and what might help your horse in this easy-to-follow visual guide. View Now

Webcast: Intra-Articular Therapy: What Do I Need to Know?

Learn about equine joint injections used to treat arthritis from leading researcher and practitioner David Frisbee, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACVS, ACSMR. Watch Now

Article: Managing Equine Arthritis on a Budget Equine veterinary advances and technologies generally come with a hefty price tag. The economics of diagnosis especially become a concern when treating older horses for OA, which can result from years of joint wear. Emma Jones, MA, VetMB, CertES(Orth), MRCVS, shares ways to manage equine arthritis on a budget. Read Now

Video: Knowing When to Retire an Arthritic Horse Sometimes all the treatment in the world can't help a horse with joint disease return to full performance. Here's how to tell if it's time to retire your arthritic horse. Watch Now


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