Recent News for Sports Nutrition


Testing an Anti-Inflammatory Dietary Nutraceutical (AAEP 2008)

March 19, 2009

Horse owners commonly add nutraceuticals to their horses' diets to treat or prevent joint disease, but most products have no research data supporting their effectiveness. ... Read More


New Equine Fact Sheets Available on

March 06, 2009 now offers additional Fact Sheets on topics our readers have indicated are important to them based on searched terms, reader views on that topic, surveys/polls, and personal communications.

Following are the newest Read More


Joint Injections Show Effect in Osteoarthritis Study

February 23, 2009

To evaluate the effect of PSGAG and HA on clinical signs and various other measures of osteoarthritis, researchers utilized 24 horses with a similar degree of osteoarthritis in one carpal joint.... Read More


Tart Cherry Juice May Reduce Muscle Damage

February 08, 2009

A recent human study has found that tart cherry juice blend (TCJB) had beneficial effects on exercising muscle. The objective was to determine if TCJB can lessen exercise-induced muscle damage in horses, as measured by serum enzymatic markers.... Read More


Managing Joint Health

January 01, 2009

Tips for year-round joint health and management.

No Joint, No Horse. Should this be the new motto for 21st century horses? Joint injury, joint disease secondary to trauma or injury, and osteoarthritis (OA) are major... Read More


Survey Finds Eventers Nutritionally Sound, but Oversupplemented

December 28, 2008

In a survey of leading three-day event riders, researchers found that the majority of riders fed their horses based on research-driven recommendations, but the number of supplements used per horse did raise some eyebrows.

During the Jersey... Read More


Herb Shown to Reduce Inflammation in Equine Study

December 13, 2008

Move over glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate, there might be a new supplement in town. In a clinical trial involving 74 trotting horses, LitoVet, a rose hip powder manufactured specifically for animals by HybenVital in Denmark, had an ... Read More


Glucosamine in a Cushing's Horse?

December 01, 2008

Q: As soon as my 20-year-old gelding was diagnosed with equine Cushing's disease, I eliminated glucosamine from his diet. However, he appears to have become gradually and increasingly stiff and short-strided without it. I really think that it helped ... Read More


Supplement Safety

December 01, 2008

Standards help to ensure, manage, and effectively monitor risk of use for products and ingredients for horses.... Read More


MSM Shows Protective Effect in First Equine Study

November 25, 2008

In the first peer-reviewed, published study to evaluate the effects of the nutritional supplement methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) in horses, Spanish researchers found that MSM exerted a protective effect against the detrimental physiologic changes... Read More


Feeding to Lessen Inflammation

October 31, 2008

At the Purina Equine Veterinary Conference, held Oct. 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo., Karen Davison, PhD, manager of Equine Technical Services for the Horse Business Group of Purina Mills discussed managing inflammation and oxidative stress in horses... Read More


ACVIM Conference Highlights

October 01, 2008

Among the hot topics this year were nutritional supplements, infectious disease, and metabolism problems.

What do nutritional supplements, infectious diseases, and snake bites have in common? All were considered "hot... Read More


Good as Gold? More Research Supports Glucosamine

September 30, 2008

Questions and concerns abound surrounding the use of oral joint health supplements for horses with osteoarthritis, and so researchers continue their quest to determine if and how glucosamine works to decrease pain and inflammation caused by... Read More


More Evidence Supports Glucosamine for Joint Disease

September 25, 2008

Skeptics continue to doubt the effects of glucosamine and other oral joint health supplements, but mounting research seems to be proving, one step at a time, that there is more to these products than meets the eye.

Canadian researchers, led... Read More


Joint Injections and Cartilage Health: More Fuel for the Fire

September 03, 2008

The potential impact of intra-articular medications on the health of cartilage in joints has been debated for decades. Adding fuel to the fire is the recent finding that two common joint medications not only support cartilage cells, they also... Read More


Horses Absorb Components of Gelatin, Researchers Find

August 28, 2008

In 2006, a pair of researchers who reviewed the literature on gelatin (hydrolyzed collagen) in humans found that it is absorbed intestinally and accumulates in cartilage. They also reported that supplementing gelatin led to a significant increas... Read More


Don't Guess. Test Your Hay

July 03, 2008

Knowing the nutrient composition of hay is vital to assuring horse's needs are being met. ... Read More


Vita Flex Nutrition: Equinyl

July 03, 2008

ComfortX works by suppressing the ability of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell, to migrate and attach to the site of the inflammation. It helps control inflammation earlier in the process and its mode of action is separate and distinct from COX... Read More


Texas A&M Performing Research on Arenus Joint Supplement

June 26, 2008

Arenus, a division of Novus Nutrition Brands LLC, in conjunction with researchers from Texas A&M University, is studying the efficacy of a new, patent-pending technology in joint supplements, according to Marketing Manager Jeremy Moore.... Read More


Fiber in Hay: What's the Magic Number?

May 01, 2008

Horses evolved to eat a lot of fiber, spending up to 17 hours a day grazing various forage plants. But not all fiber is created equal, especially when it comes to hay.

Hay carries a few challenges compared to living forages. One, compared t... Read More


Oral Joint Supplements for Horses

May 01, 2008

With scores of oral joint health supplements on the market, how do horse owners know which to buy? This article examines the current state of the equine nutritional supplement industry, and it presents a seven-step "ACCLAIM" approach for horse owners... Read More


Hyaluronic Acid vs. Triamcinolone Acetate for Osteoarthritis

April 11, 2008

Osteoarthritis has a major impact on pain and athleticism of horses, and many medications are used to combat it. At the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention, held Dec. 1-5 in Orlando, Fla., an in vitro study comparing... Read More


Alfalfa Hay Reduces Ulcer Severity

April 02, 2008

If your horse has ulcers, giving him omeprazole isn't the only thing you can do to help reduce the severity of the problem. Noah Cohen, VMD, PhD, MPH, Dipl. ACVIM, discussed a study that found alfalfa hay reduced the severity of ulcers in young, ... Read More


Doxycycline Antibiotic Might Help Treat Arthritis

April 01, 2008

Osteoarthritis is the most common human joint disorder in the world, and in the equine industry it's the most economically important disease. It's the primary cause of decreased athletic function and wastage in racehorses.... Read More


Glucosamine and Joint Health: Pharmacologic Research Ongoing

March 26, 2008

Canadian researchers recently compared the pharmacologic properties of two different forms of glucosamine--hydrochloride and sulphate. They measured significantly higher levels of glucosamine in synovial fluid samples from horses receiving the oral... Read More