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Wet and cold weather can often lead to joint issues, particularly in older horses and those that have been involved in sports activities. Even mild episodes of arthrosis can result in these horses requiring more time to adjust and walk smoothly. Alongside providing plenty of gentle exercise—preferably in an open yard with the option of paddock trail elements for movement incentives —supplementary measures can be taken to support their joint health. Rose hips, such as those from OKAPI, can be incorporated into their diet. Rose hips possess a mild anti-inflammatory effect on joints and can help horses navigate unfavourable weather conditions.

For horses with more pronounced joint issues, a strategic approach involving a 6-8 week treatment regimen has proven effective. This includes a combination of devil’s claw and OKAPI Synofit, initiated as the wet and cold weather sets in. Devil’s claw is known for its robust anti-inflammatory properties for joint support. Synofit contains glucosamine sulphate, a crucial component found in green-lipped mussels, which is a vital nutrient for cartilage health.

Following the treatment cycle, it’s recommended to discontinue both supplements and observe the horse’s condition. If improvements are not evident, the treatment can be repeated after a two-week break. In cases where joints are particularly affected, specialised ceramic stable boots like those from Back on Track or CeraTex can be considered. These boots function by reflecting the infrared radiation emitted by the body’s tissues, consequently providing a warming effect that can aid in joint comfort.

Two horses in the meadow at summer rainy day