Arthritis, Joint Pain, Bone, Injuries, OCD, DVD,

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Arthritis, Joint Pain, Bone, Injuries, OCD, DVD

Arthritis, Joint Pain, Bone, Injuries, OCD, DVD

Symptoms:           

  • Lameness
  • Stiffness
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Sore during or after exercise
  • Heat and/or inflammation
  • Difficulty picking up leads or performing normal maneuvers
  • Reluctance to run or play
  • Difficulty standing; frequently stands with one leg cocked
  • Lays down more than usual
  • Fatigue
  • Physical weakness
  • Muscle tightness and stiffness
  • Irritability or aggression

Causes:

  • Acute Injuries
  • Unresolved old injuries
  • Poor saddle-fit
  • Hoof pain, inflammation or imbalances
  • Laminitis – undiagnosed or misdiagnosed
  • Nutrient deficiencies
  • Diet
  • Auto-Immune conditions – Refer to Immune Page
  • Sponging owner’s physical pain

Treatment

Diet & Nutrition:

  • No grain, sweet feed, high sugar feeds
  • Use caution with grass grazing in cases of OCD, DVD, systemic arthritis and all hoof conditions

Recommended Remedies – dosage as per labels:

  • Bone Up (Calcium Citrate, Vitamin B6) – Bone, joint and muscle strength; anti- arthritic
  • Joint Clear – Herbal anti-inflammatory, natural detoxifier, reduces acid levels, strengthens adrenal function for natural cortisol production
  • Circu+Plus – Natural anti-inflammatory, osteoarthritis, hoof inflammation
  • Magnesium Citrate – Muscle relaxant and anti-spasmodic, aids metabolism
  • Injur-Ease – Homeopathic anti-inflammatory for strains, sprains, bruises, fractures and all injuries – acute or chronic
  • Arnica Rub – Homeopathic external rub for soothing inflammations, swellings and injuries

Special Notes:

  • a) Calcium is one of the most common mineral deficiencies in horses
  • b) Vitamin B6 strengthens joints by transferring proteins into the joint capsule
  • c) Many cases of arthritis are actually laminitis – either acute or chronic. Refer to laminitis page
  • d) Ensure proper hoof function; unbalanced hooves are a very common cause of body soreness
  • e) Ensure regular exercise in alignment with their abilities and comfort level
  • f) Make use of massage therapy, chiropractic and acupuncture