Glucosamine is one of the most popular and useful equine joint supplements. Glucosamine is a sugar-containing compound produced in the bodies of animals, and humans, from glucose. It is suitable for long-term use because glucosamine is a natural substance found in the body and has no known side-effects. It can safely be taken alongside other supplements and herbs. Glucosamine also has the advantage of being readily bioavailable and easy to administer.
Glucosamine hydrochloride is a vital building block in the body essential for the healthy and effective production of collagen and other key joint tissue components.
A horse’s joints are designed to efficiently absorb shock, allow smooth, comfortable movement, and bear the weight of the horse’s body. There are three different types of equine joints: fibrous, cartilaginous, and synovial.
- Fibrous joints are more or less immobile. They include joints in the skull and those between the shafts of some long bones
- Cartilaginous joints have limited movement. These are the joints of the pelvis and vertebrae as well as growth plates, which extend a bone’s length during the horse’s growing years
- Synovial joints are the most active joints in the horse’s body. They consist of two bone ends covered by a smooth, thin layer of resilient articular cartilage. You will find them in the fetlock, knee, elbow, hock, and stifle joints. These are joints which do a lot of work and suffer the most wear and tear
Synovial fluid is important to keep the joint nourished, well-lubricated, moving comfortably. Glucosamine is essential so that the body can produce enough of this fluid in high quality. A key ingredient in synovial fluid is hyaluronic acid, also known as sodium hyaluronate or hyaluronan, which lubricates the synovial membrane. Glucosamine for horses is a precursor, or building block, for hyaluronan.
Old age, injuries or a stressful, busy workload and lifestyle can all result in your horse’s natural supplies of glucosamine running down. The articular cartilage, which surrounds the joint, can then be affected and become damaged and roughened, losing its smooth surface.
Normal articular cartilage is made up of cells called chondrocytes which produce and regulate the much more abundant matrix. The matrix is composed of a tough protein called collagen surrounded by proteoglycan. Proteoglycan allows articular cartilage to hold a lot of water which it needs in order to allow virtually frictionless movement between the bones. Proteoglycan is made up of protein and glycosaminoglycans (GAGs). These GAGs are produced by the chondrocytes – and glucosamine hydrochloride is the building block of articular cartilage GAG.
Taking a glucosamine supplement has been found to support the performance of joints and also to aid the body’s natural responses to pain or discomfort.
Young, as well as old horses can have issues with joint health, and therefore benefit from the supportive effects of glucosamine. Both developmental disorders and injuries can affect younger horses, and glucosamine helps support the re-building of collagen within the joint cartilage.
Pure Glucosamine is:
Safe for long-term use
Safe for competition use
Feed Pure Glucosamine to:
- Horses who need extra joint support
- Support long-term mobility, especially in hard working and performance horses
- Aging horses, to support comfortable joint mobility
- Nutritionally support ligament, tendon and joint health
- Naturally sustain joint elasticity and all-round mobility
- Support musculoskeletal and navicular health