5 Ways You’re Putting Your Horse at Greater Risk of Arthritis

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Know your horse. Managing his well-being is that simple, in some ways. Don’t rely on a vet’s word to catch everything; by the time you call one in, it could be too late depending on the condition. By keeping a record of your horse’s health and regularly checking him over, you can evaluate his current health to prepare for what the future may look like. Especially when it comes to arthritis.

Arthritis begins as a bacterial infection in the joint, diagnosed through inflammation. If you remove the inflammation in the early stages, arthritis should no longer be an issue. So how are you contributing to the risk of infection?

Risky Business: Five Ways You May Not Realize Are Contributing to Arthritis in Your Horse

Arthritis Risk #1: Musculoskeletal Trauma

If left untreated, post-injury inflammation can destroy cartilage, thus paving the way for arthritis to develop. Puncture wounds are also a way of injuring the joints, as infection can set in.

Arthritis Risk #2: Training Without Proper Post-Workout Care

Without periodic rest cycles, your horse’s internal health management system can’t recover from minor inflammations. Used in conjunction with Leg Saver’s targeted waveform therapy to kill bacteria on a regular basis, you can stop the inflammation that leads to arthritis.

Arthritis Risk #3: Prolonged Periods of Inactivity

Just like humans after long stretches of inactivity, a horse can become “out of shape”. Weakened tendons, ligaments, and muscles won’t be able to support the joints when they’re suddenly put to the test.

Arthritis Risk #4: Improper Exercise

If a horse’s regiment is confined to walking and galloping only, lactic acid can build up in the rear and joints to up to 50% more than if a horse is properly trotted after exercise; even the next day.

Arthritis Risk #5: Obesity

Extra weight puts unneeded extra stress on joints during any amount of activity. They longer those extra pounds stay on, the higher risk there is of permanent joint damage.

The Take-Away

The mildest case of creaky joints can lead to permanent arthritis if left unchecked and, in most instances, is nearly inevitable. Joint deterioration is agitated by continued activity and without significant intervention, could be career-ending or even life-threatening. But by reducing the risks and using Leg Saver’s Ting Point therapy to help reduce inflammation, you can neutralize infection. The Leg Saver’s waveform is antibacterial and antiviral, allowing you to control and eliminate the cause of arthritis in your horse’s affected joints. Maintain your horse’s health, you could check arthritis at the gate.