Horse Joint Supplements – What? How? Why?

Horse Joint Supplements – What? How? Why?

 Part 1

Joint supplements for horses are by far the largest category of horse supplements. Why is this?

When we look at how our horses are trained and used these days it is hardly surprising that there are a lot of problems associated with the various joints, resulting in a bewildering range of horse joint supplements on the market. A few thousand years ago wild horses on the prairies were not jumping repeatedly over fences or coming to a sliding stop on their hocks or any of the other repetitive movements incorporated into performance horse disciplines today that place stress on the joints.

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Fireside Chat – Episode 15 – EMS and Cushings Supplements

EMS and Cushings Supplements

In Episode 15 of the Grand Meadows Fireside Chat Video Series, we wanted to talk about two of the issues affecting horses a great deal these days – Equine Metabolic Syndrome (EMS) and Cushings.

At Grand Meadows, we believe that the growing problems with these two diseases can be directly attributed, in many cases, to feeding too much grain and the non-structural carbohydrates (NSC) and sweetening agents they contain. We strongly advise horse owners to reconsider their horse’s diet when grain is representing a significant percentage of the horse’s daily ration. We are also speaking out against the supplements being pushed on horse owners claiming to be a resolution for these diseases.

There is not a “supplement” solution to EMS or Cushings other than adjustments to diet from restricting access to pasture, switching from grain to fats for calories and feeding a vitamin/mineral supplement to allow for any missing nutrients that were being fed in a sugar and NSC rich grain product.

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Fireside Chat Video 13 – To Grain or Not To Grain

Grand Meadows Fireside Chat 13 - To Grain or Not To Grain

“To grain or not to grain that is the question”

In this episode of the Fireside Video Series we start a dialog about what we see are the problems inherent in feeding a grain heavy diet and the fact that we see more and more trainers reducing or even eliminating grain with no ill effect in fact precisely the opposite. In addition we spend time explaining how to actually read and understand the labels on feed bags so you can understand what you are actually giving your horse every day, with ingredient values that you can actually understand.

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Fireside Chat Video 12 – Hoof Supplements

Grand Meadows Fireside Chat - How to Select a Hoof Supplement

In this video we talk about hoof supplements and the key ingredients that need to be in them and the correct levels. There have been a number of products coming on the market with excessive levels of biotin to supposedly make them more effective but in fact end up as expensive urine. Making sure you have the right ration of zinc to copper is also important. We also talk about the need for patience as it takes several months for the true effect of a good hoof supplement to make a difference in the overall structural integrity of the hoof.

E-Mail questions to info@grandmeadows.com

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