like people, can suffer from minor joint problems due to normal
wear and tear.
Q: I have started to notice a clicking noise in the joints of my
27- year- old cob mare. It sounds as if it's coming mainly from
her hip region and I can hear it when she moves.
out three or four times a week and she always enjoys herself. Apart
from this strange noise, she's sound and shows no signs of stiffness.
I currently give her Super Codivine Supple Joint Supplement, garlic,
salt and cod- liver oil, along with her normal feed. Is there anything
else that might help her?
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horses, as in people, clicking joints can occur due to normal wear
and tear. The problem may be within the joint or associated with
the soft tissue (muscles and ligaments) that stabilise the joint.
Supplements can make a big difference because subtle deficiencies
can build up as the digestive systems slow down with age and becomes
For this reason,
my first approach would be to stimulate both digestive and liver
function with a liver tonic such as the herbal product Restore.
Quite often this is enough to help horses redress imbalances and
joints quickly get back to normal.
As well as
a digestive tonic, a vitamin and mineral supplement can be useful
to ensure trace element deficiencies are still present. In older
horses, there may be more serious joint damage that has already
taken place and three to six month's supplementation of a specific
joint nutrition product containing glucosamine might do the trick.
Herbs to improve
calcium uptake from the food may also help and I suggest you try
six months supplementation with Bone & Hoof formula, available from
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