Winter can be a difficult time of year for our older, arthritic equine companions. The cold, wet weather can affect their comfort and more time in the stable means they are likely to stiffen up. So, what can we do to help?
- Keep your horse moving with regular gentle exercise (every day) in an area with sound safe footing. This may be paddock turnout (but ensure they don’t just stand still all day!) or any other form of safe, gentle exercise appropriate for your horse. Even if your horse is retired from a competition workload, it is essential to keep them mobile but ensure they are safe and comfortable to do so.
- Add in a joint supplement to support joint health and comfort. Have a look at our fantastic range to see how our joint-care supplements might be able to help support your horse. Our friendly and knowledgeable team are always happy to help!
- Pick your turnout wisely! Ensure they have good footing (not just in the paddock but to and from it) and the paddocks are not too rutted or on too steep a gradient; these can increase stress on the joints.
- Make sure their companions aren’t bullying them.
- Ensure the farrier visits regularly to keep the feet balanced. Monitor their behaviour with the farrier, as a reluctance to hold their leg up for the farrier can be an early sign of joint problems.
- Physiotherapy can help keep them comfortable and mobile.
- Seek advice from your Vet, as they may need extra support in the form of medication to keep them comfortable.
Equine America products to help keep your horse comfortable during the winter months:
- Cortaflex HA
- BLS Original
- BLS Super
- Turmeric Xtra (our favourite winter product; helps with immunity, coats, joints and digestion)