Horse’s joints, tendons, ligaments and muscles are subjected to considerable stresses as they work, whether they are elite performance horses, or leisure horses hacking in the countryside, and signs of joint discomfort may be more noticeable in older horses and ponies.
Cartilage and joint fluid are often the first areas of the joint to show signs of wear and tear – cartilage is the spongy, elastic material which covers the ends of bones within a joint and acts as a major shock absorber. Joint fluid should be thick and viscous, to bathe and lubricate the joint, also acting as a vital shock absorber.
During exercise, especially intense training and competition, and as horses age, cartilage can become damaged, and joint fluid become thinner, resulting in discomfort and loss of performance.
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