Which Supplement Do I Need?
The choice of vitamin and mineral supplements is vast, which can be confusing when you are trying to select a balancer. There is no doubt that there will be a supplement on the market to suit both the needs of yourself and your horse. If you are unsure of which one to choose, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will do our best to help.
Here are some of the most popular types of supplements.
Joint supplements are designed to keep joints healthy and supple through work and competition, and can help older horses with their mobility and joint comfort. The number of joint supplements available is vast and finding the right one for your horse can be quite a challenge! Here is a breakdown of the key ingredients in joint supplements. All you need to do is select the ingredients most suitable to your horse's needs and find a supplement that contains them. Some examples of the different types of joint supplements are also listed below.
Glucosamine: A naturally occuring substance that plays a vital role in building cartilage, the "natural shock absorber," and connective tissue in joints.
Chondroitin: Assists the joint in withstanding the compression and concussion associated with horses in hard work or with compromised joint function. Also acts to reduce the number of "cartilage chewing" enzymes present in damaged joints.
Glucosamine and chondroitin work synergistically to help regenerate new cartilage and re-establish the function of damaged joints.
MSM: Methyl sulphonyl methane (MSM) is essential for the health and elasticity of the connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, soft tissues and muscles surrounding the joints.
HA: Hyaluronic Acid, or HA, as it is more commonly known, makes up the sticky, viscous liquid surrounding your horse's joints. This synovial fluid reduces friction between the joint cartilage during movement. In older or degenerated joints, this fluid becomes very thin and ineffective, thus causing pain and inflammation on movement.
Collagen: Collagen is relatively new to the equine joint supplement market, but has its place, particularly in heavily solicited joints of competition horses and hunters. Collagen works by interacting with the horse's immune system to prevent white blood cells attacking the horse's own cartilage, allowing the body to perform its natural reparation process. Collagen comes in two forms; type 1 and type 2. It is thought that type 2 is more effective than type 1, as it is in the state in which it is found in the horse's body, whereas type 1 has been altered using high heat or chemical processes, making it less easily recognised by the immune system.
Green Lipped Mussel: A potent source of Omega 3 fatty acids, including EPAs and DHAs, which have been linked with a wide range of health benefits, including joint health. Green Lipped Mussel extract has natural soothing properties, so is ideal for stiff, older joints. It also contains naturally occuring chondroitin sulphate so helps to promote healthy cartilage and connective tissue.
Glucosamine Sulphate, Chondroitin Sulphate, MSM, Hyaluronic Acid and antioxidants to maintain healthy, flexible joints.
Patented undenatured type 2 collagen, MSM and manganese; a combination that has proved its efficacy in clinical studies in horses (Gupta, 2009).
Glucosamine HCL, Green Lipped Mussel, MSM and Hyaluronic Acid to combine the soothing power of Green Lipped Mussel with key ingredients to offer short and long term support for joint health.
Calmers can be very useful in situations where horses are displaying undesirable behaviour, due to stress or tension, or are showing signs of worry. Such behaviours include: spooking, napping, box walking, weaving, excitability and stereotypical behaviours.
Calmers are also useful for competition nerves, new environments, loading, travelling, shoeing and clipping. Calming supplements can be broken down into three categories: magnesium-based, L-tryptophan-based and herbal.
Magnesium-based calmers work well when the horse in question has a magnesium deficiency. Magnesium is involved in muscle contraction and nerve function, so if this is lacking, the horse may display stress-related behaviours. Supplementing with a magnesium-based calmer rebalances the magnesium levels in the horse's system and thus helps to resolve the behavioural problems.
Magic is a magnesium calmer with a difference. It's a five star formula that is magnesium based, but there's more; Magic also contains a unique combination of calming herbs and nutrients known to help relax muscle tissue and support concentration.
Chill provides effective ingredients to aid in the reduction of anxiety and undesirable behaviour in the equine species. Such behaviour has been linked to a lack of magnesium in the diet. Chill provides magnesium from two distinct sources to ensure optimal uptake and utilisation. L-tryptophan may also help to reduce undesirable behaviour by working in the brain to produce serotonin, which promotes a feeling of wellbeing, calm and relaxation.
L-Tryptophan is an amino acid, which is converted to serotonin in the body. Serotonin is known as the "happy hormone" and acts in the brain to help your horse feel more secure, calm and happier in his environment.
AnxiKalm Compete is a scientifically designed nutritional powdered supplement to help calm excitable horses in stressful conditions, such as competition, travelling or sales, therefore maximising equine performance. It is safe to use in horses and ponies competing.
An innovation in helping manage anxiety, worried horses, stereotypical behaviour and challenging behaviour. Contains a blend of amino acids and herbs.
Valerian is the herb of choice in calmers; it acts to help reduce anxiety and tension, however valerenic acid is on the FEI prohibited substances list, so valerian calmers are unsuitable for competition horses.
V Calm can be used to calm fractious, over-anxious or nervous horses. It has been widely used to settle horses during various types of training and stressful situations. With a tincture in the ration of 1:2, this is the strongest product of its kind on the equine market.