Hyaluronic Acid is a component of synovial fluid in the joint capsule and in the supporting tissues around the joint. In fact Hyaluronic Acid is abundant in all the soft tissue cells of the body. In the joint Hyaluronic Acid is responsible for directly lubricating the joint by making synovial fluid more viscous and slippery, providing cushion and protection against friction.
Horses are not born with an inexhaustible amount of synovial fluid which means horses that work and perform repetitive tasks which are unnatural short of training such as jumping, sliding, cutting left and right, circling barrels, endurance, Western Pleasure work and such will deplete the naural production of joint fluids. This will lead to premature Degenerative Joint Disease.
Many horses are “started” at 2 years of age which is entirely too young and these premature young joints are predisposed to incredible stress without the maturity to better withstand these repetitive stresses.
Hyaluronic Acid when orally administered has been shown in several studies to be bio-available and effective in replacing damaged Hyaluronic Acid in the joint, commonly caused by trauma or heavy training. By providing your horse with a daily dose of Hyaluronic Acid, it is staying constant available to the body and working to support your horse’s joints.
Equine Challenge™ Hyaluronic Acid Feeding Instructions:
Administer 10 grams (1 scoop) daily to mature horses weighing 1100 pounds based on individual horses needs and biomechanical stress.
Storage: Store in a cool, dry location away from direct sunlight. Keep tightly sealed.