Equine Joint Health

Healthy joints are essential to quality of life.

Throughout life, a horse's joints flex, bear weight and absorb shock in varying degrees. Every ride or event creates 'wear and tear' on the joints. Also known as ‘use trauma,’ this produces changes in the bone and soft tissues of the joint, as well as progressive deterioration of articular cartilage, which are hallmarks of degenerative joint disease (DJD).1

Regardless of age or discipline, DJD can occur within any joint that consistently experiences wear and tear. Over time, DJD causes lameness, which may be noticeable by an owner, rider, trainer or veterinarian. DJD is a common problem that affects career longevity of performance horses, regardless of discipline. For most horses, it’s not if DJD will occur, but when.1

Horse in Yard

In healthy, aging
horses, lameness
is the #1 concern
identified by owners
and veterinarians.2

What is degenerative joint disease (DJD)?

Equine DJD, commonly referred to as osteoarthritis (or OA) can cause lameness in horses of all breeds and ages. This painful disease is characterized by progressive deterioration of the articular cartilage, which is accompanied by changes in bone and soft tissues of the joint.1

Up to 60%
of lameness in
horses is related
to DJD.1

Tips to keep horse’s joints healthy at every stage of life.1,2

  • Manage horse at a healthy weight
  • Encourage regular movement and exercise
  • Provide balanced nutrition, particularly during growth phase
  • Appropriate cooling out after vigorous exercise
  • Understand the signs of potential joint problems
  • Work with your veterinarian to diagnose and treat joint diseases or issues early
Adequan Equine 3 Horse Img

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Adequan® I.M. Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan Sterile Injection 100 mg/mL
Adequan® I.M. is recommended for the treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness in horses.
Adequan® I.M. is for veterinary use only. The prescribing information contains complete use information which includes dosing, contraindications, warnings and cautions. Always read, understand and follow label and use directions. PLEASE CONSULT the Full Prescribing Information.
1. McIlwraith CW, Frisbie DD, Kawcak CE, van Weeren PR. Joint Disease in the Horse. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier, 2016; 33-48.
2. McFarlane D. "How to Establish a HealthCare Program for the Aging Horse in Equine Practice, " AAEP Proceedings, 62: 2016.
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