Leading U.S. Event rider Liz Halliday-Sharp and her veterinarian, Laura Werner, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVS, of Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, are a great example of the success that comes when vet and rider work together. They discuss all the products and services available when they create individualized strategies for each horse.
Halliday-Sharp said, “Having a great relationship with your vet is so important to our equine athletes, … the results speak for themselves. I was the USEA (United States Eventing Association) Rider of the Year in 2020 with the most FEI wins in the world … my horses have never felt better.”
“It is a total team approach to get these horses to the top level that they need to be to perform at, at all times,” added Werner.
For example, Werner explains, “We have used Polyglycan in Liz’s program leading up to some of these important competitions in the past year and a half. We like to be proactive in the approach to taking care of these athletes. So, Polyglycan has provided great support for their joints as they are working and training hard.”
Top USA combined driver Jacob Arnold echoed Halliday-Sharp’s sentiments when it comes to trusting your vet to help create programs to suit all the horse’s needs. “When I first met (my veterinarian), I recognized that she was a person that would do her absolute best for each horse she has under her care,” Arnold said.
“It is important with a great client to have effective communication,” Werner added. “We try to use Polyglycan as part of our proactive approach. We like to help these horses out as much as we can so they can perform at their best during each competition.”
Overall, there are products, like Polyglycan, that span disciplines and needs, while others might be meant for a specific need. It is crucial you work with and trust your vet to ensure your horses feel their best. Vets care about the animals in their programs. High-performance athletes or not, creating a plan of action with your vet is one of the best things you can do for your horses’ health.
Visit Polyglycan.com to find helpful links on FAQs like “Top Questions To Ask Your Vet About Your Horse’s Joint Health,” recent peer-reviewed/published studies evidencing Polyglycan’s advantages, and to see how Polyglycan might work for your veterinarian, horse, and you.