At A Glance: Equine Joint Health



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Joints are areas where two or more bones meet, and most joints are mobile. Your horse’s joint health is important for his performance potential and his well-being.

As a horse owner, you can help maintain your horse’s joint health by:

  • Monitoring his body condition score;
  • Facilitating movement through plenty of turnout time and exercise on appropriate surfaces; and
  • Keeping your horse’s feed balanced and well trimmed or shod to reduce joint stress.


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Stacey Oke, MSc, DVM, is a practicing veterinarian and freelance medical writer and editor. She is interested in both large and small animals, as well as complementary and alternative medicine. Since 2005, she’s worked as a research consultant for nutritional supplement companies, assisted physicians and veterinarians in publishing research articles and textbooks, and written for a number of educational magazines and websites.

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