Know your horse’s normal. Catch the abnormal early

There’s nothing like being in sync with your horse. That connection helps you stay on top of arthritis, because you can feel when your horse isn’t moving normally. Work with your veterinarian to quantify your horse’s normal and track any subtle changes in gait, performance or willingness to work that may be early indications of arthritis.

Early symptoms of arthritis in horses1,2

Swollen joints

Lameness that causes limping or reduced performance

Decreased range of motion

Stiffness when leaving the stall or starting work

Subtle changes in overall demeanor

Keep your veterinarian up to date

Regular soundness examinations are crucial to maintaining your horse’s joint health. If you suspect an issue in your horse, ask your veterinarian to complete a lameness evaluation. Come prepared to answer these questions, which your veterinarian will likely ask to help determine the source and solution for your horse’s lameness:

1     How long has your horse been lame?

2     Has your horse been rested or exercised?

3     Has the lameness worsened, stayed the same or improved?

4     Do you know what caused the lameness? (accident, fall, collision, etc.)

5     Once warmed up, does the lameness go away?

6     Is the lameness more obvious under saddle?

7     Is the lameness more obvious while being lunged?

8     Is your horse more lame on hard surfaces or on soft surfaces?

9     Has your horse received any treatment for lameness (include any periods of rest)? If so, was it helpful?

10     Is there anything else you would like your veterinarian to know about?


An arthritis treatment like no other

If your horse is diagnosed with arthritis, your veterinarian will recommend an approach that may include Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), the only medication available that’s proven to proactively treat the disease and not just the symptoms of arthritis.1

Adequan® i.m. is recommended for the intramuscular treatment of non-infectious degenerative and/or traumatic joint dysfunction and associated lameness of the carpal and hock joints in horses.

There are no known contraindications to the use of intramuscular Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycan (PSGAG). Studies have not been conducted to establish safety in breeding horses. WARNING: Do not use in horses intended for human consumption. Not for use in humans. Keep this and all medications out of the reach of children. CAUTION: Federal law restricts this drug to use by or on the order of a licensed veterinarian. For full prescribing information, click here.

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  1. Adequan® i.m. (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), Package Insert. American Regent, Inc.
  2. McIlwraith CW, Frisbie DD, Kawcak CE. The horse as a model of naturally occurring osteoarthritis. Bone Joint Res. 2012;1(1):297-309.