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Take a Tour of the Equine Joint

Take a Tour of the Equine Joint

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Your horse’s joints are essential to his long and useful life. Here’s how to keep them healthy, pain- free and protected from disease and injury.
Your horse’s joints are essential to his long and useful life. Here’s how to keep them healthy, pain- free and protected from disease and injury.

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Published by: alamopintado on May 21, 2011
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The equine joint withstands manyorces o nature—compression,strain, shear and concussion.Your trail horse relies upon hisjoints to support him as he takesyou down the trail—over moun-tains, through rivers and all typeso ooting—while keeping yousae. In this exclusive three-partseries, you’ll gain a basic under-standing o joint anatomy andlearn valuable tips or optimalequine joint health. We’ll explorethe equine joint’s remarkableinterior design, learn how to spotthe early warning signs o joints“going bad,” tell you which o yourhorse’s joints are most at risk, andgive you the tools and skills youneed to keep them sound and, ineeded, restore them to health.
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Inammation is a necessaryresponse or healing andsurvival. However, continualexposure to the inammatoryresponse is a primary cause o  joint disease.Free radicals can degradethe hyaluronic acid in synovialuid, which results in losso viscosity and can impairthe joint’s ability to movesmoothly without riction.The hallmark o osteoarthritisis deterioration o articularcartilage, generally byenzymatic degradation o type II collagen and aggrecanby enzymes known asaggrecanase enzymes.Although exercise is importantor the growth and maintenanceo healthy joints, overuse andexercise-related injuries are otencontributors to the development o  joint disease.Everyday activity and exercisecontributes to normal wearand tear on the joints. Chronicexposure to ree radicals andinammation also speedsthe aging process.
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