Veterinarians often joke that there are two kinds of horses: those who have degenerative joint issues and those who will develop them. Unfortunately that joke is too true.
Stalling the onset of arthritis-related joint problems and increasing the comfort and mobility of horses who already have them are top priorities for most horsemen and especially those who develop their horses as elite athletes. San Diego-based Olympic dressage riders Steffen Peters and Guenter Seidel are among top professionals in several disciplines who have found LubriSyn, an oral form of Hyaluronic acid, a significant a set in their horse’s joint maintenance programs.
Steffen chose LubriSyn for his Olympic partner Ravel 18 months before the Bejing Olympics last summer. “This was a very crucial time for Ravel because he just came back from an injury and we wanted to do anything possible for him to preserve his fitness and his elasticity,” the rider explains. “LubriSyn was a tremendous help there.”
Steffen is now sponsored by LubriSyn, but the arrangement came about well after the product’s effectiveness with the now 10-year-old Ravel and other horses made the rider a big believer. “We deal with a lot of repetitive, concussive movement in dressage, and anything we can do to prevent the eventual development of arthritis is gigantic,” he continues. “You can feel it very easily in horses that have this fluency and move so elastically. Any time this elasticity is not there, we simply don’t do as well in the show arena. LubriSyn assures this every single day.”
Steffen has 60-plus horses in his San Diego training business and most are on LubriSyn. He prefers it greatly to joint injections, a common maintenance component that is invasive and has the risk of infection.
Steffen’s many-time teammate Guenter Seidel has been a LubriSyn fan for roughly five years, using it on both his developing horses and his international campaigners. Guenter echoes Steffen’s praise for the product and adds, “I like the fact that it is a daily supplement and you don’t necessarily have to time it for a certain event. It helps your horse all year round and it helps keep my vet care and other maintenance methods to a minimum. I noticed a difference in my horses’ performance immediately.”
Steffen saw improvement in Ravel’s gaits after just two weeks on LubriSyn and he recommends it for horses in any discipline. “All mammals develop at some point some type of mild to significant degrees of arthritis. I know that LubriSyn helps us quite a bit reducing this risk.”
What Is It?
Hyaluronic acid (HA) occurs naturally in the joints of all mammals. LubriSyn is an oral form of HA administered daily to maintain consistent levels in the body. LubriSyn maintains joint health, quickly increasing mobility and sustaining joint stability. Using LubriSyn on a daily basis translates into improved performance and quality of life for horses of all breeds and job descriptions.
When horses train and exercise, the synovial fluid in their joints breaks down more quickly. A daily dose of LubriSyn helps restore the viscosity of that cushioning fluid. As horses age, they suffer the loss of HA levels, increasing the potential for inflammation and arthritis. LubriSyn sustains the integrity of joint fluid, helping reduce the need for costly and painful HA injections.
LubriSyn was developed by noted racetrack veterinarian Steven Allday and made available for horses in 2005. Manufactured by Halstrum, LubriSyn is not the cheapest oral formula on the market because of its crucial high molecular weight. But elite professionals in several disciplines say the pennies extra it might cost per day are more than paid for in results. Top trainers Gil Galyean, (Performance Quarter Horses) and Todd Pletcher (Thoroughbreds) are among the product’s endorsers.
LubriSyn is a member of the National Animal Supplement Council, whose members comply with ingredient and manufacturing standards that ensure safety and efficacy in their products.
Recommended dosages begin with a double dose (one ounce) for at least five to 10 days. After that, a half-ounce dose will suffice. In some horses, depending on their size and condition, the double dose can be extended or re-introduced.
In case of stressful events, such as shipping or performance, a return to the double dose is suggested. LubriSyn reports that safety studies indicate horses can be dosed five times the recommended amount without any side effects.
Dosing is easy. Both the pint and quart containers have a measuring reservoir marked in milliliters and ounces. The first gallon comes with a free pump, which can be used to measure doses. Most horses like LubriSyn’s taste. It can be poured over their feed or squirted directly into the horse’s mouth.
For more information on LubriSyn, please visit www.lubrisyn.com or call 800-901-8498.