Matrix 5 H/A (Pellets)

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Matrix 5 H/A provides a comprehensive support formula to help support healthy joint function & promote long term joint health.  Matrix 5 H/A supports optimal joint health and mobility for your horse and is formulated with high levels of Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin Sulfate.  Also included is Vitamin C, an important antioxidant, to support a healthy immune system… Read More

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Matrix 5 H/A provides a comprehensive support formula to help support healthy joint function & promote long term joint health.  Matrix 5 H/A supports optimal joint health and mobility for your horse and is formulated with high levels of Hyaluronic Acid, MSM, Glucosamine, and Chondroitin Sulfate.  Also included is Vitamin C, an important antioxidant, to support a healthy immune system.


Glucosamine is the building block of chondroitin sulfate, a specific type of polysulfide glycosaminoglycan (GAG), a small but complex molecule that plays an important role in the production and protection of joints. Glucosamine plays multiple roles within joint function and health. It helps increase the production of new GAGs and therefore new cartilage, has also been shown to help inhibit free radicals and enzymes that break down cartilage.  

Hyaluronic Acid (HA) helps support healthy cartilage and joint fluid. Hyaluronic acid is what makes joint fluid "sticky" because it is known to protect cells in the joint, HA is especially useful during periods of high-level joint stress.

MSM: (Methylsulfonylmethane) Assists body to produce its own internal antioxidants which helps support natural inflammatory response by providing protection against oxidative stress. It is a great source of sulfur, which plays an important role in maintaining the health of collagen, cartilage, hooves, hair and joint fluid.

Chondroitin Sulfate works synergistically with glucosamine in the production of new cartilage and inhibits the effects of various enzymes that breakdown cartilage. It also helps to support a natural inflammatory response lending to overall joint health and comfort.

Yucca is an herb native to North and Central America used by ancient and modern civilizations to address musculoskeletal discomfort. Active ingredients have been isolated from Yucca that have shown to have antioxidant properties to help support natural inflammatory response.

Ester-C® (calcium ascorbate) is a unique patented ascorbate complex bound with calcium carbonate. Ester- C® is naturally processed in purified water without the use of alcohol or acetone solvents. This makes Ester-C® a more readily available, readily absorbed form of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect the tissues of the body and also important in the production of connective tissues like tendons and ligaments. Ester-C® has up to 4X more metabolic activity than standard vitamin C (ascorbic acid).

Zinc (Zn) is a micromineral involved in over 100 enzyme systems ranging from support of connective tissue formation and antioxidants to carbohydrate metabolism and immune system function. It is most recognized for its role in healthy skin and hooves.

Manganese is a micromineral that aids in bone formation, growth and reproduction. It also supports carbohydrate and fat metabolism. Supplementation should be considered because not all diets provide the same levels of manganese. It plays an important role in young growing horses as well as active performance horses.

Vitamin E is considered the most important antioxidant and works closely with selenium to protect the body from the oxidative stress of exercise and illness. Found in high amounts in fresh pasture, levels begin to decay the moment pasture is cut for hay. That is why any horse that does not have access to grass, regardless of its activity level or health, would be a candidate for vitamin E supplementation. Horses are not very efficient in storing vitamin E and deficiency may be accelerated if the diet is deficient in selenium.

Copper (Cu) is a micromineral that aids in the production of normal connective tissues including tendons, ligaments, cartilage and bone. As a component of many enzyme systems, it is also involved in making iron available to the body for blood, in producing skin and coat pigments, in proper nerve signaling and in repairing antioxidants.

Does this require a loading dose?

MVP: The Matrix 5 H/A does not require a loading dose.


Would this be a good supplement for a young horse starting training to help with future joint problems and prevention?

MVP: Matrix 5 H/A is generally appropriate for horses in moderate to heavy work and may be a great addition to your horse's management program as this supplement provides support for maintaining healthy joints.

  • 5
    We love this supplement

    Posted by Felicia on 1st Nov 2017

    We love this supplement for our two senior show geldings.We feel they deserve the best feed and supplement for the years of work and showing they have done. They have been very comfortable in their joints and continue to move soundly. It is also an economical choice for a joint supplement with some of the top ingredients.

  • 5
    Still going strong

    Posted by Nicoline on 23rd Oct 2016

    26 year old mare still going strong due to continued Matrix 5 HA supplement

  • 5
    Already seeing significant improvement

    Posted by Joan on 5th Jan 2016

    My Equine Massage Therapist recommended that I add HA to my appendix QH mares joint supplement, and I am already seeing significant improvement in her flexibility and more relaxed movement in her hind end joints.

  • 5
    Works extremely well

    Posted by Jean on 27th Jul 2015

    Matrix 5 HA works extremely well for my 25 year old warmblood cross. No more creaky joints and his movement has improved significantly. This product is definately keeping him comfortable and happy.

  • 5
    This is an excellent product

    Posted by Patricia on 25th May 2013

    This is an excellent product. I have had my 9 year old gelding on it for a year and he is much more comfortable than had been prior to using the product. It has made a significant difference.

  • 5
    What a difference

    Posted by Wendie on 14th Feb 2013

    My OTTB has been on this supplement for almost 7 years - and what a difference! MVP is a trustworthy brand, and several fellow boarders have also started using this product with equally positive results.

  • 5
    Love it

    Posted by Janie Ann on 19th Jan 2013

    Have been using Matrix HA for 4 years for my 16 y/o TB and no longer use an injectible product. LOVE IT

  • 5
    Made a huge difference in about a week

    Posted by Linda on 9th Apr 2012

    My 27-year old Arabian, retired endurance mare wasn't moving as comfortably, and we knew she needed some type of supplement, but we were not sure just what. I remembered I had used Matrix 4 when I competed her years ago, but stopped when we stopped competing. I started her back on Matrix 4 in January, and had noticeable results within a week. After she finished the first order, I switched her over to Matrix 5 HA. An MVP Customer Service representative suggested this product, since I was trying to provide the same ratio of ingredients for two horses, yet keep my expenses down. Both my mares are maintaining well on it, and I am very pleased to be able to keep them both healthy and not have to spend a fortune doing so. The pellets cut down on lost supplements in the bottom of the feeder. Both horses can be picky eaters, but eagerly look forward to Matrix 5, even eating the pellets out of my hand. Starting my older mare on these products made a huge difference in about a week. Where she was shuffling around before, now she is trotting and acting half her age. We love the MVP products and would recommend them to anyone. Keep up the good work!