The Original #1 Senior Joint Support Plus H/A!
Senior Flex is a unique combination of support for the senior horse! Contains hyaluronic acid, glucosamine, chondroitin Sulfate, MSM, yucca and Ester-C to support healthy joint function. Direct fed microbials (probiotics) to help support digestive function.
Provides (Per serving): 5,000 mg glucosamine; 50 mg hyaluronic acid; 500 mg chondroitin sulfate; 5,000 mg MSM; 1,200 mg Ester-C; 5,500 mg Yucca; plus probiotics, vitamins A,D and E.
The Original #1 Senior Joint Support Plus H/A!
DIRECTIONS FOR USE:
(Enclosed measure approximates 1 oz based on density of product.)
Adult Horses (900-1,100 lbs): Provide 1 oz twice daily during high level stress and/or working conditions. For lower maintenance level, provide 1/2 measure twice daily.
This level may be doubled for the first 14-21 days.
Glucosamine is the building block of chondroitin sulfate, a specific type of polysulfated glycosaminoglycan (GAG). Current research suggests glucosamine has two beneficial actions in joints. Not only does it increase the production of new GAGs and therefore new cartilage, glucosamine has also been shown to inhibit the free radicals and enzymes that break down cartilage. This small but complex molecule has an important role in both the production and protection of joints.
MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane) Assists body to produce its own internal antioxidants which helps support normal inflammatory response by providing protection against oxidative stress. It is a great source of dietary sulfur, which plays an important role in maintaining the health of collagen, cartilage, hooves, hair and joint fluid.
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 and promote a normal 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).
Chondroitin Sulfate inhibits the effects of various enzymes that breakdown cartilage. Building block of Hyaluronic acid (HA). Research has shown that chondroitin sulfate is bioavailable in the horse and that it appears to work synergistically with glucosamine to stimulate new cartilage production.
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Nourishes cartilage and joint fluid, providing both lubrication and shock absorption. 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.
Vitamin A is well-known for its role in maintaining healthy vision, especially night vision. However, it is also needed for reproduction, immunity, and normal skeletal development in young growing horses and exercising horses that are remodeling bone. Horses must satisfy their vitamin A requirement from their diet, but only horses on fresh green pasture or high-quality alfalfa are likely to meet that requirement. Horses on grass hay, horses with no access to pasture, or horses that are exercising or breeding probably need supplementation.
Vitamin D (Calciferol) plays an indirect role in bone growth and maintenance by managing the levels of calcium (Ca) in the body. It controls the absorption of Ca from the intestine, the movement of Ca into and out of bone, and the amount of Ca excreted by the kidneys. While a minimum requirement has been set by the NRC, it is assumed that horses make all the vitamin D they need simply by exposure to sunlight, which converts precursors of vitamin D in the skin to the active form of the vitamin. However, horses kept indoors for prolonged periods, horses fed poor-quality hay, very young foals or exercising horses that are remodeling bone may need supplementation. Deficiency causes reduced appetite, slowed growth, physitis in growing horses, bone demineralization (leading to stress fractures and bone deformities), and poor muscle contraction.
Vitamin E (Tocopherol) is considered the most important antioxidant and works closely with selenium to protect the body from the oxidative stress of exercise, illness and certain medical conditions. 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 - should receive vitamin E supplementation. Horses are not very efficient in storing vitamin E and deficiency may be accelerated if the diet is deficient in selenium.
Probiotics are live microorganisms fed to promote healthy digestive and immune function. When these "good" bugs break down food ingredients that the body normally can't. They produce energy and vitamins for the body, food for cells in the cecum and colon, and byproducts that keep the "bad" bugs from growing. Research suggests probiotics are useful in repopulating the intestine with "good" bugs after antibiotic use and may benefit certain horses with diarrhea. A common term used for probiotics is direct-fed microbials (DFM).
I want to start my older gelding on a joint support. What is the difference between the Senior-Flex and the Senior Flex H/A?
MVP: Senior-Flex is a great product to start your senior horse on by providing tried and true joint support ingredients such as glucosamine, chondroitin and MSM. It also provides probiotics for digestive support. Senior-Flex H/A is a good choice if your senior horse needs a more advanced level of joint support. Senior-Flex H/A has the same ideal formula as Senior-Flex with a higher level of MSM and added Hyaluronic Acid for additional support.
At what age is a horse considered a senior?? My 17 yr old quarter horse is not at all stiff or has any signs of discomfort, but a friend has suggested that I should put him on this product before he starts showing any wear and tear. We ride once or twice a week.
MVP: Although there is no rule regarding when a horse becomes a senior, many horse owners use age 15 as a general guide. Just like in people, horses age differently depending on their physical condition and several other factors. As many senior horses experience stiffness and discomfort associated with aging, it’s a great idea to start your older horse on a supplement now to help keep his joints healthy.