Osteoarthritis: how to take care of horses' joints

Whether young, old, in a pasture, for leisure or for competitions, osteoarthritis is a problem that is prevalent among horses. Balanced rations and regular hoof maintenance are essential factors to take care of in order to avoid this disease. Yet how is it possible to prevent cartilage degradation? Our experts will give you here more details about joint function.


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Joints are the point of articulation between the extremities of two or more bones (sub bone and subchondral). In the case of horses, the fetlock and the hock joints are extremely used elements. They are composed of cartilage, synovial fluid and ligaments. They play a vital role in horses’ motion and their ability to maintain and improve performance. Even though the adjustment of balanced diets and regular hoof maintenance are essential for preserving joints, these articulations are still considerably used by horses. Osteoarthritis is a pathology that refers to the gradual degeneration of joints. It results in cartilage degradation, inflammation and can lead to risks of subchondral bone cracks.

Osteoarthritis is particularly acute in athletics horses. What is the best way to cope with this issue?


A solution for joint flexibility

It is, therefore, essential to act as early as possible in order to prevent cartilage degradation. PASKAFLEX® is a unique blend of structuromodulators (chondroprotective agents), components aiming to reduce the inflammation effects and organic silica.Paskaflex produit articulations cheval

The first role of PASKAFLEX® is to support the cartilage:

  • Glucosamine, chondroitin and methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) foster cartilage support.
  • Collagen hydrolyzate provides essential amino acids for the synthesis of this protein which forms the basis of cartilage.
  • Copper, zinc and manganese, that are trace elements involved in the synthesis of cartilage.
  • Blackcurrant and DHA promote the stability of the synovial fluid.

The second role of PASKAFLEX® lies in promoting subchondral bone mineralization. In order to achieve this objective, PASKAFLEX® has been enriched with organic silica.


PASKAFLEX® is a complete product and easy-to-use thanks to its pellet form (cold granulation). You can find it at your local authorized dealer.



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