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Key Nutrients to Support Healthy Equine Joints

Omega-3 fatty acids are one of the most extensively researched nutrients in horses, having been shown to play an anti-inflammatory role in the body and, more specifically, the equine joint. Omega-3 fatty acids have been shown to limit aggrecanase, an enzyme that causes breakdown of the proteoglycans and glycosaminoglycans, which are an important component to the cartilage and usually the first thing that’s lost in the early stages of joint degradation. In addition to supplementing with omega-3 fatty acids, key nutrients for equine joint health include:

  • ASU (avocado/soy unsaponifiables)


    Has the ability to both stimulate the building of viable cartilage as well as prevent its breakdown. Also has many anti-inflammatory effects.

  • Boswellia serrata

    An herb that can help support joint and connective tissue health and reduces the production of compounds that induce inflammation.

  • Cetyl
 Myristoleate

    Helps maintain joint health by working at the precise location of joint inflammation.

  • Hyaluronic Acid

    Hyaluronic acid is a major component of the synovial fluid that surrounds joints to reduce friction between bones during movement. Helps to maintain healthy joint function.

  • Glucosamine Sulfate

    Glucosamine sulfate helps support healthy joints by providing one of the building blocks required to synthesize cartilage in the horse.

  • MSM

    A sulfur-containing compound that plays a significant role in joint support. Animal studies have also shown MSM to help maintain healthy skin, coat and hooves.

Supplements for Equine Joint Health

By investing in a comprehensive wellness formula with nutrients that are important building blocks for joints and soft tissue, you’ll help support a healthy, thriving horse. Rather than feeding several single-ingredient products, a wellness formula offers ingredients in precise amounts that have been tested, tried and proven to work in harmony for the best results. For horses who have advanced needs, we also offer standalone formulas that can be fed along with a daily wellness formula for best results. Our joint supplements are available in buckets or single-serving Platinum PAKs® that can be customized for each horse's needs.

  • Total Horse Health

    Platinum Performance® Equine

    Delivers amino acids, antioxidants, vitamins and trace minerals that are important for hoof health. This veterinarian-developed formula supports every aspect of horse health and performance including hooves, joints, muscles, skin & coat, digestion, and much more.

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  • Total Horse Health + Complete Joint

    Platinum Performance® CJ

    Our most potent joint support formula combines a whole-horse wellness formula with comprehensive joint support. Popular with performance horses and senior horses, Platinum Performance® CJ is the only supplement of its kind.

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  • Equine Joint Support Formula

    Ortho-Chon®

    Potent stand-alone joint formula for healthy joint function. Ortho-Chon® contains Glucosamine Sulfate, MSM and specific herbs and antioxidants to help support healthy cartilage from free radical damage.

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  • Joint Support with Hyaluronic Acid

    Ortho Chon® HA

    A potent joint support formula that also includes hyaluronic acid to help support joint lubrication. The results of numerous studies indicate that Hyaluronic Acid supplementation helps to support healthy joint function.

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  • Joint Support For Horses in Competition

    Ortho Chon® II

    A joint formula recommended for horses in competition. Ortho-Chon® II helps support the structural integrity of the joint and connective tissue by providing Glucosamine Sulfate, MSM and specific herbs and antioxidants to help maintain healthy cartilage.

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  • Joint Support with Hyaluronic Acid for Horses in Competition

    Ortho Chon® II HA

    A joint formula recommended for horses in competition. Ortho-Chon® II HA supports healthy joints and also helps maintain the synovial fluid that lubricates the joints.

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  • Supports Normal Inflammatory Response for Horses

    Platinum Comfort

    contains two botanical extracts that may help ease aches or discomfort associated with daily exercise and activity.

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“My practice is mostly performance horses with a focus on lameness. When somebody asks me what I would recommend for a joint supplement or general supplement, Platinum Performance CJ is my go-to regardless. I have a lot of faith that it helps the longevity of the whole horse along with joint, muscle and connective tissues.”
—Dr. Bill Rhoads, Premier Veterinary Services

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