Connective tissues (e.g., cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone) are critical components of body structure and maintaining soundness. They are vital for the overall health and performance of all horses, whether they are used for pleasure riding or competition. Many nutrients are required for normal development and maintenance of connective tissues, including silicon.
Silicon has been established to play an important role in the development, growth and maturation of bones and other connective tissues. Several studies indicate that an insufficient amount of silicon in the diet is associated with poor growth rates, developmental abnormalities and a reduction in bone collagen and mineral content.