Range of movement and health of the joint itself relies, in part, on the integrity of the connective tissue. Keeping these tissues in good working order through proper nutrition and daily warm up routines is essential because when connective tissue, such as tendons and ligaments are damaged, their ability to heal is slow.
As an animal matures and ages, a component necessary for collagen production called silicon becomes less prominent. A lack of support in this area may compromise the flexibility and elasticity of the bones and contribute to inadequate tissue production in, and around the joints. Without silicon to produce the elastic effect that portion of the bone needs, the more susceptible it is to damage because it isn’t able to effectively “absorb” the shock.
The developing bone of a young horse requires a specific function where the cartilage cells at the end of the bone turn into bone cells and create the lengthening effect of the bone required for growth. OCD lesions occur when this process doesn't properly take place and they will often develop with rapid growth spurts. OCD lesions often develop in the first year of life but are often not noticed until much later when the horse is put into training.
Young or old, OSTEO-FUEL helps to support the collagen aspect of all major joint components; and provide the most comprehensive approach to protecting joint health. If you have, or suspect there is tissue damage in the tendon or ligament, also see Trainer's Choice!