Nothing limits performance like sore joints.
At the stage of the gait during a gallop when only one leg is supporting the horse at maximum speed, the forces transmitted down through the bones & joints can be up to 18,000 pounds per square inch. Tremendous pressure is transmitted directly through the essential joint structures, especially cartilage, into the bones. The enormous forces exerted on skeletal joints (fetlock, knee, stifle and hock) during training and competition cause wear & tear to the joint cartilage.
Cosequin supplies the raw materials essential for healthy cartilage. If repair is halted because of lack of essential raw materials, then cartilage loses the essential joint fluid (synovial fluid), which means that lubrication is reduced and friction (wear & tear) is increased.
Cosequin is a powder supplement for the synthesis, protection and repair of cartilage matrix in joints. It contains chondroitin sulphate, glucosamine and manganese. Chondroitin sulphate and glucosamine are constituents of joint cartilage and joint fluid.
Cosequin provides the raw materials that are essential for the synthesis of synovial fluid, plus the complete cartilage matrix including collagen, hyaluronic acid and the various modified sugar chains of glycosaminoglycans. Unlike steroids and some NSAID's which can damage chondrocytes, Cosequin is not a drug, it is a true, safe, nutraceutical. Each of the ingredients in Cosequin has its own primary function in connective tissue synthesis:
Glucosamine Hydrochloride - stimulates synthesis of synovial fluid and the complete cartliage matrix, including collagen and proteoglycans.
Chondroitin Sulphate - in addition to being the major glycosaminoglycan (GAG) found in cartilage, provides protection by inhibiting degradative enzymes.
Manganese & Vitamin C - must be present for cartilage repair to continue.
The synergistic effect of all components working concurrently is what makes Cosequin unique. Together these ingredients slow the advance of arthritis & reduce the need for painkillers, which can have adverse side effects.
Cosequin has a four-way action. It:
1) stimulates cartilage regeneration,
2) inhibits cartilage breakdown,
3) suppresses inflammation in the synovium, &
4) increases blood flow to the cartilage.
What can I expect using Cosequin Equine?
Because Cosequin Equine provides the essential nutrients which affect the structure and function of joint cartilage, the changes to the joint will occur gradually. In most cases, positive effects are noticed within 3 - 4 weeks. Some horses will take longer, depending on the severity of the cartilage damage.
Are there any side effects?
Cosequin Equine contains only natural, pure ingredients and is very safe to use. Extensive trial results show no toxicity following daily oral administration.
Why Low Molecular Weight?
Cosequin Equine is highly processed to provide only a certain range of particle sizes of low molecular weight chondroitin sulfate. This is to ensure that the product is absorbed by the gut. Many similar products have very large particle sizes, which are simply not absorbed.
Dosage & Administration:
The initial administration period is 4-6 weeks. The dosage can be increased but should not be decreased during this period. If the horse shows little or no response after 30 days, extend the initial dosage for 2 more weeks.
Average Horse - 3 level scoops twice/day
Horses over 545kg - 4 scoops twice/day
Do not lower the dose until horse has begun to respond. After a good response is achieved, reduce the total daily dosage by one level scoop per week. Gradually reducing the dosage in this manner will help find the individual maintenance level more easily. Always watch the movement and attitude of the animal to ensure it is still comfortable after each transition.
Average Horse: 1 level scoop twice/day
Horses over 545kg: 2 level scoops twice/day
Two or three days before heavy workouts or competition boost horse's daily dosage back to the appropriate initial loading dose. Continue this dose level for 2-3 days after competition then return horse to its regular maintenance level.
Cosequin can be mixed with feed, preferably dampen feed slightly to allow Cosequin to stick to feed. Cosequin may also be orally dosed by mixing it with a small amount of water or molasses in a syringe.