Long-Duration Joint Therapy

Western performance horses repetedly execute physically intensive maneuvers making them prone to injury. “The most common location for joint injuries are the stifles and lower hock joints behind, and the navicular region in front,” says Dr. Craig Roberts, Veterinary Director with Nucleus ProVets.

In performance horses, the first indicator of joint pain is not an overt lameness but usually a subtle change in how a horse works. This can make it challenging to recognize a lameness developing in the early stages.  “Cutting horses might not get low and follow the cow as they once did, while a Reiner may have difficulty with stops and become tight behind,” says Dr. Roberts. “In a well-trained horse, these are indicators that a veterinary exam is warranted.”  While hindlimb discomfort is most common, these horses can also develop forelimb conditions, including heel pain originating from the navicular apparatus. Some navicular-related cases have done very well with an injection of Noltrex®Vet into the navicular bursa, allowing for more predictable, long-term soundness.

“It is important to address pain in performance horses before they show a significant lameness,” says Dr. Roberts. “Not only does it affect their willingness to perform movements, but failing to identify and address a condition will escalate the problem.” A joint ignored for too long can result in unrecoverable injury or, at the very least, cause a horse to lose confidence in the arena. Pushing through these situations in the short term may result in that special horse losing its chance at a long-term career.  having a good joint management plan with your veterinarian is critical for your horse to remain competitive.

Most joint conditions are managed, not cured.

“The most talented horses are the ones requiring the best management because they work their joints the hardest. These are the athletes that need Noltrex®Vet,” says Dr. Roberts.  “Last-minute treatments are rarely the answer in a successful program.  When we consider the concept of long-term joint management, injections should be predictable, planned events so that only a small amount of training is missed, and we ensure that all training is quality training.”

bursa injection — a form of joint therapy for horses
Dr. Shem Oliver performs a navicular bursa injection with NoltrexVet at Performance Equine Associates in Thackerville, OK

These goals are now more achievable due to the introduction of NoltrexVet to the USA and Canada.

Noltrex®Vet is not a drug. It is a long-acting joint lubricant that is safely reabsorbed by the horse, leaving no residue.

“NoltrexVet has a major advantage over traditional therapies because it lasts a very long time in comparison. Longer comfort means more quality training and better performance,” says Dr. Roberts.

“We need to get away from the last-minute “inject and go” mindset because of concerns the joint injection may wear off.  Through better joint management with NoltrexVet, we can get back to good training with confidence in the reliability of athletic performance,” says Dr. Roberts.

Horses with certain medical concerns also require more care when selecting a joint therapy. Traditional injections with corticosteroids are often inappropriate for horses with pre-existing conditions such as Cushing’s syndrome (PPID), metabolic issues, gastric ulcers, or laminitis. Steroids can worsen these conditions, even with the small amount that is injected into a joint. NoltrexVet is not a drug and is a safe alternative to reduce or eliminate the need for steroids in these horses.

NoltrexVet has a major advantage over traditional therapies because it lasts a very long time.

“NoltrexVet is an excellent therapy to consider for any joint that your veterinarian has determined will require long-term management,” says Dr. Roberts.  The human version of this product, Noltrex®, has been used in over 1 million people in Europe; while NoltrexVet has been safely used in more than 25,000 horses.

Next-gen joint lubrication for effects that last, try NoltrexVet.

Ask your veterinarian if NoltrexVet is right for your horse.

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