Could This Be The End of OCD’s, Shinsoreness and DOD’s?
If you train, breed, compete or care for horses on a regular basis, chances are that you’re already familiar with these plaguing ailments and the expensive consequences that ensue. That’s because they’re extremely common, and their occurrence seems to be getting more and more frequent throughout the UK.
Although there are other factors such as genetics that contribute to the development of these conditions, nutrition may be the most important one, purely because we have direct control over the nutrition our horses receive. As well as feeding a correctly balanced, scientifically formulated diet, we now have the option of feeding a vitamin K supplement called BoneKare™ that for all intensive purposes, looks like it’s hugely beneficial in combating these specific issues. Some users of BoneKare™ have also reported excellent results in the reduction of splints – Bettina Hoy for example:
“One of my best horses ‘Designer’ had a severe splint and, through treatment with BoneKare™, we managed about an 80% reduction in size. Now, just to prevent future problems, I have put my top four star ride ‘Lanfranco’ on the product as well. I find BoneKare™ to be a very useful tool for the prevention and treatment of bone related problems in my horses.” – Bettina Hoy
Vitamin K – The Missing Link in Bone Health
Bio-available vitamin K really is the missing link, and to understand why, we need to understand where the horses natural source of vitamin K comes from – fresh green grass.
When grass is cut however, or ‘wintered off’, the vitamin K content degrades rapidly. This means there is very little in hay, haylage, chop or any other forage source other than fresh growing green grass.
We restrict horses from grass when they are growing, during preparation prior to sales, and when they are in training. We often supplement their grass intake with hay or haylage but this does’nt provide the horses optimal level of Vitamin K for proper bone formation and density.
The role vitamin K plays in bone formation and density is a complex one, you can read an in depth article about the science behind vitamin K in horses but to explain it briefly: Vitamin K has a critical effect on the function of Osteocalcin, the protein that binds the mineral and protein in bone together. Without sufficient vitamin K the binding process is incomplete and low density or defective bone and cartilage are produced.
When we supplement the right form of safe, bio-available vitamin K in the equine diet and measure the results we are seeing some dramatic reversals on x-ray with OCD’s in yearlings. The same can be said for shinsorness where in studies there has been a 26.3% decrease in the incidence of shinsoreness in two-year olds in training (Trial D).
There’s Proof in Pictures
Here’s a before and after radiograph of a trial conducted in Australia (Trial A),
This is a result that every owner, breeder or stud manager would be delighted to see, and we’re getting more and more of them everyday. Whether it’s semaoiditis, navicular, bone cysts, shinsoreness or splints, supplementation with bio-available vitamin K appears to having a hugely positive effect on these horses.
Ask Your Vet For BoneKare™
BoneKare™ is a German made product that’s active ingredient is Quinaquanone® a patented bio-available form of vitamin K. This is the first product of it’s kind in Europe and it’s available now from your vet. Alternatively you can fill in this form tick BoneKare™ and we’ll get in touch with your vet on your behalf.
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