When a horse is young, its body produces substantial amounts of collagen. As vital as collagen protein is to a horse's vitality and well-being its body's capacity to produce it declines with age. Collagen depletion is a natural part of every animal's ageing process and results in visible and degenerative signs of ageing. Lost collagen results in deteriorating bone health which can cause mobility issues, discomfort, pain and a whole host of other comorbidities including autoimmune disorders. In older animals, the daily intake of protein can be suboptimal and contribute to joint stiffness, arthritis and osteoporosis, a condition where bone mineral density is low. Low bone mineral density (BMD) is associated with bone instability, weakness, discomfort and increased fracture risks, commonly in the spine, shoulder and hip.
The good news is depleted or lost collagen can easily be replaced. The sooner a horse's collagen levels are replenished with the building blocks its body needs, the sooner it can help a horse offset some of the degenerative effects of ageing.
Type I collagen represents 90% of organic bone mass. Bones comprise living and dead cells embedded in the extracellular matrix that makes up the skeleton. These cells are continually remodelling or turning over to build new bone. Bones are essentially brittle; their collagen protein gives bones flexibility and tensile strength, joint function, comfort and mobility. Like other connective tissue, bone is metabolically active throughout life. Bone health becomes vitally important with increased age as the balance between bone resorption and formation becomes compromised by a net loss of bone tissues. Research shows that a daily intake of collagen stimulates osteoblasts, the cells responsible for bone formation. Osteoblasts support healthy bone metabolism, preserve bone strength and restore bone mineral density, helping to offset the degenerative effects of ageing to keep horses and ponies active for life. Naturally.
- Hydrolysed Collagen Type I + III (Bovine)
- Hydrolysed Gelatin (Bovine)
OTHER INGREDIENTS: NONE