Trivia Challenge: Equine Joint Care

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1. What does MSM stand for? 

a. Methylsulfonylmethane

b. Methylprednisolone 

c. Methylsulfonmane 

[For More on Joint Supplements: Joint Supplement Break Down]

2. True or False: NSAID’s such as Bute or Equioxx are used for joint pain in horses. 

T/F

3. What is glucosamine? 

a. It’s an amino sugar that the horse’s body uses to produce and repair cartilage.

b. It’s injected into joints to create lubrication. 

c. It’s good for inflammation. 

4. What should you look for when shopping for a joint supplement? 

a. A supplement that addresses inflammation. 

b. A supplement that increases mobility. 

c. A supplement that provides joint lubrication. 

d. All of the above. 

How’d You Do? 

1. MSM stands for Methylsulfonylmethane. It is derived from DMSO (Dimethyl sulfoxide) and is an organic compound containing sulfur that is used to produce collagen and connective tissue. MSM helps give collagen stability and strength to support joints.

2. True. NSAID’s such as Bute or Equioxx are used for joint pain in horses. They help with inflammation and pain. Bute is good for every once in a while treatment while Equioxx is better suited for long-term use.

3. Glucosamine is a common ingredient in joint supplements. It’s an amino sugar that the horse’s body uses to produce and repair cartilage. It’s most commonly derived from shells of shellfish and is often combined with chondroitin in oral supplements from horses. 

4. All of the Above. Many supplements are targeted towards a specific joint problem, but it’s good to find a product that will cover all of your bases to improve overall joint health. 

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