Supplements for a Horse With Ringbone

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Supplements for a Horse With Ringbone
Ringbone is a joint disease that causes pain and inflammation in a horse's pastern and can be treated with supplements. (horse image by Snezana Skundric from

Ringbone is a arthritic growth on a horse’s pastern bone that causes pain, inflammation and lameness. Ringbone is diagnosed by X-rays and physical examinations performed by veterinarians. Although ringbone is not a curable disease, it is treatable through prescription medications, rest, corrective shoeing as well as anti-inflammatory and joint supplements provided daily in a horse’s feed. Ringbone will naturally worsen over time and supplements are a popular method of managing the disease.

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Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM) is a natural sulphur that aids in the formation of blood, protein, tissue and enzymes. It is widely utilised for support of a horse’s joints, immune system, skin, coat and hooves. It is available in its pure form from brands such as SmartPak and Vita-Flex, as well as an ingredient of popular joint supplements such as Cosequin ASU, Cosequin Optimized and Finish Line.

Chondroitin Sulfate

Chondroitin sulphate is essential to building important proteins and enzymes in a horse’s body. It helps to form hyaluronic acid (HA) and proteoglycan (PG), which are both important molecules in the lubrication of a horse’s joints. Chondroitin sulphate is often combined with glucosamine and is an ingredient of supplements such as Flex Free, Fluid Flex, Cosequin and Grand Flex.


Glucosamine is a molecule that helps form chondroitin sulphate. It helps lubricate and rehabilitate a horse’s injured or arthritic joints. For horse’s with ringbone, glucosamine can ease pain and cut down on swelling and inflammation. Popular glucosamine supplements include: Cosequin Equine Powder, Cosequin ASU, Recovery EQ and Grand Flex.

Devil's Claw

Devil’s claw is an herb believed to reduce joint pain and inflammation. It is considered a low risk and natural way to ease the pain of ringbone and general arthritis-related discomfort. Devil’s claw is also known to cause an upsurge in the production of stomach acids that can cause or upset existing ulcers. It is sold alone as well as a component of B-L Solution and Pellets, Grand Flex and Finish Line.


Yucca is another herbal supplement or alternative to injections and prescriptions used to treat Ringbone. It is often combined with devil’s claw and is also an active ingredient in Finish Line and Grand Flex.

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