CONQUER® H.A. Monthly Equine Health Editorial

Thursday, June 24, 2010
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What Is Hyaluronic acid (H.A.), and How Does It Affect My Horse’s Performance?
Hyaluronic acid (H.A.) is a natural lubricant and shock absorber found in the skin, eye and connective tissues of all animals and humans. As a key component of joint cartilage and synovial fluid, H.A. lubricates all moving joints of the horse, making the synovial joint fluid more viscous (thick) and slippery to cushion and protect against friction.

  • Under gradual shear stress produced by repeated joint movement and loading, H.A. acts as a lubricant.
  • Under sudden loading (e.g., jumping, bending, collection), H.A acts as an absorber.
  • H.A. also acts as a filter, hindering the movement of potentially damaging inflammatory cells and molecules.
Everyday wear and tear or repeated trauma to a horse’s moving joints (e.g., hock, fetlock, knee, etc.) during exercise, training or performance can cause the synovial membrane of the joint cavity to become inflamed.
  • Fluid, inflammatory cells, and mediators infiltrate the joint, which thins and degrades the synovial fluid.
  • Over time and without treatment, repeated inflammation of a joint and the destructive results can erode the cartilage and lead to progressive joint disease, advanced joint degeneration, and severe lameness.
CONQUER® H.A. is the first 100% pure hyaluronic (H.A.) oral treatment for the added joint stress of practice and performance in our equine partners. Used alone or in combination with a horse’s daily supplements or H.A. injections, CONQUER maintains a consistent, high level of natural H.A. in a horse’s joints, day after day.

Whether you’re getting ready for a clinic, a show or a performance – as soon as you step up your training regimen, it makes sense to prepare your horse with CONQUER H.A. Available in gel, liquid or powder, daily use of CONQUER H.A. helps protect your horse’s joints against added stress and strain.