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MSM In Horse Supplements

MSM is often overlooked in many supplements today... but not at Horse Guard.

What is MSM & where does it come from? Supplementation

MSM, or methylsulfonylmethane, serves as an organic source of sulfur in the body. While it can be found in fresh plants, specifically alfalfa, it is extremely volatile (meaning it gets destroyed when exposed to oxygen or heat usually in the haying process).

Why is MSM important? Tendons, Joints, and Hooves!

MSM is critical in functions of the formation and production of links between collagen molecules. That means that it helps add strength and stability to collagen-rich tendons, ligaments, joint tissues, and other connective tissues in the body.  

Not to mention it is essential to the function of many hormones, enzymes, and the horse's immune system.

Other nutrients rely on MSM being present. 

Studies show that Glucosamine, one of the many common & powerful nutrients found in joint supplements, functions better in the presence of an adequate source of sulfur, such as MSM. It also works complimentary with Chondroitin sulfate, Copper, Vitamin C, Methionine, and B Vitamins. This means if MSM is missing from your horses' diet, the nutrients they are receiving may not be working their best. That is why we evaluate nutrition and nutrients on a big-picture scale! 

White hunter jumper horse performing

What Horse Guard products contain MSM?

Horse Guard’s line of hoof supplements (including Biotin Hoof Blast) is the only hoof supplements on the market that include MSM. MSM provides the basis for structural proteins to aid in contributing to stout, flexible hooves. Combined with Biotin, plus Zinc, and Methionine, delivered in full-fat extruded soybeans make them 100% dedicated to improving your horse's hooves. 

MSM can also be found in our joint supplement, Joint Guard at 6,500 mg per dose and in our all-in-one supplement, Trifecta with 5,000 mg per dose. MSM has been found to have an effect on improving joint pain, swelling, and overall function. 

When deciding what supplements to feed it's important to decide which issues you want to help combat or which functions you’d like to improve. Every essential nutrient required by horses plays a role in the big picture which is why we emphasize the importance of a complete and balanced diet. Not sure where to start when evaluating your horse’s diet, just ask our nutritionist.

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1 Response

Paige Long

Paige Long

April 18, 2024

My 20 year old saddlebred mare is so swollen with arthritis. We treat her with Bute and joint treats but she still seems uncomfortable looking for a option for relief
Horse Guard replied:

Sorry to hear about your mare. Flow and Joint Guard<https://horseguard.com/products/equine-joint-guard?variant=31620502323298> would be great options for her. Flow contains omega-3 fatty acids which provide anti-inflammatory properties to help provide some relief. Joint Guard is a powerful joint supplement that contains glucosamine, MSM, Chondroitin, Hyaluronic Acid, vitamin C, vitamin A, methionine, and yeast cultures. These ingredients work together to help provide your horse some relief from her arthritis.

Let me know if I can help answer any more questions.

Kelsey Johnson Nonella, Ph.D., PAS

Equine Nutritionist, Horse Guard, Inc.<http://www.horseguard.com/>

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