FlexAbility PLUS+ is one of the highest specification joint supplements and the only joint supplement with two clinical studies including a published, peer reviewed paper in The Journal of Equine Veterinary Science demonstrating the efficacy of FlexAbility PLUS+. The findings were also accepted and presented at the British Equine Veterinary Association Congress.
Why FlexAbility PLUS+?
Wear and tear on the equine skeletal system, specifically in the joints occurs as a result of both exercise training and is a part of the natural ageing process.
Each ingredient is individually chosen due to its proven effects, including glucosamine, low molecular weight chondroitin, MSM, omega 3 fatty acids DHA & EPA, Hyaluronic Acid (HA) and Vitamin C.
With low dust and high palatability, FlexAbility PLUS+ is manufactured under the strictest conditions in an approved and certified UFAS and BETA NOPS approved facility.
FlexAbility PLUS+ is suitable for all horses and ponies, providing nutritional support for joints against the rigours of training and competition. It also helps to maintain normal mobility and joint function in older animals and normal joint health in young stock.
Effects can be seen in as little as 7 days, but normally by 10-14 days. What to expect? Freer movement, longer stride, reduced stiffness, increased rolling and increased athleticism.
THE ACTIVE INGREDIENTS
Chondroitin is a natural component of Aggrecan (a proteoglycan – a protein combined with carbohydrates), a large molecule found in cartilage. Chondroitin has been extensively studied, and found to have a synergistic effect when used in combination with Glucosamine. Both Glucosamine and Chondroitin act as building blocks for repair, but also have their own anti-inflammatory properties. Together they counteract inflammation by inhibiting the synthesis of Nitric Oxide Synthase (NOS) and Prostaglandin E2 (PGE2). Chondroitin supplementation has been evaluated in horses in combination with Glucosamine and other ingredients.
An essential building block for proteoglycans which make up the non-structural component of cartilage. Glucosamine has been recognised as a beneficial nutraceutical for joint health in both horses and humans for many years. It has been shown to reduce inflammation and cartilage turnover. Glucosamine and Chondroitin work synergistically to reduce inflammatory mediators in the joint as well as improving repair.
Omega 3 (DHA & EPA)
DHA & EPA are specific types of Omega 3 fatty acids which are only found in substantial amounts in Omega 3 from marine sources. DHA and EPA have been found to be beneficial to many body systems in the horse including joints, blood and lungs. It is important to note that Omega 3 from plant sources does not result increased DHA and EPA in body tissues in horses. FlexAbility Plus+ contains a unique encapsulated DHA and EPA and not a cheap plant source.
MSM Methyl-Sulfonyl-Methane is a natural ingredient used in many supplements because it has two very important properties. Firstly, MSM is a source of Sulphur. Sulphur is essential for the maintenance of repair of many structural tissues within the body like skin, hoof and cartilage. Secondly, MSM itself has anti-inflammatory properties.
A natural water-soluble anti-oxidant which under normal situations is made by the horse in the liver. During certain times excessive amounts of vitamin C are used, and the liver cannot keep up with the demand. Horses in work and older horses all have increased demand for Vitamin C and studies show that blood and tissue levels are often low in these groups of animals. Vitamin C has been shown to be able to pass from the blood into joint fluid of horses, which allows it to neutralise damaging free radicals which have been produced as a result of excessive wear and tear. As the horse can produce its own vitamin C, its gut did not adapt for efficient absorption of the vitamin as it occurs naturally in fruit and vegetables in the form of L-Ascorbic acid, unlike the human. When supplementing vitamin C to horses it is important to use a form which can be absorbed efficiently such as Ascorbyl monophosphate.
Hyaluronic acid (HA)
This is an essential component of both synovial fluid and proteoglycans. It has been studied in horses both as an oral nutraceutical, but also in injectable forms for use straight into joints or into the vein. Hyaluronic acid has been shown to improve the visual swelling seen with joint disease and is also used as an oral supplement in isolation with daily servings upwards of 100 mg.
One of our core values is transparency. That’s why we list all the active ingredients per daily feeding rate so you know exactly what your horse is getting.
Per 55.6g (500kg Horse Feeding Rate) FlexAbility PLUS+ delivers: Glucosamine HCl 10g, MSM 6.5g, Vitamin C (stabilised and bioavailable to horses) 5g, Chondroitin Sulphate (Low Molecular Weight) 4.1g, Omega 3 20g (DHA & EPA 2.9g), Hyaluronic Acid (HA) 150mg
Glucosamine HCl, Methyl Sulfonyl Methane (MSM), Calcium ascorbyl monophosphate, Chondroitin Sulphate, Fish Oil (EPA & DHA), Hyaluronic Acid (HA)
Crude Protein 17%; Crude Fibre 1%; Crude Oils & Fats 4%; Crude Ash 1%; Sodium 30g/kg; Moisture 3%; Calcium 1%; Phosphorus 1%
Additives (per kg):
Vitamins: Vitamin C (3a312) 82g. Sensory Additives: Vanilla flavour 2.2g
Instructions for use and feeding Guide Level 25ml (22.75g) scoops per day
Pony – approximately 250kg 1.5
Horse – approximately 500kg 2.5
Large Horse – over 750kg 4
Pony – approximately 250kg 3
Horse – approximately 500kg 5
Large Horse – over 750kg 8
Mix thoroughly with feed and split between meals where possible. Introduce to feed slowly.
*If using FlexAbility for the first time feed at the loading rate for the first 14 days.
Do not exceed the recommended intake