"I bought a pair of the EQU StreamZ bands in the hope that they would ease my arthritic 35-year-old. Within a week George was galloping and rearing like a 5-year-old! He used to be on anti-inflammatories every other day, now he has one a week and only in the winter. They have given him a new lease of life!..."
Review by Chloe Walmsley
"I use these on my 16-year-old mare who suffers from hock arthritis and lymphangitis. The results using these bands have been really good. Her legs don’t swell overnight anymore and she is much more mobile and comfortable..."
Review by Gemma Lyon
"Since wearing your fetlock bands, my 22-year-old arthritic gelding has found a new lease of life! He’s gone from being retired to hacking out four times a week and fully fit! Thank you for giving me my horse back!..."
Review by Pam Taylor
"My mare is 19 years old and has been lame on her front leg for a while. Our vet saw her recently and diagnosed her with arthritis and advised us to administer anti-inflammatory medication which I am not keen on using on her long term. So, we purchased her a pair of EQU StreamZ bands and she has worn them 24/7 since. We have seen wonderful results!! No lameness or stiffness and she is walking with a purpose again..!
Review by Jackie Gage
"I did not think with his arthritis and old injury on his shoulder he would be ridden again. Billy is 16 years old and definitely not ready to retire thanks to his EQU StreamZ bands!..."
Review by Shellie Beveridge
"I have a 25-year-old who has arthritis in his joints and also has Cushing’s. I noticed his back legs were quite swollen in the mornings, but as soon as I started putting the EQU StreamZ bands on the swelling disappeared. I can’t believe the difference they have made to him and he’s definitely got a spring back in his step!..."
Review by Becky
"Back in the Summer, I purchased the Streamz bands for my 18-year-old Welsh D, who had been diagnosed with arthritis in her fetlock and pastern joints in both forelegs…. She wears them 24/7 and it’s changed our lives! I cannot recommend these bands enough!..."
Review by Selina Crutcher
"I was recommended to use these on my 14-year-old warmblood who has in the past suffered from stiffness, was ‘tight in the back’ and also has slight arthritic changes in his hocks. After using them for a fortnight both my trainer and I noticed how much looser, softer and more supple Todd was. Thank you StreamZ!..."
Review by Tracey Tucker
"I bought my 21 year old mare Cherry a pair as I'd noticed over the winter she had started to get a bit stiff behind. There was a really noticeable improvement in the first few weeks of wearing them! Really pleased I got a pair!..."
Review by Michelle Bliss
"OMG, this product is worth every penny! My 22 year old boy has arthritis of the coxofermal joint. He has only had his bands on for one week and the improvement is clearly visible. I had to look twice and check I wasn't looking at another horse! I am definitely buying the human band for member of family. Well done EQU StreamZ, we love them!..."
Review by Helen Power
"Oscar (17.2hh) developed arthritis in his back legs and was quite stiff. Since using the bands he walks out like a 5 year old!! Highly recommended...."
Review by Sonja Mapstone
"We bought Arron his StreamZ bands as we noted he looked a bit stiff coming out of his stable in the mornings and he was finding schooling a bit more tricky than usual. He is now moving much more freely, I'm really impressed and love that I can leave them on all of the time! The fastenings are secure and strong and best of all they are big enough for a horse with less than flattering shaped legs. We love them!..."
Review by Kerrie Conder
Dizzy injured her carpus when younger which has resulted in arthritis in one of her knees. She goes through periods of lameness. Within 24 hours of wearing her StreamZ bands the difference was amazing, three days later she was back to gentle exercise! Dizzy wears them 24/7 and a week later she is back to normal. Not taking these bands off they are amazing thank you so much!..."
Review by Jac Bunney
"My 26 year old mare has been arthritic for years so I bought these bands for her few weeks ago and she is certainly moving around more easily. She used to rest a lot and now instead of being the last to come in for her bucket she is first in the dinner queue and happily striding in first. I'm convinced they are helping her enormously!..."
Review by Shirley Elaine Godbold
My 22 year old arthritic girl has had her StreamZ bands on for a week and already I can see a difference! We are really excited to be getting back into work after an injury-filled winter and I am looking forward to having my best friend happy and healthy again. I definitely feel Streamz are making a difference!..."
Review by Sarah Ross
"If you are debating these bands then let me share my story with you. At 7 years old Hero went lame in his back end and the diagnosis was bone changes and arthritis in lower hocks. I got him injected which helped but I purchased these bands and OMG I cannot put into words the difference they have made! They are worth every penny you spend!..."
Review by Jennifer Hewitt
"My 17 year old warmblood Leo had a pretty intensive early start before he came to me, showjumping up to 140cm in Holland. As a result his joints are now paying the price and he has been diagnosed with arthritis in both his front feet. I had put him on one b*te daily to help him a bit but only short term. Since using the StreamZ bands that is now being reduced and will be removing it if he still continues to do this well. Very happy to have him comfortable again!.."
Review by Clare Blakey

Do horses get arthritis?

Horse Arthritis is not a single condition and is believed to represent over 60% of lameness issues in horses. The horses joints most effected are thought to be the knee, fetlock, pastern and hocks. Although mostly found in elderly horses the condition can be found in any horse of any age.

Horse Arthritis – Symptoms, Causes & Treatments

We look at equine arthritis and how it is treated

Do horses get arthritis?

Horse Arthritis is not a single condition and is believed to represent over 60% of lameness issues in horses. The horses joints most effected are thought to be the knee, fetlock, pastern and hocks. Although mostly found in elderly horses the condition can be found in any horse of any age.

The three main forms of arthritis found in horses are:

Equine Osteoarthritis (a.k.a, OA)

Osteoarthritis (also referred to as ‘OA’) or degenerative joint disease (also referred to as ‘DJD’) are arthritic symptoms relating to the degeneration of a horses joints. This often affects horses as they get older but can be seen in younger horses with a more active lifestyle. OA often creates lameness.

Equine Rheumatoid (a.k.a, RA)

Rheumatoid Arthritis (also referred to as ‘RA’) is an autoimmune disease that attacks the joints. The horses body mistakes its own levels of protein for foreign protein and tries to eliminate them. This degrades the cartilage surrounding the joints. This also creates lameness at varying levels. While it is not often diagnosed in horses, a very similar inflammatory process has been seen in many cases, which includes joint swelling and synovial membrane irritation.

Traumatic arthritis (TA)

Traumatic arthritis (TA) which is caused by excessive/abnormal use or from an acute injury. Any movement, irregular conformation or traumatic injury that affects the usage of the joint can result in negative changes. This is often found in showjumping horses and animals who have led an active lifestyle.

Each joint within the horse is covered with a thin layer of cartilage which is lubricated with joint fluid. This lubrication allows the two surfaces of the bones to rub against each other without creating friction or pain. With TA the joint undergoes a level of change or damage (often through excessive impact) damaging the lubrication process. Pain levels increase as the cartilage thins resulting in pain, inflammation, stiffness and eventually lameness. 

Arthritis joint symptoms include swelling, pain, stiffness and decreased range of motion (lack of mobility). Any joint in the body can be affected by osteoarthritis, but the most common locations of arthritis in horses are found in the fetlocks, back/spine, hocks, neck and hoofs (including the navicular area). Specific diagnosed arthritic conditions within the equine industry are can also be diagnosed as ringbone and bone spavin.

What causes arthritis in horses?

There are two main causes of arthritis diagnosed in horses, inflammation and general wear and tear. Horses over a certain age are also more likely to show signs of arthritic pain. A lifetime of bearing weight and absorbing shock takes its toll and the horses natural mechanisms for repair decline. When damage starts to occur quicker than a repair, then a joint problem often follows.

Sadly, age-related deterioration (or DJD) is hard to avoid altogether, but it’s important to note that age isn’t the only contributing factor in DJD. Horses that are vigorously exercised over hard ground are at greater risk of arthritis later in life through repetitive trauma. Similarly, horses that are poorly conformed will be relying on compensating joints to balance them. As a result, the joints are quickly weakened and become susceptible to injury and strain.

How is horse arthritis commonly treated?

The aim of any treatment to an arthritic horse is to relieve the pain, reduce the inflammation in the joints and slow the cartilage breakdown. There is no cure for arthritis at this time, but it is possible to reduce pain and inflammation, whilst preventing further damage. When given daily, a targeted joint supplement or medication may help support the joint and ease discomfort, although there is a range of alternative horse therapies also available.

In your horse’s early years, you might want to consider how your horse is worked and the kind of terrain this happens on. Remember to always incorporate a warm up and cool down into every session to prevent friction occurring in the joint. Supportive boots and magnetic therapy may also be worth exploring if your horse is experiencing arthritis particularly badly.

Is there a cure for equine arthritis?

There remains no clinically approved cure for equine arthritis. ‘Arthritis’ itself is a non clinical condition. Two horses diagnosed with the same condition may show completely differing levels of lameness. For this reason clinically proven treatments are simply not achievable.

Once the cartilage in the horses joints has been damaged the only option to horse owners is to treat the pain. Once a joints fluid has been damaged it rarely repairs itself. There are however many techniques in reducing pain levels in arthritic joints – medication, changing the horses lifestyle or exercise regime and using complimentary products.

Commonly used ways to support horse arthritis

The most common treatment for equine arthritis is NSAID medication (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) which have three main functions; to fight fever, to decrease inflammation and to provide pain relief. The issue with NSAID medication is how they are not long term solutions. The negative side effects with continued use are well documented with many of them being a short term solution only. When treating arthritis pain the reality is that the treatments must be long term. Recognised side effects of NSAIDS include nausea and a loss of appetite, depression and digestive issues. More serious side effects can include ulcers, damage to the liver or kidneys and in some cases even death. A long term solution to managing pain levels is of significant interest to the equine community.

Traditional magnetic boots and magnetic bands have been used for decades; with a mixed reputation. Traditional magnets create a pulse which increases the heat locally; this increase in temperature helps increase blood flow. Traditional magnetic devices, boots, rugs, and so on claim to support a vast array of health conditions. Increasing heat/blood flow is just a small step in the process of helping many conditions, including arthritis, and in some cases can be detrimental to the horse. A splint, for example, should never have heat applied to whilst recovering. In many cases when owning a horse it is advised to seek methods to support your horse from a preventative perspective.

Further techniques used in the equine industry to treat arthritic horses with mobility issues include ice boots, which reduce the temperature, and a large range of natural supplements to aid joint recovery. Some people have found herbal preparations to be effective for relieving discomfort, but it may not be wise to use them without consulting a veterinarian first. Benefits in using supplements and as part of a balanced diet include the use of holistic therapy devices such as magnetic fetlock bands or boots alongside the supplement intake.

Interested in how EQU StreamZ might be of benefit to your horse? Simply visit our product page EQU StreamZ fetlock bands®

Commonly asked questions to our team on horse arthritis

How do I know if my horse has arthritis? In most scenarios your horse will show a reduction in joint mobility. There will be subtle changes in the way they move and often an unwillingness to perform normal daily tasks. They will seem stiff and often show signs of loosening as they warm up. In more developed or severe cases they will show inflammation around the joint or even excessive warmth or pain in the area of the joint. 

Can you ride a horse who has arthritis? That all depends on the severity of the arthritis and in most cases would involve professional diagnosis. As with humans, a horse with arthritis pain will benefit from regular activity and exercise which in turn will help mobility of its joint flexibility and conditioning. Early diagnosed stages of horse arthritis can be controlled and managed carefully allowing you to continue to ride your horse in light activity, more severe cases will normally create lameness and the avoidance of riding the horse.

Can you jump a horse with arthritis? Our advice is not to jump a horse who has signs of arthritis; or at least consult with a medical professional beforehand.

My horse has been diagnosed with arthritis in their hocks; would your fetlock horse bands help this condition? Yes. StreamZ rebalances the system. A good example of this is how our human product, the YOU StreamZ ankle band has been shown to support migraines. Hock arthritis was one of the studies carried out by a leading UK University with substantial evidence supporting an increase in tarsal joint mobility when wearing EQU StreamZ bands. StreamZ technology supports a whole variety of arthritis in horses including hock arthritis, stifle arthritis, osteoarthritis, fetlock arthritis, spinal arthritis and so on. Read more about the tarsal joint mobility study here > link

Will your EQU StreamZ bands help my horses stifle arthritis? Yes, StreamZ rebalance the minerals in the system supporting the natural healing process and thus providing joint care and pain relief to all joints across the system. Some joints may take longer to show benefit from the technology than others, and long term degenerative arthritis can take several days.

My arthritic horse is wearing your EQU StreamZ Bands. What legs should they be wrapped on? Results with arthritic horses wearing the bands have found to be the same with bands placed on either the front or hind legs, or in any combination. We advise that the bands are placed closest to the stiffest limb showing the worst mobility level and the opposite leg. Clinical studies including tarsal joint mobility studies (hock arthritis) were carried out with StreamZ bands placed on the near fore and off hind to provide consistency. For clinical purposes the bands were placed below the fetlock; although results when worn above the joint have made little difference to the final result.

Can I continue to administer my arthritic horse with medication and supplements whilst wearing the EQU StreamZ bands? Yes. StreamZ are a non invasive complimentary device which can be worn alongside any form of medication or supplement.