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According to an IDEXX Laboratories survey of more than 2,000 horse owners and trainers regarding equine lameness, joint pain is plaguing our horses. Here’s what respondents said:

• Approximately 50 percent revealed that their horses suffer from some form of lameness.

• More than 67 percent reported that joint problems and inflammation keep their horses from feeling in top form.

• 54 percent said arthritis is the main cause of lameness.

• Dressage, saddleseat, barrel racing and jumping were the disciplines that saw the highest incidence of joint pain.

• 69 percent said they first noticed signs of joint pain when their horses were 9 years or older.

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