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Equine America Cortaflex for Horses

  • Equine Liquid (HA) Regular » 4 litre Bottle £83.25
  • Equine Powder Regular » 227g Tub £17.99
  • Equine Powder Regular » 454g Tub £34.56
  • Equine Powder Regular » 908g Tub £53.25
  • Equine Powder Regular » 3.6kg Tub £179.99

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Description

Equine America Cortaflex range has been pioneered by equine experts to offer a solution to joint degeneration, damage and ageing. The fortified daily supplement, available in liquid or powder form, can be used to protect joints from everyday wear and tear, either through competing or daily hacking.

Chondroitin and Glucosamine are produced naturally by the body and aid the maintenance of the joint tissue. Joint cartilage is not directly connected to any blood vessels so all of the nutrients that the cartilage needs for good health have to be small enough to pass through cellular walls to benefit the joint tissue.

Cortaflex was formulated around the theory that small molecules are more likely to be absorbed through cellular walls. Therefore, Cortaflex contains the micro-sized key active isolates of Chondroitin and Glucosamine, providing the body with both the building blocks and the stimulus for its own production of Chondroitin and Glucosamine.

The 946ml bottle is used by squeezing the bottle to fill up the measuring section, which makes pouring out the correct amount easy. For an easy way to get the correct feed amount out of 3.8 and 4 litre bottles, see the Equine America Bottle Pump.

Currently all Equine America products are suitable for use under FEI and Jockey Club rules.

Feeding Directions

For an average 500 kg horse, feed 14 grams daily for 10 days with the horse's regular feed. Thereafter, feed 7 grams daily for maintenance. Feed others according to body weight, less for smaller horses and ponies, more for larger breeds.

Why CORTAFLEX?

Wear and tear to the joints is a normal function and will occur naturally with age, but our domestication of the horse has increased the stresses on the joints, resulting in lameness. Constant pounding on artificial, hard or heavy ground is very demanding on joints – even hacking can cause abnormal wear and tear, metal shoes increase concussion and confinements of stables increases pressure. Feeding a proven joint supplement can help to redress the balance and support healthy joints.

Chondroitin and Glucosamine are produced naturally by the body and aid in repair and maintenance of the joint tissue. Joint cartilage is not directly connected to any blood vessels so; all of the nutrients that the cartilage needs for good health have to be small enough to pass through cellular walls to benefit the joint tissue.
Cortaflex was formulated around the theory that small molecules are more likely to be absorbed through cellular walls. Therefore, Cortaflex contains the micro sized key active isolates of Chondroitin and Glucosamine, providing the body with both the building blocks and the stimulus for its own production of Chondroitin and Glucosamine.

Cortaflex and Hyaluronic Acid

Cortaflex is now fortified with Hyaluronic Acid (HA) for even greater benefit to the joints, particularly those that have experienced excessive wear and tear.
HA is a major component of synovial fluid, which is essential for providing the joints with lubrication and the cartilage with nutrients. HA has traditionally been derived from type II Collagen sourced from Rooster Comb, which has a high molecular weight of up to six million Daltons. This form of HA has been shown to be very effective when injected but is not considered to achieve a good rate of absorption when taking orally due to the large molecular size.
The Hyaluronic Acid used in Cortaflex is of vegetable origin and has a molecular weight of less than 50,000 Daltons. It is believed that this is more readily absorbed, providing Hyaluronic Acid to the joints in a non-invasive way.

Research - Clinical Evidence

Cortaflex has been clinically tested in a double blind study of equine tarsal joint movement. The rigorous trial was conducted by the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University, one of the leading equine research institutes in the world. Unlike the more subjective research approaches in the majority of equine trials, the study used the most advanced kinetic analysis techniques to objectively and accurately measure the horse’s gait. These techniques, based on video and force plates, unquestionably proved the effects of supplementation. The results were then presented by the author Dr Hilary Clayton BVMS, PhD, MRCVS, to the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP)) and published in the conference proceedings.

Additional Information

FEI/Jockey Club Legal? Yes

How long will it last? (average size

horse at maintenance rate)

Approximately one month (227g)

Approximately two months (454g)

Approximately four months (908g)

Approximately 16 months (3.6kg)

Approximately four months (4 litre)

Average cost per day? (Approx)

66p (227g)

57p (454g)

44p (908g)

37p (3.6kg)

69p (4 litre)

Suitable for use during pregnancy? Yes

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Do you still need to use with oil?

27th Oct 2016
Harriet Jones
  • VioVet Customer Since: October 2016
  • From: Wiltshire, United Kingdom

Before ordering Cortaflex I was looking into feeding my horse turmeric and read that it needs to be fed with oil to make it effective. Is it the same for Cortaflex or can it be used by itself?

  • Veterinary Surgeon

Cortaflex is effective used on its own. The only thing I would suggest is if you are feeding the powder form then dampen the feed before you put it in so that the powder sticks to the feed and is eaten by your horse rather than it falling to the bottom of the feed bowl if left dry.

Cortaflex

21st Dec 2015
Deborah Zanus-Fortes
  • VioVet Customer Since: September 2008
  • From: cornwall, United Kingdom

my horse has arthritis in the pastern.Would this be helpful to regain movement.He is at present lame and has 2danilon a day..

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

This is one of the many nutritional supplements marketed to help with joint problems in horses. None of them have very good, independent scientific evidence of providing significant benefit, though many people are convinced that they are very effective for their own animals. You will only find out by trying it for a while and seeing if it works for your horse. It should be completely safe to try this, but I would continue with the Danilon for a while. If in future things are going veery well, it might be possible to tail the Danilon off, though that cannot be guaranteed.

Can the Equine Liquid be used for Dogs?

6th Nov 2015
Gary Richards
  • VioVet Customer Since: March 2012
  • From: Cornwall, United Kingdom

Hi I have been trying the dog version veterinary strength on my 5 dogs and it seems to be making a difference. The dog version is almost £60 a month so quite an expense. Is there any reason i cannot use the Equine liquid version at a 5ml dose for my dogs as it comes in bigger amounts at a better price.
Thanks Gary

John Cousins
  • Veterinary Surgeon

The two versions have the same additives but in different amounts and some other ingredients are different. I am not sure how well dogs can deal with the equine version. It might in fact be safe and reasonably effective but it would be better to use the canine version.