The effect of longeing and glucosamine supplementation on known biological markers of joint disease was studied in yearling quarter horses. Twenty-one yearling quarter horses were randomly assigned to one of 4 treatments: 1) longeing (longeing 20 min daily) supplement control (LN); 2) longeing/glucosamine (LG); 3) walking (mechanical walker for 120 min daily (WN)); and 4) walking/glucosamine (WG). Oral glucosamine was administered at 5.5 g b.i.d. weeks 1-4, 3.5 g b.i.d. during weeks 5-6, and 2.0 g b.i.d. during weeks 7-8. Serum was obtained weekly for 8 wk and analyzed for keratan sulfate and osteocalcin concentrations. Walked horses receiving glucosamine showed slight elevation in serum keratan sulfate compared to controls (P = 0.04). Glucosamine or longeing exercise had no significant effect (P≥ 0.08) on serum osteocalcin concentrations. Under these conditions, longeing and/or glucosamine supplementation did not significantly alter serum concentrations of keratan sulfate or osteocalcin.
|Number of pages||4|
|Journal||Canadian Journal of Veterinary Research|
|State||Published - 1999|