Bone and Tendon Health With Silicon
Connective tissues (e.g., cartilage, ligaments, tendons and bone) are critical components of body structure and maintaining soundness. They are vital for the overall health and performance of all horses whether they are used for pleasure riding or competition. Silicon is one of many nutrients required for normal development and maintenance of connective tissues.
Silicon has been established to play an important role in the development, growth and maturation of bones and other connective tissues. Several studies indicate that an insufficient amount of silicon in the diet is associated with poor growth rates, developmental abnormalities, and a reduction in bone collagen and mineral content.1-3