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Warning for owners over treatments
HORSE owners should tread carefully when comparing treatments given to animals with those taken by humans, according to a nutritional supplementation expert.  
Hannah Crook, head of Supplement Solutions, has claimed that while a recent study published in the British Medical Journal throws doubt on the effectiveness of treatments used to treat joint pain,  
the same does not necessarily apply to  
horses.  
Researchers in the BMJ said studies showed that the human treatments containing glucosamine and chondroitin did little to reduce the pain suffered by people with osteoarthritis in hips and knees - and these ingredients are also found in many equine supplements to promote joint flexibility and lubrication. 

Welfare Act 'a significant improvement'
THE Animal Welfare Act has been described as 'a significant improvement' for safeguarding equine welfare, according to a new, Defra commissioned review.  
The report, carried out by The Horse Trust, concludes that the Animal Welfare Act 2006 is a 'significant improvement on previous legislation', but that some changes are required 'for the Act to be fully effective'. 
The review was commissioned to look into the Act's effectiveness in relation to equines and will now form part of the post-legislative scrutiny process.
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