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Joint health requires broad spectrum therapeutic

posted by Horse Owner Today    |   April 26, 2012 06:22



Gayle Trotter has the “vet cred” and, coincidentally, a name that naturally makes one think “horses.” Dr. Gayle Trotter, DVM., MS., was a former professor and joint health researcher at Colorado State University.  He is also the developer of Myristol, a formula comprised of four major active ingredients that together are designed to treat and prevent joint disease in horses. 


According to Trotter, any equine athlete of any kind should be on a joint supplement in order to mitigate injury.  Joint involvement changes according to athletic involvement. For example, race horses will tend to have fetlock and front knee issues whereas roping, reigning or cutting horses may experience inflammation in other areas.  And just as different athletic activity presents different joint issues, breeding lines are predisposed differentially to joint issues as well. 


The Myristol formula is comprised of four active ingredients that have individually been shown benefit in supporting joint health: cetyl myristoleate fatty acid complex, methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), glucosamine HCl, and hydrolyzed collagen.  Myristol was developed by Trotter (and colleagues) while he was tenured at Colorado State University. The product underwent a clinical trial in 2003 which tested the product’s efficacy.  Myristol, unlike many other joint formulations on the market, is well-researched, vet-approved and scientifically tested. 


Developing a scientifically sound, broad spectrum formulation was a priority for Trotter.  But so was affordability and palatability. Some animals appear to detect fatty acids in feed.  Horses, in particular, may turn their noses up at it.  Trotter’s equine formulation comes in the form of alfalfa pellets and they like it!  Trotter says that he has had tons of anecdotal feedback from users since the product came out on the market. Myristol has shown to have good results in dogs and cats with striking changes in as little as 72 hours. Trotter advises that results in horses will take a bit longer; from 2 weeks to a month in some cases. 


As part of the Myristol family of joint health products, formulations have been developed for dogs, cats and even humans.  For more information check out Trotter’s Myristol website at: www.myristol.com


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Gayle Trotter is a member of the National Animal Council, an industry organization for supplement manufacturers in the United States.  He currently lives with his wife, Judy, in Weatherford, Texas where, in addition to marketing Myristol, he continues to practice veterinary medicine and to raise and ride cutting horses.

Article credit:

Camille (Cami) D. Ryan, B.Comm., Ph.D.

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University of Saskatchewan

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