What are horse oil and horse powder, what are the differences, are they good for your skin and joints and what are they made from?

STRICTLY Come Dancing contestant, Susannah Constantine, took to social media yesterday evening to reveal the bizarre supplement she's taking to treat her joints.

In a shocking announcement, the 56-year-old explained she'd been using horse medication once a day to "keep her joints and tendons oiled" – but what is it, and is it safe to use?

What is the horse supplement?

JointPro is sold in powder form and produced by OVVET – an equine health and nutrition company.

It sells for £100 per tub and, according to its description "contains ingredients designed to both support the health of the equine joint".

The style guru captioned her Instagram image: "This is what vets give to old, knackered horses who need their joints and tendons oiled. Taking one scoop day with water. #kidyounot."

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What is it used for?

It's believed the horse supplement eases pain and reduces inflammation.

It's often used in equine health after regular training, or a long-term injury.

Is it good for your skin and joints?

JointPro is usually given to horses with Degenerative Joint Disease (equine arthritis).

According to its description, it is an "effective nutritional supplement that supports the growth and maintenance of cartilage to ensure healthy and normal joint function" in animals.

While Susannah revealed she had allegedly been taking the product, the Royal Pharmaceutical Society has told the Mail Online: "People should stick to medicines for human consumption."

Is it different to horse oil?

Yes, very different.

The medication supplement should not be confused with horse oil, a by-product of horse meat production and derived from horse fat.

In Eastern countries like China and South Korea, horse oil is used for some skin ailments, such as burns, insect bites or eczema.

Horse oil contains very high levels linolenic acid – an essential fatty acid that's believed to have anti-inflammatory properties.

It's thought to improve elasticity, wrinkles, acne, sunburn and eczema and is being sold in creams and face masks.

What is the supplement made from?

Visit Ovvet's website for a full list of the horse medication's ingredients.

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