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The Importance of Horse Liniments & Post-Workout Leg Care

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The best way you can thank your horse is to help make sure he is ready to go the next time you want to ride! How you care for your horses legs after a workout can make a big difference in his short and long-term soundness.

Developing a post riding routine is essential. Follow these 4 steps to help get you started:

1. Determine what is normal: First things first, examine your horse's legs and determine what is normal for your horse so you are able to notice when things are not as they should be.
 
Although general anatomy should be similar from horse to horse, every horse's legs will vary. For example, individual confirmation or previous life experiences will impact the look and feel of a horse's limbs. With this in mind, go over your horses legs with your hand to learn what is normal for him. This will help you determine whether the bump you found on his leg was there before or after your recent ride.

 
2. Walk your horse: After each ride, always walk your horse for at least 10 minutes. Let your horse relax and cool down during this period. Pay close attention to how your horse is walking; if you can feel or hear unevenness, your horse is likely sore. If he doesn't relax his lower neck, it could also be a sign of soreness in his back or front legs. If you notice any of these things, dismount and walk your horse back to the barn.

 
3. Inspect your horse: After you have unsaddled your horse and allowed his breathing to return to normal, inspect his legs. Just like before, run your hands down his legs to feel for anything that may be abnormal such as a change in texture, soft swelling, or an unexpected temperature (such as a warm spot). Also check his digital pulse. Inflammation in a limb can cause the pulse to become stronger and easier to feel than normal.

 
If you find a suspicious area, wait an hour then check it again. If the abnormality is still present or worse immediately call your veterinarian.

 
Helpful tip: Keep in mind that in the summer a horse working in splint boots will likely have warmer legs than usual, and a horse just coming in from a workout may have a higher digital pulse than normal. Always remove his tack and wait for him to be calm and cool before beginning your assessment.

 
4. Therapies: Aim to accelerate the body's ability to recover after a workout in an attempt to safe guard your horse's legs. Horse liniments help restore a horse's legs to its pre-workout state.

Liniments work to cool the leg and typically you should look for a menthol based product such as Corona Liniment. Heat in a limb during a workout is normal and also beneficial as it helps keep the structures pliable. After exercise however, residual heat can damage tissues and is associated with inflammation. Heat will eventually leave on its own, but anything that we can do to speed up the process can help prevent potential damage.

When muscles and joints have been strained, their body supplies them with oxygen-rich blood. The increased blood helps eliminate fatigue acids that make muscles sore. If the blood is unable to flow freely to an area, stiffness, numbness and pain can occur. Liniments second goal is to help increase blood flow throughout the body to prevent soreness and stiffness from occurring.

 
How to Apply a Topical Horse Liniment:
  • Option 1: For daily use after a hard workout, you can simply rub a horse liniment on his legs from the knee down. Begin by gently rubbing the hair up then massage in the gel or lotion by rubbing down. To prolong the heating effect of a horse liniment, a breathable wrap can be used after application which will naturally help warm up his legs for a longer period of time. Always be sure the horse liniment you choose to use on his leg will not cause the leg to blister.
  • Option 2: You can also dilute the liniment with water to use it as a full-body rubdown after a tough workout session. A liniment bath will help increase the flow of blood throughout the entire body, helping your horse's body recover from the workout and be in peak shape for the following day. 

Which horse liniment should you choose? Corona Liniment aids in temporarily addressing muscle soreness and achy joints.
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  • Aids in temporarily reducing soreness, stiffness, and inflammation of muscles and achy joints
  • Our unique combination of Menthol and Eucalyptus help to stimulate circulation where applied
  • Contains botanical oils to help soothe and renew
  • The lotion stays in place making it easy to massage into muscles and legs
  • Compare our value to other horse liniments!
  • Available in a 16 oz. squeeze bottle

CLICK here to find a local Manna Pro Dealer carrying Corona near you! 

 

But you can minimize your horse’s risk in a variety of ways, including being careful about footing, taking time to warm up properly and avoiding working him to exhaustion. And these efforts don’t have to stop when you dismount. In fact, how you care for your horse’s legs after a workout can make a big difference in his short- and long-term soundness. - See more at:http://equusmagazine.com/article/postworkout-leg-care-27648#sthash.7dOsgcb8.dpuf
But you can minimize your horse’s risk in a variety of ways, including being careful about footing, taking time to warm up properly and avoiding working him to exhaustion. And these efforts don’t have to stop when you dismount. In fact, how you care for your horse’s legs after a workout can make a big difference in his short- and long-term soundness. - See more at:http://equusmagazine.com/article/postworkout-leg-care-27648#sthash.7dOsgcb8.dpuf
But you can minimize your horse’s risk in a variety of ways, including being careful about footing, taking time to warm up properly and avoiding working him to exhaustion. And these efforts don’t have to stop when you dismount. In fact, how you care for your horse’s legs after a workout can make a big difference in his short- and long-term soundness. - See more at:http://equusmagazine.com/article/postworkout-leg-care-27648#sthash.7dOsgcb8.dpuf
But you can minimize your horse’s risk in a variety of ways, including being careful about footing, taking time to warm up properly and avoiding working him to exhaustion. And these efforts don’t have to stop when you dismount. In fact, how you care for your horse’s legs after a workout can make a big difference in his short- and long-term soundness. - See more at: http://equusmagazine.com/article/postworkout-leg-care-27648#sthash.7dOsgcb8.dpuf
But you can minimize your horse’s risk in a variety of ways, including being careful about footing, taking time to warm up properly and avoiding working him to exhaustion. And these efforts don’t have to stop when you dismount. In fact, how you care for your horse’s legs after a workout can make a big difference in his short- and long-term soundness. - See more at: http://equusmagazine.com/article/postworkout-leg-care-27648#sthash.7dOsgcb8.dpuf
Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler

Gabby Gufler graduated from Truman State University in 2013 with a BS in Animal Science & Nutrition and a minor in Equine Science. Gabby currently works on Manna Pro’s marketing team, and enjoys competing regularly with her six horses.

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