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Daily Muscle Therapy Promotes Optimal Performance in Sport Horses
Equine Resources International, LLC
2007)—Sport horses often suffer from stress and muscle fatigue brought on by training sessions, competitions or travel. If not carefully managed, these hard-working athletes may develop soreness or discomfort that can lead to lackluster performance—or risk possible injury. Keeping muscles loose and supple, both before and after exercise, is vital to maintaining a horse’s ability to perform strenuous activities and support optimum performance.
Liniments aid muscle recovery by stimulating the flow of blood to cells within the area of application. Increased blood flow helps to remove metabolic by-products (such as lactic acid) that may cause soreness, reduce swelling and provide muscles with nutrients needed to repair damaged cells. Absorbine muscle care products, such as Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, Bigeloil® Liniment and RefreshMint® Body Wash and Brace, all utilize time-tested formulas that contain natural ingredients to alleviate soreness in tired muscles and improve blood circulation. As an added benefit, Absorbine Veterinary Liniment and Bigeloil have antiseptic properties to soothe minor skin irritations—such as those caused by insect bites.
“The use of liniment increases blood flow, which can encourage the removal of toxins and the tissue repair process,” said Dr. Harry Hayes, Vice President of Research and Development at W.F. Young, Inc. “Treating horses with Absorbine Veterinary Liniment may help to reduce any discomfort or soreness the equine athlete experiences both during and after exercise.”
Absorbine Veterinary Liniment can be used both before and after training sessions to promote healthy blood flow and circulation. Applying liniment to the legs, shoulders and flanks as part of a warm-up routine will help muscles become more relaxed and elastic. The area under the saddle pad should not be treated to prevent excess heat or blistering. Following a workout, liniment may be applied directly or diluted with water as a body brace to affected muscle groups. A full-body rinse with a liniment brace is especially useful for washing away dirt and sweat while refreshing tired muscles. To achieve the full therapeutic effect, riders should cover their horses with a light blanket and lightly wrap legs with a breathable material—which can also help to prevent “stocking up.” Similarly, a liniment brace can be used under porous shipping wraps to protect legs from strain and swelling during shipping.
By increasing blood flow, liniment can also be an effective therapy to aid healing from injuries. Following the initial 24 hours post-injury, treatment with liniment may be used two to three times a day to support tissue repair. In the event of an injury, horse owners should consult with their veterinarian before starting a course of treatment.
“Absorbine Veterinary Liniment is backed by 115 years of use and countless recommendations from professional and amateur equine enthusiasts,” said Jaime D. McKinley, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at W.F. Young, Inc. “This liniment is so effective that it led our founders to create Absorbine Jr.®, which is one of the top selling external analgesics for humans worldwide. Riders were so impressed by the effects of Absorbine Veterinary Liniment that they began to tell us that they used the product on themselves!”
Marketed by W. F. Young, Inc., Absorbine products are available nationwide in tack shops, farm supply stores, and catalogs. Founded in 1892, W. F. Young, Inc. has provided over a century of quality health care products for the equine industry. From its headquarters in East Longmeadow, MA, the company is committed to extending this heritage into the new century. For a dealer near you or for more information, visit www.absorbine.com.