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post #1 of 19 Old 05-07-2012, 05:34 PM Thread Starter
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OK endurance gurus....

How do you treat your horse after a long ride?

What kind of routine do you follow? Leg and joint care (liniments, bute, etc)? Post ride bath? Hoof care (poultice)?

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post #2 of 19 Old 05-07-2012, 09:39 PM
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For me, it depends on the ride.

For most 50s, I don't do anything to Dream herself immediately after a ride other than make sure she is comfortable in terms of temperature (I may blanket at a ride whereas she is never blanketed at home) and get her as clean as possible (to remove all the sweat and trail grime). Once we are home, she will get a week to 10 days off from any riding to just relax in the pasture.

After 100s (or if its been a particularly hard 50), I do apply clay poultice to all 4 legs from the elbows/stifles down. Same care in terms of temperature and cleaning. Once we are home, she gets 2-3 weeks off to be a horse in the pasture.

No NSAIDS. No change in feed.


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PH13 thanks for the feedback.
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Anyone else?

I'd really like to learn more about this.
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i haven't competed yet but after my condition events that are mock events of 25/30 miles. i sponge my horse down completely and then towel dry him to loosen all the dirty and sweat off of him. then a quick brush and the cooler until he drys.
while he is drying off i rub sore no more or any horse version of biofreeze/icey hot onto the legs shoulders,hind, neck and chest area then let him eat , drink and relax while i clean everything else up.

i like to give my guy 1 bottle of red gatorade after the ride as electroyles instead of the horse electrolytes i am using since it is something different and gets him more interested in eating and drinking.

otherwise i just let him be until i am ready to load up and head home
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Thanks kait.

All, I'm not an endurance rider but some of the events that I plan on participating in this year (hunter paces, horse trials) are more strenous than just dressage and jumping in an arena.

So in an effort to become a better horseman, I'm picking your brains for things to do to make the horse more comfortable after a somewhat short (6 - 10 mile) but relatively taxing (60% canter/40% trot) effort.
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I rarely go more than 6 - 10 miles these days. I used to do a lot of 25's. The main aftercare that I do is to walk the horse until she is cool and then I hose her off with water to remove all the sweat. I have problems with the skin if I leave her sweaty.

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Thanks kait.

All, I'm not an endurance rider but some of the events that I plan on participating in this year (hunter paces, horse trials) are more strenous than just dressage and jumping in an arena.

So in an effort to become a better horseman, I'm picking your brains for things to do to make the horse more comfortable after a somewhat short (6 - 10 mile) but relatively taxing (60% canter/40% trot) effort.

Is the horse you will be riding your normal eventing mount? If so, then listen to what s/he tells you. I would imagine you are already very in-tune to one another if you can survive jumping a xcountry course ().

If the horse is fit for the work, it won't be overly taxing. I have only done a couple hunter paces (and we went around 95% of the jumps!!), but most people seemed to ride reasonably and their horses didn't look any worse for wear afterwards. I would think whatever your normal post-event routine would be could work for after a pace or trial.


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Got it. Thanks.

I do like the idea of Sore No More or some liniment rubs afterwards.
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I do like the idea of Sore No More or some liniment rubs afterwards.
I need the liniment more than the horse does after a ride............

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