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    07-23-2013, 07:42 PM
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Showing
Poultice: Why and Do you?

I'm still learning about different horse-health related things.

I know what a poultice is however do other people poultice their horse's legs after a hard workout? And what would you call a horse workout?

Also what does poulticing do?

After every workout I make sure to cool my horse off properly, take their leg wraps off and gently massage the cannon bones but that's about it. My horse doesn't have any leg issues.

Are there other things that work just as well?

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    07-23-2013, 08:27 PM
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Trained
I poultice rumor after she is worked 'harder then normal' which doesnt take much. After all the issues I had, I take every precaution I can to make sure her leg is well taken care of.

She has arthritis in her hock, small amount, but still can cause her issues. She is on an oral supplement, pentosan im injections and ill poultice here and there if I notice some swelling. I have a clay based version and its very messy. I also use back on track magnetic therapy on her.

Seems to be a good combination as I have a sound, healthy and happy horse.
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    07-23-2013, 08:42 PM
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Green Broke
I used to for my mare Josie after competitions. Having a bum knee and navicular in all four feet caused huuuge problems for her for years...always a losing battle.

And then going and working 8+ hours would take its toll so I did whatever I could to make sure she was never misused and abused so to speak.

In summer I would hose off her legs after workouts and put linament on. And she got next level every night.
     
    07-23-2013, 09:07 PM
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Yearling
After workouts, I usually cool off by hand walking, but if we've had a longer, or harder, or jumping workout I'll put Witch Hazel on Nell's legs. I only poultice when there's swelling.
     
    07-23-2013, 09:34 PM
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Green Broke
I ride at home at least 4 days a week but when I go to the trainers I do all those things plus work the flag and usually work at least one cow or buffalo. That means harder stops and turns. After that I will put on some Ice Tight and wrap.
     
    07-24-2013, 01:58 AM
  #6
Yearling
Vet told me to always ice before a tough workout, as well as after. And has always told me that over-doing it with a horses legs can cause them to be dependent on that type of care. So when I jump big I usually only ice and wrap. As BornToRun, I only poultice when there's heat/swelling.
     
    07-24-2013, 02:22 AM
  #7
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Oxer    
vet told me to always ice before a tough workout, as well as after. And has always told me that over-doing it with a horses legs can cause them to be dependent on that type of care. So when I jump big I usually only ice and wrap. As BornToRun, I only poultice when there's heat/swelling.
Wouldn't icing before working defeat the purpose of warming up? Instead of making my muscles loose it should tighten them right? I'm sorry if I sound ignorant here, I'm just curious :)

To Sky: I would usually just hose my horse's legs if I felt like he worked pretty hard.
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    07-24-2013, 05:50 PM
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Showing
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Originally Posted by Oxer    
vet told me to always ice before a tough workout, as well as after. And has always told me that over-doing it with a horses legs can cause them to be dependent on that type of care. So when I jump big I usually only ice and wrap. As BornToRun, I only poultice when there's heat/swelling.
That's an interesting point!

I feel I'll only poultice or apply a liniment after we have worked really hard. At the moment he is just getting back into shape (I'm not there, my friend is) and working on his canter but nothing more than that.

Thank you for all the submissions
     
    07-25-2013, 01:40 AM
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Yearling
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Originally Posted by LovesMyDunnBoy    
Wouldn't icing before working defeat the purpose of warming up? Instead of making my muscles loose it should tighten them right? I'm sorry if I sound ignorant here, I'm just curious :)Posted via Mobile Device
I have no idea! I don't ever ice my horses legs. Just something my vet has always said that we jumper folks should be doing.
My horse is a pretty sturdy paint mix... so I don't fuss over his legs too much.
     
    07-25-2013, 01:51 AM
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Trained
BOT is not magnetic - it's IR heat therapy.
I like the BOT for increasing circulation which imo is important, but after a hard workout it is important to cool the legs down. Ice vibe boots are great - but so is cold hosing.

Poulticing is great for drawing out an abscess - my vet has never recommended me to poultice legs...
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