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    12-31-2009, 12:45 AM
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Weanling
What is the point of liniment?

For pretty much as long as I can remember, I have used liniment gel on horse's ankles after a strenuous workout, or a bit of bath liniment in water to sponge them off after a hard day at a show, but it just sort of occurred to me recently, what is liniment actually supposed to do?

Thanks!
~Sarah
     
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    12-31-2009, 09:15 AM
  #2
Weanling
Stimulates blood circulation - resulting in quicker healing, less bruising, quicker muscle recovery - basically it dialates the capillaries in the blood vessels making blood flow easier and quicker
     
    12-31-2009, 09:15 AM
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Started
Here's a good article:
Liniment - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

We keep some on hand if the horses get stiff or sore. Dad even borrows it sometimes for his sore knee!
     
    12-31-2009, 09:48 AM
  #4
Weanling
I use Bigleoil on myself too lol
     
    12-31-2009, 10:24 AM
  #5
Foal
I have heard about ppl who have taken liniment on their horses hooves to make them grow faster. It works.
     
    12-31-2009, 12:19 PM
  #6
Foal
I agree about making hooves grow! Lol. I use the stuff daily on about 6-7 horses. Man, my finger nails grow SOOO FAST from applying it to their legs!
     
    12-31-2009, 11:05 PM
  #7
Weanling
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Originally Posted by qtrhrsecrazy    
I use Bigleoil on myself too lol
Nice! As do I I'm also fond of green cool!
     
    12-31-2009, 11:12 PM
  #8
Foal
It's very refreshing and can help speed recovery of muscles. I use it on my young horse and it helps relax his muscles and cool him down. It is the same with humans, if we pull a muscle we put icy hot on our joints to help loosen the muscles up and work out all of the knots. Same concept with horses...
     
    01-03-2010, 06:40 PM
  #9
Weanling
Production_Acres - THANK YOU!!! That sort of technical answer is just what I was looking for.
     
    01-03-2010, 09:11 PM
  #10
Trained
Just be careful that you aren't bandaging it because you can end up severely blistering horses with this stuff. I only ever use it diluted and rinse it off immediately.

Anyone else ever lit it on fire?? :P Great fire starter.
     

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