What is the point of liniment?

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    12-30-2009, 11:45 PM
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?

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    12-31-2009, 08:15 AM
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, 08:15 AM
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, 08:48 AM
I use Bigleoil on myself too lol
    12-31-2009, 09:24 AM
I have heard about ppl who have taken liniment on their horses hooves to make them grow faster. It works.
    12-31-2009, 11:19 AM
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, 10:05 PM
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, 10:12 PM
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, 05:40 PM
Production_Acres - THANK YOU!!! That sort of technical answer is just what I was looking for.
    01-03-2010, 08:11 PM
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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