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post #1 of 16 Old 12-30-2009, 11:45 PM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 16 Old 12-31-2009, 08:15 AM
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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

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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!

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I use Bigleoil on myself too lol

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post #5 of 16 Old 12-31-2009, 09:24 AM
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I have heard about ppl who have taken liniment on their horses hooves to make them grow faster. It works.
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post #6 of 16 Old 12-31-2009, 11:19 AM
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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!

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post #7 of 16 Old 12-31-2009, 10:05 PM
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Originally Posted by qtrhrsecrazy View Post
I use Bigleoil on myself too lol
Nice! As do I I'm also fond of green cool!

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post #8 of 16 Old 12-31-2009, 10:12 PM
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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...
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Production_Acres - THANK YOU!!! That sort of technical answer is just what I was looking for.
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post #10 of 16 Old 01-03-2010, 08:11 PM
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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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