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  • What to do about blisters and burns on my horse
  • Accidently blistered my horse with linement

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    11-12-2013, 08:46 AM
  #11
Weanling
Actually, the standard treatment for strains and sprains is cold, not heat. RICE - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

Applying heat during the acute stage will increase swelling and pain. Increasing the blood flow to the area will flood the tissue due to the damage done to the small blood vessels when they were injured or strained. Liniment can cool the legs down due to the alcohol evaporating but not if bandages are wrapped over them.

Heat is recommended to be applied after the first 24 hours. *source - first aid books, veterinary text books and vet advice when my horses have been injured, doctors advice on how to treat my own injuries due to me being a clutz, 10 years experience as a volunteer surf life saver and having both my senior first aid certificate and advanced resuscitation certificate.*
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    11-12-2013, 10:21 AM
  #12
Yearling
You're right..got it backwards. :). Rather than goof again I found this:

Liniments and Poultices for Sore Horses
     
    11-12-2013, 12:06 PM
  #13
Green Broke
Before a hard workout, I put on their Back On Track quick wraps for an hour or two to increase circulation. Also works great when horses need to be stalled at shows, to help with stocking up.

After a hard workout, I cold hose the legs (if at a show where I don't have access to a cold hose, I have ice boots). Then I spray the legs down with an alcohol/witch hazel mixture.
     
    11-15-2013, 04:38 PM
  #14
Foal
Where I show I occasionally see the "big trotters" and such put liniment on and wrap!
     
    11-16-2013, 07:08 PM
  #15
Weanling
When I used to ride and show jumpers, I would wrap the horses legs after a jumping lesson. Many liniments can cause burning/blistering though. So I always sprayed rubbing alcohol on my horses legs and then wrapped them. I would only use a true liniment as a stand alone, after a hard ride on the flat. I had a friend accidentally burn her horse when she used Bigeloil on her horse with wraps on.
     
    11-18-2013, 11:28 PM
  #16
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Before a hard workout, I put on their Back On Track quick wraps for an hour or two to increase circulation. Also works great when horses need to be stalled at shows, to help with stocking up.

After a hard workout, I cold hose the legs (if at a show where I don't have access to a cold hose, I have ice boots). Then I spray the legs down with an alcohol/witch hazel mixture.

I do similar, though I just switched from Back on Track to Draper Therapies (because their stuff is washer and dryer safe and increases circulation without the add'l heat that BOT stuff can sometimes cause). My horse gets wrapped the night before a show, with his Draper Therapies Anti-Sweat sheet on and if it's chilly, his wool stable sheet over that.

If he works hard at the show, I'll wrap him in the Draper again after to promote circulation and recovery (though he usually prefers to just head out to the field to roll and play for a little while before heading to the stall for the night). If the footing was hard or it was a longer show, then he'll get wrapped afterwards whether he wants to be or not
     
    11-20-2013, 10:22 AM
  #17
Foal
Certain liniments are for wrapping over and others you should NOT wrap over (this will lead to blisters and burns). Make sure you read the instructions!!!! I used to be an avid liniment then wrapper. BUT in the last few years I've changed my methods. As an avid runner I would NEVER put a heating agent on my joint/ligaments after a hard workout, or soak in a hot tub. Like someone posted before, heat is not good directly after a hard workout or injury (this can increase swelling and add to injury and slow down recovery time). So why was I putting them on my horse? I've taken to cold hosing or cold poulticing (which I'll support wrap after) after a hard ride or jumping lesson. My favorite thing to do is cold hose and then turn out my horse. Having the horse able to walk around after is such a great way to spead recovery and keep the good blood flow going to those joints and ligaments!!!
     
    01-27-2014, 12:56 PM
  #18
Green Broke
I didn't even know about the whole wrapping and lineament thing until my neighbor moved in two years ago. She has Standardbreds and they always get wrapped after a workout or after a race. Her show horse (western pleasure) was always wrapped too. The one time my mare went lame she put a clay like lineament on her and wrapped her and I kid you not the next day she was sound as could be again.
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    01-29-2014, 12:51 AM
  #19
Weanling
I never showed hard enough to see that sort of thing in the show ring, but I was always taught to hose the legs with cold water after a strenuous ride... be it a long endurance ride, hard schooling or what have you. Then he usually gets turned on the sand lot for a good roll ;)
     
    01-29-2014, 01:51 AM
  #20
Trained
When I am showing the horses are usually wrapped overnight (using BoT wraps) and post workout they are thoroughly walked and cooled out, and the legs cold hosed or iced.

At home, the legs are iced after a ride. If there are sore muscles - I use Sore No More liniment as it is free from harsh chemicals and has natural ingredients which will not test - MOST liniments will show up in a drug test!

Liniment and wrapping is a big no-no as it can cause some pretty nasty blistering and infections.

Basically in order to keep inflammation down you want to keep the horse moving as much as possible, have them on good footing and surfaces ALWAYS. Even at a show if the footing is not good, go home. I also have rubber mats that come with me to shows as well. Then worry about wrapping overnight to combat inflammation and increase circulation if they are not moving around as much (at a show). And post riding, the legs should be iced to reduce acute inflammation. As well, always use boots (if you must) that breath and don't hold heat! I wrap with Eskadron Climatex to keep the legs cool during workouts.
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