I’m excited about several things right now–number one, it’s spring! And even though there were snow flurries here in Oklahoma yesterday, I’m looking forward to warmer days just ahead and being able to get out and ride my horses more. And number two–I’m excited to announce my first giveaway on The Naturally Healthy Horse! Green Horse Organics, a family-owned company run by Nancy Lamb, has graciously donated a jar of their all-natural organic Healing Touch Muscle and Joint Liniment for one lucky reader to receive! More on that in a minute. . .
I’d like to talk a bit about muscle soreness in horses first. Even when I was a hard-core barrel racer, I gave my horses a couple months off in the winter and then started getting them back in shape just before spring. I think having time off is good for horses, (plus–I’m not a cold-weather person!) but a lay-off period means you’ll have to get your horse back into condition once again. And when our horses start using muscles that haven’t been worked in a while, soreness is a likely result. Even conditioned horses that are ridden over challenging terrain or participate in strenuous sports like barrel racing, show jumping, etc. are bound to experience some soreness as well.
Muscle soreness is natural occurence–it happens when our muscles experience micro-tears after increased or strenuous exercise and then work to repair themselves. We’ve likely all experienced it before. Although the muscle soreness will usually dissipate within a few days, there are several things we can do to help our horses feel better right away.
I prefer to go the natural route any time I can, so my go-to solutions for minor muscle soreness (as well as minor joint pain) are liniment, acupressure and/ or massage.
Here are a few acupressure points you can use for muscle soreness in horses: (To see acupressure technique, you might check out this post with a video.)
Stomach 2: located about midway between eye and nostril, relaxes muscles and tendons in the entire body. Used for pain relief.
Gallbladder 21: located on the last cervical (neck) vertebrae just in front of the scapula (shoulder blade), relieves shoulder and neck pain. Softens hard, tense muscles.
Gallbladder 30: located near the top and back part of the femur (if you press firmly with your palm, you should be able to feel the top of the femur), relieves hindquarter soreness, strengthens tendons.
Gallbladder 34: located in the space between the tibia and fibula (should be able to easily palpate the tips of these two bones), relaxes tenedons when there are muscle contractions, cramps, or spasms.
Bladder 60: located in the ‘dip’ just above the hock (the skinniest part of the hock), reduces pain and swelling throughout body, relaxes tendons and strengthens back.
Now, on to the giveaway! Here’s it is!
This is an all-natural, organic liniment that can be used on your horse or yourself.
Healing Touch Liniment contains healing herbs and botanicals that reduce pain, swelling, and bruising. The ingredients are MSM, Arnica Montana, L Arginine, California poppy, peppermint, Kava Kava, lavender, Passion Flower, and clove bud in a base of organic aloe vera. Nancy says it is also fantastic to use for body massage or as a leg brace.
Green Horse Organics also makes all-natural fly spray and other organic products for horses and people. They only use ”highest quality, natural, wild crafted, Fair Trade, and organic ingredients in their products. Check out their website and become a fan of their facebook page!
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment below telling how or when you use liniment on your horse(s). A winner will be chosen at random on Saturday, March 30th. You must be a U.S. resident to be eligible.
Ta-ta and good luck!