(EMAILWIRE.COM, November 20, 2015 ) Johannesburg -- According to the information officer of Friends of Iceman whether you are an avid jockey with a prize winning horse or a horse trainer. Maybe even a showjumper or novice who rides on the occasion. No matter your skill level your horses means the most to you and keeping them in tip-top shape should be the only priority you have.
He comments, "So what do horses and Rugby players have in common? Well, INJURIES! Anything from bumps and bruises to torn tendons and damaged joints can side line your beloved
Understanding the common types of sports horse injuries can help increase your awareness to these problems, how to void them and how to help your horse recover from them. You want to end your horse's career before it even starts now would you?"
He added that, "These injuries will happen across the disciplines but some types do occur more frequently in certain sports. Like for example jumping, speed and uneven ground of show jumpers and racers are in serious contention for sudden and severe injuries as the horse might land awkwardly from a jump or sets his hoof down on rough ground resulting in torn tendons and ligaments.
Other sports like dressage for example does not introduce your horse to hard hitting jumps but repetitive stress of the sport places strain on them. This leads to muscle soreness, microscopic tears in ligaments and join problems.
This pain can become chronic and ultimately limits what your horse can do." He explained that once a horse has been injured bringing it back from the injury proves to be very frustrating. "The damage is hard to asses, there are no set in stone guidelines to recovery as no two injuries are the same and well you just do not have the knowhow. Luckily here are some outlines for the common injuries you may face:
The Suspensory Ligament has a job to support the ankle joint. Overloading the leg can cause the suspensory to give way. Even a mild one may soon lead to further damage if not treated. Repeated stress may in fact rupture the ligament or even fracture the bone as it tears away.
The deep digital flexor tendon has a job to flex the leg, but it also plays a support role at the heel. Injuries to the tendon or DDFT Damage is very common in race horses. It occurs when the tendon stretches very taut and if the stress of the weight on the horse's heel at the moment of break over is too much can tear or pull fibres away from hoof wall. It also can become chronically inflamed and thickened from repeated stress.
Bone bruises occur mostly in the foot and ankle where those parts undergo tremendous force and microscopic damage to it causes internal bleeding, swelling and fluid build-up within the bone. Many vets will recommend a Cool Down. Cold therapy has seen to work well in most of these injuries especially to alleviate swelling and provide ultimate pain relief.
This is why Friends of Iceman Muscle Cooling Gel is the number one choice for a pain relief gel, anti-inflammatory gel and Best cooling gel for horses! The arnica cooling properties and menthol infused herbs have been developed to work wonders, its the best cooling gel for horses. It should always be on hand when you take your horse out riding," he clarified. For more information visit http://friendsoficeman.co.za/
About Friends of Iceman,:
The Friends of Iceman gel is the number one cooling gel in South Africa. It was formulated by Bill Quin in 1996. The gel can be applied on horses and humans and it is the best pain reliever for diverse challenges such as arthritis, minor bruises, aches, muscle pain and joint pain. When applied to the skin, it provides the same cooling benefit as water.
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