MUSCLE – Recovery of muscles and tendons
MUSCLE is a massage cream for horses without perfume, but with a high content of Japanese peppermint oil. The care product is free of parabens and preservatives.
Peppermint oil has a warming effect on the skin, which is especially activated during the massage. After finishing the massage, the peppermint oil will have a cooling effect on the area. The combination of heat and cold has a soothing effect on muscles, joints, tendons and local swellings.
- Cooling effect
- Warming effect during massage
- Relieves sore muscles and joints
- Muscles and tendons recover faster
- Without perfume, parabens and preservatives
- 500 ml.
WHY DOES “MUSCLE” WORK?
Peppermint is equal to Menthol. Maybe you know the cold feeling when you take a strong piece of menthol chewing gum into your mouth?
It is somewhat the same feeling when EQUUS CURA´s MUSCLE is applied to the horse’s skin. Menthol (peppermint) creates cold and can lower the skin’s temperature by up to 7 degrees, which helps to cool muscles and tendons faster after exercise.
While working (massaging) the cream, it will seem warm as soon as the touch stops, you will immediately feel your hand get cold. The same is felt by the horse on the applied area.
This heat / cold change, helps to increase blood circulation and not least reduce fluid and blood accumulations and thereby reduces swelling and achieves a faster recovery.
HORSE IN SPORT – RESTIUITION
Competition horses are pressed to the maximum during the competition season, where they must constantly perform their best. It is therefore extremely important to focus on recovery. Restoration of the horse does not mean pause, but it does mean rest. However, it is important that the horse still gets exercise so that it does not become unnecessarily stiff in tendons and muscles.
You know it for sure from yourself, when you have been out for a long walk the day before, or lifted heavy weights in the gym, you can experience sore and tired muscles the next day. It’s the same feeling our horses get after a hard workout.
Just as we take breaks when we are tired in the body, we must also make sure our horse gets it. It ensures a horse that can keep in the sport for many years. Maybe you should consider “only” riding your horse hard max 2-3 times a week, and then provide loosening and variety the other days?
HOW TO ENSURE THE BEST REFUND
On the day when the horse has performed, it is a good idea to take extra good care of his horse. This is best done by stepping it off for a long time, with the horse walking long and deep. Once the horse is saddled, you can use EQUUS CURA´s MUSCLE, which helps muscles and tendons to recover faster. The product increases blood circulation, which relieves fluid retention and swelling, in addition, it helps to cool muscles and tendons faster.
The day after a hard training, or a competition where the horse performs to the maximum for a longer period of time, your horse needs rest in the muscle groups it has used. It is therefore a good idea to do something COMPLETELY the next day. It could for example be a ride in the woods, long work or maybe some boom training or a little jump?
It is really important to emphasize that recovery does not mean the horse has to stand completely still. It is just important that the muscle groups that the horse used the day before are allowed to loosen up and relax.
FEEDING AND REFUND
If the horse is to perform to the maximum, alpha omega is required. With the right feed, you and your horse will achieve faster and better results, so you should not compromise on this if you want a horse in top shape.
Vitamins E and proteins for horse muscles are important. Vitamin E boosts the horse’s immune system, which is extra exposed in competition horses, and relieves the accumulation of waste products in the body. Protein equals muscle, and muscle equals a strong horse. In addition, proteins help the body recover faster.
Electrolytes I think all horse owners have heard of. It is one of the most widely used supplement products and is given extensively to many horses. Electrolytes help to stabilize the fluid and salt balance, which may be necessary especially in sports horses, as these horses often sweat during their demanding training.
Salt evaporates in sweat, which is why it is necessary to offer your horse electrolytes or other types of salt. Salts are important for the restoration of the body. Electrolytes increase the urge to drink in horses, and thus also help to build up a good fluid balance.
Your horse MUCH needs fiber for digestion. This should not be underestimated, and not at all after training where the digestive system needs something to work on. By giving your horse a high-fiber diet after training, you reduce the risk of stomach ulcers and colic while deceiving a good intestinal flora. Fiber is long-lasting energy that your horse needs both before, during and especially after training.
Get wiser on recovery and read i.a. how Cathrine Dufour recovers her horses here.
PREVENT TENSE INJURIES IN HORSES
Late injuries are one of the most common injuries sports horses incur. It is too obvious that we as horse owners should take this seriously – not least for the sake of the horse.
As described above, recovery, feeding and varied training are important when you want a healthy and strong horse. In addition, it is important not to push the horse to exercises or obstacles that it does not yet have the strength to handle. Make sure to give your horse the right conditioning before training demanding exercises.
Repetition upon repetition is a rock-solid path to a tendon injury. When the muscles are tired, the risk of a tendon injury increases.
Trim / shoe your horse regularly. Horses that have long distances are unbalanced and have a significantly higher risk of tendon injuries. In addition, it can be a good idea to ride on varied surfaces, as this stimulates the horse’s awareness of where it puts its legs, and in addition it stimulates joints and tendons.