By Stacy Bromley Cheetham, MPA
Winter is upon us and while your riding routine may have slowed down, your winter horse care regimen is just beginning to pick up. Knowing how to take care of a horse in the winter time and to address injuries that often occur when horses spend more of their time inside is crucial. Utilizing a tool like the Posture Prep cross- fiber massage tool in your holistic wound care routine can help make all the difference. (It is important to note that sometimes medicine is needed and that you should always consult your vet.)
The Benefits of Massage
Massaging tissue around a wound draws oxygenated blood to the area, increasing circulation and encouraging tissue regrowth, while also reducing inflammation and stiffness. Massaging can also help break up knots or areas of tension in the muscles and help increase mobility in those areas. The Posture Prep tool is a perfect aid for this – one tool will help a single horse for six months before needing to be replaced with an economical refill. The Posture Prep wellness tool is specifically designed with your horse in mind to keep the myofascial system functioning efficiently and effectively, allowing for good posture and strong biomechanics.
The Healing Power of Mother Nature
There are a number of studies that suggest homeopathy through the use of herbs and oils prove useful in treating wounds. Honey, for example, has antibacterial properties as well as positively impacting the healing process of the wound. Aloe Vera has long been known for its healing properties, as anyone who has experienced sunburn would know. Another great healer is Wild Sage, which can help increase circulation.
Magnets and Stimulation
Non-invasive techniques for helping to speed your horse’s recovery time can also include modalities such as electromagnetic units; think blankets, boots or other items that you place over your horse with the express purpose of decreasing inflammation. Another item on your list to investigate should be something called Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) – this modality reduces swelling and assists wound healing by stimulating the top layer of the skin, by attracting white blood cells (which fight infection), and stimulating nerve function.
There are numerous benefits to a holistic approach to wound care; such as eliminating chemicals and exposure to toxins, potentially eliminating pain and bad reactions to stinging medicines. Keep in mind that some wounds do require the use of advanced medical treatment and you should always consult your veterinarian. Investing in a tool that can help aid in holistic care like the the Posture Prep Cross-Fiber Grooming Tool can not only help heal your horse, it can also help make those long wintry days stuck inside the barn a great, warming opportunity to bond with your horse.