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Bowed Tendons and Massage

Bowed tendons are most common in horses that work at speed. The inflammation and swelling is caused by rupture of tendon fibers. Aside from speed, other contributing factors are fatigue, poor conditioning, poor footing, poor shoeing, poor conformation…

Often with veterinary problems, there is too much to worry about (icing, medication, stall rest, etc.) to think about muscle spasms and compensations that may affect the outcome of the rehabilitation. The horse may recover, but never move as well as it did before the injury. This may be a sign that there are tight muscles and body work may be the answer.

When a horse is on stall rest and coming back to work, they are often given sedation and muscle relaxers so they don’t hurt themselves and others. Muscle relaxers and pain medication will relax all the muscles and mask problems, but as soon as they wear off, all the muscles will return to their state of tension.

Along with body work, cold laser therapy is wonderful for a bowed tendon, which by definition is inflammation (either acute or chronic) of the tendon fibers. Products such as Traumeel, DMSO, and Transfer Factor can also help greatly in the recovery process.

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Why I Love the Product Traumeel

I was introduced to Traumeel by Lyn Simard, a horse trainer in Oregon. She had a massive, deep purple bruise on her leg. She rubbed on some Traumeel, and the next day when I saw her, the bruise was gone. That was 20 years ago, and I’ve been using it ever since. It is mostly comprised of Arnica, but contains other healing herbs as well.

I had an experience recently that reinforced my loyalty to this product. I was at the May Woodside Horse Trials with several clients. One is a chunky (about 900 lbs) pony and his then 10 year old, very light weight, rider. Let’s just say she weighs around 70 lbs. She was warming up on Thursday, the day before her dressage test, when her pony slipped and fell on top of her. In his struggle to get back up, he rolled over her three or four times, with his saddle on. He could not seem to get up off of her. Luckily, there was a firefighter right there at the arena, and he ran in, and helped the pony to his feet. I feared the worst for the rider and for the pony too. It appeared that miraculously they were both just bruised. The only blood  flowing came  from a torn cuticle! We slathered the little girls’ bruises with Traumeel. I went over the pony and found what I feared might be a torn muscle in his shoulder. It turned out to just be swelling from where the saddle had dug in as he rolled around.  We put Traumeel there too. The next day, they both were good to go. While it was not the best show for either one of them, they managed to finish on a number.