EC Question of the Week:
We recently asked our readers to tell us what their after-care routines are at the end of a show day – especially at longer circuits.
As always, we can depend on our readers for an abundance of knowledge and ideas! Read on to see what they do:
Blue lotion (Neale mctarnahans) or poltice, wrap legs. Sometimes also use a vibrating sheet depending on the level of work done.
PEMF and Back On Track. My horse has a full BOT wardrobe.
Bemer treatment and or Game Ready. A lot can be said for a good bath; water and a good scrub do a lot for the body. I’m a huge fan of a good hand walk, especially outside if they are indoors most of the time like at SouthPoint, OKC, etc. Day light and fresh air can do a lot. Standing wraps if they are on cement, I get puffy and sore without compression socks after a long day, they deserve the same concept.
Kelley Claire Stannard
hand walks/wine walks do wonders. 🥰
It depends on how long the show is and if we are jumping or not. But with a long hard schedule we pack front feet, poultice and wrap legs, use liniment body wash, back on track sheets for a couple of hours, and will do pemf once or twice for a long show. If it’s a shorter show we may do none of that, or only a portion depending on how the horse is feeling.
Depending how hard the day was… cold hosing legs & a full wash, poultice legs or blue lotion joints and wrapping. Bute or banamine if it really seems needed. Cloud boots or soft rides too. I don’t like leaving hock or knee wraps on overnight, so if used, only for a few hours…. And a few cookies in their dinner for a good days work. 🍪💕
Kaylee K. Bandy
BEMER! It makes such a huge difference for both equine and human athlete.
Biggest thing… REST! In the summer a nice cold close and scrape. I do like the BOT Hock boots!
Ice cream…a good bath, back on track and a theraplate (he gets this in the morning before showing, throughout the day and in the evening).
poultice, cold hose, wraps, Magnawave.
Kathy L Murphy
I bathe and cold hose her legs!
Normally we poultice and wrap all 4 legs and pack the front feet. Sometimes at longer circuits we will poultice there back. If there is a person that is pulsing we will have that done as well.
I add Absorbine liniment to the washing mixture I use, cold hose their legs, keep electrolytes added to their water, and let them rest.
Kristin Ashley Tullis
PEMF, a good hose down in warm weather and a good brushing in cold weather, sore no more, standing wraps, clean stall, fluffy shavings and plenty of hay and then leave them be so they can rest up ❤️
Treats and turn out to relax and just be a horse. 💜
Not so much after care as all day care. Clean water, small amounts of feed throughout the day, making sure they get back to their stall in between classes, unsaddling if time, some scratches, $ mini massages to keep them happy.
Red Light therapy (we have the gospel ones and equicare bell boots) and Liniment
I like my BOT products before they show.
Kay Osborne Haines
No matter how late it was when we got home from a show, we always put him on a lunge line, went to our outdoor pen, and he would roll multiple times. He always loved that!!
I love the Back on Track USA standing wraps!!!
A nice bath, liniment, magnawave, and back on track products !
A solid exercise program to keep in good working shape, routine Adequan and Magnawave, portable stall mats at every show, a good cold hose, hand walk around the grounds especially if I can find soft ground, extra bedding, lots of good quality hay, and possibly Bute since he’s an old man. We will also standing bandage if he seems to be sore but normally don’t because he runs hot.
I like to cold hose or ice boot them, then go on a nice hand walk/graze to give their brain a break too. After that, sometimes I’ll poultice and wrap them. However, I always groom, give a cookie and tell them they’re pretty (lol). Then I put their Jammie’s on and tuck them in for the night and leave them alone! I always allow their brain a break, but sometimes less is more in my opinion, so if they don’t need “doctored up” I refrain from it.
Ashley Wilson Hammer
Ice & poultice end of day.
Bemer beginning of day.
Adriana R Grimm
A good grooming, a few treats, legs wraps, some type of mud or lineament,(we travel with a Magna wave so that, too).
In the summer time I brush her, rinse her, put her jammies on then I clean her stall and make sure it’s nice and fluffy and fill her buckets up with fresh water and fill her hay bag for the night! And of course leave her be to lay down and sleep for the night. ❤️
Back on Track and magnesium oil spray and sometimes my ice boots.
PEMF, poultice w/standing wraps overnight. And my BOT wraps, too!
MagnaWave, liniment with BOT sheet and wraps, poultice sometimes, mash of cubes for their belly with constant comfort and electrolytes. Love spending time at the stalls with them.
Good brushing. Ice Vibe boots followed with poultice and wraps. Draw it Out spray where it’s needed. Fluffy stall, Plenty of hay and leave them be. 🥰
We love our liniment, lux wraps, and most importantly are the treats!!!
Bath with liniment rub down.
Pack feet with magic cushion.
Back on track.
And a serving of Handimash.
Plus a deep bedded stall – I want my kids to rest.
Mary Lou Spaull
Green Vigor liniment on body/cold hosing legs, hand walk and grazing while drying off, and a nice deep bed of shavings
Darian Sullivan Bode
Rinse in the summer/groom with cowboy magic spot remover in the winter, BOT standing wraps, BOT sheet if not too hot in the barn, dose of ulcergard, rubbing alcohol in a spray bottle for wet legs/cooling effect or poultice, and a good night routine of full hay bags, water buckets, clean stalls. 😊
Cheryl Melody Grove
After every riding session both at the barn and before bedtime at shows I give my horse a full body massage. First I spray his neck, topline, and legs with Natural Release Muscle and Joint then I rub it in so it permeates his epidermis. I’ll also use the gel on his joints. I then follow up with a light massage with a pulsating massage gun on a low setting. He yawns, stretches to me and I can visually see the release of tension in his entire body. The regiment has helped me identify specific areas to watch like a windpuff I might have missed that may need wrapping. But more than that the bonding time defines my relationship with him and this transfers to my groundwork and under-saddle communication with him. Lastly, I drop 5 to 6 Outlast treats in his bucket to soak up excess gastric acid from the workout.
Incrediwear exercise wraps, after riding leave them on while you hose your horse off and they get icy cold, a Magnawave session (also good for me), saltwater therapy every few days, wrap legs at night with DAC poultice, pack feet at night with magic cushion, and a couple peppermints for a job well done.
I start by rinsing off any sweat, dust, or grooming sprays that may have been applied throughout the day. That way, she doesn’t feel grimy. At the longer shows, we tend to have a day where we aren’t showing, so I take her bands out and scratch her neck (her favorite). This gives her a little break from wearing the slinky constantly. Banding takes me about 30 minutes, so I am happy to redo them so that my mare can relax for a night. My horse does really well with Back On Track, so she wears a full outfit of the poll cover, hock wraps, leg wraps, and a sheet if it’s not too warm. She also gets her Soft Ride boots, which I have found keep her legs feeling fresh even on the last day of a long show. Some other things I love to do are: Sore No More under my show pad, take her for lots of walks because she is used to turnout, take her grazing, Bemer therapy if someone has a sheet available, and continuously fluff her shavings throughout the day. And of course, she has a hay net in front of her face at all times. Keeping my horse feeling her best is something I take very seriously, and I take great pride in the care of my horse.
Blue lotion, PEMF, poltice wraps, Lux, soft rides at shows/rodeos & on the trailer, Jack’s leg soakers, & lots of treats. 💝
Day off( or two) depending on age and how good they were; mud on what needs mudding; turnout; Equivibe, bodywork if needed.💕🐴
Grains & Manes Farm Equine Massage Therapy
There are many cooldown strategies, such as a TheraPlate and high-intensity PEMF sessions, but I’ve found the most overlooked is simply Icing. Hay, Hydration and Electrolyte supplementation on the nutrition side.
Catherine de Coster
Cryotherapy! Total body-inflammatory treatment leading to a great night of sleep.
Leah Womack Roehl
At the end of each show day – liniment rinse, absorbing gel on legs, 1g butte, and ulcer guard. Bemer every few days.
Back at home – turnout and equal amount of days off as the show length (3 day show = 3 days off)
Leg brace or poultice back legs all the way up to stifles and wrap lower legs. Pulse or Beamer if someone is offering services. Chiropractor depending on length of show and who is there. Also brace on front legs and back .
Soft rides, quilts and polos with liniment sprayed on the tendon.
Bute is a must.
A few days of rest after a long show.
PEMF, a hose down, and Soft Rides or Back on Track standing wraps
Nancy Luckasavage Griffin
Ulcergard during the show, free choice hay and lots of shavings.
Back on track everything.
After a long show day, green jelly the legs, and then at least dry wrap if not poultice and standing wraps! We always bemer throughout the day, and will usually try to find someone to magnawave at night! Treats are very important (in my horse’s case, carrots and sweet potatoes!).
Jennifer A. Sharpnack
Magna wave, mane and tail bags, bot wraps, sleazy.
Turn them out and let them roll.
LONG walks, when hosing let the cold water drizzle over their legs for like 5-10 minutes, stretch while drying and allowing horse to graze/walk around, if in a stall over night poultice w standing wraps, if going out in paddock, immediately turn out of stretch/post hosing walk.
Bemer sessions spread out during the week
All the above! lol
Adam V. D’Agostino
Poultice, wraps (either no bows or BOT wraps), sometimes a liniment or brace depending on the horse.
Pulse PEMF! Equine & Equestrian Pulse Therapy LLC
PEMF, ice wraps and turnout.
Good body rub and set up all four legs.
Leslie Draper Saunders
MagnaWave Corporate – Wellness and Pain Relief PEMF & Red Light.
Pulse PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy. Pulseworx Pulseworx PEMF Buy/Sell.