How long do you give your horse between competitions? An interesting finding from a recent Italian study suggests that horses competing at a reasonably high level require a considerable period of time to recover after the rigours of competition. Whilst the study considered jumping horses, I have no doubt that similar findings would be seen in horses competing at a high level in other disciplines such as eventing, high level dressage, reining, barrel racing, eventing etc. More information regarding the Italian study can be found here.
If you have a busy competition schedule, there are numerous ways of helping your horse recover sooner. One is ensuring correct nutrition, providing the correct fuel for your horse not only to be in good condition & have the energy to compete, but to provide correct levels of amino acids – the building blocks of everything that makes up your horse, including muscle, tendon, bone & facsia, so that the body can repair & rebuild.
Another way to help your horse recover is through therapeutic means. One such treatment that I have long been an advocate for is PEMF – Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy. How can this help? PEMF works at a cellular level to stimulate the cells electrical charge, improving it’s metabolism so that it can function at an optimum rate, including for repair. PEMF has also been proven to counteract the Rouleau affect, whereby stressed red blood cells clump together. The affect of PEMF is to separate the red blood cells, allowing for improved oxygenation & circulation, thereby assisting in more efficient elimination of toxins & waste from the body, including lactic acid.
So, if you have a hectic competition schedule, consider incorporating PEMF into your routine to ensure your horse enters the ring in best possible form. Contact Peak Performance Equine for more information about treatments & equipment.