By Nikki Alvin-Smith
Muscle soreness and stiffness are part of everyday life for all top athletes. Horses are no different to humans in this regard, but the solutions we can use for them sometimes differ from where humans find relief.
Strains and sprains can result from muscles and tendons that are not properly warmed up before intensive workouts. Lactic acid build up in horses’ muscles during exercise and needs to be removed to help prevent stiffness. While a proper warm-up and cool down routine is essential for optimum health of the horse, the use of a liniment or gel before and after exercise can provide great benefits to relax and soothe muscles, tendons, and ligaments prior to training and to provide relief after the session is finished.
Use of a top quality gel can additionally aid in recovery from sports injury, reducing recovery time and improving results.
When results count top equestrians reach for Cavalor FreeBute Gel for use before and after training and competing, to aid their high-performance horses in keeping fighting fit. This topical gel is packed with high quality natural ingredients with a proprietary blend of 8 essential oils including eucalyptus, lavender and tea tree oil which are known for their ability to soothe painful or tight equine muscles and tendons.
Cavalor’s FreeBute Gel, not only soothes sensitive muscles with its ability to deeply penetrate the horse’s skin, it can also be extremely beneficial in mitigating leg swelling, help heal bruises, and small wounds. The increase in circulation to the area where the gel is applied increases blood flow, which aids in clearing toxins and promotes faster healing.
Its effects last a day, and due to its powerful properties it should not be used under boots or saddle pads right before work because of the increase in heat to the area but it can be safely used under standing leg bandages. If planning to use it under the saddle, use it at least 60-90 minutes prior to training.
About Nikki Alvin-Smith: Internationally published freelance writer in such world renowned publications such as The Chronicle of the Horse, Horse and Hound, Dressage and CT, Warmbloods Today, The Horseman’s Yankee Pedlar, Reiter, The Equine Journal, Spur, Hoofprints, Horsin’ Around, Horses All, Field & Stream, Western Horse and Gun, Pony Quarterly, Horses All Canada, Catskill Horse to name a few. Ghostwriting, blog services, PR/Marketing copy either direct with manufacturer or for agencies, copy editing and editor services also available. Nikki also produces catalog copy, white papers, e-books, corporate brochures and advertising copy for international corporations and PR/Marketing for celebrities.
As a Brit who has called the America home for the past 34 years, Nikki brings a unique perspective to the equestrian world. Nikki is also an accomplished Grand Prix dressage trainer/competitor, competing at international Grand Prix level to scores over 72% and is a highly sought clinician offering clinics worldwide. She has been a horse breeder/importer of warmblood and Baroque breeds for more than 25 years. Together with her husband Paul who is also a Grand Prix trainer, they run a private dressage breeding operation and training yard in the beautiful Catskill Mountains of New York.