What do you do for sore muscles?

I will explain at the end of this post why I am asking this. So, tell me, what do you do if you have sore muscles perhaps from too much gardening or too much of a gym workout? I think the answer depends on how important your body is too you. If you are an elite athlete the answer may involve these things.

  • getting help from your physiotherapist.
  • using various lineaments or other rubs to alleviate the soreness.
  • you do not take any medications that are prohibited for your competitions.
  • seeing a doctor if things do not improve.

But many people just soldier on. Here is what they do.

  • blame it on the garden shears which need sharpening.
  • tell everyone you get this every spring and it will get better on its own.
  • refuse to see any medically qualified person such as a physiotherapist.
  • get the shears sharpened and hope for the best.

If you are a professional athlete, such as an NHL hockey player or IPL cricketer, your team coach or team owner will shepherd you off to the best medically qualified people: sports doctors, physiotherapists, massage therapists, ad infinitum! Your career and the team’s success depends on you being in top fit form.

Why am I writing about this? Because it is my belief that horses should be treated, at the very least, like elite athletes. My horse , Biasini, is an elite athlete. Fortunately for me he does not tend to get soreness from our training work. But recently he has been working very hard and having to carry himself in a more advanced frame. So what do I do to keep him comfortable?

  • regular treatment with PEMF ( pulsed electromagnetic field therapy) and the therapist will let me know if there are any places on his body that are reactive more than usual.
  • supplements that provide support for his joints. I use Omega Alpha’s Sinew X Plus
  • systemic IV joint support such as Adequan or Legend to keep his joints in the best possible shape. I do a course of one in the winter and the other in the summer.
  • Change equipment if there are any areas of muscle reactivity that indicate soreness. This past week this involved getting a therapeutic girth .

If people wonder why I spend money on expensive equipment I tell them why it is a must for me to do this. Horses cannot talk so Biasini cannot tell me that he is sore somewhere. But if ride him and he is uncomfortable he will not want to do whatever it is that increases his discomfort. Soon this can escalate into resistance . That is a point of no return. Why? Because then Biasini will resist this movement even if I have made changes or given him treatment that has alleviated his problem. He does not know that and will be resistant to putting himself in a situation where he will be in pain. If it gets to this point then you can have months or even years of resistance and difficulty.

I will go to great lengths to avoid that outcome. I do not care if the new girth is expensive . If it helps Biasini it is worth it.

Have an enjoyable weekend. And don’t overdo the garden work!

Photo By Connie Gee taken of Biasini and me competing July 1 2017.

26 Comments Add yours

  1. firnhyde says:

    That part about resistance lasting for months even after a discomfort issue is resolved is so true! One of the Friesians I ride outrgrew her saddle at a tremendous rate, making it move uncomfortably on her back in trot. Even now, I have to very tactfully persuade her to take those first few trot steps, and she’s tentative for a few strides until she can feel that her saddle isn’t moving. And woe betide you if the girth is even a little too loose!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thanks for sharing your experience.

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  2. Susie Lindau says:

    Gorgeous! I need to take better care of myself. πŸ˜‚

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  3. Love that you do all you can for Biasini. I bet he loves you for it. They are such treasures to be treasured.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      They are treasures and if they work for us the way Biasini does i owe it to him to look after him. Thank you for your kind comment.

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  4. dprastka says:

    They do deserve the very best. I hope your new girth works well for him! Such a wonderful post! ❀️🐴

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you so much Diana. I will let you know how the new girth works it is quite bizarre looking. It’s called a donut girth. Have you ever seen one?

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      1. dprastka says:

        No I haven’t. Sounds interesting!!

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  5. Camryn says:

    Makes me happy when I see that people are so willing to give anything for their horses. They truly deserve the best. 🐴❀

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree. Biasini works hard for me so I think it is important to give him the best chance of being comfortable. Thank you for your comment.

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  6. Emma Cownie says:

    I am glad that you are thinking of Biasini’s comfort. There no point sending money on equipment and coaching if you don’t look after the star attraction!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      You are 100% correct Emma. And he is a hard worker so I want to do my best for him. We will be trying the new girth this week.

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  7. You are a good owner who puts the horse’s needs first to keep him comfortable.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you! I think he deserves it. He never says “No” to hard work.

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      1. That’s true and he wants to please you with body and soul.

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  8. Tina Schell says:

    Love that beautiful photo of you and Biasini Anne! He is one fortunate horse to have such a loving and caring partner in you. And of course you’re right I’m sure about addressing issues before them become problems.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree. Since horses cannot “speak” to us we have to watch for the signs and if they show us something we owe it to them to help. And if we ignore it and work on then if resistance sets in that is a big problem. Thank you for commenting Tina.

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  9. Anne Sandler says:

    I’m so glad you take such good care of Biasini. He’s your best friend, brings you great joy, and offers you self-esteem and a good workout. Why wouldn’t you give him the best care like you do!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Exactly! Thank you so much for this comment!

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  10. He is fortunate to have such a fine person as you looking out for his best interest.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Well he works hard. He is a quirky character but he never says no to working hard so he deserves good care. Thank you for leaving a comment.

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  11. JD says:

    It’s inspiring how you do the best for Biansini.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Biasini is a horse that tries his best for me. He is a good worker. So I feel I owe it to him to look after him. Thanks for taking the time to read and leave a comment.

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  12. He is worth every penny. 😊❀️

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Thank you Susie! He is indeed!πŸ΄πŸ’•

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