Guide to Equine Therapy Products, Tools, & Treatments

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Whether an Olympic athlete or retired pasture pony, we want to make sure our horses are healthy and happy. With proper training and experience, therapy products are safe, non-invasive methods that may help improve horse health, performance, and overall well-being.

From ancient homeopathic origins to mechanisms studied by astronauts, therapeutic tools and treatments can be used to treat a wide variety of issues. They help support horses through the wear and tear of training and competition, rehabilitation of an injury, or simply through their golden years. These gentle aids are frequent essentials in the maintenance routines for top horses across disciplines to keep them feeling their best and gain that extra edge on the competition.

The Basics of Equine Therapy

Many treatments and products have similar effects on your horse but achieve those effects in different ways. Most of the techniques described work by:

  1. Increasing circulation
  2. Reducing inflammation
  3. Enhancing healing and recovery

Types of Therapy Products & Treatments for Horses

Learn about common therapy techniques, how they work on your horse, and when they can be used by clicking on the products, tools, and treatments listed below.

How to Choose the Right Therapy for Your Horse

Before applying any therapy or treatment, it’s always wise to speak with your veterinarian or horse health team (including your farrier, chiropractor, massage therapist, and saddle fitter). Like any individual, your horse’s needs are unique and should be assessed by a health team that knows your horse best.

Other factors you’ll need to take into consideration include your budget and how much time you’re willing to commit to your horse’s therapy regime. It’s also a good idea to be resourceful by speaking with your trainer, fellow riders, or boarders at your barn to see what products and brands they’ve found most effective.

When in doubt, head to our Therapy Center for a wide range of products to help your horse feel and perform his best.

The information provided in the Horsemanship Library is based solely on our SmartPak authors' opinions. SmartPak strongly encourages you to consult your veterinarian or equine professionals regarding specific questions about your horse's health, care, or training. This information is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease or behavior and is purely educational.

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