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Re: RC: Stocking up
There is an ART to wrapping properly and there is a time and place for it. Many
endurance horses who are NOT wrapped and DO NOT swell are VERY experienced ones
with TONS of LSD.
You are ALWAYS doing some degree of damage, but the body is VERY quick to
respond. That is why progressive loading is so god, it adds stresses a little at
a time. In turn the body will respond a little at a time. The body says, "hey,
that was work, maybe it'll happen again, if we repair even better than we need to,
we'll be prepared for the next workout".
SOOOO, add a little more each time and little by little, the body gets better and
> At 08:08 PM 5/27/99 -0400, you wrote:
> >People wrap legs to prevent swelling.
> But if they wrap, how do they know if there is swelling or not?
> >Swelling inhibits circulation and
> >therefore healing.
> If they are not swelling, they don't need to heal. And if they do swell,
> wouldn't you want to know?
> >Every strenuous task creates a certain amount of
> >damage...the body will heal itself, but if inhibited by swelling (because WE
> >restrict movement after exercise), the decrease in circulation with slow down
> >the healing process.
> Most horses legs don't swell and stock up after completing an endurance
> ride though. You make it sound like we are 'damaging' them and they need
> to heal so we must wrap their legs. What about icing, watering, and hand
> walking instead?
> I'm certainly no expert on the subject, but I do watch what other
> high-mileage riders do out there and not many of them wrap their horses
> legs. The reason I mention "high-mileage" is because these are the horses
> who are working the most and obviously if they are being damaged on a
> regular basis they wouldn't stand up to completing a 1,000 or 2,000 mile
> Plus, seems to me (from what my trainer taught me) if you are going to wrap
> a horses legs so tightly as to actually inhibit swelling, you could cause a
> lot of damage.
> Happy Trails,
> in NV
> & Weaver, 2,680 miles
> & Rocky, 1,445 :+)
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