What does your post-ride care entail?

Applying a standing wrap over poultice
In the old days, after a hard ride, I would apply poultice and a standing wrap to my horse’s legs — now I just turn out.

When I started eventing, back in the 80s, I can remember that when we came home from an event we always poulticed and wrapped our horses’ legs and fed them a bran mash for dinner. Then they were tucked into their stalls for the night.

These days, when I come back from a hunt (which is arguably more taxing than a novice level event), my routine is much more minimalistic: I check my horse for cuts and scratches, make sure there are no saddle marks, feed him a snack and then turn him out.

If the ground has been really hard or rocky, or we’ve done a lot of galloping, I may also pack his feet to prevent bruising (for this I like to use Magic Cushion).

Interestingly, I think the horses are sounder than they were with the extra care. In particular, I think that turning them out keeps them from stiffening up.

Magic Cushion
My horse is barefoot so after I apply Magic Cushion, I cover the bottom of the hoof with paper, vet wrap it into place and stick a hoof boot over it.

For a horse that’s a bit stiff or if I think we’ve jumped more than usual, I might give my horse some bute but I actually prefer dosing with Previcox before the hunt.

What do you do? Do you still wrap? Do you cold hose? Keep your horse in? Or turn him out?

3 thoughts on “What does your post-ride care entail?

  1. Ibuphrophen? (For me…never used to need that.)

    I have a minimal post-ride care routine, but then, I’m not involved in any of the intensive sports. Our post-workout routine includes a long cool out. He’s older, and I want to make sure the acid has plenty of time to work out of his muscles. I rub him out, check for muscle spasms or tightness, do carrot stretches, encourage him to roll (think it helps a myriad of muscle/skeletal issues) and sponge off any sweat if it’s warm out. Reapply fly spray, and off he goes into a large paddock.

  2. We do a lot of trail rides and my horse gets super sweaty. We always walk home to cool him off. If its nice and warm out, he gets a hose down. then he just goes on straight turnout. I do almost nothing. But then again, he is a Belgian, so they’re very low maintenance already

  3. I have two Thoroughbred geldings I compete in the lower levels of Eventing. One is eighteen and the other is 11.
    On a normal day they get a five to eight minute walk out and their feet picked (one gets groomed and the other hates it so he’s happier just scratching/rolling). If it is warm, I’ll hose them off. A few hours later I walk back out to the barn and either check water or bring in and look at their legs. If they seem hot at all I wrap with Sore No More poultice for the night.
    At an Event pretty much the same for dressage (except no turn out and I might have to studs) After cross country I untack and hose them off/take small drinks of water and check their legs/feet for any immediate problems and put them away with some food and water. A few hours later I come back and put liniment on their legs and wrap them. Show Jumping is the same as dressage but I do wrap the legs.

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