As I went from massaging my liniment onto a bruised and swollen (via kick) shoulder, rubbing down stocked up tendons, to treating mild thrush, an “aha moment” really dawned on me: I use Absorbine Veterinary Liniment for just about everything – and it’s good for just about everything.
So I’m going to give you a list of 5 reasons why every grooming kit should have a bottle, and no, I’m not being paid to say so, but your horse will appreciate it. Without further adieu:
1) As an anti-septic/anti-fungal/anti-bacterial, you can apply it thoroughly to thrush, rain rot, ringworm, (to name a few) as a topical and effective treatment. I’ve actually found it to be easier and more effective for thrush than just about everything else I’ve tried for a fraction of the effort.
2) It is an excellent post-workout therapy for tired muscles. Dilute it with water and you have yourself a delightfully therapeutic bath for your horse. Or, if the climate is a wee bit too chilly for a bath, simply massage it onto the major muscle groups and your horse will be thanking you while (s)he delights in the tingles.
3) Massaged into inflamed or stocked up tendons, it can help reduce inflammation and won’t blister under bandages.
4) Applied to joints, this wizard-in-a-bottle alleviates pain and swelling associated with arthritis.
5) It is a safe and effective anti-septic for minor cuts, without the sting. (And trust me, I know, I often brandish a few of my own and the zing is refreshing, not painful.)
I’ve attached a sprayer on my 473mL bottle (which you can buy as such, oftentimes), making it super easy-peezy to spritz into the coat, down the legs, and directly into the thrush-affected crannies of Mr. P’s feet. As it is a liquid, it makes it easier to control the quantity used and works like a charm.
It is available in a gel as well, but I have not yet personally tried that one.