The sport of eventing requires almost every athletic activity that the ridden horse is capable of performing and the demands on every aspect of the anatomy and physiology are significant.
The event horse must learn to execute the controlled and accurate movement required for the dressage phase, develop the power and technique to accurately complete the showjumping phase and be able to gallop across undulating terrain, jumping fixed obstacles at speed.
Trainability, power, fitness, stamina and balance under a rider are acquired over years and the event horse, particularly at the higher levels, must also have a desire to keep trying when the going gets tough. These varied demands also impose psychological stresses and it is important to recognize the potential for problems to occur both physically and in the horse's mental ability to cope.
Common injuries in event horses range from bumps and bruises to torn tendons and damaged joints, with less frequent but no less serious problems including fractures and trauma to the structures of the hoof. Due to the very varied musculoskeletal requirements of eventing, there is also the potential for damage to the limb ligaments, degenerative changes to the structure of the skeleton and tears to muscle groups almost anywhere in the horse's body.
Managing both the health and wellbeing of the successful event horse is complex, usually involving veterinarians and allied therapists, nutritionists, saddle fitters, farriers and a skilled day-to-day management regime that is focused on each individual horse's requirements.
For many leading event riders, ArcEquine is now an indispensable element of their management. The uniquely effective microcurrent technology delivers not only accelerated healing, but is known to reduce pain and inflammation, rapidly eliminate lactic acid from muscles after training and competition and importantly, to manage the micro-tears that occur almost daily, preventing niggles from developing into injuries.
Olympic event rider Andrew Hoy confirms; "If you are standing still - you are moving backward. I have been competing at an international level for 39 years and continually strive to improve not only the horses' training, but all daily measurements around the management of my horses. They are top athletes and it is imperative to me that no stone is left unturned to support their health and wellbeing. Since experiencing positive results during a trial period, all of the horses in my care receive treatments with ArcEquine - whether it is in a period of recovery after hard work, coming back from an injury or just to maintain their wellbeing. I believe in the product and am proud to stand for it as an Ambassador."