The stresses placed on any horse, physical and psychological, are directly related to the type of activities performed and for the showjumper, the highest risk of injury is associated with landing after jumping a fence, particularly at the higher levels.
This discipline requires the horse to develop a strong musculature for ‘explosive' jumping efforts alongside the suppleness and balance essential to maintain good proprioceptive control, which is an important element in the accuracy required to jump a clear round.
Injuries to the pelvis, particularly the sacroiliac region are common, particularly in horses jumped too often, or over bigger courses, before they have developed the muscle strength required to jump, land and turn, all in a good balance.
The lower forelimbs are at particular risk as the horse lands and structures frequently damaged include the tendons, ligaments and bones, particularly the bones of the pastern and hoof. Damage to the deep digital flexor tendon, in particular, is always a difficult injury to manage and can be career ending.
For those horses with a precocious talent for jumping, but not the same inclination for flatwork - which is sometimes a decision made by the less-than-educated rider - the horse will not benefit from essential stretching and strengthening work required for overall fitness. This will predispose to muscular pain, weakness, and stiffness in the neck and hindquarters, along with increasing the risk of suspensory ligament injuries in both the forelegs and hind legs, along with damage to the structures of the hock.
On a psychological level, showjumpers often keep their horses stabled for long periods and research has shown problems with saddle fit and stress-related conditions, including gastric ulcers, in horses kept for showjumping. Good management is key to all of these potential problems and regular use of an ArcEquine microcurrent unit can make a positive contribution to both health and wellbeing.
ArcEquine's unique sequences of microcurrent have been configured to offer specific treatment protocols that will help not only to heal injuries, but will also facilitate more effective training programmes and enhance recovery rates after a competition. Regular use of an ArcEquine unit offers the additional benefit of prophylactic management, reducing the potential for injuries and associated problems, both physical and psychological.