Helping to Heal a Horse’s Pulled Muscle

Just like us, horses can pull a muscle too. While you may shrug it off when it happens to you, it is very important that you take care of it when it happens to the horse or there could be some very negative effects. Here are some tips on how to care for a horse’s pulled muscle according to Alicia Bodine of

Your first response should be an aspirin-like medicine called phenylbutazone, or bute, that will help with the pain and inflammation. Give your horse one tablet – one lasts for 12 hours.

In addition to that:
Many of the other remedies to help are much the same as you would do for yourself: massage the muscle, use ice and rest it.

Massaging the muscle can help increase blood flow to the area, promoting healing. While it’s by no means a permanent solution, your horse will enjoy the temporary relief.

As for ice, fill up a freezer bag halfway with ice and apply it to the horse’s leg for 20 minutes. Do that once per hour for a few hours when it first happens.

Having the horse relax for a couple of days is never a bad thing after a pulled muscle. If you don’t follow this, he could easily re-aggravate the muscle.


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