Could using magnetic products on your horse boost his health and wellbeing?
Magnetic therapy has been used for thousands of years on humans and animals.
With the advent of modern materials, and the availability of strong and smaller magnets, the number of products available to use on your horse is growing. Magnets can be easily integrated into rugs, boots and other products.
Magnetic therapy is natural and non-invasive, but it’s important to note that the magnets themselves don’t heal — they are thought to help support the right environment for the body to heal itself.
Magnets are believed to do this by supporting increased blood flow to the areas below them. The blood flow brings increased oxygen levels, helps remove waste products and aids a reduction in inflammation.
Why it’s used
Magnetic therapy is also used for a range of conditions, including stiff joints and muscles, after strenuous work and also for general relaxation.
Magnetic therapy may help to increase the rate of healing when treating inflammation, swelling and the symptoms of arthritis.
Using magnetic therapy can also help your horse recover more quickly from injury or a chronic condition.
Magnets are now integrated into a range of products — rugs, boots and wraps — and each will contain a number of magnets that are positioned over key areas of the body. These make using magnetic therapy as part of your daily routine with your horse quick and easy.
When you use a magnetic rug or boots on your horse, a magnetic field is generated by the magnets when it comes into contact with your horse’s body.
This magnetic field penetrates through your horse’s muscle and soft tissue, and cellular activity is increased.
It is thought that this assists and increases the body’s natural healing process and helps to speed up recovery by increasing the rate at which cells regenerate and repair.
However, there is very little scientific evidence on exactly how magnets work to back up these claims. There is, though, plenty of anecdotal evidence that magnetic therapy can be helpful, and there are many horse owners — including with the Your Horse team — who have seen the benefits of using magnetic therapy on their horses.
There are many different types of magnets available. The strength of the magnet depends on its size and type.
The strength of a magnet is often referred to in gauss. This is a measurement of surface strength of the magnet — what makes it stick to a metal surface.
This surface measurement isn’t necessarily the level of therapeutic effect the product will have on your horse; it’s the magnetic field strength away from the surface that tells you how deep it penetrates the
Magnetic therapy can be incorporated into your horse’s daily routine and is thought to play a role in:
- Helping warm muscles up before and after work
- Relieving tension and aid relaxation
- Easing general stiffness
- Reducing swelling
- Boosting general well-being
- Supporting the body to heal
Please note: while magnetic therapy is thought to have a useful role in the daily care of your horse, you should always seek the advice of a qualified vet in the event that your horse is unwell or unsound.