Horse muscles, joints, bones and ligaments respond very well to essential oils. And treatment for sore or spastic muscles or pain and inflammation is not really at all different than humans so I would definitely review those sections on the website as well.
The one advantage we have at treating horse muscles or leg injuries is that horses generally respond very well to the use of essential oils. And we can use them in several application methods. The three applications we use the most at the barn are:
What Essential Oils work as a Natural Muscle Relaxer or Pain Reliever?
The top six essential oils for horse muscles that are spastic are:
These oils will help relax the muscle or cramping and will also provide some pain relief. These are also the best for muscles that have a lot of tension.
What Essential Oils should I use for Sore Muscles or Over Exercised Horse Muscles?
The top seven essential oils for horse muscles that are sore are:
These oils will help sore muscles recover and will also provide some pain relief. These are also the best for muscles that have a lot of tension.
If there is a tendency for inflammation over spasm than choose Ortho Sport. Also if you want a greater warming sensation than Ortho Sport would be a good choice.
But remember you can always place additional oils into the massage oil blend to enhance it; and as a matter of fact I do that all the time!
What Essential Oils should I use for Sore or Torn Ligaments or Tendons?
The best essential oils for horse ligaments are:
Horse leg injuries especially when they involve ligaments and tendons can be a long road back to recovery. But, with essential oils you can shorten the recovery time and provide a natural solution to pain and inflammation.
If the ligament is torn or pulled use lemongrass with marjoram for sure. If you have spasm in the ligament that definitely add Basil. If the ligament is torn then use PanAway as well as it will help with pain and inflammation.
For tendons and tendonitis use PanAway, Peppermint, Relieve It, Rosemary and Wintergreen. If the tendon is torn use lemongrass and helichrysum as well.
For both ligaments and tendons, apply on location and wrap to prevent further injury. You can also use Ortho Sport as base oil or as a wash. And remember to apply ice to inflamed areas. Once the injury is healed than include oils like Cypress to bring back circulation to the affected area.
What Essential Oils should I use for Bone Injuries or Fractures?
The best essential oils for horse bone injuries or fractures are:
Wintergreen is excellent for any kind of bone related issue including spurs, broken, and degeneration. PanAway contains wintergreen and helichrysum and is excellent for pain and bruised bone.
Cypress is excellent to bring circulation back to the area. Sandalwood will help with regeneration of cartilage. If there is deep bone bruising I combine Relieve It with PanAway. By the way, all the conifer tree oils are excellent for bones including pine and spruce.
Does your Horse have a Bone Spur?
Then use these oils:
RC helps to dissolve bone spurs!
What Essential Oils should I use for Arthritis or Rheumatic Conditions?
The top eight essential oils for arthritis are:
If your horse has arthritic pains definitely use PanAway or Palo Santo. Or start with Ortho Ease and add more wintergreen or a few drops of PanAway or Palo Santo. For rheumatoid conditions use PanAway and Peace & Calming.
A very strong and powerful rheumatoid blend provided by Alan Higley contains: 2 ozs Ortho Ease with 7 drops of wintergreen, 6 ginger, 19 eucalyptus, 6 juniper, 8 marjoram and 3 drops of peppermint. Start by using 1/2 the oils and work up to the full amount until you can see what amount works.
What Essential Oils can I use as a Horse Liniment or Muscle Wash?
Any of the horse muscle oils that I mentioned you can use easily as a horse liniment or muscle wash. There are many different combinations you can use again depending on the condition you are treating. Click here for a section devoted to that topic and for homemade liniment recipes!
My horse needs to detox, has horse muscles spasm or is out of alignment. Is there a technique I can use with the oils for my horse?
Yes, there is a technique called Raindrop Technique. This was developed for humans but now is being applied to equines. If I have a horse that is energetically out of alignment, I will use Valor daily on his tailbone to assist in energetically aligning the spine.
Want to try an Essential Oil Supplement for Your Horse that was Designed for Bones, Muscles and Ligaments?
Then try BLM Supplement with wintergreen, balsam fir and MSM. It comes in a powder so you can put it right in their feed!
Want to treat your horse to a Spa Day for those Sore Muscles and Back?
I hope you enjoyed this section on treating horse muscles. Remember oils can be used for our dogs and ourselves, so make enough liniment for everyone!