Having had multiple injuries to my body, I have been personally taped a number of times to help with pain, swelling, and mobility. As it works for me, it was interesting to see how it worked on Tofino.
A couple of months ago, Lauren Allport, who’s an Equine Therapist, came to visit Tofino for a check up and maintenance.
Luckily, he has been in good shape and doesn’t have major problems. Due to the fact that he was slightly sore on his back, she decided to support it, and relieve the muscle tension by taping. I was asked to keep the tape on even whilst exercising. Depending on the brand, it will stay on for about 2-4 days.
Lauren helped me jot down a few facts about taping:
- When taping, the aim is to maintain the mobility of the skin, soft tissue and joint, in order to stimulate healing internally.
- The tape decompresses tissue and raises the skin to allow blood flow and lymph circulation which is a natural way to heal the body.
- Decompression of tissue also reduces pressure on pain receptors, therefore, providing pain relief.
- Taping can have a positive influence on the equine athlete, helping to support, re-balance, and reduce healing time.
- It can be applied for many reasons, including pain management, swelling, movement restriction, sport injuries, muscle tension, arthritis, lymphoedema, trigger points, spinal issues, and much more.
- It can also be used to prevent re-occuring injuries.
Do NOT try and tape your own horse without understanding how to do so. There are special techniques, and is different to human taping.
Depending on the injury/problem, there are certain techniques to be used. Make sure you read up on it before trying anything, or ask your vet/therapist.
There are a number of different tapes available in the market today that can be used on humans and animals. You can find them at your local pharmacy, or sports store/outlet. I personally get mine from Sun & Sand outlet here in Dubai and use it on my self. I still tape Tofino, but only after shows as he thankfully doesn’t need it as often.
Have you or your horse ever been taped?