Equines Dressed to the Nines

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My horse Dorado and I have a slight difference of opinion of how dirty he should be when he comes in from the field to go riding every day. I can deal with a few little patches of dirt here and there, but I’d prefer he stay mostly clean to minimize the time it takes to prepare for a ride–especially when I’m trying to get a good work in before the sun sets. He, on the other hand, thinks he should be as dirty as humanly (or equine-ly?) possible. At all times. Needless to say, my opinion doesn’t much matter in this situation, so I push up my sleeves and get to work scrubbing him clean. Every day.

Imagine my excitement when I opened a news story and saw a horse wearing an almost full-bodysuit. I must admit I didn’t even stop to read the article before deciding to save my pennies for one in yet another attempt to keep my horse clean between rides. Yes…this invention was going to make life so much easier!

Well, as you might have guessed by now, the body suit definitely wasn’t designed to keep horses clean between works. In fact, its real purpose might even be cooler than an equine body glove. According to the article posted on MyFoxDC.com, this equine body suit is actually, essentially, a mobile compression chamber to help horses recover after strenuous exercise.

“They are designed to aid recovery, help with muscle fatigue,” Australian horse trainer John McNair explained in the MyFoxDC article. “We have been using them on (Australian champion racehorse) Hay List for a couple of weeks now and it makes a huge difference

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Erica Larson, former news editor for The Horse, holds a degree in journalism with an external specialty in equine science from Michigan State University in East Lansing. A Massachusetts native, she grew up in the saddle and has dabbled in a variety of disciplines including foxhunting, saddle seat, and mounted games. Currently, Erica competes in eventing with her OTTB, Dorado.

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