Equine Skeletal Systems: The Horse's Back

November 17, 2017 2 min read

Did you know, the equine spine contains the smallest joints of the equine locomotor system, which are moved by some of the thickest muscles of the body? The horse's back is a very intricate and complex structure, but with proper knowledge, it can be maintained for its best performance.

The Basics

The Equine Vertebral Column can be divided into five regions: the cervical, thoracic, lumbar, sacral, and coccygeal. Each region has a set number of vertebrae and are numerically ordered. Check out this image below to get a better idea of the regions: Although the joints may seem clear and concise, there are actually many small joints incorporated along the spine that aren't easily recognized in this image. The neck and back together have 48 small synovial joints in between the vertebrae that are often over-stressed when the horse is moving quickly or excessively working. With that being said, it should be apparent that these small joints can be a critical source of soreness after a long working session. The best method to keep your horse’s back comfortable and sound is to exercise preventative techniques. This can be managed through anything from food, to stretching exercises, to wearable therapies – and that's where BeneFab® by Sore No-More® comes into play. Here at BeneFab®, our goal is to help you and your horse be relieved of, and stay relieved of, muscle and joint soreness and/or stiffness. My best recommendation for using our products in a preventative regimen for your horse’s back pain is to apply Sore No-More’s Performance Ultra Liniment to the back, followed by use of our SmartScrim. We paired with Sore No-More® in an effort to work as a team to deliver natural, non-invasive therapies to help prevent and rehabilitate soreness and injuries. When I discovered that Sore No-More®'s all natural, herbal blend is formulated to reduce pain and inflammation, I knew there was an opportunity. When combined with our products, the liniment and wearable therapy work synergistically to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and overall relieve pain while increasing mobility. Our SmartScrim features ceramic-infused fabric in addition to 80+ medical grade, neodymium magnets which are sewn over pre-determined acupuncture points for stimulation of those targeted areas. It not only targets the spine, but also the hips and shoulders. This scrim harmonizes bodily functions safely and naturally stimulating recovery time and ultimately reducing pain and stiffness. Recently, a clinical trial was published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science using the SmartScrim, and we were able to prove a significant reduction in back soreness over a six-week period in moderate to high exercise horses. The SmartScrim can be safely worn up to 12 hours at a time as a fly sheet or a blanket liner. Click here to get yours! Not only do we design these products to be durable, effective, and comfortable, but we also stand by them 110%. Our customer promise is increased mobility and less pain in three weeks, guaranteed. We ensure your satisfaction, so there's nothing to lose! If you'd like to learn more about Sore No-More liniments and gelotions, or to get yours now, click >>> here. If you'd like to learn more about our SmartScrim or to get yours now, click >>> here.


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