Circulation and a Healthy Horse

Soft tissue injuries (injuries of the tendons and ligaments), also known as strains and sprains, probably account for the majority of lameness issues. When a soft tissue injury occurs it's most likely due to trauma or when the tissue has been stretched beyond its capacity. Adequate blood circulation is necessary for the damaged tissue to repair. How does it work? Let’s start with the basics first.

What does blood do?
  1. Blood is a transporter. It transports nutrients, oxygen, carbon dioxide, hormones, etc. to and from cells and organs.
  2. It removes waste from tissue that is then sent to organs for excretion.
  3. When necessary, blood clots which helps to retain body fluids.
  4. It regulates blood pressure and body temperature.
  5. Antibodies destroy pathogenic substances and white blood cells attack invading organisms.
Following a soft tissue injury, a horse will go through three stages of healing:
  1. Inflammatory Phase. After injury, bleeding, swelling and redness may occur. This is a vascular response whereby blood flow is increased to the injured area, transporting nutrients to assist in the healing.
  2. Repair Phase. Collagen fibers begin to repair damaged tissue, most likely in the form of scar tissue. At this stage, the injury begins to feel 'better'. There is an increased risk for re-injury as the tissue is not strong enough to handle intense activity.
  3. Remodel Phase. Soft tissue strength, quality and elasticity begin to improve, hopefully back to normal.
Depending on the severity of the injury, the healing phases can last anywhere from weeks to months or even years. In addition to providing a foundation for overall health and wellness, Arnall's Naturals supplements are formulated to support and maintain healthy soft tissue along with the healing process post-injury. Learn more about Arnall's formulas here.
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