Magnet therapy is used in both human and animal medicine. It offers an attractive alternative to using drugs, and can be less expensive in the long run than feeding your horse supplements.
The question is, does magnet therapy work? And if so, what kind of problems is it best suited for? Magnet therapy essentially comes in two forms: static magnets and electromagnetic fields. Here’s a rundown of each type. But first, read up on magnet therapy products, uses, and cautions.
Magnetic Therapy Products
Magnetic therapy devices typically involve static magnets sewn into some type of cover. Blankets to treat the body or back are available, or you’ll see wraps for the knees, hocks, lower legs, fetlocks, or pastern area.
Magnets for use on the hoof sole are also available; some products have flexible magnetic strips with self-adhesive material on the back that can be placed anywhere on the leg and held in position with a wrap. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices are available as blankets, leg/joint wraps, and even as mats, which the horse stands on for hoof treatments. Because the coils and batteries are bulky and heavy, horses can’t be left loose or unsupervised. The equipment easily slips out of position with too much patient movement.
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