Horses require regular exercise in order to maintain good circulatory health and to allow their bodies to function properly. Horses that do not get a sufficient amount of regular exercise are highly susceptible to many potential health issues. Therefore, it is crucial to treat any injuries to a horse's musculo-skeletal system right way, in order to make sure the horse is inactive for only a short period of time.
Veterinarians, horse trainers, and horse owners have used magnetic therapy devices to treat various horse ailments for many years. It appears to be standard practice to utilize magnetized rugs before eventing competitions in order to help maintain the horses health and vitality throughout the course of the event.
It has been repeatedly demonstrated that horses respond well to magnetic therapy devices, similarly to other animals and humans, except that because of their circulatory system, horses shouldn't be exposed to magnet therapy on a continuous basis as with humans. Horses should only have exposure to magnet therapy while resting, stabled, travelling, or turned-out. It isn't safe to utilized magnetic therapy during exercise.
This is due to the fact that horses are quite prone to overheating during activity, and magnetic fields work to stimulate the circulatory system, which will result in an increase in body temperature. If magnetic therapy is used during activity, there is an elevated risk of overheating which can be dangerous to the health of the horse.
Despite the fact that horses are large, they don't need high magnetic field strengths, as do humans. They have considerably less subcutaneous fat than we do, thus the penetration of magnetic fields are more efficient. However, there is a minimum necessary field strength which is around 500 Gauss. Horses probably wouldn't require a field strength of more than 3,000 Gauss.
Animals are an excellent case study for the therapeutic abilities of magnets. Unlike us, horses are not influenced by the placebo effect (the phenomenon which causes one to feel less pain because they think a treatment is working). Horses do not understand that they are being treated, therefore their minds cannot influence the effects that the magnetic therapy is having. Yet, most horses that have been treated using magnetic therapy have shown signs of lessened discomfort, greater mobility, and an increase in energy and activity levels. It can readily be deduced that the magnet therapy is providing a therapeutic effect.
Many people also use magnetic therapy for their dogs and other pets.