How to Handle a Tying Up Episode

August 21, 2019
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Tying up affects many performance horses and equine athletes, and seeing your horse tie up is a frightening experience. The faster you can recognize what’s happening and take appropriate action, the better the outcome for your horse. Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with how to handle a tying up episode so that you’re prepared, just in case.

Recognizing Tying Up

Even if you’ve never seen a horse during an episode of tying up before, the condition has an appearance that makes it easy to recognize. Horses that are tying up often display muscle tension and may experience muscle pain, too. Horses often don’t want to or cannot move and they may experience muscle tremors and fast, shallow breathing. In a severe tying up episode, a horse may lie down or be unable to get up again.

Remember that tying up episodes can range from mild to severe, so even if symptoms are mild and a horse can still walk, he may still be tying up.

What to Do if Your Horse Ties Up

If your horse ties up, the American Association of Equine Practitioners recommends that you do the following:

Immediately stop exercising your horse, and don’t force him to walk. Put your horse in a stall and call your vet. If the weather is cool, you can blanket your horse.

Assess whether the horse has been sweating excessively and if that has led to dehydration. If your horse is hot, offer him small, frequent sips of water. Once your horse is cool, offer him continuous access to water. Remove any grain and only offer hay until the episode is over.

Your vet may prescribe medications such as acepromazine to relieve pain and keep your horse calm; he or she may also administer fluids if your horse is dehydrated, and will work to identify what caused your horse to tie up.

As your horse is recovering, it’s best to confine him to a smaller turnout area until he’s able to walk freely. Most horses resume their normal movement within 12 to 24 hours after a tying up episode occurs. 

Preventing Tying Up

The specific causes of tying up aren’t yet well understood, but we do know that electrolyte imbalances, Vitamin E or selenium deficiencies and active illnesses in horses can all contribute. Un-Lock is formulated with electrolytes, essential vitamins and amino acids proven to prevent cramping and tying up while also improving a horse’s performance and muscle recovery. The supplement can be used to prevent tying up both in horses that are prone to it and in those that haven’t previously tied up.

Best of all, Un-Lock is completely free of banned substances, so it will not test — meaning your horse can legally compete while on this supplement. This formula includes more BCAAs, amino acids, electrolytes and essential vitamins than any competing product, and is safe, effective and legal. We’re so confident in the quality and performance of this supplement that we offer a 90-day money-back guarantee. If you’re not fully satisfied, we’ll refund your entire purchase price during that 90-day period, even if you’ve already used the entire container.

To give your horse an edge on the competition and stay ahead of tying up episodes, try Un-Lock today.

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