A Taping Success Story
Professional barrel racer Deb Guelly first learned about equine taping when she held a barrel racing clinic that included equine-taping practitioner Jeff Moore.
“If you just tell people about taping, chances are they’re not going to do it,” she says. “But when people see how it actually works on a horse, and see an immediate difference, they’re going to apply that information. During my clinic, Jeff did a slideshow on the biomechanics of a horse. Afterward, we had the opportunity to watch a few horses move, discuss where they’re sore, and tape the horses. Then we saw firsthand what a difference it made for each horse’s movement.”
Guelly became a believer in kinesiology tape after she taped an old injury of hers, and could feel a difference immediately. “A while back I shattered my leg. During that same clinic, Jeff put me on a scale to show me how I put more weight in one side of the saddle,” she explains. “He taped me up and I could immediately tell that I was staying even in the saddle, which in turn helps my horses perform better.”
A few months after that clinic, one of Guelly’s competition horses ruptured a tendon. A physiotherapist recommended taping her horse’s tendon to help with the healing process. “When we first decided to tape his tendon, he’d been on stall rest for two months already,” she says. “We taped it up and immediately saw a difference when he walked out of the stall. He hadn’t left his stall for almost two months, and after we applied tape, he walked out fairly sound for having the injury he has.”
After five months of taping her horse, Scooter, Guelly is hearing positive feedback. “He’s not as sore when he’s taped and he doesn’t have as many problems walking around. We just did an ultrasound on him, and my vet’s happy with how he’s healing.” Guelly believes that taping has helped with Scooter’s injury, and while he’ll never return to competition, he’ll now be able to live comfortably in a pasture after he’s completed rehab.
Although most of Guelly’s taping experience comes from using it for rehab purposes, she’s recently applied it to a few of her horses during competition, and had great results. “We all have certain spots that hurt, and if my horse has a certain spot that hurts, I’m going to apply tape to help with that pain,” she explains. “When one of my other competition horse’s suffered from sacroiliac pain, I had Jeff apply tape to the area, and I noticed it helped him. Taping doesn’t cure the issue, but I was able to leave the tape on while I competed at a few rodeos, and could feel a difference in how he rode.”