A Tap­ing Suc­cess Story

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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.”

Equine tape is stick­ier than reg­u­lar ki­ne­si­ol­ogy tape, so it will stay on your horse for a few days, even dur­ing rid­ing ses­sions.

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