Effective Way to Reduce Stocking Up

Horses were originally designed to move constantly as they foraged for food in the wild. Our domesticated equines often don't get the opportunity for that type of continual movement. As a result we often see our horse's legs retaining fluid and swelling up, also know as "stocking up".


Horses that stock up are often uncomfortable and can experience decreased range of motion. In a performance horse, this can translate into a decreased ability to perform at their top level.

If you take your horse to many shows and events they are confined to the trailer and the stall at the show. They often get worked hard the first day and then get put up in their stall for the night. When taken out of their stall on day two, often their legs have stocked up, and they can’t work at their optimal performance level.

An increase in blood circulation has been shown to reduce the inflammation associated with stocking up. One unique method of increasing blood circulation is Welltex fabric infused with ceramic powder. The ceramic reflects your horse’s natural body warmth and creates a soothing far infrared thermal heat.

Heat therapy is a well-recognized method used to relieve and heal injured muscles, joints, and tendons. The thermographic images show the changes in blood circulation achieved by wearing No Bow Wraps.

Image 1 demonstrates circulatory disruption and nerve changes on the left front distal limb. Image 2 is after 3 days of wearing the BOT standing wrap, and shows the patient with equalization of the distal front limbs. This symmetry remained stable following 14 days of continuous wear.

Overnight use of No Bow Wraps may help decrease swelling and soften or completely reduce wind puffs without the use of liniment or poultice.


Study performed by Joanna Robson, DVM, CVSMT, CVA, CSFT, CIT. Inspiritus Equine, Inc., Napa, CA. All images were obtained using a FLIR T400 Infrared Camera.

To help your horse from stocking up consider using Back on Track Products.