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Then and Now, Our Liniments are The Top Choice of Professionals

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Then and Now, Our Liniments are The Top Choice of Professionals - Absorbine

From history’s equine legends, to today’s top performance horses, Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment has a proven track record of pain relief. See why this proven muscle and joint remedy has remained the top choice or professionals, both then and now.

An Unmatched Legacy of Caring for Horses

Most everyone has heard of Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment (AVL for short), but did you know that it is celebrating its 125th Anniversary?? In 1892, Mary Ida Young wanted a better way to care for her family’s working horses and used her extensive knowledge of healing herbs to create her now world-famous herbal liniment. Our liniments have been keeping horses – be they working, competing, or simply treasured family members – comfortable ever since! This revolutionary formulation grew to become a horse care staple because it has continuously provided relief that horses and their owners can depend on.

An AVL use guide from 1945.


Triple Crown Winner

Many notable horses can attribute their success to the help of Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, also known as AVL. But did you know that Secretariat, internationally renowned race horse, depended on it? In 1973, “Big Red”, as he was known to family and friends, was the first Triple Crown Winner since Citation (a quarter of a century earlier). He not only set new track records at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness Stakes, but set a new world record at the Belmont Stakes of 2:24 minutes flat, winning by 31 lengths and setting a record for the fastest 1.5 miles on dirt that still stands to this day! Secretariat’s trainer, Lucien Laurin swore by AVL. He said, “I use an Absorbine® brace after every workout. It’s a helpful routine, one I’ve followed for years.” Even if your horse isn’t taking the racing world by storm like Secretariat did, AVL will still help prevent stiffness when applied after a ride and will even help make warm-up easier if applied before a ride.

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A 1973 advertisement from the Absorbine® archive.

Top Riders Depend on Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment

Sinead Halpin, international CCI4* Three-Day Eventing competitor and trainer, also uses Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment as a staple in her training and competition riding.

According to Sinead, “In the sport of eventing, we ask a lot of our horses who are also our partners. In my program, the health and happiness of my horses comes first. I focus on a holistic preventative routine to keep my horses physically and mentally strong while closely watching for changes in their body that may impact that balance. My team uses Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment daily to prevent muscle soreness and joint pain which keeps our horses at the top of their game. We also never leave home without Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment: from applying it directly to hard worked legs to adding it to a soothing bath after cross country, we trust Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment to keep our horses happy, healthy and competitive”.

AVL has traveled with Sinead all over the world, be it to the Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event or to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France. Here at Absorbine®, we are so happy to be able to support top riders like Sinead, as well as her world-class horses!

Absorbine & Sinead Halpin

Sinead Halpin trusts Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment to keep her horses comfortable and happy – at home and away – so that they can focus on doing their job. See our modern collection of liniments, including the original, Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment!

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