USEF Releases Statement Regarding Absorbine Botanicals™ for Topical Use During Competition

Absorbine® liniments have always kept the needs of competitive riders in mind

East Longmeadow, MA – Absorbine Botanicals™ Natural Herbal Liniment is the latest innovation in the equine liniment category from W.F. Young, Inc. Containing a blend of 12 herbs and essential oils, Absorbine Botanicals is a gentle, natural formula that helps to calm, cool, and comfort tired muscles. The topical formula is a relaxing and refreshing reward after hard work for all horses, from weekend warrior trail mounts to high-level competitors.

For those competing at high levels, especially United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) licensed events, there is always a concern about product ingredients and their use during competition. “Will it test?” is a question often heard about any number of equine products, from supplements to topically-applied sprays, liquids and creams.

Recognizing this concern, W. F. Young, Inc., makers of Absorbine products, asked USEF to review the ingredients in Absorbine Botanicals™ Massage Foamer and Absorbine Botanicals™ Body Rinse Concentrate. As a result of that review, USEF provided the following statement regarding the use of Absorbine Botanicals during competition: “Some ingredients in Absorbine Botanicals Massage Foam and Absorbine Botanicals Body Rinse Concentrate are forbidden under the USEF Drugs & Medications Rule; however, provided the products containing these substances are administered only topically and as recommended by the manufacturer, there is no need for restricting their use during competitions under USEF rules. However, if these products are used inappropriately, e.g., in a manner other than topically, this could result in a positive finding in the blood or urine of the horse, which would be a potential violation of the rules.” This statement is meant as a guideline for exhibitors questioning whether the product can be used during competition; it does not imply an endorsement or approval from USEF.

“Absorbine Botanicals Massage Foam and Body Rinse are products that competitors of all levels can use with confidence, enjoying fully all the benefits of using a natural, cooling liniment on their horses,” says Jaime McKinley, Vice President, New Business Development. “As the company that set the standard for equine liniments over 120 years ago, we are very proud to offer this new innovation.”

Absorbine Botanicals Body Rinse is a super concentrated formula; one 8.5 fl. oz. bottle makes 24 gallons. The rinse gently cools sore muscles and tendons after workouts, leaving horses feeling refreshed and relaxed. The herbal blend including lavender and rosemary creates soothing aromatherapy, and the rinse leaves the skin and coat conditioned with a healthy shine. The hook top makes for convenient storage in the wash rack, and the bottle is calibrated to make measuring easy.

Absorbine Botanicals Massage Foam is gentle and easy to use, and the drip-free foam ensures that there is no waste. This formula is ideal for targeted application to the legs, and it is mild enough to be used under all types of wraps. Using the foam as a massage aid will comfort and soothe without chilling large muscles, creating a relaxing experience for the horse with the added benefit of aromatherapy.

About W.F. Young / Absorbine

Founded in 1892 by Wilbur Fenelon Young and his wife, Mary Ida, W. F. Young, Inc. has manufactured and distributed quality health care products for over 120 years. The company is recognized as a worldwide leader in innovative, specialized animal health care brands – including Absorbine® Veterinary Liniment, UltraShield® fly control, ShowSheen® grooming products and Hooflex® hoof care – that improve wellness and enhance the quality and enjoyment of life for people and their animals. For more information, visit

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