Sydney racehorse trainer Paul Cave is regarded as one of Australia’s finest trainers of stayers.
Having trained thoroughbreds for more than 30 years, Paul knows what it takes to produce a champion.
With a team of twelve horses currently in training at his facility at Warrick Farm Racecourse, we asked Paul about the crucial role Kelato SwellDOWN plays in his regimen.
When and why did you begin using SwellDOWN?
I’ve been using it for several years now, basically because I’ve found it to be the best product of its type available. Our main goal is to keep our horses sound while at the same time getting them to perform at their full potential, and SwellDOWN plays a big part in helping us do that.
What have you found to be the benefits of using SwellDOWN?
It removes any heat from the legs, and we find this is especially beneficial for the two year olds who are new to the pressure of training. It keeps the joints cool which means they don’t swell and there’s therefore less chance of them developing ongoing problems.
How do you use it?
For training, trialling and post-race, we ice their legs after work and then apply SwellDOWN. With horses that tend to be more prone to inflammation, we wrap their legs with wet newspaper to keep the clay moist and cool for longer.
What do you like about the product?
It’s the best we’ve found to do the job. My staff also find it easy to apply, it’s already mixed, it seems to stay wet for longer and the oils in it are more binding. We’ve used it on hundreds of horses, none have ever had any reaction to it.
Considering the strict rules of racing, do you have any hesitation in using SwellDOWN?
Look, SwellDOWN doesn’t have any substances in it which breach racing rules, but nevertheless you need to be guided by those regulations including the fact that no treatment can be used on the day of racing.
Could other horses benefit from SwellDOWN?
Oh yes, my stepson Charlie Brister trains Eventers who travel at speed over long distances and are jumping on hard ground. It’s tough going and stressful on joints, so he uses it for all of his horses.
Would you recommend SwellDOWN?
Yes, for any horse whether it be racing, pre-training, eventing, endurance, you name it. The work they’re doing is putting pressure on joints, but being able to take the heat out of their legs just helps reduce swelling and the likelihood of soreness or injury. For us, that’s the difference between keeping a horse in training or turning it out for weeks or months to recover. It’s a crucial part of our routine.