Ice Boots

Discussion in 'Horse Management' started by Seclusion, May 5, 2009.

  1. Seclusion

    Seclusion New Member

    Hi, does anyone use ice boots on their horse(s)? If you do, what sort & how - e.g. how long applied for, when applied, any other stuff done before or after boot is applied, etc... Thanks :))
  2. Seclusion

    Seclusion New Member

  3. Stormy

    Stormy Well-known Member

    my sister has ice boots that she uses - not sure how long she leaves them on for but she uses them after cross country. can pm you where she got them from, i don't think they are an advertiser on here so don't know if i can put there name on here. all she has to do is put the ice in the pockets in the boots and then they can go on the horse
  4. ASH lover

    ASH lover Well-known Member

    I suppose it depends what you want to use them for! I have used my 'ice boots' for remedial therapy on a horse coming into work after a tendon injury as hosing was not practical for us due to water limitations on our property.
    I have the 'ice boots" that you soak and have crystals in them rather than the liquid ones. I have never used them as ice (which they are also designed for) as I think that is too 'savage' - I rather put them in the freezer before I ride so that they don't actually freeze, but are very cold by the time I need to use them.
    After I had given them a good rub to stimulate the skin after taking off her tendon boots, I put the ice boots on the her legs for about 30 mins only.
    I hope this helps
  5. Anna E

    Anna E Guest

    I have used them for legs after endurance rides but you need to be careful as they are SO cold they can cause more problems than not if used incorrcetly. I always apply them over a layer of cotton wool so they are not directly against the skin and for 20 minutes on/20 minutes off for 3 cycles only (they go back in the freezer in between). To be honest they are such a fuss used that way that most of the time at home we use cold hosing (you can rig up systems using bits of perforated tubing so you don't have to stand there the whole time). They're good for when you are away - but then you have to keep them frozen...
  6. Happy Gambler

    Happy Gambler Well-known Member

    I have Gelcells which get very cold when immersed in water for 2 mins. I put them on after xc for about half an hour, I just check to see if they are getting warm yet and leave them on the horse longer if they aren't.
    Takes about 10 days for them to dry out and return to crystal form though.
  7. springbok

    springbok Well-known Member

    I've used a couple of types .... General rule I use is 20mins a leg. Always put it on wet, recently hose legs, sometimes with a layer of insulation underneath (eg, cotton wool) depending on the boot.

    First lot I used were the "bucket" type which were essentially a bit canvas bucket which wrapped around the horses leg and fastened with a buckle around thick foam at the base of the foot. Useless thing - needed lots of ice and difficult to set up. Would be good with a bad injury and you needed to ice the ENTIRE leg eg. foot to shoulder but very difficult at say an event where you don't usually have ample access to water and ice.

    Second lot I have are the velcro ones with pockets for the ice. You are best setting these up a while before needed to use them so they melt a little and the cool water moves through the boot (I do them before XC so they are ready to put straight on the leg). Just put ice into the cells - can be a bit fiddly. They cover a large area which is good but the cells can be a bit hit and miss ... I found jumping on them and crushing the ice a good way of overcoming this.

    I've also used the ice cell packs which you freeze like a freezer pack and place inside a boot (SMB boots are best). These mold to the leg and give great coverage cooling it quickly. Only down side is they're pretty restrictive in the area they cover. Pretty easy to make though - I have the "horse" shaped ones and also picked up a bigger slab from a camping shop for back legs - around the same price.

    Last type I've used (haven't got a set yet but will because they're super) are the "ice wraps". They need to be in the freezer prior to using and are the most expensive however, cover the greatest area of the leg with minimal effort and most comfort to the horse. They stay cool for ages too :)* .

    Hope that helps!!

  8. Stormy

    Stormy Well-known Member

    springbok the last ones that you described - could you send me a link or let me know where you get them from?
  9. MinninupRoad

    MinninupRoad Well-known Member

    i have the ones u slip in the boots like springbok described, theyre like and ice pack but fit the shape of the horses leg, but ive found that with the amount of heat that comes out, theyre all melted after about 10 minutes!!!!
  10. SexyRitzy

    SexyRitzy Well-known Member

    Slight hijack :))

    I've never used ice boots on my horses. i use to just put a rub on thier legs and wrap them over night. but that was just with show jumping

    I'm looking into doing eventing with the horse i have now

    is icing essential or does it just help in recovery? :confused:
  11. Oldhack77

    Oldhack77 Gold Member

    i dont have mine here as i keep them at the stables

    but i bought quite an expensive pair from BioJohn..... work very well and as Springbok said leave them for 15-20mins per leg
  12. Anna E

    Anna E Guest

    I wouldn't call it essential, but it does help reduce low level inflammation and swelling which after hard work/on hard ground can be occurring even if the leg isn't visibly swollen or hot. So in some ways it is a useful preventive measure - a lot of the top guys use ice as a "just in case" thing but then they probably have employees who can stand around for hours holding ice on legs :D.
    So you could argue that they might prolong a horse's career by keeping to a minimum the microinjuries that over time can weaken tendons etc and make them more prone to breakdown.
    Plus I think cold hosing/ice must feel good after a long run on hard ground - but maybe that's just me - I'm the one always sticking their head under the hose.
  13. SexyRitzy

    SexyRitzy Well-known Member

    Thanks Anna E

    I used a gel that cooled and them went warm on thier legs with stable bandages on over night in the US. but the horses always got a good long cool hose especially during the summer so i guess its the same principle :)

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