If you’ve used any Ice Horse® products, you know how useful they can be. Pro-Equine Grooms and Ice Horse explain what to keep in mind when determining where and how ice therapy can benefit your horse.
Your horse doesn’t need to be an Olympic contender to benefit from cold therapy and icing. All horses can benefit, though it’s important to consult your Veterinarian as you plan a therapeutic icing program and to determine which Ice Horse product is right for your needs. Consider several factors:
- What is your horse’s job? A jumper might need some support on his front legs and hooves, while an eventer might need some therapy on his back. Some disciplines, like dressage, can stress the hind legs and joints, and other disciplines may stress the lower limbs on all four legs. The Ice Horse Knee to Ankle Wraps are great for leg icing.
- What is your horse’s medical history? A horse that has metabolic issues is often more prone to hoof issues, like laminitis. Focused ice therapy on hooves and lower legs can be of great benefit. A horse with back problems may benefit from a back ice blanket after exercise. Your horse’s medical history can alert you to areas that need some extra attention.
- Does your horse have any previous injuries? Similar to medical issues, previous injuries often influence a horse’s current job. A horse that once raced may have stifles or knees that were injured in their previous career. A horse with a previous suspensory injury may find great relief with some icing care. The Ice Horse Emergency Wrap is perfect for any area that needs cooling.
- What sort of footing does your horse work and live on? Hard and rocky footing is hard on hooves and bones, and excessively soft footing can be hard on tendons and soft tissues. Both situations can create inflammation – which can be reduced with some hoof icing!
- Does your horse receive veterinary treatments on specific areas of his body? This may go hand in hand with his job and some previous injuries. If your horse regularly sees the chiropractor for SI (pelvis) support, inquire about adding ice therapy to the routine. Your veterinarian can also help you determine if icing a joint that is regularly treated with injectable anti-inflammatories will support the joint.
Almost any horse can benefit from some icing therapy! It’s a natural pain reliever, can help prevent sore muscles and reduces inflammation in your horse’s tissues. Over time, your happy horse athlete will thank you for the extra 20 minutes of care a day, and you have piece of mind that you are supporting his body.