Equine cold therapy is a critical part of the health and care of your horse’s legs, hocks and hooves. It can be used for prevention and/or treatment. For prevention, icing helps keep muscles, ligaments, tendons and connective tissue healthy. The most effective and certainly least costly method of physical therapy for the equine athlete is routinely applying cold therapy after schooling, a cross-country run or a horse show event. For treatment, the cold therapy can be used to help reduce pain, reduce swelling and inflammation, facilitate recovery after orthopedic surgery, reduce muscle damage and reduce heat. Ice Horse cold therapy leg wraps are especially beneficial for bowed tendons, bucked shins, tendonitis, bruises, ligament/tendon/muscle damage, hematomas, laminitis and wind puffs.
Re-freezable, reusable ice packs supplement the original freezer packs in each wrap and hoof product. Made with the same material that comes with the initial product, two-ply polyethylene bag and patented propylene glycol formula gel.
When inserts freeze, small ice crystals form. Fully-frozen, the pack is fills with small ice crystals which look and feel like soft flakey snow, are malleable and conform to the horse's body parts.
As the pack freezes and the ice crystals form, the pack expands slightly and needs to draw in air through the patented insert/bag vent. The vent is designed to resist liquid flow into or out of the insert.
The conversion of the liquid to solid, which occurs during freezing the insert, is what extends the time the bags stay below freezing. The patented formula of polymer granules eliminates the burning sensation associated with raw ice.
Inserts stay frozen for over to two hours. After use the inserts can be re-frozen. After extensive use the inserts become chunky - this is how you know when it's time to replace them.