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post #1 of 6 Old 03-01-2011, 04:55 AM Thread Starter
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Ice????

Convince me about the benefits of using ice??
it seems to be something everyone is doing, ive seen ponyclub horses getting their legs iced down.

but no one really seems to have a great knowledge or understanding to back up the logic of doing it

i do understand using it after xcountry if you have a vet check the next day

but otherwise???

arguments for and against please
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post #2 of 6 Old 03-01-2011, 05:27 AM
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Can be useful in swollen muscles. I think just like when we have achy muscles we use ice packs to take the swelling down. Also, I think rubbing the animals muscles down also helps with circulation. Anything to help their muscles recover from stress is helpful.
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post #3 of 6 Old 03-01-2011, 06:56 PM Thread Starter
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hmmm see i understand using ice for exceptions like a 3 day event, or for getting a football player back out on the feild ASAP

but in other circumstances, why do u want to take the swelling away from an injury?? isnt it their to help support the injury? swelling is only ever a symptom if someting else not the actual problem....well that what i was always taught....also putting ice straight onto hot muscles no sure if cooling something down that fast is good either

i completely agree with rubbing to help with circulation though

anyway just wondered what everyone else thought
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It makes the owner / rider think they are doing something great for the horse.

I fail to see any good in it unless there is heat or inflammation or a recent injury of some kind that needs to be 'cooled out'. Then, 'go for it' and apply DMSO after cold hosing or icing. Otherwise, put the horse up, let him drink and eat and rest and go home an do the same.

If there is not some obvious injury, I like to leave things alone and check for heat the next morning very early.
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It makes the owner / rider think they are doing something great for the horse.

I fail to see any good in it unless there is heat or inflammation or a recent injury of some kind that needs to be 'cooled out'. Then, 'go for it' and apply DMSO after cold hosing or icing. Otherwise, put the horse up, let him drink and eat and rest and go home an do the same.

If there is not some obvious injury, I like to leave things alone and check for heat the next morning very early.

couldnt agree more cherie
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post #6 of 6 Old 03-02-2011, 04:48 PM
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Icing is good for fresh injuries to reduce swelling, as is cold hosing. I don't see the use of habitual icing though!
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