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        03-01-2011, 05:55 AM
      #1
    Foal
    Ice????

    Convince me about the benefits of using ice??
    It seems to be something everyone is doing, I've 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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        03-01-2011, 06:27 AM
      #2
    Green Broke
    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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        03-01-2011, 07:56 PM
      #3
    Foal
    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 you 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
         
        03-01-2011, 10:56 PM
      #4
    Super Moderator
    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.
         
        03-02-2011, 03:10 AM
      #5
    Foal
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Cherie    
    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
         
        03-02-2011, 05:48 PM
      #6
    Weanling
    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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