liniment vs cold hosing vs...something else?

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    10-17-2012, 02:12 AM
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liniment vs cold hosing vs...something else?

What's your favorite?

Basically, as some of you know, Lacey injured her suspensory and is now retired. However, said suspensory is still what I would think of as an "acute" injury and if I don't cold hose it for 10 minutes every night before putting her to bed, she goes from being lame to incredibly lame just from the amount of swelling there is.

SO, I've been doing that. And I love it. However, with as stupidly busy as I am, I really don't have ten minutes to hang out and hose her leg every night for the next forever (not to mention that we're losing daylight fast and soon I'll be hosing in the dark).

I'm thinking a more ideal solution would be if I could just slap something on her pastern and do what I needed to do (other benefit to that is that I could do it more than once a day and perhaps cause even more healing) around the barn, then remove something or whatever after a set amount of time...

So, for a suspensory injury, would some kind of cooling liniment be a good option?

Or, I read about vetwrapping a bag of frozen peas to the area and leaving it for 10-20 minutes then removing it... Has any one tried that?

The whole time that I'd be working in the barn, I would literally be 15ft away MAX so I'm not too worried about leaving her with something attached to her for a little while.


Thank you!

[the goal here is not 100% high level healing, btw, the goal is pain-free living. If I had the means and Lacey had the youth, we'd be going all out, but at this point, the goal is just making her comfy so she can heal as best she can]
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    10-17-2012, 02:20 AM
Subbing I am curious to see what others say!
    10-17-2012, 12:20 PM
I have tried the pea thing...its a PITA. If the horse stomps or moves a bit, they don't stay in place very well. I have always just cold hosed for tendon injuries. I had a horse gash open her tendon sheath,and even then the vet said cold hose it. If you let the water hit the leg under a little pressure it will help with bringing blood flow to the area aswell.
    10-17-2012, 12:38 PM

And polo wrap them on, or use SMBs if you have those. You can cut them to any size you want.

Way better than peas and faster than cold hosing.

Liniment, sadly, doesn't do anything more than create a cooling sensation on the skin.

Good luck!
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    10-17-2012, 12:51 PM
Could you possibly do a support wrap over night? Usually we cold hose and wrap.
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    10-17-2012, 01:20 PM
I'm sorry - I am sure this info is elsewhere - how long ago and how badly did she injure herself?

I had to give one of my young mares 6 months off due to a suspensory injury. Started her back slowly and now I do not even lunge her without support boots. When it's really hot out, I will hose her legs down after a work out. At present after a work out, I untack, let her roll and then keep her in a stall over night.
    10-17-2012, 01:34 PM
What about ice boots?
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    10-17-2012, 01:41 PM
I have polo wrapped frozen peas on in a pinch before, they worked great! You just have to break them up so they are flexible, then wrap securely- not necessarily standard polo wrap shape- be open minded and wrap so that it works!. The cryopaks work well, or really any flexible freeze pack for people would work also. I use polos rather than vet wrap as its cheaper and better for the environment since it is something you are doing daily!

Liniment is probably a bad idea, it can cause a cooling sensation, but it also can cause heat/irritation at skin level , which is what you are trying to avoid!

Good Luck!
    10-17-2012, 01:46 PM
The peas do work well with standing wraps applied. They seem to hold the bag there better. Also I usually wrap one layer of wrap then the peas/corn so that it doesn't have that "burning" feeling when its getting to cold. Good luck! You can also use the gel ice packs, that don't freeze the just get really cold...I think they are for your back, I have seen them in walgreens by the ace bandages.!
    10-17-2012, 01:53 PM
We got something similar to the game ready system (except it was originally intended for humans). It has a pack that gets wrapped on, and an extrnal "machine" that holds ice and circulates the cold. Awesome results, horses love it! If you google orthopedic icing machines you'll get lots of results. The first is "donjoy". It's not the exact one but similar size/looks.

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