Products for cooling down legs?
I always cold-hose Indie's legs after a ride to get the heat out of them.. but it's getting a bit colder and so it won't be an option for too much longer. So, I was wondering if anyone knew of any products whether it be a pair of special boots or a liniment that removes a lot of the heat from the legs.
I'd prefer boots, since those would probably be easier to manage but any product recommendations would be great! Thanks!
Absorbine makes a product called Refreshmint which is really great. I've put it on my own sore muscles and it works like a dream, and also smells delicious. I highly recommend it!!
I use the Professional Choice SMB III boots for general leg protection but there is an insert, that contains 24 "cells" of gel, that can be frozen that is made specifically for the boots.
Otherwise, Refreshmint is good or other types of cooling boots.
Smartpak has a cold flex bandage called Cold Flex Vet Wrap. It wll cool simply by conduction or it can be refrigerated for more cooling effect (cannot freeze).
I will use ice boots from time to time. They are like the ones tlkng1 were describing. I love them when I need them. I can just throw them on and walk away for 20 minutes or so.
stuped question; why do you need to cool the horse's legs like that? Can't you just walk them out a bit? Does lininment cool them becuase it contains alcohol, and thus evaporates quicker than water?
I just ordered her a pair of turquoise SMBIIIs so I might have to see if I can find those.. mind me asking what specifically they're called? I found some ice boots on Greenhawk as well so those are an option too.
And tinyliny, I cold-hose Indie's legs simply because they're prone to swelling and her front legs especially aren't in too great of shape.. so I really only do it to try to keep her sound. I read that cold-hosing also helps arthritis, and since the x-rays showed signs of beginning arthritis.. I hose them off after each ride, use liniment before the ride and I keep her on a vet-recommended supplement.
Here's something I found that explains it a bit better:
Why is it necessary to hose down a horses legs? - Yahoo! Answers
i was wondering about that. yesterday we had a relatively hard ride and we thought about hosing the horses down, and putting on linement, but here, when the sun goes down, it goes from 70 degrees to befow 40 (and soon, below 30) so we didn't want them to have wet legs into the cold.
Yeah, it's getting pretty chilly here at night as well.. so I figured I'd find out options before it got too cold. Usually I just hose her legs down since we're still focusing on mostly walk work so she doesn't get sweaty but last night, it was relatively warm and she was pretty sweaty.. so I hosed her down, put a cooler on her and then let her eat in her stall for a bit while she dried.
I would be careful icing legs after every ride! Once you warm up those muscles with working, cooling them down too quickly can cause more harm than good!
If her legs are hot and swollen after each ride, there might be something there to look into!
Just a thought!
They're not hot or swollen, just a bit warm.. I try to walk her out for a good ten minutes at least with me on the ground before I take her up. My instructor recommended that I cold-hose them just to get the extra warmth out and everything I've read said it'll be beneficial for her.
So far she's handling the work load well though, so I'm hoping it continues to go that way. :-)
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