Check Ligament Injury, ways to cool down?
My arab mare injured her check ligament mid October, a week later I had my vet out to confirm it and he recommended stall rest for 30 days and poultice every two days then if it were to cool just dry wrap. After 30 days I had an ultrasound done and it cam out to be her check ligament and they didn't seem to worried and said she will most likely make a full recovery but I'm still worried of course. My vet said to just dry wrap (cotton with standing wrap) as her skin on her leg was getting irritated and pink (with some small wounds) because of the poultice. I was wondering, how else can I cool down her leg? Its still very warm. I did an ice pack (horse ice pack) with vet wrap for about 15 minutes and I couldn't tell too much just because my hand were so cold (I live in MI and it's been in the 20's weather wise) and I can't do the cold hose treatment. I would do poultice because that worked best but I don't want to irritate the skin anymore. I was thinking about Absorbine Veterinary Liniment Spray or Gel...could I put that on with cotton then standing wrap over night? How long can it stay on? Do I have to wash it off? Or which other ways could I cool her leg? She is currently being turned out to a round pen while the barn owner cleans the stall (about an hour) and she can be turned out longer if I can just get it to cool down.