Ice Boots - what you need to know!

Why should I use them?

In some instances, heat in horse’s joints, ligaments or tendons can create long lasting, cellular damage. Overtime this can create a number of issues such as arthritis, tendon and ligament issues.
We all want the best for our horses and like to treat them like the athletes they are, which is where Ice Boots come in!


Ice boots for many are an essential part of our equestrian athlete’s post-performance care. With majority of equestrian disciplines, our horse undergoes a significant amount of strain on their lower limbs that causes heat and often inflammation which could lead to serious injury.
 

Icing a horse’s leg after strenuous exercise can reduce heat, inflammation and speed up the recovery process. Icing targets specifically the soft tissues in a horse’s leg as well as those oh so important tendons and ligaments.

Icing can also be used on existing injuries to help reduce inflammation and speed up the recovery process, while also often reducing the risk of future injury.  Always consult your Vet before icing an injury.

When do I use them?

Ice Boots are typically used post-exercise, whether that be show jumping, a cross country round or even after a warm day of flat schooling. Ice Boots can also be used on horses with injuries presenting inflammation such as tendon injuries.
Always consult your vet first if you believe you horse is presenting with an injury.

How do I use them?

  1. To use the WeatherBeeta Therapy-Tec Ultra Cool Ice Boots, simply remove the insertable ice packs from the pockets of the boots and place in the freezer overnight. Once completely frozen, place the packs back into the boot.
  2. When putting the boot on the horse’s leg, you want to ensure the top end of the boot is sitting just below the knee and down to the pastern.
    Ensure the Velcro tabs are attached firmly (without causing discomfort), as you want the ice packs to be covering the most amount of surface area on the horse’s leg as possible to achieve the best results.
  3. Leave the boots on for approximately 20 minutes. Your horse should be tied up, ideally in a shaded or cool area to help prevent the packs defrosting too quickly.
  4. Please note, it is important not to leave defrosted boots on a horse, as the water in the pack inserts can heat up rapidly, causing an adverse effect.