Post-Exercise Cooling Boots for Horses

Cryochaps cooling boots for horses harness the power of ice bath therapy. Use Cryochaps as part of your horse’s post-exercise cool down routine with our easy to use ice boots.

Ice and Compression After Exercise has Been Found To:

Improve Recovery

Reduce Inflammation

Reduce Tendon Temperatures

Cryochaps Cooling Boots for Horses Provide Ice and Compression

Using Cryochaps Cooling Boots for Horses After Exercise

Cryochaps cooling boots for horses are designed to replicate ice bath therapy used for human athletes. Ice therapy is thought to reduce the pain and swelling associated with trauma after exercise and helps to initiate healing. Hence, cooling after exercise with ice cold water is already used to aid recovery in human athletes.

Your horse is an athlete too! So, after intense exercise, cooling the legs with our cooling boots for horses may promote a faster recovery and better performance for the next day. Cryochaps address the heat build up and inflammatory response with cooling and compression. 

It is already common practice in many equine disciplines to ice or cold wrap the legs after exercise and competitions. Application of Cryochaps cooling boots for horses can become part of your horse’s post-exercise cool down routine to help protect against tendon injury and other injuries to the lower leg.

Using Our Cooling Boots for Horses After Using Boots and Bandages

Cryochaps ice boots for horses can also benefit horses by taking heat out of legs that have been booted or bandaged during exercise. Many horses are exercised in boots or bandages. However, studies have found that horse’s tendons, such as the superficial digital flexor tendon (SDFT), produce heat during exercise. When the horse’s tendons are further insulated by boots or bandages, the temperature could rise to dangerous levels. Unfortunately, this can lead to tendon cell death. Cryochaps cooling ice boots for horses can be used immediately after exercise to decrease the surface leg temperature and help cool the leg. 

Many riders spend time and effort constructing specific fitness regimes for competition. So, why not introduce Cryochaps to that regime as part of your horse’s routine cool down?

The Theory Behind Cryochaps Cooling Boots for Horses

Exercise is said to cause tiny tears in tissues, including muscle, tendons and ligaments. This is known as micro trauma. However, rapidly reducing tissue temperatures after exercise has three main impacts:

Constricts the blood vessels. This flushes waste products, such as lactic acid, out of the affected tissues

Decreases metabolic activity. This slows down the physiological processes that cause inflammation

Reduces swelling and tissue breakdown

After Cryochaps are removed, the legs begin to warm up again. Consequently, the blood vessels vasodilate, which increases blood flow and delivers oxygen to help kick start the healing process. It also flushes out unwanted waste, which accelerates the healing process. 

Evidence from studies in humans suggests that a water temperature of less than 10 degrees celsius and an immersion time of 10-15 minutes demonstrated the best results. Whilst most of us don’t have the facilities to quickly put together an ice bath for a 400kg horse, Cryochaps ice boots for horses have been designed to recreate this ice bath environment. Compared to many other ice boots, our ice wraps for horses have unrivalled cold transfer, which is enabled by the ice wraps having a great fit and contact to the horses leg, our cooling boots for horses use both ice and compression so adding the benefit of compressoin over and above the ice bath environment. Cryochaps are designed to cover all the major tendons and ligaments in the lower leg.

With Cryochaps, your horse can benefit from cold therapy after every hack, schooling session or competition! All you have to do is wrap, strap and leave on for 10-15 minutes. 

Surface leg temp (degrees) V Time (Mins)


Control Average

Why Use Cryochaps Ice Boots for Horses & How to Apply