How do injuries occur?

Often we hear of horses with tendon or suspensory injuries, however did you know it is rare for these to occur from a one-off incident. The most common injuries affect the lower leg. What happens is these tendons and ligaments suffer tiny micro tears, the body usually repairs these but some are not given the…

Cooling Down After Exercise

As riders, we would never dream of jumping on our horses and shooting straight off into canter. A gentle warm up stimulates blood flow to the horses’ muscles, tendons, and ligaments, so increasing their elasticity and ability to perform. We take the time to ease into the faster work. It just makes sense. How many…

Standard Boots VS Vented Boots

We all know that exercise boots cause horses legs to heat up and that cooling legs quickly after exercise is recommended. However, is there a way to minimise the heating effect? Do vented boots work? We tested a vented boot against a standard boot. Both boots are the same fabric and construction, the only difference…

The Effect of Wearing Bandages

We all want to protect our horses’ legs, and using boots and bandages is common practice. However, do you know the effect of wearing bandages on the temperature of your horses’ legs? Watch this video to see how the temperature changes as the horse moves through the paces. Cooling the legs as quickly as possible…

The Demands of Dressage

Dressage is one of the most physically demanding disciplines for a horse. Lateral movements and even circles cause the joints to twist with uneven forces. The level of collection and increased engagement required puts extra pressure on the hindlimbs. After a hard schooling session, applying Cryochaps cools the legs and gives all the benefits of…

Cryochap with tendons

Easing localised pain

Using Cryochaps could also ease any localised pain in a horse’s legs.Local analgesic benefits are believed to result when tissues are cooled to between 10°C and 15°C or when skin temperature decreases to < 13.6°C. When using Cryochaps external skin temperatures reach < 13.6° C The cooling, analgesic, and rewarming effects of ice massage on…

CRYOTHERAPY

Cryotherapy has been proven to reduce the inflammatory response caused by exercise. Effects of whole-body cryotherapy on serum mediators of inflammation and serum muscle enzymes in athletes, Journal of Thermal Biology, Volume 34, Issue 2, 2009 #CRYOCHAPS #NoLegNoHorse #MakeLegsLastLonger