The horse’s fetlock is a complex structure. Not only does it work hard during exercise, it is also vulnerable to injury as a result of overextension, overreach, knocks and strikes. Having a quick and effective way of providing ice and compression to the fetlock is key to post-exercise or post-injury recovery. It is also useful to have a versatile ice wrap to hand in the event of a fetlock swelling or injury. This blog article outlines why compression is important for the fetlock and how to ensure you apply our ice wraps for horses effectively.
Why is Compression on the Fetlock Important?
Compression is important for a number of reasons. Firstly, the compression sleeve inside Cryochaps ice wraps helps to increase cold transfer to the leg. This is because it reduces the amount of air between the ice boot and the horse’s leg, taking heat away from the leg more quickly.
Compression also reduces bloodflow to the area. This can help to minimise swelling, as fluids are kept from accumulating at the injury site. Minimising the amount of swelling can help to reduce pain.
The compression sleeve also helps to prevent slippage, keeping the ice wrap in place.
Remember to Apply Cryochaps Correctly Around the Fetlock
Compression is highly important around the main body of the fetlock to cover the suspensory branch and annular ligament. Remember when fixing that bottom strap to go around the fetlock, not under. This will allow the Cryochaps to work effectively; it will also help to prevent them from getting damaged.
Full instructions on how to apply Cryochaps are available on our website.
Cryochaps Ice Wraps for Horses
Our ice wraps for horses are designed to be used after exercise or in the event of an injury. The Cryochaps K2F cooling wraps for horses provide full knee-to-fetlock coverage of all the major soft tissues. The Absolute Wrap can be used on the fetlocks after exercise or in the event of fetlock injury or swelling. Our ice boots may also be used during the rehabilitation process. Always contact your vet for advice if you are unsure.