How to Apply Cryochaps K2F Compression Ice Wraps for Horses

Use the instructions below to apply the CRYOCHAPS correctly

Step 1

Preparing and Caring for Cryochaps Compression Ice Boots

Before placing in the freezer, distribute the gel evenly across the ice boot. Make sure to push up, away from the bottom seam to get the gel to the top too. The bottom seam has heat seal circles, which are there as a barrier against the gel coming through at the bottom. Please monitor these to make sure they are intact and not being forced apart by pressure from too much gel pooling at the bottom.

Ensure the wrap is dry before placing in the freezer.

Place flat in the freezer at -18 to -24 degrees for a minimum of 24 hours. With some freezers they may need longer as there is a lot of gel to freeze. Cryochaps compression ice boots for horses are designed to be left in the freezer permanently.

Step 2

Preparing the Horse's Legs for Application of Ice Boots

Wet the horse’s legs so no air is present in the hair. Air will impede the cold transfer. Then, just wrap and strap. Pictures are further down the page for exact fitting advice.

Leave for 10-15 mins and repeat if required.

You are strongly advised to have the horse cross tied and monitor the horse throughout application of Cryochaps. The ice boot can be damaged by teeth and if the horse tries to get them off by flexing their legs, this can lead to excessive pressure on the ice boot, which can break the seals forcing the gel through the blue material.

Cryochaps cooling boots should not be used on open wounds.

Do not leave on longer than 15 minutes, as this could lead to skin damage.

If your horse has sensitive or clipped legs, it is advisable to cover the leg before applying the ice boot.

Take advice from your vet before using after injury.

Step 3

Label Markings and Ice Boot Orientation

HF is Front Leg. HH is Hind Leg. L is for the Left Leg. R is for the Right leg.

Step 4

Wrapping the Horse's Leg with Our Cooling Boots

Please see pictures and instructions for applying our compression ice boots for horses to the left leg:

Line up the bottom of the ice boot so it covers the horse’s fetlock joint adequately.

Make sure the raised top section of the ice wrap is aligned with the back of the horse’s leg, in the middle of the horse’s knee or hock. 

Wrap and strap the cooling boot. 

Wrap the cooling boot around the horse’s leg and secure the straps to the Velcro.

Tighten after a minute to ensure the ice wrap is secure and in contact with the horse’s leg. 

Remove after 10-15 minutes and dry off. Push the gel back up the ice boot and check the heat seals at the bottom are still intact. If they are beginning to come apart, then you must be more proactive about pushing the gel back up the ice wrap. Finally, return the ice boots to the freezer.

It is important to dry Cryochaps out before they are returned to the freezer. The reason is to try and prevent freeze damage, this is a volume expansion (about 9%) caused by freezing of the water within the material’s pores. If a material’s pores are full of water, its volume will expand and there will be a great tensile stress to pore walls when water is frozen into ice. If this stress exceeds the tensile strength, the pore walls will crack, the porosity will increase and the strength will decrease. The more the freeze-thaw cycles are, the greater damages there will be. It will even cause the complete destruction of a material.

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