We often discuss the need to look after the tendons and other soft tissues in your horse’s lower legs. However, the collateral ligaments should not be ignored. These ligaments are essential to the horse being able to move and exercise. This article outlines why your horse’s collateral ligaments are important and how our ice boots for horses’ feet can help them recover after exercise.
What Are the Horse’s Collateral Ligaments?
The collateral ligaments are vital to a horse’s ability to walk and move about. The medial collateral ligament (MCL) connects the femur to the tibia. On the outer part of the horse’s leg, the lateral collateral ligament (LCL) connects the fibula and the femur. Just like other tendons and ligaments, the MCL and LCL can stretch and tear as a result of overuse and stress.
The horse’s collateral ligaments take the strain when the horse is working on deep ground or uneven surfaces. A hack over muddy terrain or a cross-country round are the types of activities that could contribute to an injury to the MCL or LCL. Falling, blunt trauma (e.g. knocking into a jump), twisting of the ligament or overworking can also contribute to collateral ligament injuries.
Using Equine Ice Boots On the Collateral Ligaments
Cryochaps Absolute Wraps can be used on the horse’s pasterns, hooves, hocks and more. They can also be used to help cool the collateral ligaments after exercise, or reduce swelling in the event of an injury. The Absolute Wrap ice boots for horses’ feet can be used to cool the pasterns and the hoof area quickly, and target any minor tweaks after exercise.
Cryochaps Ice Boots for Horses
Cryochaps provide the best in equine ice boots and ice wraps for horses. The Cryochaps Absolute Wrap is a convenient and versatile ice wrap, which can be used after exercise or injury. Next time you return from a hack or finish a cross-country round, consider your horse’s collateral ligaments. Have Cryochaps to hand ready for that post-exercise cryotherapy!