How to Apply Cryochaps Ice Wraps for Horses

Use the instructions below to apply the CRYOCHAPS correctly

Step 1

Preparing Cryochaps Ice Wraps for Horses

Before placing the ice boots in the freezer, ensure that the gel balls are evenly distributed. In the middle four compartments, push the gel balls up from the bottom seam, past the first heat seal (marked in white in the picture) to prevent pressure on the bottom seam. Place flat in the freezer overnight for best results. 

Step 2

Preparing the Horse's Leg

Wet the horse’s leg before application. Apply for 10-15 minutes after exercise. Applying for 10-15 minutes is also recommended after injury, but you should repeat as often as possible. Consultation with your vet is highly recommended before applying after injury. Cryochaps ice wraps should not be applied directly on open wounds. If using our ice wraps on horses with finely clipped or sensitive legs, cover with a wet, thin towel, jay cloth, tubigrip, etc. 

Step 3

Finding the Correct Placement for Our Ice Wraps for Horses

The branded label and Velcro section signify the outside of the ice wrap and should be kept outermost when applying to the leg. Please follow the instructions and pictures below to find the correct placement for our cooling boots for horses. 

R is for right leg

L is for left leg

HH is for Hind Leg

HF is for Front Leg

Using Cryochaps Cool Bag for Your Ice Boots

Freeze Cryochaps ice wraps for horses along with ice blocks, ice, water bottles, etc. Place the cooling boots in the cool bag and surround with iced articles. The Cryochaps Cool Bag will maintain Cryochaps ice wraps below -15 degrees for up to 4 hours. 

Step 4

Applying Ice Wraps to the Horse's Leg

The end of the gel section of the wrap is placed to the front of the leg. The top of the wrap should sit under the bony projection on the side of the knee or side of the hock. 

Make sure the raised top section of the gel boot is aligned with the back of the horse’s leg

Wrap the ice boots around the horse’s leg and secure the straps to the Velcro. I find it easiest to secure a middle strap first and then attach the top strap and work down.

Do not cup underneath the fetlock with the bottom strap. Instead, place around the fetlock for the best uniform compression. Tighten after a couple of minutes to ensure the cooling boot is secure to the horse’s leg as the gel will soften once strapped on.

If your horse is uncomfortable with wearing boots or bandages and kicks out or significantly curls the fetlock joint when applying ice wraps or cooling boots, you may run the risk of splitting Cryochaps. It is strongly advised to monitor the horse on the first few ice wrap applications to make sure they are comfortable. Place the Cryochaps cooling wraps as high up the leg as feasible on the first few applications. Also, do not ‘cup’ the fetlock with the bottom strap. Instead, place around the fetlock. If significant force is applied by mistake to the wrap, you could see signs of the gel leaking out. It is non toxic so do not panic. However, you could void the warranty. Apply with care until your horse is relaxed enough to wear an ice wrap!

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