November 14, 2016

The Carolina Equestrian - Hot or Cold Ice Horse Has It!

"Great horses are hard to find. Ice Horse Cold Therapy is a big part of our regime, helping our winners stay in top form from year to year."

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October 11, 2016

Fall Laminitis

What does the changing of season from summer to fall mean for my horse and the risk of laminitis?

I’ll bet that every single horse owner understands that spring grass is super high in sugar, and therefore a bit risky for some horses developing laminitis. But, in the fall, there’s a totally different mechanism to understand and manage when it comes to your horse and the risk of laminitis. It involves your horse and his body naturally making more ACTH in the fall. It’s always a good idea to work directly with your horse’s Veterinarian for specifics, and how your horse’s individual ACTH level changes and needs to be managed. Managing laminitis risk is also more than just managing access to pasture and sugars, so be sure that you and your Vet are looking at the whole picture - bloodwork, exercise levels, previous incidences, lots of stuff.

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October 04, 2016

Hoof Bruises

Of the many things that can affect your horse's hooves, bruises can be tricky to diagnose and treat. With multiple possible causes, hoof bruises can create lameness and possibly advance into abscesses and laminitis for your horse. Involving your Veterinarian and using supportive treatments, such as icing, can help your horse heal from a horse bruise quickly.

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August 22, 2016

Give Your Horse a Leg Up!

Ice Horse Hock Wraps

Your horse’s legs are a vital part of his health, and it can take only a few minutes a day to make sure everything is normal and good.  If you find something during a leg inspection, it’s often in the very early stages and you can nip whatever it is in the bud.  Leg inspections are best done first thing in the morning during chores.  As you toss hay, fill feed and water buckets – add in a visual exam of the legs.  For horses that tend to stock up at night, remove the standing wraps (if you use them) at this point and see how the legs look.

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If all looks well on the visual exam, don’t skip feeling the legs.  A great time to touch and feel the legs is while you are picking out hooves.  In the cross ties, you can go over the legs once again more thoroughly in proper light.  Inspect your horse’s legs from the elbow and stifle down, as you can find shoe boils in the elbows that way.  This also gives you a chance to make sure the shoes are where they are supposed to be.  If your horse is barefoot, it gives you a chance to check for chips or snags along the hoof.  This is also your chance to make sure there is no discernible heat in the hoof.  Heat in the hoof could be nothing, or it could be an abscess or life threatening laminitis.  Finding these things early lets you intervene early and increases the chance of a positive outcome.

As part of your leg care routine, Easy-to-use Ice Horse® Hock Wraps provide uniform compression and coverage to reduce inflammation and heat in the front and back of the hock.  The wrap is open over the cap bone, shaped, and sized to give full consistent compression and coverage.  Ice Horse Wraps help reduce heat and inflammation after work or injury.

How do Ice Horse Hock Wraps work?
-Ice packs mold to the horses legs for maximum coverage and stay cold for over two hours.

-Ice packs are reusable.  When you are done, simply place your packs back in the freezer. Within hours they are ready to use again.

-Ice Horse® Hock Wraps are made with Quadrispan™ anti migration fabric.  Our unique breathable fabric keeps the wraps in place on the horses leg and the ice compressed against the area being treated.  Specially placed Velcro closures allow for a secure tight fit every time.  Removal is easy – no yanking or jerking on the tabs to undo.

Check out Ice Horse Hock Wraps and many other great products, including the Back Blanket and the Big Black Boot at www.icehorse.net.  Remember these products come in pony sizes too!

August 03, 2016

Pick The Ice Horse Style For Your Horse

Which Ice Horse does my horse need?

There are a few ways to figure this out…his job, his past history of injury, his need for veterinary “maintenance”, his quirks. You may want to ask your Veterinarian to help you decide how best to support your horse with therapeutic icing and which parts of your horse’s body need some support.

What is your horse’s job? The trail horse, who puts lots of stress on the hooves with uneven ground and stones, Also consider the western reining horse that slides and spins, stressing the hind legs, and the hunter or jumper that spends a lot of time jumping and landing. There’s also the barrel racer that is going to stress all four lower legs, which has different support needs of the dressage horse that uses his back and hocks for work. Consider the eventing horse that runs fast and jumps high, while also doing dressage. Learning about the biomechanics of your particular horse and his job can help you decide where he can benefit from therapeutic icing!

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July 14, 2016

Vet Kit

One of the most important things you can have for your horse, besides a carrot, is his Vet Kit.  Horses are masters of getting into trouble, and a well planned Vet Kit will bridge the gap between and accident and your Veterinarian arriving.  Vet Kits are easy to put together if you have a handy list. 

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July 14, 2016

Heat or Ice

We love to pamper and care for our horses to help them be as happy and comfortable as possible.  Perhaps the easiest and most cost effective way to do that is with heating and cooling therapies – but knowing which one to use and when is the key!  Some horses benefit from both!

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