Why Ice Vibe Boots?
Ice therapy plays a crucial part in my horse’s maintenance program. I use ice vibe boots on my horses every single time they jump. On problematic horses, I’ll go as far as using them twice a day, and when competing at long shows, my horses will have as many as 3 sessions with their ice boots in one day.
Ice therapy is a fantastic way to get any inflammation out of their legs. Just like any athlete, about an hour after they have worked, their blood starts to settle into the areas they have worked the hardest. Ice therapy gets rid of that inflammation, and can literally preserve their legs, and extend their careers by several years
Ice therapy also helps speed up recovery to injuries. I use ice therapy on horses that have hurt a joint or have injured a tendon or ligament as well. By using my ice boots in the morning and evening, I have found that you can drastically speed up the recovery time to those types of injuries
Ice Vibe is a product by Horseware of Ireland, and I have used them for several years now. Not only do they use ice therapy, they also have a vibrating panel that increases circulation to the legs. This speeds up recovery to that area. On the vibration setting without the ice panel are great way to warm your horse’s legs up before work. The increased circulation to their legs warms them up nicely, and definitely helps prevent injuries. Ice Vibe has also made a great ‘Ice Boot’ that fits perfectly onto the knee, and another that fits perfectly onto the hock. I find that taking extra care of the hock joints, always seems to improve my horses jump, so their hock boots have been a welcome addition to my tack box.