K2F Cryochaps

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    These award winning equine ice wraps are designed to be used for just 10-15 minutes after exercise or injury.

    Icing horse’s legs should not be a practise solely reserved for dealing with injuries. Cryochaps are designed to be part of an everyday cool-down routine which focuses on injury prevention.

    Icing legs has been scientifically proven to lower tendon temperatures, which could prevent damage from overheating and reduce the inflammatory response caused by exercise.

    Why Do We Love Cryochaps?

    • Ease of Application – one wrap can fit either the left or right leg and offer a secure fit
    • Ice & Compression – not only do the boots ice the legs, but the Neoprene provides essential compression
    • Reusability – they are durable and reusable. Just pop them back in the freezer and they are ready to go again
    • Easy Clean – with horse’s this is a vital one, just wipe clean after use
    • Fast Acting – they provide rapid cooling of the horse’s leg
    • Full Coverage – the boots provide full coverage of all the tendon and ligament structures in the lower leg, whilst still allowing the horse to move around

    Cooling

    Cryochaps quickly cool the surface leg temperatures to below 10°C and maintain the low temperatures for up to an hour after removal.

    Compression

    Cryochaps enable tissues to become significantly colder and recovery is significantly improved due to the use of ice and compression rather than just ice alone.

    Convenience

    Cryochaps are easy to store and apply, they have excellent coverage of the leg and there is no slippage, no inserts, no fuss – just wrap and strap straight from the freezer/cool box.

    Symmetrical

    Cryochaps are symmetrical which means one boot fits both the right or left leg, which is particularly useful when using them for injuries.

    The Design

    Cryochaps cover the major vital structures in the leg from the proximal suspensory ligament right down to the suspensory branch. Their malleable design means they have maximum contact with the horse’s leg unlike boots which have ice blocks within them, or those which get hard and crispy in the freezer.

    Cyrochaps are made with a neoprene sleeve which means maximum compression to the horse’s leg when applied, which is a vital part of the recovery regimen either after exercise or during rehabilitation. The neoprene also helps to keep the cold in as it protects against warm ambient external temperatures.

    The Importance of Removal

    The removal of the Cryochaps is just as important as the application. Removing them causes a rush of re-oxygenated blood to the leg, which kick starts healing and recovery. Keeping the Cryochaps on for longer than the recommended time is strongly discouraged and provides no additional benefit.

    Why are Hot Legs a Problem?

    Many equine disciplines use boots, wraps or bandages during exercise, however, recent studies, such as the 2021 research by Middle Tennessee State University demonstrates the potential damage they can cause. This study demonstrates why the rapid cooldown of horse’s legs post exercise is critically important. The research indicated that even in moderate intensity exercise the booted or bandaged leg may reach tendon damaging temperatures. The study further showed the horse’s legs failed to naturally return to their pre-exericse baseline temperature after 3 hours.

    Horse’s tendons reach very high temperatures during exercise and this reduces equine tendon cell viability. Consistent heating of the horse’s legs without appropriate cooling methods may lead to tendon degeneration.

    Before we became retailers of Cryochaps we actually bought them for our own polo ponies due to a 2019 research paper by David Marlin. Marlin studied various well known cooling methods for horse’s legs and compared the results. Cryochaps were tested and they were found to be one of the most effective methods of cooling a horses’s leg, whilst methods such as  clay and alcohol based gels were found to remove the lowest amount of heat and be ineffective.

     

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