Horse Therapy Boots: Why To Use Them and Which Ones We Recommend

 

During this time of year it's the prime opportunity to ride as much as possible, making the most out of the longer days and warmer weather - before yet another episode of rain!

 

Whether you are a happy hacker and have been extending your usual routes, have been taking your horse for some days out to the beach, or are a regular competitor in the midst of your busiest period of the year, summer time is generally when horses work the hardest and so it is imperative to take extra care of their legs to prevent any injuries.

 

As you will know, Leg injuries are the most feared injury among horse owners and can set you back on weeks or even months of training and fitness, and so prevention is by far the most important measure to take on legs rather than cure!

 

We find that Horse Therapy Boots are a fantastic method of regular maintenance and management to prevent injury, and are also very succesful as part of injury, recovery and rehabilitation. 

 

The type of therapy boot varies between brand and the type of therapy the boot offers. The most popular types of therapy are usually ice therapy, magnetic treatment and ionic treatment. 

 

Here's which Horse Therapy Boots we recommend at Throstlenest!

Ice Therapy Boots

The LeMieux ProIce Freeze Therapy Boots

 

  

These Therapy Boots provide targeted ice cold therapy for tendons and joints and should be used as regular maintenance and management or as part of injury recovery and rehabilitation. 

Ice Cold therapy breaks the cycle of inflammatory response before it causes cell damage. Cold treatment greatly reduces the amount of tissue lost to secondary injury. 

The ProIce Boots are made with a foil lining which keeps them cool for longer, and have a protective layer of mesh which prevents freeze burn to the skin. As well as this, the Pro Ice Boots mould really well to the leg due to having unique hypo-freeze gel which remains soft and adaptable.

To use: Place the boots in a freezer for 4-6 hours or overnight prior to application. Use them in short 20-30 minute sessions after intense exercise for maintenance and have multiple 20-30 minute sessions per day for recovery and rehabilitation. 

Find out more about the LeMieux ProIce Freeze Therapy Boots here.

The Ice-Vibe Boots 

The ICE-VIBE boots are rechargeable vibrating boots that help to boost circulation in horse's legs by creating a massage effect which mimics the effects of movement whilst standing in a stable. 

They combine the effects off cooling and massage therapy to effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage. The massage effect helps to stimulate the lymph system to remove soreness and swelling as well as improving circulation.

Use the Ice Vibe boots to prepare your horses legs for exercise in the stable, use after exercise with the inner cold packs and vibration to create cold circulation, and use to repair wear and tear whilst in the stable or out in the field, both before and after exercise.

Our Review: 

 

 

 Our Sales Assistant Vicky, who reguarly competes at Intermediate level in British eventing, uses these boots on her horse Entertainer. After compettng at the Aske Horse trials she reviewed them, stating:

'Absolutely love the technology behind these boots. The cold ice packs mixed with the vibrating power packs allow for treatment and recovery of any potential ligament and tendon damage! With 3 settings for the vibration according to your horses needs as well as the ability to use them warm to prepare your horses legs before exercise the use for these boots are endless! I use them regularly not just on competition days keeping entertainer feeling as fit as a fiddle!!'

Learn more about Ice-Vibe Boots here.

Magnetic Therapy Boots

The LeMieux Conductive Magnotherapy Boots 

 

Magnetic therapy is widely recommended by vets and trainers for its remedial and maintenance benefits. 

The LeMieux Conductive Magnotherapy Boots are a new generation of magnetic boots. They contain a woven layer of steel fibres directly under powerful magnets. This allows magnetic waves to be conducted evenly around the lining, bringing the whole leg within the magnetic field. This avoids unwanted hot spots from the individual magnets, and improves the overall theraputic effect. 

The boots feature vents and moisture wicking bamboo to release excess heat and are able to be worn for long periods of time due to the even spread of magnetic waves. 

The Conductive Magnotherapy Boots are ideal for use pre and post exercise and in the treatment and rehabilitation of lower limb injuries. 

Learn more about the many benefits of the LeMieux Conductive Magnotherapy Boots here.

Ionic Therapy Boots

The Rambo Ionic Stable Boots

 

 

The Rambo Ionic Therapy Boots are for use while your horse is travelling or in the stable. 

Rambo Ionic significantly enhances circulation. This increase in circulation may assist with the body’s ability to recover from injury and may help thorses suffering from poor circulation.

Rambo Ionic Technology

The Ionic boots contain a powdered form of a crystal called Tourmaline. Tourmaline releases Negative Ions, which cause a change in the water in the horses body, increasing blood flow to important areas such as muscles.

This brings increased levels of oxygen to the muscles and helps to clear toxins from the body.

Ideal for use before exercise to prepare muscles for work, and after, to help reduce any lactic acid build up caused by exercise.

Rambo Ionic works through stimulation, strengthening and support.

Find out more on The Rambo Ionic Therapy Boots here