by Jodie Seddon
It’s a common obsession from March to October, how to use ice most effectively to keep those tendons, ligaments and supporting structures cool after strenuous work. Everyone has a different solution, from ice packs under XC boots to wine bottle cool packs and everything in between… but this summer, there may be a new market leader in the cool gang!
Cryochaps are the brain child of Tricia Palmer Lewis, who has a proper job and an incident prone 4 legged friend. When she could not find a way to ice all the soft tissue structures in a limb, she decided to solve the problem herself! Helpfully she then decided to commercialise her invention, which won a “Best New Product” award at BETA 2017.
Cryochaps are flexible frozen ice boots, with a shape designed to cover from high suspensory to under the fetlock. After the iced part wraps around the limb, it is followed by a neoprene cover to compress and keep the boot on safely, so the horse can keep walking off. They stay cold for up to 2 hours from the freezer, longer if well packed in cool boxes etc. Wipe clean, refreeze and re use… it’s that simple. I’ve been using them regularly on a slightly fragile character, who dislikes anything loose dangling around her legs – they’ve delivered exactly as Tricia promised, secure cold compressed legs.
Cryochaps from £45 – £162