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The indispensable ice wrap chap for horses post exercise & post injury for every discipline. British registered design.
Sizes: Horse front &  Horse hind

After Injury

Cryochaps cover all major structures in the lower leg
Provides cooling & compression
Reduces bleeding, swelling, stiffness & pain
Promotes recovery & healing
CRYOCHAPS – Routine use post injury
Using CRYOCHAPS After Injury
Horse owners will have experienced the time consuming process of having to hose down an injury to take the heat & swelling out. Cold hosing is proven to have a beneficial effect, adding Cryochaps to the injury routine will give an extra hit of cold as well as compression which can help target the inflammation.
Applying CRYOCHAPS decreases leg temperature, decreasing leg temperatures, reduces internal bleeding to the injury site by vasoconstriction & so lessens swelling. Reducing temperature using CRYOCHAPS is like applying an ice pack in humans & has been found to;
Reduce pain by raising the pain threshold, thus overriding the pain sensation
Reduce muscle spasm & the risk of cell death by decreasing the rate of metabolism
Decrease nerve transmission in pain fibres & cause endorphin release
CRYOCHAPS cover major ligaments & tendons from the proximal suspensory ligament right down to the suspensory branch & annular ligament. Swelling after injury tracks up as well as down, so CRYOCHAPS give you full coverage of the lower limb to treat the effected & surrounding area. As well as the essential cold therapy CRYOCHAPS also provide the compression required in all recovery regimens.
CRYOCHAPS are a great idea for every horse owner’s medical kit & have been designed to be symmetrical so they will fit any leg. Please seek advice from your vet before using CRYOCHAPS for injury.

After Exercise

Could help protect against injury
Promotes recovery and healing
Boosts performance
CRYOCHAPS – Routine use post exercise
Using CRYOCHAPS After Exercise
Cooling after exercise with ice cold water is commonplace to help recovery from intense performance in human athletes. This is thought to decrease the pain & swelling associated with trauma after exercise & helps to initiate healing.
Your horse is an athlete too & after intense exercise, cooling legs with CRYOCHAPS is akin to the science of application in humans, which may promote a faster recovery & better performance for the next day, by addressing the heat build up and inflammatory response with cooling and compression. It is already common practice in many equine disciplines to ice or cold wrap the legs after exercise & competitions. Horses undergo specific fitness regimens for competition, application of CRYOCHAPS can become part of this routine to protect against injury. The other benefit is taking the heat out of legs that have been bandaged or booted for exercise. Studies have found that tendons like the superficial digital flexor tendon produce heat on exercise. The tendon is further insulated by boots and bandages, and without airflow, the temperatures could rise to dangerous levels which could lead to tendon cell death. Cryochaps again can be used immediately after exercise to decrease surface leg temperatures and help cool the leg.
The Theory
Exercise is said to cause micro trauma, or tiny tears in tissues, like muscle, tendons & ligaments. By rapidly bringing tissue temperatures down this:
constricts blood vessels hence flushing waste products, like lactic acid, out of the affected tissues
decreases metabolic activity, slowing down the physiological processes that cause inflammation
reduces swelling & tissue breakdown
Then, with rewarming after removal of CRYOCHAPS, the blood vessels vasodilate, increasing blood flow, speeding circulation, which further flushes out the unwanted waste, accelerating the healing process.
Human evidence suggests a water temperature of less than 10 °C & immersion time of 10-15 mins demonstrated the best results. Not all of us with horses have the ability to quickly put together an ice bath for a 400kg horse! CRYOCHAPS have been designed to recreate this environment to cover all major tendons & ligaments of the lower leg.
So all you have to do to benefit from cold therapy, is apply CRYOCHAPS immediately after exercise for 10-15 mins. 

Available as a single wrap, in pairs or a quad set – Horse Quad contains 2 Horse front and 2 Horse hind. Pairs are either fronts or hinds.

How to Choose the Right Size CRYOCHAP
Follow these simple steps and consult the chart below to make sure you get the correct size boot for your horse’s front and hind legs.
A (cm)	B (cm)	C (cm)
To fit 14hh-17.2hh Horse HIND (HH) leg – measurements	24-26	25-28	30-33
Horse Hind (HH) boot measurement	30	31	37
To fit 14hh-17.2hh Horse FRONT (HF) leg – measurements	21-23	21-24	27-30
Horse Front (HF) boot measurement	27	24	34

A – Circumference of knee just below knee
B – Distance between bottom of knee joint & mid fetlock
C – Circumference of widest part of fetlock
A – Circumference of leg just below tarsal joint
B – Distance between bottom of tarsal joint & mid fetlock
C – Circumference of widest part of fetlock

CRYOCHAPS can be placed flat in a standard freezer (-24° Celsius) overnight, to receive the optimum cooling effect. Alternatively place in freezer for approx. 4 hours before immediate use. If you have no freezer at your yard or you are travelling a competition, tests have shown that if you place in a freezer overnight and then place in an insulating cooler bag with ice blocks, then Cryochaps will still achieve effective cooling after up to 4 hours in the cooler bag. Cool boxes may achieve far longer.
Cryochaps cool bags have been tested to keep the Cryochaps cool for up to 4 hours (ambient temperature between 18-24° Celsius), this is with the bag packed out fully with cool blocks.
If repeated use is required then a minimum of 2 hours back in the freezer at -24° Celsius will adequately refreeze. (Cryochaps will still be slightly frozen hence the difference form 4 hours stated above)

Using Post Exercise, apply to the leg for 10-15 mins. For best results wet the leg before application. Temperatures are maintained below 10°-15° for this time period. If your horses’s leg is not cool to the touch when you take Cryochaps off, they were not frozen adequately before application.
Within the first 24-48 hours after injury, apply for up to 20mins, temperatures against the leg will be maintained below 10°-15°. Application can be repeated every 2-3 hours, ensure you take advice from your vet before using after injury. CRYOCHAPS should not be used on open wounds or if suspected infection. If your horse has sensitive legs, or clipped legs, it is advised to cover. CRYOCHAPS should not be left on the leg longer than 20 mins, there is no medical benefit to be gained by leaving them on for longer. You run the risk of damaging the skin.
Applying to the leg.
The branded label and Velcro section signify the outside of the wrap and should be kept outermost when applying to the leg. Please follow the instructions and pictures below;
Label Markings
The right leg is signified by R on the outer label above the horse head. L for Left.
HH is Horse Hind – HF is Horse Front and will be above the ‘C’ of CRYOCHAPS

Right Layout
The branded label and Velcro should be on the outside.
The branded label also signifies the top of the wrap. Layout opposite for right leg.

The Left leg will be marked L and have either HH or HF marked to signify hind and front leg of the horse.

The end of the gel section of the wrap, is placed to the front of the leg so the top of the wrap is just under the bony projection of the side of the knee or side of the hock.
Make sure the raised top section of the gel boot is aligned with the back of the leg

Wrap around the leg and secure the straps to the Velcro. I find it easiest to secure a middle strap first and then attach the top strap and work down.

Do not cup underneath the fetlock with the bottom strap, p

Cryochaps Ice Wraps front pair

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