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This brand-new range of boots for your horse has something for every discipline - an Event boot, a Tendon boot and the all-round, low profile Hybrid which can be used for most disciplines, including dressage and racing and also as a work boot.
The innovative Pro Mesh boots are extremely breathable and have an integrated layer that offers superior airflow to cool your horse’s leg, but stops sand and dirt passing through the outer layer. They provide excellent impact and abrasion protection and are designed to stretch slightly to allow movement in the joints, offering outstanding comfort.
The Pro Mesh shell and comfort lining don’t absorb water and the hexagonal holes reduce the weight of the boot –the medium Hybrid only weighs approximately 130g per boot. No adhesives are used during production, increasing strength and durability without compromising on protection and comfort.
These boots offer a glove-like fit due to the naturally hypoallergenic polyolefin closed cell foam which is perforated to increase air flow. This material resists mould and bacterial growth and is perfect for horses with sensitive skin.
The anatomically shaped, lightweight Pebax strike guard offers exceptional protection. The strike guard is rigid where needed but flexible enough to conform to your horse’s legs and won't shatter on impact. Holes in the strike guard allow heat to escape.
Price from £48.99 and come in a range of sizes and colours.
Order online at www.kmeliteproducts.co.uk
Ice-Vibe boots are rechargeable vibrating boots that boost circulation in horse’s legs. Specifically designed to achieve better results to using just ice.
Ice on its own reduces blood flow and numbs the nerves in the area, and is in danger of making legs too cold, causing the lymph system to slow down and reduce blood flow so severely that further damage is caused and healing is compromised. Ice-Vibe does the exact opposite.
They combine the effects of cooling and massage therapy to effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage. The boots can be used with and without cold packs to reduce swelling and stimulate blood flow.
Cooling slows down blood flow to prevent swelling, while the massage effect encourages lymph to move, draining inflammation and stimulating repair to damaged tissue. The vibration mimics the effect of a horse walking quietly in the field, making them perfect for horses on box rest.
Using the boots before exercise can help reduce the risk of injury as increasing blood flow to the tendons and ligaments makes them more elastic. Everyday wear and tear on joints can be managed with daily use of the boots, and rehabilitation through injury can be achieved more quickly.
Testimonial from top eventer William Fox Pitt:
"The Ice Vibe boots are an excellent cold therapy system. We use the boots on the horses after strenuous exercise and find them to be very effective and easy to use. The newly developed longer boots are ideal for hind legs and the horses appear to be very comfortable wearing them. In my opinion they are the most effective and user friendly way of cooling."
Testimonial from top western rider Clint Allen:
"Ice-Vibe therapy has been great for our horses. Tendon care and maintenance is always a top priority for us because of the stress cutting can have on our horse’s legs. We run the Ice-Vibe several days a week on all of our horses in training. It not only helps to alleviate soreness, but also helps to prevent injuries by increasing circulation. It’s a great product that is easy to pack up and take on the road to shows. The horses enjoy it and I can rest easy knowing their legs are being taken care of."
Ice-Vibe boots break with the conventional treatments for tendon repair, offering a real healing solution for horses with leg problems rather than the use of an invasive or painful treatment. Traditional tendon treatments, such as blistering and pin-firing are increasingly recognised as cruel, while other treatments such as stem cell and PRP treatment are very expensive. Ice-Vibe provides a non-invasive, effective rehabilitation method that encourages the horse’s own healing.
Easy to use and affordable, Ice-Vibe is a product that every rider at every level and in every discipline should have in their kit: it’s a product that can fundamentally improve and prolong the lives and careers of horses.
The Ice-Vibe boots are available in hock, knee and tendon fit.
RRP £194.95- £204.95
To find out more visit www.horseware.com
Tested by: Your Horse Gear Guide Editor, Allison Lowther
These boots cleverly deliver cool therapy and massage which you can use together or individually.
I’ve used these mainly as part of my daily routine as a massage boot which I used before work to try and maintain my horse’s legs. They're great way to start the warming up process before I get on and hopefully avoid injuries.
If the ground is hard I use them again after work with the cool pad on with massage again.
They fit neatly and securely around your horse’s legs. They’re well-made and a great piece of kit to use on a daily basis or have in your tack room to use after hard work or if your horse has banged himself.
*Price at time of publishing - April 2016