Animals

High pressure strains horses` legs

In view of the fact that the locomotor system of horses is more or less exposed to heavy strain, it requires particular care. In many cases actively cooling is also a matter of relative importance.
Cooling and rest can provide rapid relief in the case of injury and joint pain. Preventive cooling of limbs after heavy work can lead to faster regeneration and prevent injuries. Cooling prevents muscle strain caused by training helps tired muscles to relax and reduces heat and swelling. Cooling stimulates the blood circulation, accelerating metabolism and contributing to faster revitalisation.

Many horse owners are well aware of the challenges they face in trying to cool down horses' legs after a great amount of strain. For lack of an alternative, they often resort to using conventional gel packs from the freezer, cooling gels or hoses. In such a way, the horse owners run the risk of causing great harm. The problem: in extreme low temperatures, hypothermia or even frozen patches on the horse's legs can be seen. Danger to health is also caused by permanent wetness.

Temperature-related effects for riders

In many respects, body and ambient temperatures are the key for well-being and good performance.

The normal core body temperature of a healthy person lies between 36 °C and 37 °C. However, at high outdoor temperatures, the body heats up and the body's cooling system must work at "full power" which consumes much energy.

Perspiration usually ensures that the body temperature does not rise significantly. However, at very high outside temperatures, this mechanism is not sufficient. Without external cooling, the body is not able to effectively dissipate the heat. This results in overheating with conspicuous decrease in performance and early fatigue that can include nausea or even cardiovascular problems.