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New Scientific Study Proves IceHorse's Laminitis Boot is Better by Miles

Something as serious as Laminitis needs the best treatment there is. A new study from the Department of Clinical Studies, New Bolton Center, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of Pennsylvania confirms IceHorse's dry cryotherapy is a much more effective cold therapy treatment than ice water buckets, gels or compression-based cold therapies.

And only IceHorse has Cold Capsule ice packs that surround and cool inflamed tissues more than 3 times longer than gel packs or icy water buckets long enough and cold enough to actually make a real difference.

IceHorse Laminitis Boots Are Easy To Use: Watch This Video To See How

Thermography Study Validates Efficacy of Ice Horse Cold Therapy Wraps

The thermographic imaging study was used to help determine product coverage, patterning and the long lasting temperature exchange/cooling effect of IceHorse® products.

Why Thermography?

Diagnostic imaging modalities are divided into two basic camps: anatomic and physiologic. Thermal imaging is a physiologic imaging modality; meaning it detects changes in blood flow and metabolism. This means that instead of looking at anatomy, like radiograph (X-ray) and ultrasound images, we are looking at the surface of the skin and the heat and cold that is radiating off the skin. The thermography camera measures these temperatures and displays them in a rainbow palette. In radiographs and ultrasounds, we are looking at the anatomical structures of the horse – the bones, tendons & ligaments.

Thermography measures the metabolic and circulatory activity taking place in the horse. Short of inserting probes into a horse’s legs it is the best measure of effective and lasting cold therapy treatments.

The Protocol

Thermographic images were taken pre and post-exercise of the legs of a 6-year-old Quarter Horse. The pre-ride images were captured just prior to exercise and the post-ride images were taken immediately after 1 hour of moderate-hard work. Both pre-ride and post-ride images were taken with the boot removed and no water applied to the subjects legs.

Although extensive ranges of images were captured, for this study only images of the front legs were analyzed. Additionally, Not all images were used. Poor quality images and images with thermographic artifacts are not reliable and were discarded.


Straight from the stall.

Subject's legs prior to exercise.

Lateral View: Right

Subject's legs after 1 hour of exercise.

Lateral View: Left

Subject's legs after 1 hour of exercise.

Rear View

Subject's legs after 1 hour of exercise.

Lateral View: Right Leg

Right leg after 40 Minutes in IceHorse wrap. Left leg is the control leg – no ice boot or water applied.

Lateral View: Left Leg

Right leg after 40 Minutes in IceHorse wrap. Shows excellent cooling of tendons at back and medial aspects of leg. Left (control) leg remains quite hot.

Rear View

Right leg after 40 minutes in IceHorse Wrap. Demonstrates excellent contact at area of tendons at back of limb. Left (control) leg remains quite hot.

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Ice Hoof Boot

Coverage from the coronary band to the toe, our patented design allows you to change the cold packs without removing the boot from the horse hoof for continuous cooling. Recommended for use  with Ice Horse tendon wraps for full leg coverage. 

Laminitis Boot

Coverage from the pastern and fetlock area to the toe. This boots not only ices the hoofs it pre-cools the blood flow into the hoof region. Patented design  allows you to change the cold packs without removing the boot from the horse hoof for continuous cooling.

Laminitis Kit

No barn should be without the Laminitis Kit from Ice Horse. 

The Kit Includes: IceHorse Pro Therapy Laminitis Boots, 2 Hoof Wraps Soaker Sacks, 18 Cold Capsule IcePacks