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Hoof Abscess Diagnosis and Care

August 11, 2021 |

How do I tell If my horse has a Hoof Abscess?  The pain of a hoof abscess is usually severe, about 4 on a scale of 5. So if your horse comes out limping or walking on his toe, follow these steps: 1. Run your hand over the sore leg and hoof for signs of injury: Look for cuts, bruises, heat and swelling. 2. Feel the hoof—does it feel warmer than usual or compared to the other feet? 3. Check the pulse near the pastern- does it feel strong and bounding when compared the other leg? 4. Clean and examine the bottom of the hoof for puncture wounds or dark holes on the sole. 5. Look to see if the pastern or heel bulbs and coronary band are swollen. If any of these symptoms are present, call your veterinarian. How do I treat a Hoof Abscess?  The best treatment strategy for a hoof abscess is to open it and let it drain which should be done by a qualified veterinarian. If the horse is shod generally the shoe will be pulled.   Once the shoe is off, hoof testers can be used to help find the location of the abscess.  Whenever possible vets like to drain an abscess through the sole. This method works well for two reasons:  First, the crack or puncture that can lead to an abscess is generally in the sole and can be followed to the abscess. Second, this puts a hole beneath the abscess so gravity can help pull out the pus.   Some abscesses will even pop on their own, often after traveling up the hoof to the coronary band or heel bulbs where the wall is thinner and easier to break through.  Soaking in Epsom salts and applying poultice can also be effective in causing an abscess to break open. After the abscess has broken you want to keep the wound open to continue draining.  If the wound closes over at the surface, but infection is still present inside. these are the perfect conditions for an abscess to occur or re-occur. Poultices may be recommended to help keep the opening moist and encourage drainage.    Keep you horse in a clean, dry stall. If you only have turn out, make sure it is clean, dry and not too large.   The horse should feel immediate relief by having the abscess drained and the drainage process could last 3-4 days.   At this stage, the most important thing is to keep the open area clean and dry.  In the old days people used duct tape and diapers but Hoof Wraps Brand® has come up with a ingenious Hoof Wrap Bandage that is simple to use and will keep your horse’s hoof clean and dry hoof up to 2 weeks. The Hoof Wraps  Bandage makes the daily care and cleaning of the drainage opening far easier and less time consuming. Check you bandage and dressing every 24 hours or if you notice it is getting loose.  While your horse will experience relief within 24 hours, it will take several weeks for the hoof to heal properly. Tips To Avoid Hoof Abscess:           Keep your stalls andturnouts clean Schedule regular farrier visits Clean muck, mud sand debris from hoofs daily.  Avoid rocky terrain Apply disinfectant like SteriHoof if you suspect an infection is brewing.

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Main Types of Laminitis

April 14, 2021 |

Laminitis isn’t the same for all horses—and a lot of that has to do with the reason the laminitis occurred. Although there there are lots of reasons for laminitis to affect a horse, those reasons can be boiled down to four categories: An inflammatory disease process. Systemic illnesses create a sudden laminitis as the horse’s body goes into a state of systemic inflammation. This can happen after a colic, a case of pneumonia, a retained placenta, and the like. Metabolic disorders. The horse with PPID (Cushing’s Disease), Insulin Resistance, and other metabolic conditions is at a higher risk of laminitis than other horses. Age is not a factor here, but commonly diet and exercise are.  A severe lameness, infection, or fracture in one limb can cause supporting limb laminitis. A horse will favor the injured leg, transferring weight and stress to the healthy limb which ultimately leads to laminitis in the healthy leg.   Repetitive trauma, such as road founder, is also a cause of laminitis. In cases like this, a single incident can be the culprit, or it can develop over time from the repetition of work. Hard surfaces are often involved. Ice Horse is fortunate to be able to have Dr. James Orsini from the New Bolton Center, a leading laminitis expert, on our panel of distinguished professional experts. The video below offers his explanation of the types of laminitis in horses. Enjoy! 

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THIS IS WHY FEI EVENT RIDERS CHOOSE ICE HORSE

December 12, 2020 |

Liz Halliday-Sharp Caroline Martin Sara Kozumplik Murphy Ice Horse is proud to announce the addition of new team riders, Liz Halliday-Sharp, Caroline Martin, and Sara Kozumplik Murphy. All three riders compete at the international, FEI-level for Three-Day Eventing and utilize Ice Horse products to provide the best cold therapy for their respective strings. “Ice Horse and Eventing really go hand in hand,” said Julie, Ice Horse CEO and owner. “Ice Horse cold therapy products are clinically proven to stay colder longer and to cool inflammation better than any other equine cold therapy option. From dressage to cross-country to stadium jumping, the Eventing sport demands a lot from the horses’ bodies and legs, and there’s no better way to maintain, or treat, soundness than with consistent application of Ice Horse products.” Liz Halliday-Sharp agrees on the importance of cold therapy for her horses. Keeping her horses sound is a key factor in achieving her accomplished record, which includes winning the 2020 U.S. Eventing Rider of the Year title in addition to landing on the top of the international leaderboard with the most FEI wins in 2020. Halliday-Sharp is a favorite to make the U.S. team for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. “I absolutely love the Ice Horse products for my horses,” said Halliday-Sharp. “The Cold Capsule inserts are secured easily with velcro, and they stay in place on the horses’ legs. The Ice Horse boots are great for the young horses that may get nervous standing in big boots or tubs, and the upper-level horses benefit from Ice Horse’s superior coverage.” “It is so hard to keep most ice products cold, but I have never had a problem with these.” Halliday-Sharp added. “And the Cold Capsule inserts are small enough that they fit in freezers or coolers for no-hassle transport when we are on the road. Ice Horse is absolutely what I would recommend for horses for all levels and needs.” Halliday-Sharp’s most-used Ice Horse products for her string are the Ice Horse Tendon Wraps (starting at $59.95).https://icehorse.com/products/tendon-wraps/ Caroline Martin is another well-known name in the sport, having earned multiple titles and championships as a young rider. She was also named to the U.S. Developing Rider and Team Training lists every year for nearly a decade. And at the young age of 26, Martin has already represented the country in multiple international team competitions and is shortlisted for the upcoming Olympic Games. “I’m so amazed with Ice Horse products,” Martin said. “I had been searching for a product to use when our horses finish a jump school or a gallop that would actually stay cold on their legs, without making them nervous. I also struggled to find a product that would stay in difficult areas like hocks and stifles. “Ice Horse wraps stay in place, are easy to use, and don’t spook the horses. Horses can move around all they want in Ice Horse, including on hauls home after local events or on walks back to the barns after cross-country. “Best of all, the Cold Capsule inserts actually stay cold and secured on the horses, no matter what. With a busy import sales business, I feel the Ice Horse products are also the perfect introduction for young horses, especially 4-year-olds, into icing. Ice Horse helps my horses feel their best and gives me the peace of mind that I’m doing everything I can for their soundness.” In addition to the leg wraps, Martin likes to utilize the Ice Horse Back Blanket ($169.95) to relieve any back soreness. The Back Blanket can also be used with heat inserts for heat therapy.https://icehorse.com/products/back-blanket-1/ Sara Kozumplik Murphy is an international competitor in both Eventing and in Show Jumping. Additionally, she is a well-respected and sought-after coach and horse trainer and is known for producing quality horses. “Ice Horse was the solution after a long search for effective cold therapy,” said Kozumplik Murphy. “For years prior, our busy, professional barn grew tired of using cumbersome and substandard equipment to ice our horses’ legs after galloping and jumping. We needed an alternative solution that was effective, practical, and not time-consuming—which is exactly what Ice Horse offers. “Ice Horse leg, body, and hoof care are designed to offer the best combination of compression and cold therapy to reduce inflammation. Not only are the Ice Horse products easy to use, but I noticed a huge difference in the coolness and tightness of my horses’ legs after using Ice Horse. Gone are the days of ice packs melting or boots slipping because Ice Horse doesn’t move and its Cold Capsules stay freezing cold for hours.” “These products are so easy to use that anyone at any level can effectively and confidently use Ice Horse without supervision,” Kozumplik Murphy added. “We now haul our horses home from local events wearing various Ice Horse products. These products are a game-changer for our program.” Kozumplik Murphy finds the Ice Horse Hock Wraps (starting at $79.95) to be helpful in icing an area that would otherwise be difficult to treat. https://icehorse.com/products/hock-wraps/ Ice Horse is proud to sponsor these three, exceptional athletes. They join the Ice Horse team that includes other top, international Eventers such as Lauren Kieffer and Buck Davidson.

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What Worked at WEG

September 26, 2018 |

Sharon Classen served as one of the International Equestrian Federation’s few “Permitted Equine Therapists” at the World Equestrian Games this past week. Her WEG role included helping competitors from across the globe who are not able to bring their own physical therapist. Sharon worked with the American reining team, the Bolivian show jumpers, the Irish Eventers and Para Dressage pairs. Sharon trusts Ice Horse cryotherapy when treating her high-performance clients. "Here at WEG using Ice Horse ice packs to treat the athletes... the ice packs are excellent and helping to keep these athletes performing to their best- love them!"  - Sharon Classen, Permitted Equine Therapist   Ice Horse Riders Represented at WEG Jumpers Earn Gold An impressive jump round by Ice Horse Rider Laura Kraut and Zeremonie helped the US Team win gold for the first time in 32 years! 🇺🇸 🏅 Driving to Victory Ice Horse Driver, Chester Weber, and the U.S. team secured their first ever gold medal. Chester also received an Individual Silver in Combined Driving! Reining Supreme  Congratulations are in order for Cade McCutcheon and everyone at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses for the winning the gold medal! 🏅 We are thrilled to be a part of their team! Congratulations to all our riders! #betterbymiles

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New University Research Proves Ice Horse Hoof Boots Effective

February 07, 2018 |

    Objectives: Digital cryotherapy is commonly used for laminitis prophylaxis and treatment. Currently validated methods for distal limb cryotherapy involve wet application or compression technology. There is a need for a practical, affordable, dry cryotherapy method that effectively cools the digit. The objective of this study was to evaluate the hoof wall surface temperatures (HWSTs) achieved with a novel dry cryotherapy technology.   Design: Repeated-measures in vivo experimental study. Setting: Experimental intervention at a single site. Participants 6 systemically healthy horses (3 mares, 3 geldings). Interventions Cryotherapy was applied to six horses for eight hours with a commercially available rubber and rubber and welded fabricice boot, which extended proximally to include the foot and pastern. Reusable malleable cold therapy packs were secured against the foot and pastern with the three built-in hook-and-loop fastener panels. Primary and secondary outcome measures HWST and pastern surface temperature of the cryotherapy-treated limb, HWST of the control limb and ambient temperature were recorded every five minutes throughout the study period. Results: Results were analysed with mixed-effects multivariable regression analysis. The HWST (median 11.1°C, interquartile range 8.6°C–14.7°C) in the cryotherapy-treated limb was significantly decreased compared with the control limb (median 29.7°C, interquartile range 28.9°C–30.4°C) (P≤0.001). Cryotherapy limb HWST reached a minimum of 6.75°C (median) with an interquartile range of 4.1°C–9.3°C. Minimum HWST was achieved 68 minutes after cryotherapy pack application. Conclusions: Dry application of cryotherapy significantly reduced HWST and reached minimums below the therapeutic target of 10°C. This cryotherapy method might offer an effective alternative for digital cooling. Read Full Article  

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Ice Horse is selected as the Official Ice Therapy Product of the US Equestrian Federation

January 03, 2018 |

Sonoma, CA. – Ice Horse®, a leading producer of equine cold therapy products, is proud to announce that the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has selected Ice Horse as their Official Cold Therapy Products.   As the health, welfare and safety of America’s top equine athletes is a primary concern for the USEF, Ice Horse is delighted to partner with this venerable organization. Ice Horse’s array of non-prescriptive, non-invasive cold therapy products are proven effective ways for maintaining equine joint health and facilitating post-injury rehabilitation.     Unlike standard gel-based products, Ice Horse products use state-of-the-artCold Capsule™ technology which is ice water-based. Recent tests have shown that Ice Horse’s cold wrap products stay colder more than twice as long as gel-based products, helping soothe inflamed tendons and joints more effectively.   “We’re delighted that our top quality cold therapy products are being recognized for their efficacy,” said IceHorse CEO Julie Garella, “and we look forward to a successful partnership with the USEF, by bringing these safe and effective treatments to equine athletes everywhere.”   Ice Horse products come in an array of forms to treat all kinds of physical issues, including tendon, hock and suspensory wraps, back blankets and boots for icing the hoof and are at available in tack shops nationwide and here, www.icehorse.net.

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CANADA KNOWS COLD: CANADIAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM SELECTS ICE HORSE COLD THERAPY FOR 2016 OLYMPICS

September 15, 2016 |

The Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) is pleased to announce they have selected MacKinnon Products’ Ice Horse as their official cold therapy treatment for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics to be held in Rio August 05 - 21. “We were thrilled to receive a call” said Julie Garella, Ice Horse CEO. “CET let us know the team had selected Ice Horse products once again as their cold therapy solution for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The results were so good for Pan American Games in 2015 that the CET decided to use an assortment of products from Big Black Boots to Back Blankets while training for, and competing at, the upcoming Olympics 2016.” Canadian dressage and eventing Team horse therapist, Dr. Usha Knabe speaks to the benefits of Ice Horse products, “Ice therapy is an age old method and we have been using it in international sport for a long time. What Ice Horse has been able to provide is a solution for easy to use, consistent and reliable ice therapy. Ice Horse products allow you to access multiple areas like the back, stifle, knee and hock. You also know that it’s not too cold and that you are providing effective treatment. With these products we have been able to provide ice therapy to our team horses and the results speak for themselves.” About Ice HorseFor over 15 years Ice Horse has been the trusted name in cold therapy for horses and riders. The products feature inserts which when frozen turn to soft fluffy snow, mold to the horse legs and stay cold for over two hours. To learn more visit www.icehorse.net About the Canadian Equestrian Team:The Canadian Equestrian Team (CET), a committee of Equine Canada, is responsible for developing, selecting and training all international teams in the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). These eight include the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping, as well as driving, endurance, para-equestrian, reining and vaulting. The CET sends Canadian riders across the globe to compete individually and as a team at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, World Cups, and more. To learn more, visit www.equinecanada.ca.

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CANADA KNOWS COLD: CANADIAN EQUESTRIAN TEAM SELECTS ICE HORSE COLD THERAPY FOR 2016 OLYMPICS

August 03, 2016 |

The Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) is pleased to announce they have selected MacKinnon Products’ Ice Horse as their official cold therapy treatment for the Rio 2016 Olympics and Paralympics to be held in Rio August 05 - 21. “We were thrilled to receive a call” said Julie Garella, Ice Horse CEO. “CET let us know the team had selected Ice Horse products once again as their cold therapy solution for the 2016 Olympics in Rio. The results were so good for Pan American Games in 2015 that the CET decided to use an assortment of products from Big Black Boots to BackBlankets while training for, and competing at, the upcoming Olympics 2016.” Canadian dressage and eventing Team horse therapist, Dr. Usha Knabe speaks to the benefits of Ice Horse products, “Ice therapy is an age old method and we have been using it in international sport for a long time. What Ice Horse has been able to provide is a solution for easy to use, consistent and reliable ice therapy. Ice Horse products allow you to access multiple areas like the back, stifle, knee and hock. You also know that it’s not too cold and that you are providing effective treatment. With these products we have been able to provide ice therapy to our team horses and the results speak for themselves.” About Ice HorseFor over 15 years Ice Horse has been the trusted name in cold therapy for horses and riders. The products featureinserts which when frozen turn to soft fluffy snow, mold to the horse legs and stay cold for over two hours. To learn more visit www.icehorse.net About the Canadian Equestrian TeamThe Canadian Equestrian Team (CET), a committee of Equine Canada, is responsible for developing, selecting and training all international teams in the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). These eight include the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping, as well as driving, endurance, para-equestrian, reining and vaulting. The CET sends Canadian riders across the globe to compete individually and as a team at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, World Cups, and more. To learn more, visit www.equinecanada.ca.

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USEF Names Short List for the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team

April 13, 2016 |

RELEASE: April 13, 2016 AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: USEF Communications Department -Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.)   Lexington, Ky. - The United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) has named 10 athletes and their horses to the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team. The athletes and their horses will compete in designated CSIO/CSI observation events taking place May 12 – June 26, 2016. The following athletes and horses have been named to the Short List for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team (in alphabetical order): Lucy Davis (Los Angeles, Calif.) and Old Oak Farm’s Barron, a 2004 Belgian Warmblood gelding Margie Engle (Wellington, Fla.) and Elm Rock Partners, LLC’s Royce, a 2004 Oldenburg stallion Kent Farrington (Wellington, Fla.) with Robin Parsky and his own Gazelle, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare, and Amalaya Investments’ Voyeur, a 2002 KWPN gelding Lauren Hough (Wellington, Fla.) and The Ohlala Group’s Ohlala, a 2004 Swedish Warmblood mare Reed Kessler (Lexington, Ky.) and Kessler Show Stable’s Cylana, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood mare Laura Kraut (Royal Palm Beach, Fla.) with Old Willow Farms, LLC’s Deauville S, a 2006 Holsteiner gelding, and Zeremonie, a 2007 Holsteiner mare Beezie Madden (Cazenovia, N.Y.) with Abigail Wexner’s Breitling LS, a 2006 Dutch Warmblood stallion, Cortes ‘C’, a 2002 Belgian Warmblood gelding, Quister, a 2004 Selle Francais gelding, and Simon, a 1999 KWPN gelding Todd Minikus (Loxahatchee, Fla.) and Jack Snyder’s Babalou 41, a 2005 Oldenburg mare Callan Solem (Glennmore, Pa.) and Horseshoe Trail Farm, LLC’s VDL Wizard, a 2003 KWPN gelding McLain Ward (Brewester, N.Y.) with Double H Farm & Francois Mathy’s HH Azur, a 2006 Belgian Warmblood mare, and Sagamore Farm's Rothchild, a 2001 Warmblood gelding Further information regarding the U.S. Olympic Show Jumping Team selection process can be found on USEF.org. All nominations to the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team are subject to approval by the United States Olympic Committee. The USEF International High Performance Programs are generously supported by the USET Foundation, USOC, and USEF Sponsors and Members. Link to Article

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Wine Country Barrel Racers Press Release

April 12, 2016 |

Ice Horse chills out with Wine County Barrel Racers  WCBR is thrilled to announce that Ice Horse® will be the official sponsor of the "Dream Team" competition at the Wine Country Barrel Racer’s Firecracker Race, July 2 & 3, and the WCBR Finals Oct 29 & 30, 2016.  For over 15 years Ice Horse has set the standard for Equine cold therapy products. “Barrel horses work hard and should be treated just like an athlete.”  Says Ice Horse owner Julie Garella.  “With regular use, our products can help equine athletes prevent injury, perform better and recover faster after a run. “  Company reps will be on hand during the events to provide education and talk about the benefits of using cold therapy daily and will demonstrate how to use the Ice Horse products. “Understanding how to select and use the correct cold therapy products is the key to achieving results” says Garella.   Suspensory ligaments, tendons, pasterns, knees, hooves, hocks, stifles and sore backs are the equine body parts currently addressed by Ice Horse’s ever-growing product line. To get a head start visit www.icehorse.net and see how you can protect, perform and recover you horse faster by using Ice Horse products.   Face Book Link: facebook.com/IceHorseEquine @icehorse_equine

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Canada Knows Cold: Canadian Equestrian Team Selects Ice Horse Cold Therapy

July 17, 2015 |

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Canada Knows Cold: Canadian Equestrian Team  Selects Ice Horse Cold Therapy The Canadian Equestrian Team (CET) is pleased to announce they have selected MacKinnon Products’ Ice Horse as their official cold therapy treatment for the 2015 Pan American Games to be held in Toronto July 12-26. “We were thrilled to have received a call from one of the team veterinarians in late spring,” said Julie Garella, Ice Horse CEO. “They let us know the team had tried a couple of Ice Horse products at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in France. So good were the results, that the CET decided to use an assortment of products from Big Black Boots to Back Blankets while training for, and competing at, the upcoming games.” Canadian Eventing team veterinarian, Dr. Christiana Ober speaks to the benefits of Ice Horse products, “The Ice Horse products are an integral part of our preventive maintenance and soundness program. We use them after gallops and hard schools to prevent inflammation in legs and joints. We have used the boots religiously leading up to and during the TORONTO 2015 Pan American games. I believe in these products and their ability to alleviate inflammation.” About Ice Horse:   For over 15 years Ice Horse has been the trusted name in cold therapy for horses and riders. The products feature inserts which when frozen turn to soft fluffy snow, mold to the horse legs and stay cold for over two hours. To learn more visit www.icehorse.net.  About the Canadian Equestrian Team The Canadian Equestrian Team (CET), a committee of Equine Canada, is responsible for developing, selecting and training all international teams in the eight equestrian disciplines recognized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI). These eight include the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping, as well as driving, endurance, para-equestrian, reining and vaulting. The CET sends Canadian riders across the globe to compete individually and as a team at the Olympic Games, Pan American Games, World Equestrian Games, World Cups, and more. To learn more, visit www.equinecanada.ca.  

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Effective Cold Therapy Now Easier Than Ever, Thanks to Ice Horse!

June 23, 2015 |

      Ice Horse, the most trusted name in equine cold therapy today announced a major design change making the application of cold therapy for equine athletes easier than ever to apply. Over the past few years the company developed a breathable wrap using a pocket to hold the ice packs. The wrap itself stretches to provide even compression on the area being treated.   The latest enhancement allows ice packs to Velcro directly onto the wrap. Julie Garella, CEO of MacKinnon Products that manufactures Ice Horse says “We had a lot of calls from caregivers telling us how much they liked our product, but wishing they didn’t have to fiddle around with placing the ice packs into sleeves inside the wraps.  It took us awhile to figure out a design that would allow the ice to Velcro directly on the wrap, without compromising the elasticity, which is, provides maximum compression of the ice against the leg. This enhancement achieves both. “ The new design elements mark the company’s foray into the veterinary and equine orthopedic markets. “Everyone understands a cold sack of peas on a sore area” says Garella. “Our products simply make the application on horses easy to use and cost effective”. Dr. Mark Revenaugh of Northwest Equine Performance and veterinarian for the United States Equestrian Team agrees.  “Cold therapy is oftentimes the best treatment for sport horse injuries.  Standing your horse in a snow bank or an ice-cold stream is optimal, but those options are not always practical.  I’ve found Ice Horse to be a great option:  it’s easy to use, practical, and highly effective.”  For customers with the pocket style wraps, “don’t worry“ says Garella. The new ice packs come with a strip covering the Velcro so they are still compatible with the pocketed version. All Ice Horse products still proudly made in the United States.   

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