Riders put countless hours of effort into preparing their horses for competitions with dreams of success. But in mere seconds, something as minor as a poor step can bring an end to all of that progress and threaten those dreams.
At some point in their careers, all riders will experience the frustration of an injured horse and a challenging rehab. When La Nae Drozd experienced that very event with her barrel horse, she found the solution to helping her horse recover in the Ice Horse hock wrap.
The Ideal Barrel Racing Partner
La Nae Drozd of Columbus, Nebraska, has spent her entire life riding. She joined 4-H at age 10, then took a brief break from riding in college. But, like many riders, Drozd found that she couldn’t stay away from horses and started barrel racing five years ago.
It was at that time that Drozd purchased a Quarter Horse named Docs Spanish Jig, also known as Lucian. Lucian, now 11-years-old, was Drozd’s first barrel horse. Drozd describes Lucian as intelligent and sensitive, but also very sweet. According to Drozd, Lucian has a lot of heart and is very willing. He proved to be the ideal horse to help Drozd gain experience in barrel racing competitively.
Drozd and Lucian started by riding in exhibitions until the pair was ready to compete. From there, they began competing in local jackpots, working their way up to larger barrel bashes and even bonus race finals. Last year, Drozd and Lucian started their first year of competing in amateur rodeos. They were making great progress and things seemed to be going well.
Rehab Done Right
“Icing his hocks was so convenient and easy that I plan to buy all the Ice Horse products to have on hand. The wraps stay up really well and were so simple to put on that it made icing no problem at all . Even though the injury was a set back, I am so happy I found these products in the process. They truly work!”
A single bad step
Drozd decided to compete Lucian in a winter barrel series in Columbus, where she’d run him the past few winters. During the finals this past April, Lucian took a bad step rounding the third barrel. He still finished the pattern and clocked well, but once back at their trailer, Drozd noticed that Lucian seemed stiff in that hind leg that had slipped.
Lucian had visible muscle tension in that leg that traveled up into his body, and Drozd briefly wondered if he was tying up. Luckily, the horse was not tying up and Drozd was able to trailer him home. The next week, though, the leg swelled up, and Drozd took Lucian in to be evaluated by her equine performance vet.
The news was good; the vet found that Lucian had sprained his hock. The vet advised that Lucian be given 30 days off from running, but that he return to light riding after a few days of stall rest. The vet also recommended that Drozd cold hose or ice Lucian’s hock at least once a day, and always after riding the horse. With a careful rehab, Lucian would be able to resume competing.
The Challenges of Rehab
Drozd soon discovered that cold hosing and icing Lucian’s hock was going to be more challenging than it sounded. The temperatures in Nebraska in April were still very cold, and Lucian was not terribly cooperative about standing around with ice packs on his legs. That same sensitivity that makes him a great barrel horse also makes him reactive, and Drozd knew she couldn’t trust him to stand quietly with ice packs awkwardly wrapped to his hocks.Drozd tried to manage the cold hosing followed by daily ice treatments for a week, but it wasn’t a successful experience. No matter what types of systems she created, she couldn’t convince Lucian to leave the ice packs in place. Knowing that their current system wasn’t going to work, Drozd decided that she had to come up with an alternative to give Lucian his best shot at a full recovery. She recalled that she’d seen a product online that held ice against a horse’s leg, and after a Google search she discovered Ice Horse. Drozd ordered Ice Horse’s hock wraps immediately and they quickly arrived at her home.
Ice Horse Hock Wraps: The Solution
The Ice Horse hock wraps gave Drozd the solution she was looking for. The three reusable Cold Capsule inserts stay soft and pliable when frozen, and the wraps surround the entire hock joint. Because Drozd could secure the wraps to Lucian’s hocks by using the three Velcro closures, she didn’t have to worry about them slipping down or Lucian kicking them off. The inserts stay cold for up to two hours, so Drozd could easily and effectively ice Lucian’s hocks every day.
"It was so convenient and easy that I plan to buy all the Ice Horse products to have on hand,” Drozd says of the experience. “The wraps stay up really well and was so simple to put on that it made icing no problem at all."
Drozd iced Lucian’s hocks after his workouts or rodeos from May through August. She attributes Lucian’s recovery to the effectiveness of the Ice Horse hock wraps. "Without this routine for those months I do not think he would have been as sound as he was coming out of the injury, or as ready to compete as he was. I plan on continuing this system next year for my rodeo season, especially for his hocks. Even though the injury was a set back at the beginning of the year I am so happy I found these products in the process and that they really truly work! Thank you, Ice Horse!"
looking Toward the Future
Lucian + Ice Horse = Rehab SucCess
” Without this routine for those months I do not think he would have been as sound as he was coming out of the injury, or as ready to compete as he was. I plan on continuing this system next year for my rodeo season, especially for his hocks. Even though the injury was a set back at the beginning of the year I am so happy I found these products in the process and that they really truly work! Thank you, Ice Horse!”