Don’t Let them Run Sore


for Keeping
Barrel Horses
Happy on the Road

Kristin Yde is a horsewoman, barrel racer, and Ice Horse fan! Based out of North Carolina, Kristen runs two of her horses, Smack and Cruiser, as well as bringing some up and coming barrel racers along. Kristin works a fine balance between a full-time job, lots of time on the road with the horses, and making sure all of her horses are fit and healthy between events. “I keep my horses fit and healthy with weekly exercises whether it’s long trotting or tuning, as we tend to compete all year long!” In the summer months when rodeo events are frequent, Kristin adds that “there are rodeos every night of the week if you head north to compete, the horses stay fit from the hauling and running so frequently.” How does Kristin keep her barrel horses sound in between rodeo events? She shares some of her best tips in what has become a tried and true routine to make sure her horses don't run sore.

Meet the Horses


Smack is 16 years old, and definitely knows the ropes. Smack is a hunky buckskin with dark legs and tail. For the older Smack, he “is 16 now and requires some joint maintenance, but is a very healthy and easy keeper. For him I just make sure to keep hay in front of him when traveling, and to cold hose his legs after really long hauls.” And along with some weekly B12 for Smack, Kristin uses Ice Horse wraps on Smack’s back and hocks.


The younger Cruiser is the boldly blazed chestnut. Kristin says “Cruiser is a bit more anxious of a horse, and has a few quirks.” Possibly related to the chestnut color?

For Cruiser, Kristin describes him as horse that “doesn’t require any maintenance other than chiropractic work occasionally.” She also uses the Ice Horse system on Cruiser, and before a run will use the back wrap. “I use the cold packs, as the cold does great for pulling out inflammation and soreness after a long haul.  This helps him have the best runs!”

Tip #1 The Warm Up

What is Kristin’s warm up routine for barrel racing? Warm ups are kept consistent and simple. About two hours after Ice Horse treatments, Kristin will saddle up and let the horses start to warm up.  “I get on and they are ready to jog and lope some laps to stretch out. I also focus on their stops, bending the rib cage, and keeping their hind end engaged so they’re thinking before their run just like they would at home.”

Tip #2 The Cool Down

The post run routine is also consistent and simple. “After I run, I walk them for a few, untack and water them as the priorities. Then it’s liniment and Ice Horse wraps, usually for their tendons, to keep them feeling their best, and prevent any swelling from the work they’ve done.”

After I run, I walk, untack and water them as the priorities. Then it’s liniment and Ice Horse wraps, usually for their tendons and hocks, to keep them feeling their best, and prevent any swelling from the work they’ve done.”

Kristen Yde

Barrel Racer

Tip #3 Let them Roll

Lucky for Kristin, she has two horses that settle into life on the road easily. Smack did just fine in smaller set ups, but since Cruiser loves the big pens, she hits more of those rodeos. Kristin describes the typical rodeo background. "Most rodeos I go to don’t have stalls, so I have plastic t-posts, a portable battery powered electric fencer, and electric tape fence. My boys are seasoned enough they stay in it easily, and I prefer it because they can roll and stretch their legs.”

Tip #4 Pre-Pack the Trailer

When you catch Kristen at home, you will likely find her out and about, balancing all of it. As Kristin describes her life at home “a typical day here at the house consists of doing water troughs, working every horse I can, and catching up on housework! It’s chaotic and busy getting everything done while working full time. When at a rodeo or event, I have pre-packed the trailer and it’s mostly a lot of driving from rodeo to rodeo.

She is also lucky enough to have a trailer with living quarters, and that’s the perfect way to keep her Ice Horse fresh. “I keep my Ice Horse in the freezer of my living quarters trailer, as it can run off the battery and keeps it ready for me 24/7!” (Of course, you can also bring along your Ice Horse in a cooler, or use a small portable freezer in your tack stall.)

Horse life can be hard and challenging, but Kristin has a reason for keeping at it. “I love rodeo because of the atmosphere it creates. I have made friends that have become family, it has taught me to persevere, and there is nothing more exciting than running in front of a huge crowd. I continued to work for bigger rodeos just to see how far we can get in this industry, I fully believe anyone can reach their dream by working hard and having the right mindset!”

Learn more about Kristen on her IPRA member spolight profile.

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Don't Let Them Run Sore

Trailer hauling is hard on horses; standing in the back of your trailer they need to adjust their balance to deal with every dip, turn, or speed change.

Kristen's secret weapon is the Ice Horse Back Blanket after hauling  but before a run.

The cold does great for pulling out inflammation and soreness after a long haul. This helps him have the best runs!”


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Free yourself from the chore of cold hosing a fidgety horse.

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