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Friday, 6 March 2015

Horseware Ice Vibe Boots

With the 2015 British Eventing season start this weekend, I thought it would be a good time to post a quick review of the Horseware Ice Vibe boots.

I first bought these when I started eventing Thomas back in 2012. At first, I was sceptical and was only really bothered for them if I'd run him hard or on hard ground. However, after noticing that Thomas' cannon bone would be slightly puffy just above the fetlock, I decided to use these after cross country every time and see the difference. (This puffiness was most likely not noticeable to the eye of someone who didn't look at Thomas' legs everyday).

The boots are very easy to use, and come with two ice wraps. The ice wraps just need to go in the freezer 24 hours before you leave for your competition, and can then be simply transported on ice box cooler. Just wrap the ice wraps around the lower fore legs, and add the boot.

The boot itself has 3 settings of varying vibration. Each setting has a specific use - I've only ever used the lowest setting. The boots vibrate for 10 minutes before turning themselves off. The ice wraps help the soft tissue to cool down, and the vibration helps to get the circulation going through the limb.

Because of this, they can be used in the recovery from injury, but like I say, I've never had to use them in this way.

Both the wraps and the boots close using velcro, so are easy to put on and take off. 

Over the three years I've had these boots, I've noticed an increasing number of others using these, and would recommend them to anyone eventing.

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