Research has found that legs wearing ice boots were more than 43 degrees cooler than the non-iced legs immediately following a 20 minute ice treatment period. The effect lasted on average 14 minutes after removal of the ice boots before returning to the temperature of the control leg.
Everyone knows to stretch after going to the gym or working out, and pretty much most of us do. So why don’t we stretch after riding? And even more importantly why don’t we stretch our horses after a ride? Inadequate conditioning or overuse is a leading cause of muscle soreness in horses. This can be true for riders also.