How to make a DIY icepack for your horse

What you'll need: 

  • Good quality zip-lock bags (not the shitty no-name ones) - Around $5 for a pack of 20
  • 2 cups of hot water - FREE
  • 1 cup dishwashing liquid (the cheap stuff is fine) 
  • 1/2 cup of salt 

 

Method:

Stir the salt & water until all the salt is dissolved. 

Add in the dishwashing liquid. 

Pour into a ziplock bag, squeeze out the air and seal. 

Double bag it into a second ziplock bag. 

Store it in the freezer. 

 

Tips for icing horse's legs:

Any time you notice an injury early on (within 48 hours of onset), ice is your best friend. Ice helps shrink the blood vessels and goes a long way to reducing the severity of soft tissue injuries. 

Ice can also be used for maintenance for horses with recurring or long-term problems. 

Ice packs should be used for a minimum of 15 minutes and maximum of 45 minutes. To use these ice packs, place them against the area to be iced (providing a protective covering, if necessary), and secure it with a polo wrap. 

 

 

 

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