Equipro: "Dr Hoffman, you have been treating racehorses for years and are familiar with injuries that consistently seem to reoccur to racehorses in training. As with human athletes, racehorses often face challenges that undermine their ability to remain sound.
What conditions do you feel ice would be effective in treating?"
Dr. Hoffman: "Ice is great for acute injuries to tendons, ligaments, joints, and even long bones. Ice is also effective for more chronic, ongoing conditions like sore shins, sore feet, and osteoarthritis.
Equipro: "How much time (per treatment) do you recommend the horse ice boots be used for?
Dr. Hoffman:"In human physical therapy, ice is often used 20 minutes on and then followed by twenty minutes off and then on for an additional twenty minutes. That is usually not very practical for us, so we ice horses legs only once a day . Although many trainers tend to leave the ice boots on for forty to sixty minutes, THIRTY MINUTES is probably as effective as any longer periods for most conditions."
Equipro: "If a horse has no inflammation...his legs are cold. Can ice be used as a preventive?"
Dr. Hoffman: "Ice can be used before a race for its anti-inflammatory properties, but if the legs are cold and tight, ice really is not an effective preventive measure."
Equipro: "Dr Hoffman thank you so much for taking the time to answer these questions."