I got mine from https://www.horseworldeu.com/products/therapy-boot-ice-vibe-by-horseware-ireland and the lovely Anne offered great customer service. I wanted to go for the extra full size because of two reasons: 1: Romys injury had been close to his hocks so I wanted something that would come up as high as possible 2: My horse is a 17.2 (debatable) oversized beast so the ‘regular’ was never going to work for my irregular sized poneh. Anne didn’t have any in stock so kindly ordered them in for me and sent them, along with lots of other exciting surprises, for me and oversized fluffster.
|Pre Work, Sans Ice|
The boots fit him perfectly but I would have liked the ice packs to come up higher on the leg. HOWEVER, being the incredibly resourceful person I am, I realised that if I turned the ice packs upside down, the drop down sections which would ordinarily cover his fetlock area did in fact reach up to his hocks, so this is how I now use them.
|Ice Packs and Vibration Boots|
Romy is now completely back on track, he is showing no sign at all of lameness and is ready to go out and start competing again. I can’t say if the Ice Vibes are behind it but I can say he has improved since wearing them (along with all the other pieces of vibrating gadgets I have for him!). I also appreciate having a few extra minutes in the evenings, instead of standing there with a hose to my horses legs for ten minutes each side. Romy also appreciates being released from this mild form of torture.
So. The digits:Value for money: 8/10 At €235 these ain’t cheap. BUT I really think they are worth the buy if you can fork out for them.
Comfort: 8/10 I would like if Horseware offered even longer ice packs but my workaround is suiting us both.
Negatives: The fact that the freezer at my yard doesn’t do a great job of freezing the ice packs. Moral of the story? Get a new freezer. Instead I freeze at home and bring them to the yard and they stay pretty cold until after I ride. I did find adding the boots with vibration on top of the ice packs lead them to heat up so I'm only getting roughly 10 minutes of cooling time out of them.
Positives: Great quality, multiple uses, easy to use, easy to clean.
Overall impression: It could be that Romy has turned a corner, or it could be that he is feeling great because of the boots. But Romy has been feeling all Valegro over the past two weeks. I am happy to put the boots on for 20 minutes before and 10 minutes after riding and my thoughts are if you can afford them, they are a great piece of kit to have.
Would I recommend: Yes! Along with the equilibrium pad, these will come along to every outing with us.
I’ll also definitely be keeping an eye on the website (www.horseworldeu.com) because I’ve struggled to find online tack shops in Ireland that has a broad range of products and offers the dressage brands I like so I was impressed with their selection. Brava!
Next up: Dressage clinic with Matt Burnett. I’ll do a brief post on how we get on with hopefully some photos and videos, if I can convince / bribe / hoodwink someone into helping out! I have done lots of pole work A La Rob Jackson and I've also been trying a few different feed options and Romy is finally starting to chunk up and look like a grown up dressage horse and get that Beyoncé arse we all so desperately strive for. So hopefully we are back on the road to RED FRILLIES!!!!
Till next time y'all