The Ice Spa from Soft-Ride is an innovative new way to safely and easily ice your horse’s hooves and legs. The Ice Spa is available in two models and is perfect when icing for short periods after a tough workout or competition, or when icing for extended periods—such as following the 72-hour icing protocol for laminitis.
Why the Ice Spa?
As a leading manufacturer of equine comfort boots, Soft-Ride was asked to develop a portable, safe method to ice a horse’s legs for extended periods, such as the “72-Hour Uninterrupted Icing Protocol for Post-colic Surgery and Acute Laminitis,” as recommended by Dr. Andrew Van Epps of The University of Queensland and Dr. Jim Belknap of The Ohio State University.
Product design parameters include:
- A supportive gel orthotic, as found in Soft-Ride Comfort Boots
- A safe way to temporarily attach the device to the horse’s leg
- A portable device that could be easily transported to shows and events
- The ability to easily clean and disinfect the device so it could be used on multiple horses.