I always used the running water therapy. Especially in the spring, summer and early fall. In the winter time I opted for the cold pack method, but I used older, heavy, terry towel material. Another option, though a bit messy, is to use a section of inner tube and chilled oatmeal inside of the inter tube against the leg, after using petroleum jellt to protect the skin of the leg from burning from the chill of the oatmeal. Gently tie the top of the tube around the leg with a wide shoelace, and wait about 20-30 minutes. I learned this method from a very old farrier. It works great!
The horse can suffer from leg swelling/leg heat, sore shins, inflammation of tissues, sprains and injuries of tendons. Lower legs are most affected because these contract and stretch a lot. Leg heat can also be due to normal exercise. Cold therapies can be used to treat leg swelling/heat.
- Transdermal cooling system: Many products are available in the market
- Running water therapy: It is also very good option.
- Icing: Can be very helpful but should not be used more than 20 minutes.
- Cold packs: These are available from market but should not be used more than 20 minutes.