At a minimum, Ice-Vibe boots should not be used within the first six weeks after a fracture. A fracture needs to mend during the first six weeks and movement and massage may irritate it causing swelling.
*Always consult your veterinarian before using Ice-Vibe® in rehabilitation to ensure it is integrated and aligns with their healing plan for your horse.
Only when the splint has settled otherwise it may react the same way as a fracture and become inflamed.
Setting three is to be used just with cold packs on bigger boned horses. Setting two is the main setting before and after exercise.
Yes, you can put them on before exercise with just the vibration to create a massaging effect to stimulate blood flow. When blood flow is increased tendons and ligaments become more elastic which can help to prevent damage during exercise.
Yes, you can put the cold packs in warm water (not the microwave) and apply them with the massage before exercise or on older horses that might have arthritis to assist to reduce stiffness.
*Do not let the packs get too hot as you could burn your horse.
The Rambo Safety Surcingle System is a safety measure added to Rambo turnouts with three surcingles. This system is created using a unique combination of Velcro and a plastic loop. The system can withstand 100kg of pressure and the plastic clip will break in the event of an emergency, giving extra protection for your horse.
The surcingle strap connects to the blanket with a plastic loop. This loop will release should the horse become dangerously caught in its surcingle straps.
The Velcro system allows for the removal of the surcingle strap for wash or repair.
In the event of the plastic loop breaking under pressure, the surcingle strap should hang on the opposite side of the rug still connected. The surcingle strap can be re-attached using the rectangular clip until a replacement plastic loop can be attached.
How to replace your Rambo® Safety Surcingle
Feed the rectangular metal clip through the plastic loop.
Allow plastic loop to drop down surcingle strap.
Position surcingle with plastic loop facing away from your body.
Feed the male end of the surcingle through and slide all the way through the rectangular metal clip.
Use the plastic loop to attach to the Velcro strap.
Push to the base and secure Velcro strap down in a straight line.
Firmly secure the second Velcro strap in place assuring that it’s straight.
Surcingle closed, the plastic loop and metal clip should look like this when in the correct place.
In the event of the plastic loop breaking under pressure, reposition the surcingle using the rectangular metal clip until a replacement loop arrives.
Replacement plastic loops can be purchased through our online store.
How to fit your Horseware Blanket
The fit of your blanket is extremely important to ensure the comfort of your horse and to prevent rubbing and blanket slippage. As horses of the same height at the wither come in a variety of shapes and sizes, it is useful to take certain measurements of your horse.
Using a soft measuring tape, measure from (A) at the center point of the chest, across the point of the shoulder and to the point (B) at the center of the tail. When you have the measurement, remove 10cm (4inches) and choose your horse’s size from the table below. Bear in mind that every horse is different and that this table is a guide only. We have many different styles to suit all shapes and sizes.
|Measurement from A to B||Measurement from C to D|
The liner system offers the owner increased flexibility when using blankets. During transitional months (late summer and early autumn, or winter to spring) the Horseware Ireland liner system means that different weights of fill can be used depending on how the temperatures change.
However, during seasons and months that have a consistent temperature range (mid-winter) a single fill blanket will offer a consistent temperature to the horse wearing it.
The Horseware Ireland Liner system safely and comfortably offers the ability to layer blankets giving superior insulation properties without the need for two blankets. The liner attaches by Velcro loops to the neck area of the outer blanket, and clips attach to the back of the blanket to prevent the liner from slipping. Liners are made with polyester outer and lining, are available in a variety of fiberfill weights (100g, 200g, 300g, 400g) and can be easily washed in a domestic washing machine.
This is dependent on owner’s preference and the conditions a horse is in.
As Horseware Ireland turnout blankets are waterproof and breathable, it is very common for them to be used in the stable.
However, factors that contribute the changing of blankets are as follows:
Wet blanket: While Horseware Ireland blankets are waterproof, if a turnout blanket is used during heavy showers the outer of blanket can have water running off it and onto the horse’s limbs when they come in to be stabled. It may be advisable for the blanket to be changed to offer a chance for the outer fabric to dry out.
Temperature changes throughout the day: During transitional months (late summer moving to autumn) external temperatures can be very high during the day and drop during the night. It may then be advisable that a heavier weight blanket is used at night to keep your horse warm and comfortable.