2018-08 Insulated Equine Therapy Boot

Horse Hoof Cryotherapy BootContains and protects hooves after medical treatmentMay provide heat, cold, or other soak therapies to ensure effective hoof treatment
  • Horse Hoof Cryotherapy Boot
  • Contains and protects hooves after medical treatment
  • May provide heat, cold, or other soak therapies to ensure effective hoof treatment

Abstract

One of the most serious diseases of the hoof is laminitis. Laminitis is a complex disease with many possible physiological mechanisms and causes. Specifically, laminitis refers to the swelling of the laminae (tissue between the hoof and coffin bone of a horse's hoof). This inflammation, if left untreated, will lead to lameness and, in severe cases, death. No cure for laminitis currently exists, but early detection and prompt treatment can prevent or limit progression of the disease.

Cryotherapy or cold therapy has been shown to prevent or slow the progression of laminitis. Research done by Pollitt and Van Eps have shown that cryotherapy is well tolerated by horses and can prevent the onset of laminitis induced by excess intake of oligofructose. Despite the effectiveness of cryotherapy, it is rarely used correctly in practice due to extensive labor and time requirements. Current methods require caretakers to monitor the horse frequently throughout the duration of the treatment (usually 72 hours) or otherwise purchase expensive equipment to reduce the required labor. This makes cryotherapy almost entirely exclusive to large animal hospitals. Treatments of the hoof such as medical soaks, post-exercise cold therapy, or other treatments or therapies may also involve soaking or surrounding the hoof in a treatment.

This device uses a sandal-like strap system to secure the bottom of the boot to the hoof of the horse. This allows the device to stay on the horse for the entire therapy while also preventing ice or other solid material from becoming impacted under the horse's hoof. The strap system could also replaced with a mesh to prevent larger solid material from becoming impacted under the horse's foot.

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https://uga.flintbox.com/technologies/0CC68C3055584844A273DDCB2A2897FF

Advantages

This new device will provide a less labor intensive and more cost-efficient means to perform cryotherapy, foot soaks, to contain and protect hooves after medical wraps are applied, or other horse hoof treatments. The design utilizes insulation to preserve the temperature of warm or cold treatments, reducing the amount of times the horse needs to be attended to throughout the treatment. This device can also contain and protect other soaks or wet dressings to ensure more effective treatment of the hoof.

This device uses a sandal-like strap system to secure the bottom of the boot to the hoof of the horse. This allows the device to stay on the horse for the entire therapy while also preventing ice or other solid material from becoming impacted under the horse's hoof. The strap system could also replaced with a mesh to prevent larger solid material from becoming impacted under the horse's foot.
In addition to securing the boot to the horse's foot, four adjustable straps secure the top of the boot to a padded band that wraps around the leg above the corpus. This secures the device while also distributing the weight of the ice and prevents the contents of the boot from spilling from the reservoir of the boot.

Potential Applications

Veterinary Treatment