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A SIMPLE WAY to ice a chronic hoof issue: Human Eye Ice Packs!






As you all know, I am in a constant battle between letting Mama Tess walk around – which is very good for her – and the deadly GRASS which is everywhere she would walk around.

Her barn and veranda certainly allow her to walk around, but we really want her to start moving freely.

So, we decided to try a grazing muzzle for a short time outside and be very vigilant in looking for any signs of heat in her hooves.

This was Tess a few days ago, strolling outside in her SoftRide and EasyBoot RX combination.  I've got my hawkeyes on her and my timer.

This was Tess a few days ago, strolling outside in her SoftRide and EasyBoot RX combination. I’ve got my hawkeyes on her and my timer.

THE DILEMMA and why I need Ice packs.

She hates her grazing muzzle.  When she wears it, she stands rock still.  Not good for walking…

So, I ended up hand-walking the Pouty Queen.

MT:  “What is the point of this exercise?”

Me:  You need to walk so that you move around and keep your girlish figure – but you can only eat a limited amount of blades of grass – and only at certain times of the day.

MT:  “I can do that by myself.  In fact, I prefer it.  You need not come along with me.”

Me:  Yes, but you cannot eat grass.  It is bad for you.

MT:  “Grass is bad for a horse?  Are you kidding me?  We are grazing animals.  We live on grass.  You will NEVER get me to believe that grass is bad for me!

Me:  Uh…  then you need to wear the muzzle.

MT (hoofes crossed):  “OK, let me walk around and I promise to not eat any grass.”

Me (presenting the muzzle):  I don’t trust you.  Here, wear this grazing muzzle.

MT:  AAGH!  I cannot breathe in that thing!  ARE YOU TRYING TO TAKE ALL THE FUN OUT OF MY LIFE?!  I’d rather not go out than wear this contraption.  Fine.  I’ll just stand here and STARE AT YOU UNTIL YOU TAKE IT OFF.  Or, I’ll shuffle back inside the barn with my head hanging and MAKE YOU FEEL SORRY FOR ME.

Inevitably, we have this same discussion – in one way or another – every day.  Sigh.

Generally, the discussion starts as I do her daily hoof wrap and rewrap; checking for any signs of anything…  So, I’ve come to need and rely on many handy items to make this chore as efficient and quick as possible.

Here is a new one!

You can get them from Amazon in pink or blue.

You can get them from Amazon in pink or blue.

HUMAN EYE PACKS!

I’m sure that others have thought of this… I just haven’t read about it so I thought I’d write here.

I use SoftRide boots, Equine Slippers and now, I’ve just started using an Easy Boot RX on Tess’ malformed left foot.

Well… I wanted to find an ice pack that I could insert into these boots easily.  Since the boots all have velcro closures, adding an ice pack is fairly easy.

Except, for Tess’ petite feet, all the ice packs I was using were just a tad too big.

Initially, I had used the little white ice packs you get when a frozen item is shipped to you.  They are approx 6″x 3″ and 1.5″ thick.  You’ve probably also used something similar in a lunchbox.

 

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These are the icepacks I get in cold shipped supplies. Many people use them in lunchboxes. I have used them often inside her boots (as you can see, I have one vet wrapped), but they were a bit awkward and thick.

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These are the human eye packs. Much smaller and more thin. They pliable when frozen, which is a huge advantage.

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Here i have inserted two eye ice packs into her boot. They fit snugly and I can focus on two areas at a time. She doesn’t have to be tied while she’s icing and she can walk around. The bad is that they only last about 30-45 mins. However, it is really easy to change them out for a fresh set.

PROS AND CONS OF USING HUMAN EYE PACKS

PROS:

  • easy to use, easy to shape, no need to pre-shape
  • pliable
  • fits into boot easily
  • can target several points at once
  • not as icy cold so doesn’t need to be covered
  • inexpensive, usually a box of 5 on Ebay is easy to find

CONS:

  • only lasts about 30 minutes
Here she is... heading back out to her veranda and the sunshine - icepacks on board!

Here she is… heading back out to her veranda and the sunshine – icepacks on board!  (You can see she is still trying to work a treat from me…)

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Justin is on his way to feeling better!

Justin is on his way to feeling better!

 


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Most saddles are made UNISEX and that just isn’t right… Why WOMEN don’t fit into Men’s saddles.


Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 | Filed under Handy Tips




On my quest for the saddle to fit my exceedingly difficult-to-fit mare, Beautiful Girl… I am also learning about how saddles should fit MY body.

I mean, my motto has always been, “If it fits the horse and is mostly comfortable for me, I’ll just get a gel pad or a sheepskin and I’ll be fine…”.

Do you do the same?

Well, now I’m learning WHY the female body doesn’t fit into saddles that aren’t made specifically for females.

Who Knew?!…

…Schleese Saddlery, that’s who.  (No affiliation)

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This is great information! Click to go to the site! Saddle fitting for women – why we are different and need different saddles than men.

HOW IT ALL STARTED…

On my ‘saddle fit to horse’ quest, I ran across the Schleese Saddle Fitting website and complimentary videos. ( I previously wrote about 4 of the ‘9 Points of Correct Saddle Fit’  here.)  Awesome information, really… you should check it out.  Easy to read, watch and implement.  Click here.

Anyway, while I was on the Schleese 9 Points of Correct Saddle Fit, I saw a little sidebar title that said, “Saddles made for Women“.

Wha?  Wow!  Really?!

I had to check it out…

These videos are GREAT!   They use a female narrator and a female model to tell the story and it all makes total sense!  Click here to watch the videos!

These videos are GREAT! They use a female narrator and a female model to tell the story and it all makes total sense! Click here to watch the videos!

AHA!  A LIGHTBULB WENT ON!  NOW IT ALL MADE SENSE – why I was never quite comfortable in my saddles!

First of all, I have no affiliation with Schleese (wish I did…).  I simply found this information really valuable.   For me, the presentation was easy to understand – which isn’t always the case with saddle fitting – and it all made total sense.

Of course women are shaped differently from men… but the ways in which we are shaped differently might surprise you.  I hadn’t really thought about it this intensely and everything they say makes absolute sense.  No wonder my knees are always sore!  No wonder my lower back is tipped incorrectly…  No Wonder!!  I had several “Aha” moments while watching these videos and reading the book (below).

Here is a link to the Saddle Fit for Females page on the Schleese website.  You will learn why these areas (twist, stirrup bar placement, flap angulation, seat width, crotch comfort) are very important saddle fitting issues for women.

  • Birthing Channel  (females make seat contact differently)
  • Pelvic Structure  (wider)
  • Spinal Column  (curved at the base – hollow back)
  • Balance Point of Pelvis  (farther forward than men)
  • Pubic Symphysis  (flat and low)
  • Hip Joints (angled to side, leg hangs forward, shorter tail bone)
  • Upper Leg  (leg built differently and does not hang straight down, femur bigger)
  • Quadriceps and hamstrings  (rounder muscle, not much space between thighs)
  • Seat Bones  (farther apart)
These are pages 46/47 in the book, Schleese's SUFFERING IN SILENCE.  The information and detail is excellent - really easy to understand and follow.  I recommend this book totally.

These are pages 46/47 in the book, Schleese’s SUFFERING IN SILENCE. The information and detail is excellent – really easy to understand and follow. I recommend this book totally.  You can click the image to go to Amazon to order this very packed full of information book (no affiliation).

IMPRESSED.

I was so impressed with this information, I went even deeper by looking at Jochen Schleese’s book on saddle fit, “SUFFERING IN SILENCE”.

OMG.  I had no idea a book on saddle fit could be so engaging!  I mean, how much is there to say?… But there is A LOT.  And, this book is filled with information and color photos that demonstrate important points.  I am learning so much!  Check out the book here. (no affiliation)

But this is what impressed me the most… best part:  the book is dedicated to his horse!  Jochen Schleese wrote this as his dedication:

This book is dedicated to my horse Pirat.  H was my partner in many successful event competitions in Europe.  When the signs of increasing lameness appeared and his eyes began to lose their shine, it was already too late to do anything so his career came to an all-too-early end.  The diagnosis:  irreparable cartilage damage at his scapula.  Although at the time I was an apprentice saddler, I had no clue that it was the saddle that had caused him all this pain and lameness.  I will never forget nor forgive myself for this;  it’s because of him, I want to help as many horses as possible avoid the same fate.  That’s why I founded Saddlefit 4 Life.  And that’s why I wrote this book.

That alone made me want to purchase this book.

Click to go to Amazon

Click to go to Amazon

AN ENTIRE CHAPTER – VERY DETAILED – on female saddle fit vs men.

Pages 39 – 59 (20 pages!) totally devoted to graphs, charts, photos and illustrations on how/why womens’ bodies need differences in their saddles to maintain a comfortable and correct seat.

I feel like an expert now!  ;)

The book is pretty remarkable, more than you ever even thought about  – in saddle fit.  And, it is easy and fun to read.  Amazing. For me, I will keep it on my shelf for often referral.

This is just one of the very informative 20 pages dedicated to womens' saddle fit.  Here, you see a female and a male that look very similar in shape and size.  The two are sitting on plaster casting material.  As you can see by the casts, the points of contact are very different!

This is just one of the very informative 20 pages dedicated to womens’ saddle fit. Here, you see a female and a male that look very similar in shape and size. The two are sitting on plaster casting material. As you can see by the casts, the points of contact are very different!

GOOD TO KNOW and yet another layer of SADDLE FIT – for your horse and FOR YOU!

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