Just Kool wraps, cool the horse's legs by a natural process of evaporation, using only water - no ice required.
In contrast to warming up (which increases circulation, aids the rehabilitation of muscles and reduces inflammation), cooling down aims to gradually decrease the heart rate and relax the muscles, thereby, effectively, restoring the body to its original state. As well as bringing body temperature and heart rate down, cooling* can be just as instrumental in the prevention of injury as warming up. Stopping an activity without cooling down could contribute to the build up of toxic substances (eg. lactic acid), a common factor in the cause of muscular pain and stiffness, the day following exertion.
(*not to be confused with ice compression, which is, primarily, used as the initial treatment for the first 24 - 48 hours after injury).
• Cooling after exercise or competition. • Reducing swelling & inflammation. • Apply between ice pack treatments on acute or severe injury. • Can also be used over a wound as the skin will remain relatively dry. • For use when any form of cooling is required. • May provide temperatures that are 10°F -15°F cooler than the ambient temperature. • One Size, designed to fit most sizes of horse. • Adjustable via Velcro straps.
These products draw heat away from the body, unlike ice (which puts cold into the area). When the item is taken off, the wearer will not get that really cold feel, as if removing an ice pack. The wraps can provide between 4 > 8 hours of effective cooling, in high temperatures. Once the wraps dry out, they cease working, so, to continue cooling, reactivate by putting them back into cold water for 1 or 2 minutes. Technical:- The combination of specialised fabrics creates a water management system. The Cooling textile absorbs, stores and releases water within the multi-layered material. Water is released through evaporation, and a cooling effect is created (which works in exactly the same way the body cools itself through the evaporation of perspiration). The inner layer uses a unique chemistry to achieve rapid absorption and water storage, which, depending on airflow, allows the chemical formulation to help in creating enhanced evaporation. The cooling fabric may provide temperatures that are 10°F -15°F cooler than the ambient temperature, depending on airflow. High humidity (90%) will diminish the fabric's ability to evaporate water and, therefore, the cooling process.