Equi-N-icE Rapid Cooler Rug - The ultimate active Cooling Rug
This Rapid Cooler Rug is a unique alternative to conventional ‘sweat rugs’ which rely on air convection alone for their cooling effect. Effective heat loss through sweating requires evaporation as well as convection and the Rapid Cooler Rug achieves the perfect combination of both, dropping the horse’s core body temperature as quickly and safely as possible.
- Treated with Equi-N-icE Coolant, the rug encourages evaporation all over the body
- The rug is made from Coolmax® fabric known for its ‘cool’ properties in reducing skin temperature in human athletes
- The special fabric structure moves moisture away from the skin surface allowing sweat and heat to be drawn from the body
- The Rug controls the rate of Coolant evaporation to give prolonged cooling
- The Rapid Cooler is a quick and efficient rug, ideal for use post race, after exercise and in hot conditions.
Horses that are hot or racing in hot climates but are cooled quickly are less likely to suffer heat stress. They recover more quickly, avoid dehydration and consistently perform better. Excessive stress due to heat results in muscle injury and breakdown as well as longer term physiological problems.
During exercise there is a significant increase in the amount of heat produced by working muscles. Heat production can increase by as much as 50% during periods of intensive exercise. In response, a horse increases its sweating rate, moves more blood to the capillaries under the skin and increases its rate of breathing in an effort to release this build-up of heat. Effective heat loss through sweat requires convection and evaporation, the Equi-N-icE Rapid Cooler provides rapid evaporation and therefore cools muscles faster, speeding recovery times.
Using this highly effective method of 'all-body cooling’ offers a first class way to reduce the temperature of the horse, after high energy work, or to prepare muscles for work, or simply to maintain the horse in comfort in extreme conditions.
The Equi-N-icE Rapid Cooler comes in its own storage bag with 500ml of Coolant and is designed with easy Velcro closures allowing the rug to fit from head to tail on horses of 14 hands up to 17 hands.