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MacKinnon Ice Horse XC Cooling Unit

MACICEXC Serious cooling for competition.
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MacKinnon Ice Horse XC Cooling Unit

Beating the heat and its effects on the XC horse was the idea behind the development of the Ice Horse XC System! This cooling unit was developed to cool the performance horse more quickly and efficiently with several key features.

The XC:

  • Sprays chilled water evenly along the horse's body.

  • Positions consistent water flow to critical areas of the body such as the heart, chest and hindquarters.

  • Facilitates heated water scraping off the horse's body quickly and evenly.

  • Cools the the skin so it “waxes” sooner than with sponge and water pail treatment.

  • Incorporates an efficient pump that regulates flow volume and water pressure.

  • Can be operated anywhere, from the vet box to the stable. No power outlet required!

The XC Includes:

The Ice Horse XC System is packaged with a submersible 12-volt pump. Also included are sufficient hoses, "Y" adapters and our custom water flow scrapers to permit two people to efficiently and independently spray the horse on both sides at once with a uniform, chilled water supply all over the horse's body. The pump is connected to the system with provided clamps and the "on" or "off" function is controlled with an included battery switch. You need only purchase a rechargeable 12V deep cycle marine battery or 12V automobile battery (not included to reduce shipping bulk and weight; it's more economical for you, the consumer, if you purchase it locally).  Also, the pump will be submerged in your own water container or trough.

Understanding the Vital Statistics of the Horse

A performance horse must maintain a body temperature within normal limits for his organ system to function properly.

As the performance horse exercises, energy is produced by muscle metabolism. Approximately 80% is released as heat. The horse's thermo regulatory system transfers that heat to the environment to prevent excess accumulation of heat in the body, which would affect the horse's vital statistics and organ function.

In hot weather, or after strenuous exercise, the same functions attempt to cool the horse and restore blood flow to the most vital organs. Pulse, respiration and body temperature are all affected by the buildup of heat, and require regulation to be returned to normal levels, counteracting heat stress.

The goal of the XC is to facilitate the efficient and timely cooling of the horse, effectively beating the heat! Liberally and continuously covering the horse in cool water, scraping the water off as quickly as it's warmed and walking the horse as efficiently as possible are all facilitated by the XC System. This results in vasoconstriction of the blood vessels in the skin and restored blood volume in the core circulation of the horse.

A portion of the proceeds from the Ice Horse XC sales will be donated to the United States Eventing Association for application towards its Equine Research Program.