Product STÜBBEN KRYO KOMPAKT HORSE
How is the cold compress
In analogy to experience with fango-paraffin, an
almost ideal emulsion could be patented after years of research and
Microcrystalline ice is worked into a soft, almost creamy mass which is
malleable and “doughy” even when chilled. The advantages are the highest
possible degree of skin tolerance with no sharp pieces of ice, no moisture,
and with easy shaping even at low temperatures down to minus 22 degrees
Celsius (German federal patent number 3141191).
STÜBBEN KRYO KOMPAKT HORSE product sizes
Kryo Kompakt Horse is available in one size:
size (24 x 30 cm) standard size for
We recommend a special Velcro bandage:
Velcro bandage (1,16m x 14,5cm).
How is the cold compress prepared and applied to the
After removing the cold compress from the packaging,
briefly knead the compress before freezing it. Place the cold compress in a
freezing cabinet or a deepfreeze (down to minus 22 degrees Celsius) so that
you can utilise the full potential of the product. The cold compress must
remain in the freezer for at least 4 hours before use.
Always keep the cold compress in the freezer so that the item is ready for
immediate use at any time.
The cold compress is fixed on the affected part of the horse's body with the
special Velcro bandage.
The bandage which we recommend for use with STÜBBEN KRYO KOMPAKT HORSE does not slip,
it fits snugly everywhere and is easy to care for.
For special protection, for example against nibbling, a normal wool
bandage or tendon protector can be wrapped around or placed over the Velcro
The compress is made of an extremely wear-resistant nylon-textile mix. It is
comfortable and non-irritating to the skin, and close fitting.
Recommendations on the use of STÜBBEN KRYO KOMPAKT HORSE
Prevention and regeneration for tired musculature
after training, competition and riding:
Remove the cold compress from the deepfreeze, place
it in the bandage, and cool the horse's extremity at the desired place for 1
to 2 hours.
Treatment of acute inflammatory processes such as
phlegmon, tendinitis, tenosynovitis, arthritis and the like:
Acute, painful processes such as sitfast, sprains,
strains, contusions, capsular dilation, capsular tears and the like: in
these cases it is important to begin with quick cooling with as low a
temperature as possible to prevent haematoma development and to combat pain
promptly. Cool for at least 3 hours without interruption, then change the
compress (if required) for another 3 hours. In case of pain episodes, 3
hours of cooling a day for up to 5 days.
Chronic inflammatory processes which are not immune
for 6 to 10 days alternate as follows: cool for 6
hours, warm for 12 hours, cool for 6 hours.
Pre- and post-operative application to prevent pain and swelling after
operations: if possible, cool the area for 30 minutes before the operation (but
only if the operation will not last longer than 30 minutes, since there
would otherwise be a danger of hyperaemia).
Dermatological indications such as burns, skin irritations, eczema, injury
to the coronet and the like: pain treatment as quickly as possible by
cooling with low temperatures for 3 hours, then conservative dressing.
Reduction of fever, transport fever and tying-up
syndrome in racing and trotting horses:
when applied to all four of the horse's extremities,
the cryotherapy compress reduces fever by 3 to 4 degrees Celsius. If
possible, leave the cold application on the horse the entire night, as long
as the fever lasts.
When can STÜBBEN KRYO KOMPAKT HORSE be used?
Prevention and regeneration - after training,
competition and riding
Acute inflammatory processes - such as phlegmon, arthritis,
tendinitis and tenosynovitis
Acute, painful processes - such as sprains, strains, contusions,
capsular dilation, capsular tears
Chronic processes - such as arthritis of non-immunological origin
Post-operative - to prevent pain and swelling
Dermatological - such as for burns and scalding
Prevention - for example, to promote the recovery of tired
Reduction - fever, transport fever and tying-up syndrome in racing
and trotting horses
Acute treatment - of oedema, haematoma, swelling of the tendons and
Application to small animals - strains, haemorrhage, phantom
pregnancies in dogs, trauma, inflammation (udder and the like) acute
treatment, first aid
How long can I leave the cold compress on the
horse considering how very low the temperatures are?
If the horse is subject to veterinary treatment and is standing inactively
for a long period, cold therapy can be applied for several days.
How often does the compress have to be changed?
The compress should be changed every 2 to 3 hours. In acutely painful cases,
changing the compress every hour is recommended (for the first three to four
hours). For further hints, see the table: Recommendations on use of
cryotherapy compresses in practice.
Why does long application of cold not result in frost injury?
The patented paraffin-oil emulsion contained in the compresses is designed
so that the poor physical conductivity of paraffin can be exploited. This
means that the warmth of the part of the body being treated is only
withdrawn very slowly, whereas natural ice, gel packs, chemical cooling
bandages and the like withdraw it very quickly. The chemical process
inhibits the transmission of the body's transmitters: bradykinin, serotonin
How do horses react when "icy bandages" are applied to them?
The horses are completely quiet and relaxed. Consider by comparison the
effect that an ice bag has when placed on a person's neck. The headache
dissipates in a few seconds, and there is an agreeable, free feeling in the
head. And now the cold can take effect at an easy pace.
Why does this not happen with gel packs, chemical cold compresses and the
These cooling measures are not temperature controlled so that the cold takes
direct - and painful - effect on the area concerned. It only takes a few
minutes for burns to appear on the skin. It is easy to understand that the
horse does not find that very pleasant.
Why is cold so advantageous and irreplaceable for regeneration processes?
The high degree of cold causes a sort of "frozen sleep" in the affected area.
This means that the joint, the muscles or the tendons have hours to
regenerate. Pain and inflammation are effectively eliminated. Ideal recovery
What do water and the standard gel pads on the market have in common?
They have no effect in normal application. Water is not cold enough, and
will not have the desired effect even if it is applied for a long period. It
is only as cold or as warm as it is when it comes out of the tap. Gel packs
as well as natural ice are ill suited for long-term therapy. They are not
temperature controlled and therefore cause frost pain and burns. Short-term
application activates the inflammation and increases the sense of pain.
How is a gel pad constructed?
It normally consists of an alcohol fluid. Due to very cheap production
methods (far East), only very brief application is possible.
Why do inflammations react to cold so positively?
Inflammation always involves the development of warmth. If a sufficient cold
source is applied to the inflammation focus, the source of warmth is cooled,
the inflammation mediators (transmitters) are inhibited or at least
considerably reduced due to decreasing body temperature or circulation. The
inflammation breaks down.
Should the cryotherapy compress be applied daily after riding?
Yes, definitely. It then protects against inflammations, oedema, swelling,
tendon irritation, haematoma or enlarged tendons, and the like. It is the
ideal preventive measure. There is no prospect of habituation. Habituation
could just as well happen with water, which we use daily for cleaning
purposes. Work with the horse can sometimes be harder and therefore more
strenuous for the horse. With good prevention and follow-up, negative
results can often be prevented.
Is there any point to applying the compress after the injury (2 to 3 days
Yes, definitely. The inflammation may otherwise get worse, that is, it may
expand to a larger area (phlegmon and the like). This can be effectively
How cold does the compress have to be to take full effect?
Normal deepfreezes have a temperature of about minus 20 degrees Celsius.
This is the right temperature for the compress. Higher temperatures ( -15 /
-18 ) are only of limited acceptability.
Does an under-pad have to be laid on the skin before the cold compress is
No, that is not necessary. There will definitely be no dermatological (skin)
damage at all. The effectiveness is increased by direct contact with the
skin. This has a positive effect.
If liquid leaks out, is it poisonous?
No, the liquid is absolutely non-poisonous.
Does it make sense to use cold treatment for every injury?
As a matter of principle, the veterinary should be consulted in case of
serious injuries. Appropriate measures should be discussed with him. For
smaller injuries which do not require veterinary attention, cold is at any
rate the correct treatment.
Can the compress be left on over night?
Yes - but please ensure that the cold compress remains securely on the skin
by applying additional bandages or leg pads.
Does it make sense to hose the legs with water in addition to applying
Never bring water into contact with the leg when the cold compress is
applied to it. The water will freeze and the ice will cause frost injury.
Can cold also be used for open wounds?
Yes, the considerable degree of cold immediately stops the blood flow.
How long does the compress have to be cooled before application?
It should always be in the deepfreeze so that it is ready for use. After use,
it should be stored in the deepfreeze for at least 4 hours.
Can the compress also be used for humans?
Yes, that is the field from which it is derived. Nowadays, it is in
worldwide use for sports injuries, rheumatic episodes, arthrosis and the
What guarantees the described mechanism of the cold compress?
The effectiveness of this special emulsion has been subjected to scientific
and clinical study by the manufacturer, and the results obtained in various
applications confirm its effectiveness.
What is the ideal profile of a cold compress?
It must have a demonstrable capacity to accelerate regeneration after
training and competition, and represent a reliable supplement to the healing
process. In addition to scientific evidence of its effectiveness,
international testing and veterinary recommendation are required. Even when
deep frozen (minus 22 degrees Celsius), it should be malleable to ensure
direct, even contact with the part of the body concerned. It must not be a
doping substance. Clean application of the compresses must be simple, and
they must be easy to clean.
What should I do if I need the cold compress at a tournament?
For tournaments a small deepfreeze (20 to 30 litres) is recommended. Such
articles are available inexpensively in wholesale trade or at discounters.
Electricity is available at every tournament site.
When does cold have to be applied after the injury?
The general rule is: The earlier STÜBBEN KRYO KOMPAKT HORSE is applied after
injuries of any kind, the better. Always think of how you react - after
sports injuries, you immediately apply cold to the areas concerned, the pain
recedes, and swelling and bruising is prevented.
It is advisable to use the compresses in case of ulceration of the haunch
or inflammation of the haunch skin?
Yes, definitely - this effectively eliminates the inflammation. Water or
damp compresses do not in any way have the same effect. In any case, consult
How long do cold compresses last?
If they are properly treated, very long. But at some point, the textile is
not up to the wear.
Can I freeze the cold compresses immediately after use?
The compresses have to be completely thawed. They are then warm to the touch.
They have to be thoroughly kneaded and can then be frozen again. This
ensures that no pieces of sharp ice will develop.
Can cold compresses be disinfected?
Yes, with any normal disinfectant.