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Re: cooling horses

     OK, all this talk about ice water on hot muscles...has anyone
contempated the physiology of putting ice water on hot muscles????
    Wouldn't the appliation of cold water to the hot muscles cause
constriction of surface blood vessels, that are trying to shunt blood to
the surface to give off some of that heat?   I can understand ice water
to the larger surface vessels, as they do not constict like the
cappilaries but is it really myth, not putting cold water on larger hot
muscles.  There has to be a basis for this practice.  Would any of the
vets out there, care to respond to this?  
Thanks Linda

Linda Eisele & Sareei and                   
hubby, Allen & LS Iceman
& the young LS Lakota

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