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Cryotherapy used to breathe new life into horses owned by Queen

By Clare Weir

Some of the world's most famous horse owners and trainers – including the Queen – have used CET Cryo Spas on their money-spinning mounts.

HM Queen Elizabeth II, HRH Prince Sultan bin Mohammed of Saudi Arabia, top racehorse trainers including Aidan O'Brien of Ireland and show-jumpers including Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil – himself in charge of a famous equine sports brand – Robert Smith and Tim Gredley of England, and Markus Fuchs of Switzerland are all named as clients.

The Queen has approximately 25 horses in race training each year and is a regular face at race meets as a racehorse owner and breeder.

In the lucrative sports horse industry, the spas are used to treat career-limiting lameness which can be caused sore shins, jarring up, tendinitis, ligament injuries, wounds and cuts, laminitis, joint conditions and hoof problems.

In humans, cryotherapy is used in the treatment of sports injuries such as achilles tendon injuries, cruciate ligaments, hamstrings and soft tissue injuries.

The technology has been endorsed by world-renowned equine vet Bruce Steele.

Of the two-legged fans of CET spas, one of the best known from the 2012 Olympic Games in London is Robert Forstemann, the German track cyclist. He hit fame away from the track when a picture of him competing in a "quad-off" with countryman André Greipel became one of the most Tweeted pictures of the games.

The image, retweeted more than 1,300 times, showed Greipel and Forstemann competing to see who had the biggest thighs.

New Zealand rider Greg Henderson captioned the pic: "You thought Greipel has a big set of legs. There was a quad off in the German camp today. Greipel lost."

Other customers include American football teams like the New York Jets.

Research on the product is controlled by Professor Suzanne McDonough and Dr Chris Bleakley from the University of Ulster, who have previously researched the use of ice baths and ice wraps in the treatment of sports injuries.

Chris Bleakley, who's PhD thesis was conducted on the use of cryotherapy for sports rehabilitation, reported that the CET Cryo Spa compared very favourably with conventional alternatives.

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