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Dubai firm develops first cryotherapy cabins for racehorses

Dubai-based Revive says it is looking at adapting racehourse cryotherapy technology for camel racing

Dubai firm develops first cryotherapy cabins for racehorses

Dubai-based Revive has announced the launch of the world's first full-body cryotherapy cabin for racehorses.

The company also revealed it is now looking closely at camel racing and how the technology for competitive horses can be adapted successfully in that sector.

The research and development work for the unique equestrian cryo equipment was carried out by specialist engineers at the manufacturer’s facilities in Finland.

Working new offices in Dubai’s Downtown, Revive also worked with Sateesh Seemar, head trainer at Zabeel Stables in Dubai, during the process, and personally supervised and monitored the first field trials in Dubai.

A cryotherapy session for a full grown racehorse lasts around five minutes, at temperatures as low as minus 140° celsius.

The equipment uses thermal imaging cameras to monitor the release of liquid nitrogen vapour, which is gently circulated around the horse’s body. Racehorses react well to the treatment and Seemar said he is starting to see game-changing results after only the first few months of operation.

Luka Jurkovic, Revive general manager, said he fast realised that what works on human athletes works equally well for racehorses.

“Equestrian cryotherapy helps to reduce swelling and muscle spasm in competition horses, reducing their downtime after injury and helping them to bounce back faster after training,” he said.

He added that regular cryotherapy helps the horses to train harder and more frequently, which supports their physical endurance – a critical success factor for the world’s fastest horses. "Because cryotherapy releases natural hormones, raising adrenaline, testosterone and endorphin levels, it also improves the horses’ strength and speed – another boost to equine performance," he said.

Revive is already offering a smaller version of the cryo-cabin for dogs to support veterinary surgeons with canine recovery after operations.

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