Revive Cryotherapy cabins being used at Zabeel Stables on a daily basis
Horses in Dubai are being placed in cryotherapy chambers in a bid to improve their performance on the track.
Cryotherapy surrounds the body in a mist as cold as -140°C and is often used by athletes to assist recovery from injury.
And, according to a report by news agency Reuters, it is being used in Dubai at the Zabeel Racing Stables, which trains about 125 horses.
“Horse racing is a big business with prizes worth millions of dollars. With cryotherapy we have seen that you can train harder, recover quicker and you can race more often,” Luka Jurkovic, general manager of Revive Cryotherapy is quoted as saying.
The total purses for the race card at this year’s Dubai World Cup was increased from $30 million to $35m.
The report said the company also offers the technology to humans and dogs and may branch out into treating camels in the future.
Revive, which has two other bespoke horse cryotherapy cabins in Dubai, finished the testing phase in April and is now using it daily on horses at Zabeel Stables.
The horses are gradually introduced to the cabin, which fits around their bodies leaving their heads and necks free, and treated with the cold mist. After a first few familiarisation sessions, they undergo a full treatment which lasts around seven minutes and cools their skin to about 3-5 degrees.
Cabin doors remain unlocked throughout the treatment, allowing horses to escape if they panic.