With so many options when it comes to protecting your horse’s legs it is important to find the best fit for you and your horse. Leg protection can vary depending on the discipline of your horse and your turnout situation but the underlying reason for all leg protection is to protect the legs and prevent reoccurring injuries. Since horses are prone to getting abrasions and splints, which occur on the inside or outside of a horse’s lower leg due to striking their own leg with another hoof, it is important to provide them with the best protection possible.
Polo wraps are often used for horse’s that are sensitive to neoprene or have cuts or scar tissue where boots would interfere. Another benefit of polo wraps are that they conform to the leg perfectly and fit a variety of different sizes of horses depending on the length. They give a clean polished look that would be suitable to riders in any discipline.
Bandages can be used for multiple reasons, such as preventing or reducing swelling after work outs, injury, or during stall rest. They are most often used when horses are injured. They keep the horses legs clean from dirt and debris and aid in the healing process. With proper medical attention and veterinary help you can use bandages as a helpful tool in speeding the healing process of cuts, bowed tendons, and cellulitis. To properly bandage a horse you will need two items. The first layer is a pillow wrap often made of cotton or neoprene that provides the basis of the wrap. This layer provides cushion to the horse’s legs and helps pressure be distributed evenly.
The second layer that goes on top of the pillow wrap is a thinner wrap made of elastic, polyester or cotton that keeps the pillow wrap in place. The stretch fabric allows for movement and helps make the process easier
A helpful tool for horses that overstretch is a pair of bell boots. Overstretching is when a horse “grabs” his front heels with the toes of his back hooves often pulling off their shoe in the process. Bell boots are also often used when riding in muddy conditions, when horses are wearing shoe studs or during transportation. With convenient options such as Velcro closures, pull on, and “no-turn” features it is possible for any rider to find a great fit for their horse. In order to fit bell boots correctly to a horse you want to make sure you are able to fit two fingers between the mouth of the bell boot and the horse’s pastern with the bottom of the bell boot falling to the bulbs of the heel.
Transportation boots are a great investment when hauling horses. It is important to protect your precious cargo’s legs accordingly. Transportation boots give added protection because they cover the hocks and often have hoof guards. They are easy to put on and give your horse added safety while transporting.
There are a few varieties of boots that you can pick from when riding your horse. Tendon boots, also known as open front boots, are the most commonly used by hunter/jumper riders in addition to other disciplines. Tendon boots are made to protect the horse’s legs from his back hooves overstretching and hitting his forelegs.
Fetlock boots are usually used in accompany with the tendon boots. They are used to help prevent nicks and abrasions from occurring due to a horse knocking his opposite leg with his hoof. The can also come in sets with the tendon boots such as the Horze Advanced ProTec Boot Set. These are popular among hunter and jumper riders. Jumper riders may show with tendon boots and fetlock boots, however it is not permitted in the hunter ring.
These boots are used to protect you horse’s legs while riding or during turnout. Brushing boots protect the lower leg from the hoof striking the opposite leg. They can be used in any discipline but are most often seen used for jumping, lunging, and eventing.
For an overall protection of tendons and ligaments support boots are the best fit. These boots are often used for horses that have had support related injuries in the past. They give added protection by acting as a brace for the fetlock joint and with the single strap helping to prevent hyperextension of the joint.Buy protection boots now