Healthy legs are essential to maintaining your horse’s locomotive abilities. The lower section of your horse’s legs (beneath the knee) do not have muscles: This area consists of tendons, ligaments and bones, which makes them extremely vulnerable to injuries. However, horse wraps and boots are designed to protect your horse’s legs from splints and abrasions while he or she is performing, practicing, or just walking trails. These boots and wraps also absorb some of the shock sustained as your horse’s hooves hit the ground. Just like human athletes, horses can suffer from strains, sprains, invasive wounds and injuries caused by overuse.
Today’s technologically advanced muscle wraps and boots are available in a variety of styles. Each type of boot or wrap has a special function: It could be intended for use during a specific activity or to address some type of medical condition.
As you are looking for a pair of horse back boots, you should take several things into consideration:
The purpose of medicine boots and wraps is to support the tendons and ligaments in your horse’s legs, immobilize his or her joints and to apply ice packs or medicine.
Back Boots for Protection
These types of coverings have hard materials on the outside (rubber or leather) and softer materials on the inside (neoprene or fleece).
Medicine Boots for Immobilization
Just like the boots for protection, immobilization boots are also hard on the outside, while softer on the inside.
Other materials frequently used in hind boots for horses include polyester, nylon and vinyl.
The majority of hind boots for horses are available in small, medium and large. Typically, your horse’s weight, height and breed, in conjunction with the circumference of his or her leg provide the information you need to choose the proper back boot size. This is just a general guideline, therefore, when ordering, please refer to the size chart for more sizing information.
While hind boots are washable, please refer to your product’s specific washing instructions.
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