If you are a horse owner or horse caretaker, equestrian horse health care is a daily process. Equestrian Horse health care is not just for Equine Wound Care, but also includes how we take care of our horses and the equestrian horse tack and the horse grooming supplies we use.
You have a great assortment of Horse Grooming Supplies to choose from; Natural Horse Grooming Supplies offer horse shampoo, horse skin conditioners for dry and flaky shin, horse grooming brushes and clippers, mane-tail coat shine, spot remover, hoof therapy serum, and oil, fly sprays and Natural Horse Grooming Supplies to consider.
Equestrian Horse Health Care Treatments;
Equine Antimicrobial Body Wash and Surgical Scrub for equine wound care, Natural Herbal Relief Cleansing Salve for Sarcoid Tumor & Hot Spots, medicated sprays for treating bacteria & fungus, Antimicrobial and wound spray, Hoof Armor for protecting barefoot hooves and emergency horse care kit for equine wound care & trauma for all your Equestrian Horse Health Care.
You have an assortment of Horse Leg Wraps to choose from; Standing Pillow Wraps, Fleece Polo Wraps, quilted leg wraps and for reducing leg inflammation Ice Horse Insulated Tendon Leg Wraps.
It’s important to protect your horses’ legs when trailering your horse with Horse Shipping Boots;
There is a nice selection of Horse Shipping Boots available such as Nylon Shipping Boots which covers knees & hocks, Nylon Cordura Shipping Boots with fleece lining to cover the cannon bone of the horse and a full horse leg protection Exselle Horse Shipping Boots that protect and cover the knee – cannon bone – pastern and hooves, Bell Boots are added horse health care protection for the hooves.
Take care of your horse every day and be prepared to for any Equestrian Horse Health Care situation that may show up.
Are Shipping Boots Important for Trailering Your Horse?
Shipping boots are the only protection your horse has for its legs when in the trailer. If you have ever trailered out to a trail ride only to find out when you pull your horse out of the trailer that there is a big gash in its leg, you quickly realize that you unable to go on your trail ride and you may have a vet bill to pay.
By taking the time and precaution of putting on shipping boots you can prevent leg injuries on your horse and allow you to arrive at your destination to enjoy riding your horse.
It’s important when putting on shipping boots that the shipping boots fit the horse. Shipping boots should be tall enough to provide some protection to the knees and hocks of the horse’s legs and also reach all the way down to the ground. Shipping boots that are shaped to expand over and around the knees and the hocks are better for horses and shipping boots that are designed to start just below the knee and hocks.
It’s important before putting on the shipping boots that you brush your horse’s legs, so they are clean and check the shipping boots that they are also clean inside. Place them to the back of the horse’s legs then fasten the Velcro, be sure the Velcro is wrapped around the front of the horse’s leg towards you – if it is wrapped away from you, on the backside of the horse’s leg, the boot is on wrong. Tighten the Velcro only enough that the boot can’t slide around, you should be able to place a finger at the top of the shipping boot to tell if there is enough open space.
Some horses who have not worn shipping boots before should wear them first for a short time in their stall to get accustomed to wearing shipping boots. Be careful when leading your horse out to the trailer after you put the shipping boots on; some horses will lift their legs especially high and may kick out at times.
Shipping Boots and Standing Wraps have their advantages and disadvantages; if your horse stands quietly and is well mannered in the trailer then Shipping Boots will work just fine. On the other hand, if your horse is nervous, young and tends to paw and kick, you may want to consider the old fashion Standing Wraps over leg quilts. Don’t wait for the day that you need to trailer out to decide — have your horse wear the Shipping Boots or Quilts and Leg Wraps in the stall several days before you need to trailer your horse.
The advantage of Shipping Boots:
- Easy on and off with Velcro Tabs
- Quilted protection for the knee to hoof and hock to hoof
- Protects hoof and coronary band
- Machine wash, hang to dry
Tip: Have your horse wear the Shipping Boots in the stall, so it gets used to them
The disadvantage of Shipping Boots:
- Shipping Boots are large and stiff
- The horse needs to get used to wearing Shipping Boots
- If horse paws or kick, Shipping Boots can come off during transport
The advantage of Quilts and Standing Wraps:
- Less cumbersome for the horse to wear
- Easy to custom fit to the horse
- Customize the fit with the correct tension
- Less likely to come off when your horse paws/kicks
- Easy care, machine wash
Tip: Secure wrap at Velcro tab with self-stick vet wrap to prevent accidental unwrapping
The disadvantage of Quilts and Standing Wraps:
- They don’t protect the knees or hocks
- If wrapped too tight, it can cause damage to ligaments/tendons
- If the wrap is not correctly secured with Velcro tab, can come unwrapped
Be safe and prepare your horse to trailer safely with good manners, check your first-aid kit for proper horse wound care and calming supplement. It’s very stressful for you to trailer your horse if it is making a fuss during the trailer ride.
How to Apply Horse Leg Wraps:
- Attach cross-ties to the horse halter.
- Before applying horse leg wraps; take a few minutes to check for any signs of heat, swelling or scrapes.
- Use a medium and soft brush from your horse grooming supplies to remove any mud, dirt or shavings from your horse’s legs.
- To prevent tendon damage, wrap the horse leg wraps from the inside around the front of the leg.
- Be careful not to wrap your horse leg wraps too tightly as this creates pressure points.
- If your horse leg wraps are too loose, the wrap may slip and not provide proper support.
- You can apply Polo Wraps over Quilted horse leg wraps, r Pillow horse leg wraps for more protection during trailering.
Horse Shipping Boots provide protection during trailering and are more convenient to put on than standard horse leg wraps.
If your horse does not stand quietly, ask someone to assist while you apply the horse leg wraps.
Happy Trailering and Trail Riding your horse!