Horse Leg Protection BootsProtective horse leg boot
Boots, Bells & Federations
Whatever your sport, top performs are often seen with boots and draps on their horse's lower thighs. Boots and draps not only help keep the horse's leg tissue protected, but also help maintain leg structure such as sinews, chords, ligaments as well as articulations. Not all boots are the same.
What kind of boots you should use will depend on your horse and the disciplines in which you are riding. But not all saddle boots have to be worn. Horse boots should be worn to prevent bruising and scratching of the leg and ankle when the horse tends to overstrain or push its leg with hoof.
Particularly if your horse is wearing footwear that can do more harm than a naked horse shoe. Glockenstiefel and brush boots protects the leg of this Eventers on a road course across the countryside. Horse that do not normally bother themselves may also need boots if they are training narrow or excessive maneuvers such as side training, turning or narrow curves in westerner competitions, working in a round cage or on a longe line.
A further use of boots or wrap is to prevent the horse's leg from hitting other items, such as a stick or golf balls during polio or the tracks of a jumping shot. Several boots also assist the lower leg tissue. Such boots can help a horse recover from tendon or tendon damage, or they can help decrease the likelihood of damage to a horse doing exhausting training sessions.
Possibly the most commonly used boots, sapwood boots, also known as boots for brush-ing, have a tough padding on the inside of the leg. It provides protection against impacts and protects the inner leg and the gun leg from shocks from the horse's opposite shoe or other object. Front open sinew boots are very much liked by show jumping riders.
Cotter pin boots are useful for those who are vulnerable to the knocking of their own feet, or for those whose feet can come into direct touch with other firm things, such as trails, cross-country riders or even when ejected. Tendon boots, as the name suggests, cover the back of the leg with a rigid cover of plastics, gum or synthetic material to keep the sinews, bands and hinges from getting damaged.
Lots of sinew boots let the front of the gun bones bare, which gives them the second name " open boots in front ". "In this way the horse can sense when it encounters a railing of a leap, which would prevent it from doing so in the near term. The open front boots are very loved by jumping horses, but they can be used on any horse with excessive snow on its backs.
Sport medical boots serve to provide protection for the whole lower leg, front and back, and act like a damper. You use a high-density wetsuit that envelops the leg from leg to leg and around the ankles. Sport medical boots are most frequently found in the west of the country. A University of Oklahoma survey found that athletic boots absorbed 26 per cent of the shaking of the foot - four-fold more than other conventional boots and wraps. Oklahoma's University of Oklahoma has found that the amount of shaking of the foot is 26 per cent.
Mostly seen on horse shows in occidental discipline such as pureing, barrelling races and work cow shows, sport medical boots can be used whenever a horse's leg needs extra protection andupport. Sled boots prevent the back of a horse's rear fetlock and fetlock from stinging during slip stoppages or fast cornering, such as cleaning.
Sled boots are usually made of either cowhide or cowhide and have a tough cushion on the back that fits over the ankle. While some only cover the pastern area, others stretch upwards to cover the gun leg and the inner leg. Bondage boots are carried like sliding boots at the rear-legs.
The boots are designed to prevent the ankle straps on the inner part of the leg from being injured by a horse that usually brushes or taps its ankle straps with its own back leg and foot. Sled boots protects the back of a horse's fetlock with a firm cushion. Belltop boots, also referred to as overshoot boots, prevent the pear of a horse's foot from being overstretched.
It is often used on horse with a tendency to exaggerate, shoe wearing horse, and shows such as cross-country where the horse can gallop and unintentionally exaggerate. Conventional belted boots are made of caoutchouc and are put over the heel. In the meantime, newer lifestyles have been created, among them lifestyles made of velcro attached and not tightened and made of wet suede and velcro, formed in such a way that the hood cannot turn around the foot.
Not surprisingly, polowraps were first used on horse polos to help keep their feet safe from blows from clubs and other horse shots. Ever since, they have been entering virtually every horse sport to spare a horse's thighs. In contrast to common opinion, it is not possible to keep the leg tissue in place with just bolsters.
Also known as'bandages' or'polos', they are usually made of flexible, easily stretchable fabric made of either wool or polyester and are attached with Velcro. It is very important to pack the pads properly, as overly narrow or irregularly packed poloshirts can cause leg injury.
Bellboots protects the light globes of the horse's hoofs from oversized injuries. They are used at a wide range of venues and during school hours, but it is important to keep them fresh and drier as they are prone to attracting rubble and can act like a foam in the pool, making them heavier and more prone to falls.
You can not only restrict your horse's freedom of movements, but also interrupt your circulatory system and cause damage to tissues and tendons. Rubbing and chafing boots can cause inconvenience, baldness or ulcers. Initially used to help prevent a horse's leg from being knocked by sticks or other types of horse, today's horse wrap is used in virtually all disciplines.
After using boots, always check your horse's leg for friction, warmth and puffiness, especially if the boots are new to your horse. The boots should also be checked for breakage or cracking. Remove any sands, grime or other foreign bodies as they can turn a smooth boots into sanitary paper on your horse's skins.
A few folks have also expressed concern about elevated temperature in the boots and wrap covers during work. The most commonly used fabric in boots for horses, wetsuit fabric is non-breathable and can capture perspiration and overheating. This is why it is important that you do not use your boots for long periods of use.
Earlier this paper was published in the May/June 2009 edition of the Canadian Horse Journal.