Protective Supportive Leg Equipment for Horses
Why use Horse Boots?
Horses have little muscle tissue for padding in the lower leg. Tender bones, such as the splint bone, as well as tendons and ligaments, have no natural protection. There are many reasons to protect your horses’ legs, there are many more reasons to choose ThinLine over gels, neoprene, leather or compression foam.
Some horses, no matter how light their workload, are prone to over-reaching, forging, or interfering and injuring themselves. It is generally when horses are fatigued they strike themselves. Young horses may hit themselves because they are unbalanced. And of course, performance horses benefit not only from impact protection but from the soft tissue support found in many horse boots.
The thicker padding on the inside of all boots protects the delicate splint bone along the inside of the cannon bone. This bone is very easily broken and can lead to several months of lameness as well as permanent cosmetic issues. Once a splint bone breaks it is often difficult to find a product that can accommodate the permanent swelling without causing the horse discomfort.
When putting on any type of boot the elastic strap must be pulled from the front (bone) and wrap towards the back.
It’s important that horse leg protection fits well and is kept clean. Purchase products that do not collect dirt and sweat. They are generally more expensive but they last longer.
Here are the most commonly used leg protection for horse boots.
They go all the way around the leg, and are usually worn on the front and hind legs and help prevent the horse from hitting itself during hard work.
This support boot for horses is preferred by event riders, endurance riders, and dressage riders. These boots are frequently lined with sheepskin or other shock absorbing materials. The outer shell should be breathable if not lined with ventilating fabric. One of the consequences of fully booting or wrapping legs is heat built up. When soft tissue is overheated damage to soft tissue occurs more frequently. If you choose the wrong product you are actually increasing the probability of leg damage. Again, the more expensive boots contain more protection and less heat retention A few more dollars to stay away from neoprene products or gel is generally advisable. Consider the cost of one veterinary visit.
Why is this protective horse boot lined with ThinLine?
Our trademark open cell technology delivers impact protection in a wafer-thin breathable foam, perfect for a horse splint boot. ThinLine doesn’t compress. Pressure points; created from tendons, bones, splints or wind puffs, are gently shaped into the ThinLine memory which rebounds once it is off the horse. Also, an anti-microbial agent is infused into ThinLine allowing use on multiple horses. Finally, ThinLine foam does not absorb water or collect dirt which means our protective boots for horses stay in place and are easy to maintain.
Pro Mesh Exterior Construction
Pro Mesh is used for the protective outer layer of our closed front splint horse boots. Pro Mesh material acts like ‘flexible horse armor’ offering the ultimate combination of breathability with impact and abrasion protection as well as support and durability.
Open front boots protect the inside, outside, and back of the leg (the tendon) and are used only on the front legs. There is intentionally no protection on the front of the leg (the cannon bone) so horses may feel when they hit a rail in jumping and are therefore encouraged not to do so again. This is the most popular boot for Hunters and Jumpers. This boot is generally made of hard plastic or leather and is lined with neoprene, gel or shock absorbing foams. Generally, an ankle boot or 3/4 hind ankle boot (slightly taller) is used in conjunction with open fronts.