Guide for leg and hoof protection care for horses

1. Why do horses need leg protection and what kinds are available?

Horse legs have to withstand a lot. Tendons and ligaments support the horse’s locomotor system and lie dangerously close to the surface, directly under a thin layer of skin. Even slight knocks, kicks or stumbles can lead to lameness. To effectively protect horses‘ legs from blunt trauma, various types of leg protection are used. In this guide, we show you how bandages, boots and the like can protect your horse’s legs.

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Bandaged horse legs
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2. How do I clean leg protectors correctly?

The cleanliness of the equipment plays an important role not only for aesthetic reasons. Particularly the practical aspects are in the foreground when it comes to leg protection. Fine grains of dust or sand between the bandage or boots and the horse’s leg can cause friction. These are not only unpleasant for the horse, fine hairline cracks can develop which allow bacteria to enter and make the leg more sensitive. We show you how best to clean your horse’s leg protection.

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3. FAQ about leg and hoof protection for horses

Can I wash tendon boots, therapy boots or my hoof boots in the washing machine? Can I put them in the dryer? And what happens to the horse’s leg if I accidentally forget to take bandages or boots off overnight?

In our FAQ about leg and hoof protection, we answer your most frequently asked questions about the topic.

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