Horses, same as any pet or animal in general, require all the love and care they can get. Because of their size, it might be somewhat of a challenge initially to do so, however, as soon as you get in the habit of it, it becomes enjoyable for both of you.
Along with providing them with the needed daily nutrition, treats and water, you probably would also make grooming part of the daily chores. All of this makes the scope of basic horse care but it’s incomplete unless you offer utmost protection in the form of horse boots.
A well-maintained horse is one whose hooves are well looked after, with feet regularly trimmed and protected with the proper shoes.
As you may have seen by now, the minute you search for boots you’re going to come across a variety, starting from the different styles like hock, bell, knee, shin, ankle and medicinal boots, to the specific types of boots, such as ice and magnetic boots.
Choosing the horse boots may be difficult because of the many options but in the end it depends on the kind of protection your horse requires, and at the same time on the quality you’re after. If you want this to be a purchase of value, then buying quality that would last for years to come is the way to go.
While usually it’s either the front or the hind legs that get the boots, it’s not unusual to get all four legs booted. In fact, this is the solution to avoid bruising and scraps on all four legs, something of importance with training and race horses.
If the horse goes through more challenging training and performance where the possibility of tendon and muscle strains is high, then booting all legs with medicinal boots is mandatory as they’re designed to provide utmost support and protection.
Along with boots there are also wraps that are helpful with treating sore and stiff tendons and ligaments after a long day of training or work, preventing and reducing swelling, as well as treating leg wounds.
Other than protection, equine legwear is ideal for adding extra traction, something of importance particularly for racehorses and competitive horses in general, as it not only helps prevent slipping accidents, it adds to the way they perform too.
Additionally, there’s the corrective aspect horseshoes can assist with, as in the example of deformities like club foot. This goes to show boots, wraps and hoof care aren’t to be taken lightly.