In today’s episode, Heather and Ute are talking about how to best protect your horse’s legs while being out on trail. We discuss different types of protective gear for trailering your horse and for riding out on trail. What you should know about different kinds of leg protection such as brushing boots, polo wraps, bell boots & co, why less is more sometimes and what you can do to keep your horses’ legs safe and sound.
As little as possible, as much as necessary!
Leg protection can be necessary and it can be beneficial for your horse. Horses which tend to brush or over reach absolutely need something to prevent injury.
Also if you ride over difficult terrain with rocks, roots or underbrush which can potentially hurt your horse, it is recommendable to protect your horse’s legs let alone if you jump cross country jumps.
However, many horse have good, sound legs and know how to take care of them. They do not require any leg protection and it is not beneficial for them as heat tends to get trapped, overheating tendons and ligaments.
So always ask yourself: Does my horse require leg protection when I go out on trail? Talk to your vet and make it a habit to know your horse’s legs inside out.
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On the Show today:
Heather (Canada) & Ute (India)
Both of them have ridden on long-distance trails before and have done day and multiple day rides!
Don’t forget to check out the resources section in this article!
- Protective leg gear for the trailer
- Protective leg gear for the trail
- All about brushing boots, polo wraps & co
- Pros & cons of protective leg gear
- What else you need to do to keep your horses’ legs safe & sound
Thank you for tuning in and happy trails!
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