Why Your Horse Might Need Leg Support

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Our equine partners are routinely asked to perform complicated maneuvers they would not normally perform in nature, subjecting them to a wider variety of injuries than in the wild.
Just as a professional athlete wears protective gear on the playing field, the equine athlete also needs protection. According to a trusted veterinary journal, the incidence of injuries in performance horses in training is around 30 percent, with the majority being suspensory injuries.

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A significant percentage of these injuries result in the end of the horse’s career, not to mention exorbitant vet bills. When prevention of such injuries is practically assured with the use of Professional’s Choice Sports Medicine Boots, the question of “when to boot” becomes “why wouldn’t you boot?”

Professional’s Choice Sports Medicine Boots were developed specifically to address the prevention of suspensory injuries while at the same time protecting the soft tissue from cuts, abrasions and contusions caused by impacts to the legs by hooves and various other hazards.

SMBs were thoroughly tested at major universities before being put on the market.  According to veterinarian Dr. Michael Collier, use of SMBs provides significant ligament support to the distal limb of horses and can increase the energy absorption capacity of limbs by up to 45 percent. The energy absorption of the SMB can help prevent potential tendon, suspensory, ligament and other musculoskeletal damage to our equine athletes.

Continue reading on America's Horse Daily, where you'll also find a handy video on fitting horse boots from the Certified Horsemanship Association, an AQHA alliance partner.

Photo courtesy of Professional's Choice.