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BANDAGES OR BOOTS?

Dalia, 24/11/2020
BANDAGES OR BOOTS?

Every rider knows that bandages or boots are an indispensable element in your locker, whether it is for competitions or everyday rides. The first function we think about is the protection of the horse's legs. Everyone wants to do it in the best possible way, but how do we know what to use and what will work best for our horse?

Today I would like to give you some tips on this very issue. Maybe let's start with the division into which we divide the bandages. There are fleece, elastic, or a compromise between the two types, which is the fleece-elastic wrap, available on the market.

Wraps are a very good solution for flat riding, when even unwrapping it would not cause a serious accident. Well, bandages can be used to create very nice sets by matching them to the color of the equipment, they protect the tendons of our horses against micro-injuries, but they also have disadvantages and unfortunately it is very easy to hurt a horse when used by inexperienced people. Correct wrapping is the key to success, but it is also worth remembering that, for example, fleece bandages will not be the best solution in summer when the temperature is much higher and it can warm up the limb.

Flexible bandages, on the other hand, will provide us with greater security when it comes to sliding off the leg than the predecessors, but when putting them on, you must not forget about the use of pads because without them they can lead to a lack of blood flow.

The combination of these two types into a fleece-elastic bandages ensures contact between the soft part and the horse's leg, and then the elastic material remains outside, stabilizing the tendons. Here, however, the risk of overheating the leg and of course incorrect wrapping remains.

Therefore, I recommend the use of bandages to those who are more experienced, and if less then only under the supervision of someone experienced, so that they can correct the mistake if necessary. 

The boots are definitely safer, faster and easier to use and I recommend these for beginners and jumping training.

Of course, there are many types of boots on the market. Boots for jumpers will be different, and dressage riders will reach for different ones.

The boots chosen for the parkour must be harder, built on three sides and have a soft lining that will fit perfectly to the leg. For the ride on flat, we will choose one made of a softer and more flexible material.

Boots differ depending on whether we put them on the front or back legs. The fronts are usually the longer ones.

The boots also differ in the material they are made of depending on the needs and the producer, but also the method of fastening. This one depends on the rider's preferences, who knows their horse very well.

The materials that can be found in stores from which the boots will be made are leather, plastic and neoprene. We have fewer fastening options because it is only a pin or velcro fastening.

Regardless of whether we decide on bandages or boots, it is very important to remember about regular maintenance and cleaning of the equipment. In this case, it protects the parts of the horse without which further cooperation would be impossible. The equipment also adheres directly to the skin, which is why its cleanliness is so important. Pay attention to the condition of the fastener or the material, because depending on the horse and the type of training, it can change vary significantly.

What are your preferences for protecting your horses' legs? What do you use the most?

And finally, as always, I cordially invite you to all social media and the Design by Dalia store and see you in the next post!

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