For thousands of years, horses have stood as symbols of freedom. From chariots to knights to cavalry officers and horse-drawn carriages, horses have had a huge impact on human society. Until just over a century ago, the fastest way to get from one place to another was a horse. Having a horse meant having an unparalleled amount of freedom.
Even freer and more romantic still is the image of a horse running free wherever their heart takes them.
There is nothing more heartbreaking, therefore, than a horse suffering a serious leg injury which renders them unable to stand tall and run free.
You, therefore, want to make sure you have horse boots that can provide tendon support while combatting laminitis and arthritis.
What Is Laminitis?
For those not in the know, laminitis is caused by inflammation of the laminae, which are soft tissue areas which to the pedal bone part of the hoof wall. Once these areas become inflamed, it can be extremely painful for a horse to stand or walk. In the most severe cases, the pedal bone can become completely separated from the hoof wall, causing excruciating pain and essentially crippling your horse.
You’ll want to watch out for these symptoms of laminitis:
- Horses with this condition have trouble standing, and so they spend an excessive amount of time lying down
- While all four feet can be affected, the forelimbs are especially vulnerable
- Your horse rocking back and forth to take weight off the affected hooves
- Hoof walls and coronary bands affected by this condition often feel warm
Some of the leading causes of laminitis in horses are:
- Overfeeding on grain
- Retained placenta in the case of post-foaling mares
- Excessive workloads on hard surfaces, especially among unshod horses
- Excessive hoof trimming
In addition, some horses suffer from chronic laminitis, with some signs being:
- Rings on laminitic hooves
- Hoof walls that begin to look like “dishes” or “slippers” with long hoof toes
- A bulge near the pedal bone
Support boots are specially designed to give added support to horses’ ligaments and tendons. These boots wrap around a horse’s leg with a strap that supports the fetlock joint in such a way as to prevent hyperextension. This can be especially helpful for horses who suffer from a history of injuries stemming from a lack of support. That can be especially helpful in handling conditions such as laminitis and arthritis, where even standing or supporting their own weight can be painful for affected horses.
Options such as those from Tough 1 are form fitting and breathe well. They can prove beneficial for horses needing added tendon support.
Other boots, such as those from EasyCare and Cavallo, are designed specifically to provide aid to horses struggling with laminitis and arthritis. These boots cover the underside of hooves, including sensitive inflamed areas, allowing tendons and tissues to heal while still enabling your horse to stand tall. EasyCare affords protection to horses during turnout, while Cavallo’s honeycomb design can help optimize strength while minimizing the amount of weight exerted on the hoof, which can be hugely beneficial to horses struggling with laminitis and arthritis.
Help an injured horse stand tall with the right support boots offering laminitis, arthritis, and tendon support.