When it comes to caring for horses, a lot of precautions need to be taken. Providing your horse with equine boots and bandages can go a long way in protecting their limbs. So whether you are taking your horse for a few jumps around the field or simply treating a wound that has sprung up, using equine bandages and boots is essential for maintaining their safety. But have you ever wondered about the science behind it?
Exploring the story behind Equine Boots and Bandages
Most people automatically use these boots for their horses because that is what they have been told to do but not many are familiar with the actual working behind it all. The truth is, there has not been much research conducted about what really happens to a horse’s leg after applying boots or bandages. In fact, this is a field that still needs a lot of digging into, before any conclusive results can be drawn out.
Yet, every time you walk into your horse’s stable and see that dreaded rash on its leg, even if you are unaware of how it got there, the first thing a person tends to do is pull out the bandages and wrap the leg up nice and tight. This is because, over the years, we have come to learn that wrapping up a leg wound with equine bandages is the best way to protect the animal from getting injured further.
Could the reason for this be the simple fact that applying pressure to any wound can lead to clotting and thus stop the bleeding? Or could it be that a wrap is used to prevent the wound from getting further contaminated? One thing is for sure. Wrapping a wound can certainly reduce swelling and keeping this in check, could perhaps, be the most important path to a quick recovery for the animal.
How does this work?
When a horse develops some kind of wound or when any kind of injury surfaces, the equine’s body responds by causing the limb to swell, particularly if it is in the distal region. This swelling comes with twin effects. On the one hand, it reduces the bleeding which helps protect the horse but this can also have negative effects.
Despite the lack of research in this line, one can certainly say that there has not been any drastically detrimental effects that have surfaced due to the use of Equine boots and bandages so the fact that using these boots and bandages helps play a role in protecting horses, goes without say.
So in order to make sure your horse is always in good form, put on brushing boots when taking it around the arena. Similarly, use transport boots when you are hauling them around in your trailer and most importantly, when treating a wound, make use of sheet cotton and a bandage to provide your animal with optimum protection and a quick path to recovery.
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