Taking care of your horses legs.
– After fast work its good practice to ice your horses legs.
– Tip freezer bags are fantastic and are a cheap way to ice, they can be held on using a normal boot. If the freezer bags are are very cold a J Cloth can be put against the skin to stop burns.
– If you notice swelling or heat cold hosing for 10 minutes three times a day helps to reduce this.
– Boots help to protect your horses legs from impact.
– Ensure they are not left on for long periods of time.
– Correct and balanced shoeing is vital to helping your horse remain sound.
– If you have a horse who is prone to boot rub ensure boots are always clean and dry and are put on when the horses legs are dry.
– Tip tube grip can be used to help prevent rubbing.
– When going cross country or doing fast work tape can be applied to the boot straps to avoid the boot from slipping.
– Slow trot work on the roads helps to strengthen there legs.
TOP TIP- Make it part of your day to run your hands down your horses legs so you notice any changes straight away.