Frequently Asked Questions
My horse is suffering with scabs around his legs, what would you recommend?
If there is excessive swelling of the leg and lameness firstly call the vet. If not, then for severe cases we would advise using the wound dressing roll as the first course of action. This allows the activated carbon/silver to be placed directly against the affected area. The dressing can be applied under conventional stable bandages/gamgee and should be left dressed for 3 days before changing. Obviously the horse needs to be stabled during this time. Once the condition subsides it can be controlled with the stable or heel boots.
For less severe cases we would recommend the stable or heel boots as the first course of action.
Can I also use topical cream with the boots?
No, the boots must not be used with any creams as this will de-activate the carbon/silver and prevent them from working.
Can I use barrier cream when the horse is turned out?
The use of barrier creams is not necessary as the condition can be managed/prevented in the following way:
- Turn horse out with no barrier creams or boots
- Cold hose wet mud from legs when brought in
- Towel dry excess water from the legs
- Apply boots and leave in place until the horse is next turned out
Barrier creams will deactivate the carbon/silver and prevent the boots from working.
Can the boots be used for photosensitivity related problems?
Yes the boots are effective for these problems too (see our testimonials page). However, if using the boots for turnout, then only use in total mud free conditions.
Can the boots be worn outdoors?
No it is not recommended, however some of our customers do turn out in our boots in total mud free conditions.
Do I need to clip my horse’s legs?
Yes. All feather should be clipped from the leg as the boots require skin contact for them to work.
Do I need to remove the scabs from my horse’s legs?
There is no need to remove the scabs from the legs. The boots work best when the scabs are left in place. The scabs will dry out and fall away leaving healthy skin underneath.
Do I need to wash my horse’s legs before putting the boots on?
If the horse has wet mud on his legs then you can either, cold hose the mud off and towel dry the legs, or if the mud is dry brush it off. Once the legs are mud free, the boots can be put on. Do not put the boots on over the top of mud.
How can you guarentee the quality of your products?
Where possible we use branded materials, for example we use Zorflex® activated carbon/silver fabric and also the outer material of the boot products is Cordura®. All of our products are manufactured in the UK
How long can the boots stay on?
The boots are fully breathable so can stay on as long as the horse is in the stable. If leaving the boots on 24/7 we advise taking the boots off once a day to make sure there is no bedding etc. trapped between the boot and the skin.
How often should I wash my boots?
We recommend that you try to keep washing to a minimum. Washing will not reduce the effectiveness of the carbon/silver, however will cause wear and tear to the boot. We find giving the boots a brush down is a good compromise.
What do I use to wash my boots?
Equi-Med now produce our own brand of washing power designed specifically for our products so we can guarantee there can be no chemical cross contamination that may damage the effectiveness of your boots. Soda crystals can also be used. Do not use conventional wash detergents/conditioners as this will deactivate the carbon.