Bandages and protectors, any benefit for the horse?

Protectors in dressage and jumping

Bandages and protectors are part of the horse's equipment, which although considered accessories, are fundamental for the good care of the extremities of the sport horse. Many consider them a mere decorative accessory that does not fulfill any kind of function, but it is not. Both in dressage, show jumping, cross ... any discipline you can think of, they can be useful. Both have various functions: support the tendons keeping them warm and protect from impacts both with something in the environment and against your own legs.

Although between them they are not exactly the same, so we find that the protectors They are usually more used in disciplines such as jumping or raid, where the horse is prone to hitting its feet on the hands or getting caught in branches or any other object. In addition, protectors are supposed to be better at supporting the tendon, although a well-placed bandage does this well as well.

Furthermore, the sales they are more effective at warming up the tendon, and are more used in dressage since impacts are less likely and soft enough for bandages to be sufficient. In these cases, tendon health is more important; For this, the bandages ensure us a tendon with a suitable temperature for the work from the beginning. In the turfFor example, the horse is going to make a great effort, explosive, from 0 to 100, so it is very important to have the tendon prepared for that. For this, bandages are usually used, even with under-bandages to increase the effect.

But bandages are neither the most comfortable nor the fastest to put on, therefore many choose to use protectors on a day-to-day basis; it is equally valid. In addition, on horses that tend to touch each other a lot, and may even need bells, tendons can better protect impacts.

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