Tendon Degeneration and Signs of Weakness

Jan 2, 2024

Studies on tendons have shown that with age and/or exercise tendon degeneration and a decrease in the quality of the fibres are observed.1 This phenomenon translates into signs of weakness visible to the naked eye: 70% of owners have already noticed signs of tendon damage (heat, swelling, etc.) without marked lameness. If these signs appear too frequently and are not treated, the risk of tendinitis is increased: a pathology with a long and perilous healing protocol, the outcome of which is uncertain, as 80% of horses relapse.2

HUSK Air Technology used in their leg protection ensures that when protecting your horse or pony’s legs during exercise, turnout, or travel, that minimal additional weight and restriction is added to the legs.  This in turn ensures a minimal risk of stress or strain to your horse or pony’s tendons, joints, or ligaments.  In addition HUSK’s flag ship proven technology ensures the management of environmental temperature around the leg to minimise the risk of over heating arresting further degradation of tendon health.With this new product,

HUSK are also committed to an eco-responsible approach thanks to using up cycled high quality NASA and military fabrics, as well as committing to UK production close to their HQ.

HUSK leg protection comes in various styles to suit your horse’s needs:

– Irenita Air Sport Boots – a super light weight medicine boot style designed to give optimal 360 degree proven impact protection, support, and freedom of fetlock movement to minimise injury

– Air Hybrid Boots – Simple, soft, flexible brushing boot style, that is exceptionally breathable, unlike any other brushing boot out there

– Air Tendon Boots – The most flexible, breathable, and protective tendon boot on the market – challenging the status quo of show jumping!

– Air Over Reach Boots – Incredibly light boots that do not hold water, ensuring a healthier environment around the pastern

To research further into HUSK Air Leg Protection Range please click on the link:  https://thehusk.co.uk/husk-boots/

1.Birch, H.L., Bailey, A.J. and Goodship, A.E. (1998) ‘Macroscopic “degeneration” of equine superficial digital flexor tendon is accompanied by a change in extracellular matrix composition’, Equine Veterinary Journal, 30(6), pp. 534–539.
2.Dowling, B.A. et al. (2000) ‘Superficial digital flexor tendonitis in the horse’, Equine Veterinary Journal, 32(5), pp. 369–378.

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