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Step-by-Step Cross-Country Leg Protection With Woodburn

What’s the best way to prepare your horse’s legs to wear cross-country boots? How do you prevent rubbing and excess moisture? Woodburn, our regular model (not to mention top event horse having come in second at Rolex this past Spring) shows us how it’s done with a bit of help from his groom, Emma Ford.

Step 1:

Lay out your supplies. They include: Cross-country boot, baby powder, duct tape, and sleeve.

Step 2:

Dust your horse’s leg with baby powder. (Or Woodburn’s, if you have him on hand). This helps with moisture control.

Step 3:

Slide sleeve over your horse’s foot like so. It will be stretchy but snug.

Step 4:

Pull it up just past their knee like a knee sock. This will help prevent rubbing.

Step 5:

Strap the cross-country boot on over the baby powder and sleeve.

Step 6:

Roll the edges over the boot. This keeps things neat and tidy and also from snagging.

Step 7:

Duct tape everything in place to keep it secure. Voila! You’re ready for a four-star course just like Woodburn.

Emma noted that this prep is particularly useful for horses who are prone to issues related to moisture like scratches or fungus as well as those with sensitive legs. It’s all about the prevention! I hope this was helpful for you and your horse. Good luck out on cross-country! Look for Woodburn out there today at the World Equestrian Games to see this set up in action.

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7 comments on “Step-by-Step Cross-Country Leg Protection With Woodburn
  1. Annice says:

    What are those sleeves and where do you get them? I don’t think I’ve ever seen them in a tack store before.

  2. Annice says:

    What are those sleeves and where do you get them? I’ve never seen them in the tack shops.

  3. Wenda says:

    Where do you purchase the ‘sleeve’?

  4. Rox says:

    Need the sleeves!!!!!! Where can I find them. My horse is uber sensitive to fungus & scratches and worn hair & irritated skin from neoprene.

  5. Dana says:

    They R called ‘stockinette’ & R used to line casting.

  6. Morgan says:

    Haha.. The ‘Sleeve’ can be a knee-high sock with the toe cut off.

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