Research on Polo Horses - Boots Vs Bandages It's clear that tendons heat to improve their locomotive performance, however the level of heat and length at which the heat is sustained is what we are concerned with. Hannah explains in this article that tendon heat is eliminated via convection through the blood vessels in the skin of the lower leg. Therefore if this is covered with an insulating product, the tendon cannot release the heat, and subsequently over heats. It is at this point that the cells begin to malform. Therefore is is KEY that as much skin as possible...
What is the Effect of Heat on Tendon Cells? Short and sweet text on what happens to cells when they over heat? Conclusion is that the proteins that hold the cells together begin to degrade, affecting the stability of the cells. This is an affect that becomes visible over time, not immediately, but it seems the regular heating and cooling of cells exacerbates the problem. Therefore attempting to keep temperatures as consistent as possible, and temperature variances as minimal and gradual as possible. Link below https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/9202452/
Some people treat their horses as pets rather than athletes, that which they truly are. Consideration should be made with this in mind when caring for horses. Take a read of this article https://www.horsetalk.co.nz/2015/12/27/why-horse-treated-athlete/
Your Horse Magazine feature a discussion around whether horse boots should be tested. Louise Butcher, Director and Founder of HUSK, is interviewed, talking about her experiences in marketing for the health care industry, in which claims made must be proven time after time, and her surprise to see that in the equestrian world that claims can be made on an assumption rather than tests. Take a look at July 2019 Issue to find out more!
Great article to explain how horses are designed to cope in cold..... https://ker.com/equinews/cold-weather-adaptations-keep-horses-comfortable/