The Patented Science Behind Our Horse Wear - Tried and Tested
We are proud to state that ALL of our kit is tested regularly to continuously prove the claims that we make. Our unique air technology is now patented, and classed as an Equine Skin Protector!
Thermal Imaging - our boots have been tested using thermal imaging to measure temperature control before, during, and after exercise, and the visually represent the porosity of the boots. Results on our Blog Page.
Impact Testing - to test the level of impact protection that our boots provide, we have tested the boots with an axe on soft wood vs no boot and competitors to soften the blow between the axe and soft wood. Results are on our Blog Page.
Weight - the boots have been weighed at an average of 160g per boot
Drying time - the boots have been submerged in water and weighed. The boots were left to dry for 30min and weight taken at intervals between that time to measure time to dry with no heat support. This was compared to a standard medicine boot. Results are on our Blog Page.
Water Absorption - the boots have been tested by running water over the boot to see the proportion of water passing through. The video is available to view on our Blog Page.
Durability - the boots have been, and are still being tested by some of the best competitive riders in the world. Some of our top riders have been testing the boots since the beginning of 2016, when HUSK evolved. Any issues that arise are managed and resolved immediately.
Saddle Cloths and Rugs -
Water Absorption - the cloths have been tested by running water over the boot to see the proportion of water passing through. The video is available to view on our Blog Page.
Temperature Control - the cloths have been tested via individual case study reviews. After rigorous exercise, we test the cloths for sweat marks under saddle vs non porous girth.
Durability - the cloths have been, and are still being tested by some of the best competitive riders in the world. Some of our top riders have been testing the boots since the beginning of 2016, when HUSK evolved. Any issues that arise are managed and resolved immediately.
The Technical Talk:
All of our products are made with NASA and Military Grade material that is more than just a simple mesh, and we do not use any insulating perforated neoprene foams, or plastics - PURELY BREATHABLE, vertically, laterally, and all around!
The inner and outer layers of the boots have a holed texture, for the movement of excess hot air and sweat, and these layers are held together by thousands of monofilament fibres creating, almost like the springs in a mattress, creating a clear passage for air to flow inside the boot also, which gives our products their unique thermoregulating ability.
We have carefully selected varying combinations of technical materials in relation to thermoregulation properties, texture, and thickness to create the best effect for each individual product. And we source the same material for every boot with our contract with suppliers of NASA and World Wide Military.
These innovative designs are REGISTERED and the technology is PATENTED.
The monofilament fibres found in between the layers of material work like springs in a mattress that spreads the force from any impact from a strike and weakens it to minimise injury.
HUSK material behaves differently to hard materials. Hard materials concentrate the impact at the site of the strike, unable to dissipate the force which can lead to shattering or splitting of the material. Vibration from strikes is not weakened by hard materials, and if they do not split at the site of impact, the material will transfer the vibration from the strike along the fabric to where it ends (as vibration wants to release into the air), however with horse boot, the material ends behind a knee. The full force of impact can be felt behind the knee and absorbed into the joint resulting in concussion injuries.
The material is super light, the La Irenita Air Boots are only 160g! This adds no unnecessary weight to the horse, and particularly with the leg protection, helps to prevent injury and slipping without compromising performance.
All products are machine washable, and also scrub up pretty well with a pressure hose! They dry in up to 30min. No more hanging sweaty gear up for days on end to dry!
Horse's skin is covered in nerves to enable the horse to know where it's putting it's body! The nerves on the skin send messages to the brain to signal position, and these nerves are able to send the messages after they have been stimulated by air particles. Therefore in order for the horse to be nimble, and know where its putting its legs, the legs have to have an abundant access to air. If we limit the air flow in any way, we reduce the ability for the horse to achieve this. And the longer we limit the access to air, the longer the nerves are not utilised, the less efficient these nerves become later in life. So if we want a nimble horse, then we need to be sure to allow maximum airflow to the skin.