So what are Silver Whinnys?
They serve as an outstanding alternative to bandaging, and fly protection, a barrier used to protect legs while scratches; mud fever, summer sores, or wounds heal. The socks breathe, allowing air to reach the skin surface, while moisture-managing yarns keep skin tissue dry.
Silver Whinnys™ offer horses a nontoxic protection and are composed of high quality, custom spun poly yarn. Polyester is the right choice of fiber for the equine environment. It does not act as a Petri dish in which bacteria and fungus can grow. Sox For Horses carefully stayed away from natural fibers. Fibers such as cotton invite and harbor bacteria, mold and fungus.
Silver Whinnys™ were developed from the very beginning to bring the best fiber science forward into the equine world.
Sox For Horses have carefully chosen fibres for the properties that they offer to protect a leg. Moisture management fiber wicks moisture from the leg keeping the legs cool in the heat of summer. Another combined fiber in the yarn is embedded with silver ions that will not wash out and will last the life of the socks. These elements are hard at work inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungi and mold in the socks.
Silver is well known for its properties of inhibiting the growth of bacteria. Silver Whinnys™ offer a clean environment around your horse’s legs.
Silver Whinnys socks offer a light compression to the leg and many have found that the socks are useful for protecting bandaging, helping to hold on poultices, and for alleviating edema in the legs.
The high-performance yarn continuously protects the socks from playing host to bacteria, fungus, mold and mildew in the toughest conditions and will not degrade or wash out for the life of the socks regardless of how many times they are machine washed and dried.
Sunlight exacerbates dermatological issues on the legs. Silver Whinnys® offer two layers of knit that can help to keep direct sunlight from photosensitive skin.
Fungi and bacteria live and propagate in mud and dirt around your barn. You can’t really do much to prevent this but to make it worse, is the flies and biting insects that spread bacteria and fungal infections from horse to horse.
Scratches and Mud Fever are a combination of bacteria and fungal infections that require an owner to keep an area free of the scabs that harbor the fungus beneath. These open sores are prey to further and continuous infection by that very dirty, fly infested environment in which your horse lives and it must feel at times that you are making no headway on the condition. Silver Whinnys® maintain a hygienic environment around the legs useful for reducing dirt, debris and bio-burden near any pre-existing sores and wounds.
NB ""SFH do not make any claim that the socks prevent, cure or heal. They are not a medication or drug. They are bandage/ barrier that make it difficult for bacteria and fungi to propagate as long as they are washed and replaced ever day, or at least every other day. After a day the silver in the socks becomes overwhelmed by the shear numbers of microbes in the barn environment and can no longer effectively act as a barrier to prevent bacteria/fungi reaching the skin through the socks. Machine washing and drying cleans the dirt from the socks and restores the power of the silver to reduce microbes in the socks. The socks provide a vital and hostile (to bacteria and fungi) environment around the legs as long as they are clean, like any bandage. That these conditions tend to not come back as customers tell us, is directly related to their dedication to maintain clean socks on their horse's legs. It is simply treating them as any other bandage. Keep leg protection clean!"
Sophie, Owner M. Hoague, 16 y/o TB mare. Chronic Scratches from 2008 to October 2013.
Owner's notes: "I have tried literally everything. and have had the vet out to sedate her, multiple times, so we could get the scabs off. In past falls she has been on SMZ's and prednisone to clear it up. I really have tried it all, including just about every topical concoction you can think of. I would love to be able to manage it without having the flair ups be so severe and without it costing me $100's of dollars every spring and fall."
Day 1 of Summer Whinnys. October 28, 2013
Owner's notes: "Brought Sophie to VLAC to have her legs cleaned up, shaved, and scabs removed. Aerobic, anaerobic, and fungal cultures were done. The worst part of her left hind left is the lateral upper portion of her cannon bone just below the hock. There are several other little sores on the medial aspect of the left hind. The worst part of the right hind is the medial aspect of the fetlock and pastern, both of which have large weeping sores. The right front has two small sores. After cleaning Sophie was only given bute IV for pain. Although the vet wanted me to put her on TMS I decided not to because I wanted to see the true effect of the socks."
Day 6, 11-2-13: Owner's Notes: "I washed her legs using EQyss Micro Tek Medicated Equine Shampoo (which I have been using on her legs for the last several years). I was able to get a scab off her left hind upper medial cannon bone. Her legs look quite a bit better, no redness, no swelling, and the scab areas seem to be smaller. I took new pictures to compare to day one. Quite a difference already! I especially notice a difference in her left hind anterior cannon bone where the redness has decreased a lot and the hair is growing back in. Her right hind medial fetlock and pastern area is also much improved. Areas that had been weeping the first day are no longer weeping but the best part is that the socks prevent big scabs from developing. The area is kept clean and dry so big scabs can't form. Her right hind anterior fetlock is another area that is looking quite a bit better."
Owners Notes: Day 15, 11-11-13: "Today marks two weeks that Sophie has been wearing the Summer Whinnys. The difference is quite amazing. All of the scabs have gotten significantly smaller in the last two weeks. Her skin is pink and healthy and there are no weeping or open sores. Mind you that this improvement has been without the use of antibiotics. Using antibiotics might have sped things along but the progress has still been significant. The best thing is that there have been no new sores that have developed since she has been wearing the socks. I am finding using the socks to be very easy and well received by my horse. She does not mind me putting on, adjusting, or taking off the socks. Right now in Vermont we are at the height of the fall rainy, muddy season. Despite that, the socks have been working well and have kept her legs clean and dry. I really like that I don’t have to spend a lot of time applying topical treatments to her legs that are messy and they become harder to use as the temps drop. I also don’t have to keep her legs clipped. I find that the socks only fall 2-3 inches after 8 hours or so. My work shifts are 12 hours which sometimes means 15 hours between adjustments. They are falling less than they were when she was itchy but even if they do fall around her pasterns they do not seem to harm her in any way or constrict her pastern area. She seems to like the socks much better than the standing wraps I have done in years past. I would highly recommend the Summer Whinnys for scratches treatment.”
Day 30. 11-26-2013. Sophie has not has another episode of Scratches since 2013. This is a photo of her this year, 2015. Her owner keeps her in the Silver Whinnys™ during the time of year when she was most prone to scratches.
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Kimberly and her Lovely Mare Leia
It all started last year (2017)
"The reason for my purchase is due to my 3year old getting ulcerated lymphangitis and having to have a skin graft to replace the damage caused !
She is out in the field finally but the flies have been eating the flesh! Will forward you the nasty wounds caused by the lymphangitis and looking forward to using your product !! Thank you very much X''
''This all happend 2 days after I brought her she was only rising 3''
"This is where we had taken the skin grafts from! Yes only one leg my vet has been amazing she has been on a lot of meds but flamazin cream on every day she did have a big compression bandage on for 5 months"
"She has only just come over from Holland and not been handled she has a tiny cut on the back of her foot and her immune system way shot and couldn't fight anything off! It got really bad"
AND NOW (May 2018) 🐴
"Hey Kim, I do still use them I used them all over winter with turn out her leg is completely heeled just braking down scar tissue now her leg is changing all the time I will always use the silver whinnys that have been amazing x''
''Amoleto has vasculitis which is an auto-immune disease. His leg was always big and often with very painful open skin.
We use now sox for horses since December 2017 and his leg has improved drastically. He wears them 7x24 and is happy with the sox "
Pastern Leukocytoclastic Vasculitis, is a relatively common but poorly understood skin disease. The problem generally affects mature horses and produces lesions conﬁned to the lower legs that lack pigment. Initially, redness, oozing and crusting open sores develop, followed by swelling of the affected legs. Long term cases may develop a rough or warty appearance.
The cause of pastern leukocytoclastic vasculitis is not yet known, but an immune component is possible. The fact that the lesions are limited to non-pigmented areas of the skin suggests a role for UV radiation. Adverse drug reactions may play a role, and recent studies have implicated a Staphyloccus bacterial infection as a possible cause.
A diagnosis is made based on skin biopsy of the affected area, which would show leukocytoclastic vasculitis (inﬂammation of the blood vessels) with vessel wall degeneration and clots involving the small vessels in the surface skin layer.
A reduction in sunlight exposure is very important, either by bandaging the legs or stabling inside during daylight hours.
The problem usually starts in the rear of the pastern region and is covered with tightly adhered crusts. Over time, the lesions extend up the leg and can affect the skin as high as the knees or hocks. This is a frustrating condition that requires accurate diagnosis and aggressive, determined treatment. It will take vigilance, patience and daily care.