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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!"

Testimonials

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

''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.

 
 

What Size Should I Order?

Measure a front hoof and measure a rear hoof. Usually the front hooves are larger than the rear hooves. If there is a dramatic difference between the front and rear hoof measurements. You may need to mix a set, one size for the front hooves and one size for the rear hooves.

Two Measurements Per Hoof Needed. 

1. Length = from the tip of the toe to the end of the heel bulbs. 

2. Width = the widest width of the hoof. 

 

Using a flat ruler or a tape measure, pick up the largest hoof. Looking at the flat, bottom of the hoof, measure from the front tip of the toe to the end of the heel bulbs. It is a straight line from the front to the rear of the hoof. Include the bulbs because they must also go through the socks. Then turn your ruler width-wise and measure the widest width of the hoof. Those are the two measurements you need

The socks are sized in inches and centimeters for your convenience, 

 

Choose the size based on the hoof measurement

  Choose the size based on the hoof measurement

Warmblood/Thoroughbred cannot fit over a hoof that measures more than 7”(17,78cm) x 7”(17,78cm) width/length with a shoe.

If the horse does not wear shoes, the socks may fit 7.25”(18,41cm) x 7.25” (18,41cm) hooves without shoes.

Mammoth Donkeys: Go by hoof measurement above.
Mules: Go by hoof measurement above.

Miniature Horse/Donkey size available in pairs or sets of 4

If the hoof measures too close to the top end of one size but the next size up is too large, order the larger size up.

 
 

How to put on and take off the Sox?

 
 

Frequently Asked questions

 

Can the Silver Whinnys™ help with Mud Fever?

Yes. Mud fever appears during constant muddy and wet circumstances regardless of summer or winter and is difficult to completely heal. Silver Whinnys™ offer the protection to keep the skin clean and dry. It takes more effort to heal anything in these conditions, and though the socks can keep wounds and sores clean, they must be changed 2X a day for the silver to optimally inhibit the exponentially propagating bacteria and fungi in the socks in wet conditions.

Keeping the socks as dry and clean as possible can help but when a horse is on turnout 24/7, changing the socks twice a day is the way to keep the silver hardest at work.

When dermatitis issues are very bad and low on the pastern, near the bulbs or the top of the hoof, and your horse is out in pasture, you might consider adding a pastern wrap if the socks are being pushed off the skin by the grass. A wrap can securely and safely insure the sock material is constantly over the pastern regardless of the horse's activities in the field. 

NB "Sox For Horses 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!"

Will Silver Whinnys™ help my horse with Lymphangitis?

We know that it is critical to heal the secondary infections on the skin surface when trying to help a horse with lymphangitis, lesions, and other forms of infection-driven edema and tissue stresses. Silver Whinnys™ maintain a clean environment around the legs useful for reducing dirt and debris near any pre-existing wounds/sores, and they reduce the bio-burden on the contact surface of the socks. They provide the protection needed to help owners make forward progress in eliminating the secondary infections. The light compression is proving to also be a benefit in helping to control the edema resulting from Lymphangitis.

Can I continue to use the external medications my vet has recommended?

Yes. External medications can be used with Silver Whinnys. Our job is to partner with your veterinarian by being a part of his/her healing strategy. If they have a preparation or medication they feel necessary, it should be continue to be used.

My horse has bedsores. Can your socks help?

It is important to resolve bedsores quickly as they can turn into chronic pressure ulcers that become repeatedly infected and more difficult to heal. The longer a sore remains unresolved, the weaker any new skin or tissue developed will be. Weakened tissue is the revolving door of nearly healed to back-to-open oozing. Bedsore boots by themselves can be problematic if your horse has skin reactions to neoprene, the most commonly used material for boot construction

Every situation is different for horses with bedsores. You must heal the sores first. Silver Whinnys™ can work in tandem with bedsore boots to make them more effective and safe against your horse’s skin while preventing further injury. They will help to keep the heat from building up beneath a neoprene boot. The socks will continue to wick the moisture from the skin and keep the environment around that damaged tissue clean.

Can Silver Whinnys™ provide UV protection for my horse’s white legs?

Yes. They can provide protection for photosensitive skin, usually white-legged horses. Silver Whinnys™ are not UV chemically treated but are a double layer of knit and are white to reflect sunlight from the legs.

My Horse has a bad injury on the leg. Can the socks help?

It depends on the injury and where the injury is in progress of healing. SFHs offers deconstructed Silver Whinnys™ as a medical tubing which can be a very effective bandaging option. The right choice will depend on the present condition of the injury.

Can Silver Whinnys™ protect my horse from cuts and bruises in the paddock?

They are great as a bandage to protect injuries while they heal, but they are not thick enough to prevent every injury. However, my horse became tangled in some strands of barbed wire this summer. He was wearing Silver Whinnys™. Though the wire got tangled in both rear leg socks to the extent that the socks had to be cut off, his legs were without injury. I believe the socks prevented serious injury.
The best answer is to make sure your pasture is as hazard free as possible.

My horses come back with scratches from the events. Will your socks prevent this?

We have competitors who use them for this purpose. Put the socks on when you arrive and leave them on unless exercising your horse, showing, or competing. As soon as you have brought the horse back into the barn, clean the legs and put the socks back on.

Silver Whinnys™ are a bandage/ barrier against the outside environment. The silver in the yarn inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi in the socks. This makes a clean barrier if replaced with clean laundered socks every 24 hours. Bacteria and fungi require warm, moist, conditions to propagate. The socks breathe, stay cool on the legs, and wick moisture from the skin surface. Add these things together and you have good protection.

If you have a horse that is susceptible to scratches at an event, keep the socks on your horse while at the show venue. If dermatitis issues tend to appear low on the pastern, near the bulbs or the top of the hoof after a show where other infected horses have been, you might consider adding a pastern wrap over the socks if they are being pushed off the skin while the horse is in the stall. This is not something that always happens. The socks stay in place pretty good in stalls, but if in the slightest doubt, you can use a pastern wrap over the socks and increase your own peace of mind. A wrap will securely and safely insure the sock material is constantly over the pastern regardless of the horse's activities in the stall.

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!"

I have a draft horse with sores on the legs. Do I need to trim off the feathers?

The socks should lie against the skin for the best protection. This is a difficult choice to make but the feathers/hair covering the scratches, summer sores, or other dermatitis issues harbor the bacteria and fungi that are causing these conditions to persist. Leaving the feathers on is like putting dirt between a cut and a bandage on your finger.

Do I need to continue medicating the sores?

If your vet recommends a topical application, do as your vet advises. Ask your vet for a topical that does not contain an oil base. Oils or greasy substances will coat the yarn and prevent the silver from keeping the socks clean.

A clean, breathing, dry environment around the sores can be a powerful aid in helping you heal these conditions on your horse’s legs.

Why do you change the sox every 24 hours when sores are present?

Bacteria, fungi, and mold propagate at astounding rates, particularly when the environment is wet and warm. The silver in the socks can only inhibit the microbe growth in the socks for a certain amount of time before the bacteria, fungi, and mold have propagated beyond the capability of the silver to control it.

In a barn environment, 24 hours is the most you can ask. If the weather is constantly wet and muddy, changing the socks twice a day is advised until the weather clears and dry conditions are present. Taking these measures protects the healing and in the case of constant, wet, muddy, weather, is essential in promoting healing.

How many socks do I need?

We recommend a set of four (4) socks as a good start. If you are using the socks for fly protection, they need to be washed every 2-3 days to keep the elastics and yarns optimized; one set will have all 4 legs protected.

If you are using the Silver Whinnys™ as a bandage/barrier for dermatitis or injuries, the socks must be changed daily and replaced with clean, dry socks. If only two legs are involved, one set of 4 socks will provide 2 socks on and 2 socks clean and ready, but this will require you to machine wash and dry a pair of socks daily. If 4 legs are involved, you will need two sets of 4 socks so that one set is on and one set is clean and ready.

Sox For Horses, Inc. offers pairs for those wanting to replace older socks with new ones. A pair of socks could be a choice if you are not sure if your horse will accept the socks. Used pairs are not refundable.

If you need the socks as a bandage/barrier for dermatitis or injuries, one pair is not enough. You would have to leave the legs unprotected while the socks are being laundered. When the socks are used as a barrier/bandage, they must be replaced every 24 hours. If the weather conditions are constantly wet and muddy, the socks must be changed twice a day to keep the silver action optimised in the socks.

Are the socks the same front and back?

Yes. There is no difference. Silver Whinnys™ can go on either the front or rear legs.

Which is the top or bottom of the sock?

The bottom of the sock that covers the top of the hoof and the back of the pastern is called the “Foot.” It has a coloured finishing thread. Warmblood/Thoroughbred has red thread, Quarter/Standard has green thread, Sport Pony has yellow, and Standard Donkey has blue. The “foot” of the sock has a very obvious flare to it.

How do I wash the socks?

Machine wash and dry the socks using warm/hot water and medium/high heat to dry. Machine washing is the best way to clean the socks before putting them back on the legs and will restore the fit of the socks. Avoid bleach as it breaks down the elastics. Avoid detergents with fragrances, as these are cheap chemicals that should not be placed against angry, open, tissue. A “free & clear” detergent is always the best choice. Avoid fabric softeners or fabric softener dryer sheets as these introduce another chemical substance that coats the silver yarn and prevents it from acting optimally in the socks.

You can use something like Oxiclean® for stains, but stains do not inhibit the silver from functioning in the socks. The socks are going to get dirty. Machine washing and drying is way to clean them.

Washing and drying the socks often is the best care for Silver Whinnys™ and it helps to restore the function that allows the socks to stay in place on the legs.

How long will the silver last in the socks?

The silver is embedded in the yarn of the socks. It will not degrade or wash out for the life of the socks.

Are the socks too hot on the legs in warm temperatures?

Silver Whinnys™ are made with a moisture management yarn that wicks moisture from the skin surface. This yarn is already instinctively cool, but the wicking action of the socks also cools the legs. The socks can be worn in the heat of the summer temperatures and the colder temperatures of winter. The socks are white to reflect sunlight adding additional support to the cooling science behind the yarn.

What happens if the socks get wet from rain or from a horse going into a pond?

Water is not an issue in itself. If conditions are constantly wet and muddy, that is an issue. The socks will do their best to pull the moisture from the skin surface. Socks must be changed at least 1X daily for healthy legs. Clean, dry, socks are important when conditions are constantly wet and muddy as bacteria and fungi are propagating at enormous rates in the environment. Ask anyone who has a horse suffering from mud fever. Constant wet conditions are the enemy. The silver in the socks can only handle that for 24 hours if being used for just fly protection, but if there is a serious dermatitis condition then changing the socks 2X a day with dry clean socks is highly advised.

The socks can get wet and they will dry out and no harm done. But if the environment is constantly wet, you must be aware of the escalated growth of bacteria and fungi and keep the socks changed so that they can continue to protect the legs.

Can I ride my horse with the socks on?

Sox For Horses, Inc. does not endorse riding a horse wearing the socks unless a full performance boot is used to keep the socks in place. Keep an eye on the position of the socks on the legs even if a boot is worn over the socks. We have heard that the socks are used to prevent boot abrasions. We have also heard of trainers taking the excess length of sock above the performance leg boot, folding it down over the top of the boot, and using duct tape to hold it in place. We expect this technique is very effective in keeping the socks in place beneath the performance boots. Caution: Bell boots are not leg boots and will not keep the socks in place!

Nothing replaces due diligence in making sure the socks are in place on the legs when riding or exercising, even with boots.

Do the socks offer compression?

Silver Whinnys™ utilize a safe level of compression to stay in place on the legs. They offer a resting level of compression but not tight compression. If they are very tight on the leg, they may be too small for your horse. You should be able to slide your hand, if not a large hand, snuggly between the sock and leg. The stretch of a sock allows it to go over the hoof. The light level of compression causes it to come back and conform to the leg. 

The socks can help to control stocking up and offer legs rest after competition. They will not roll like a rubber band on the legs.

Please read more about compression here

Are the Silver Whinnys good for fly protection?

Yes. Success with any fly protection comes from starting early in the spring before your horse begins to stomp obsessively as a habit. Silver Whinnys are double-layered socks that insects cannot penetrate to cause more damage to the legs.

How long can Silver Whinnys™ be left on?

Ideally the socks should be worn all the time when protection is needed unless your horse is being exercised or ridden. It is recommended that the socks be changed every 2-3 days with clean, dry socks IF your horse does NOT have any dermatitis, sores, wounds, or fungal infections.

The silver in clean dry socks is at peak ability to inhibit bacteria and fungi for only 24 hours. After that, the action of the silver diminishes as the barn dirt eventually overwhelms the silver, and the socks must be washed to regain their effectiveness. 

If your horse has dermatitis, sores, wounds, fungus infections, or an injury, the socks must be changed at least every 24 hours and replaced with clean socks so that the cleanest bandage/barrier is always in place over those conditions. Healing can happen when sores/wounds/injuries are protected against insects and the dirt of the environment.

Can Silver Whinnys™ be used during the winter?

 
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Yes. Many equine owners are trying to resolve dermatitis issues and injuries well into winter. Silver Whinnys™ are a year-round bandage/barrier. Winter presents challenges to any bandaging but Silver Whinnys™ are adaptable and there are many ways of protecting them from the snow, rain, mud, and freezing temperatures while they protect the wounds and sores on your horse’s legs. The key is to keep them warm and dry on the legs.

If your horse needs some time outside, and you don’t have a small turn out area, take the socks off until you bring the horse back in. Then clean the legs and put the socks back on.

If you have any questions regarding the sox please feel free to contact Sox for Horses directly at info@whinnywarmers.com or contact me kim@ofw.one

 
 

Do's and Don'ts

Do read the instructions that come with the socks for putting them on and taking them off. If you do, you will have an easy time of using them. They aren't hard to use. If you are putting them on a horse that is sore or in pain, practice putting the socks on another horse that doesn’t mind you learning.

Do Adjust or at least inspect Silver Whinnys™  twice a day for correct position and fit.

Don’t leave your horse for over 12 hours without inspecting any horse wear that you might be using!

Do put a plastic bag over the hoof before pulling on the socks. We include a Ziploc plastic bag with each pair/set of socks for this reason. Using the bag will make putting them on a breeze! If your horse doesn't like plastic bags on its hoof then cover all the rough places with duct tape and then pull the socks on. Either way, your job will be simple if all the rough parts of the hoof are covered before pulling on the socks!

Do keep an extra set or two handy so that one set is on and one set is ready.

Do wash Silver Whinnys™  all you want to.  Put them in the washer and dryer. Whinny Warmers® and Silver Whinnys™ are tough. They will hold up for a long time and their original shape will return after a wash and dry. After several days of steady wear, washing and drying them will restore their shape and stay-put protection.

Don't use Bleach or chlorine. Avoid perfumed detergents or drying sheets as these can irritate equine skin.

Do wash them in the washing machine and dryer. They will clean better and the elastic will recondition better.

Do wash Silver Whinnys™ every 2 days if you are using them to protect open sores on the legs. Keep the silver ions at peak performance.

Do avoid fabric softener as it will make the socks too soft and lead to stretching.

Do consult your veterinarian if you are thinking of using them for any other therapeutic purpose other than as an insect barrier for Silver Whinnys™ or to offer warmth and comfort to equine legs in the winter when using the Whinny Warmers®

Don't put all of the socks on your horse at one time! We know that good horsemen and women know better, but we are going to say this anyway. Put two socks on your horse at first, usually the front leg socks are best to try first. Watch for a few hours to see how your horse gets along with them. If your horse accepts the first two socks, then leave them on the horse overnight. Give your horse plenty of time under observation to make sure all is well with the first 2 socks. DO NOT put the other socks on your horse until the next day when you have hours of time again to observe your horse's reaction to wearing all 4 socks. Don’t overwhelm your horse with new things all at once. Let them get use to the idea gradually and gently. If you use only two socks and decide they won’t work for your horse, you can return the unused socks for a 100% refund. 30% is all that is refunded on used socks. We are pretty good at helping you adjust your horse to the socks. Call us if you want help.

Don't ride or exercise any horse wearing Silver Whinnys™  unless thesocks are safely held in place on the leg by performance boots.  Many high level professional trainers are successfully using Silver Whinnys™ Silver under performance boots to cushion the legs and prevent boot abrasions. Keep a vigilant eye on performance boot and sock position on the legs as you ride. 

Don't use Silver Whinnys™ if your horse won't allow you to safely be around its legs! Using Silver Whinnys™ requires that you can handle a horse's legs and feet. If you have a horse that won't let you safely around its legs, do not attempt to put Silver Whinnys™ on that horse!

Do use Silver Whinnys™  under performance boots but only with constant inspection to make sure both the socks and the boots are in proper position on the legs. Treat them as you would your tack when riding. Constant inspection leads to safe riding.

Don't worry about wet Silver Whinnys™! They perform when wet. That being said, if it is constantly wet and muddy the socks cannot dry out. You must change them at least daily. If you are using the Silver Whinnys as bandages, then do not allow them to remain on the legs while wet. You want dry socks over sores and wounds. In the winter, wet socks are cold. Change them if they are wet. In the summer, when conditions are dry, you can bathe your horse with the socks on and allow them to dry on the legs but this is if the humidity is low and the socks can be dry in a hour or so. During the heat of summer, wet Silver Whinnys can cool the legs down and offer a light compression that is great for horses after a heated workout. Just make sure weather conditions allow the socks to dry.

Don't buy them if your horse is boarded and you can’t get out to see your horse twice a day to inspect its clothing. If an equine professional at the boarding facility will keep an eye on your horse clothing twice a day, then buy them!

Do tell me what you think about Silver Whinnys™ . Thanks!

Do tell your local tack or feed store about our socks.

 
 

FAQ's About Silver Whinnys

 Stop the obsessive stomping that destroy hooves and shoe sets.  Horses begin early in the season to stomp obsessively to rid themselves of biting insects on their legs.  The percussion of stomping not only breaks and splits the hooves, but also drives shoe nails right up through the wall of the hoof. Horses that have arthritis, founder, or laminitis, suffer pain from the percussion of stomping and finally if the pain of the stomping is more than the pain caused by the biting insects, the equine will simply give up and let the flies chew.

 Stop insects from biting the legs Did you know? One fly can carry over 33 million disease-causing microorganisms on the inner and outer surfaces of its body. Now, think of everything a fly crawls on in your barn and surrounding environment.

It’s a gnarly list of possibilities, not including other farms and horses it visited before landing at your address. Flies rarely travel far from where they were hatched, but can be lured by attractive odors and piggyback long distances on air currents in a quest for food and places to reproduce. While the philosophical question, “How many angels fit on the head of pin?” remains unanswered, these less-ethereal winged visitors gain entry into buildings through openings not much larger. 

Flies transmit disease primarily because they feed on waste, decaying matter, and feces whose bacteria then sticks to its mouth, footpads and hair like tendrils. Compound this with the fact that flies defecate roughly every four to five minutes and -- because they have no teeth -- take nourishment in liquid form, spewing vomitus or spittle laden with bacteria on solid food and letting it dissolve before eating, and the result is a perfect delivery system for infection. 

It's enough to never let you look at flies the same way again, and more importantly, you don't want to look at them spitting and worse on your horse's legs 

 Silver ions embedded in the fibers of summer whinnys® (SILVER WHINNYS™) are hard at work inhibiting the growth of bacteria, fungi and mold in the socks. These elements create a clean environment in which wounds, summer sores, abrasions, scratches, mud fever, and other dermatitis issues can heal.

 Wick moisture from the leg. Moisture management fiber wicks moisture from the leg, keeping them cool and creating an environment that is difficult for bacteria and fungi to grow. Put the sock on your own arm and feel how cool they are.

 Allow air to reach the skin. Open sores need air. Sores and abrasions stay wet and slow to heal without air. Silver Whinnys™ are a breathing antimicrobial knit. Consult your veterinarian before replacing any bandage with Silver Whinnys™.  Your vet will know when it’s safe to move from compete coverage to our Silver Whinnys™ socks.

 Are designed to allow for the free motion of the fetlock and pastern joints relieving the stress on the sock which would otherwise contribute to the sock falling down. Silver Whinnys™ can stay up for the entire day on most horses. You may only need to adjust them in the evenings and mornings but check and adjust them as needed once in the morning and once in the evening. Go to Q&A for more on how the socks stay up on the legs.

 And what are you spending on fly sprays that don’t work? Most of the time you are spraying the largest amount of your fly spray on the legs. Save some money and let Silver Whinnys™ protect in a non-toxic way.

 SILVER WHINNYS™are easy to maintain.Take them off at least once a week to wash and dry. Throw them in the washing machine with some soap and dry them in the dryer. Machine wash and dry them. The yarns and elastic will be completely re-set for stay put protection. If you are using them as a bandage alternative, then wash them every other day to keep the silver at top performance. DO NOT use bleach or chlorine products and avoid perfumed washing products as they can irritate the skin.

 Bathe your horse while it's wearing SILVER Whinnys™. Let them dry on the leg! Moisture activates the silver ions so these socks can get "wet". If the weather is constantly wet, then change the socks every day so that the silver is always hard at work.

 

 

 WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE FIRST FEW DAYS YOUR HORSE WEARS SILVER WHINNYS™
Fit is everything. The socks need to go over the hoof first and foremost. They will fit the leg once they are over the hoof, so if you’re in doubt about size, contact us before you purchase. Measure the widest and the longest parts of the largest hoof and then call us.

Once you receive the socks, view the video on the home page showing how to put them on and take them off. This is a very helpful video and will make your first experience with them a breeze.

Silver Whinnys™ stay up for many hours on most of our customer’s horses but as with any horse wear, check them twice a day- in the morning and evening to make any needed adjustments.  If you don’t see your horse twice a day, make arrangements with others to check the socks. If you can’t do this, then don’t use the socks. For the safety of the horse, horse clothing of all kinds requires an owner to observe that the clothing is correctly placed on the horse at all times.

Don't put all of the socks on your horse at one time! We know that good horsemen and women know better, but we are going to say this anyway. Put two socks on your horse at first, usually the front leg socks are best to try first. Watch for a few hours to see how your horse gets along with them. If your horse accepts the first two socks, then leave them on the horse overnight. Give your horse plenty of time under observation to make sure all is well with the first 2 socks. DO NOT put the other socks on your horse until the next day when you have hours of time again to observe your horse's reaction to wearing all 4 socks. Silver Whinnys™ feel different from anything else your horse has ever worn on its legs. Don't think because the horse is use to wearing wraps that it is the same thing. Don’t overwhelm your horse with new things all at once. Let them get use to the idea gradually and gently.

Adjust the socks in the evening and in the mornings for great results and to make sure that they are in place on the leg. Typically you should expect the socks to settle a couple of inches from the knee or hock on the cannon within an 8 to 12 hour period of time.

On all other horses, mules, and donkeys, the socks are staying in place for hours providing a clean, breathing, cool, and protective environment around the leg in which sores and wounds can heal.

DO NOT USE THESE SOCKS ON ANY HORSE THAT WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO SAFELY HANDLE ITS LEGS.

The socks come with instructions for use and application in the packaging.

 
 

ABOUT COMPRESSION AND SILVER WHINNYS®

Silver Whinnys are built with a light, resting level of compression. They are not “therapeutic compression socks.”  

Little information is accessible about applied compression levels relative to the structure of the equine leg. The information available bases applied equine compression quantities on human leg studies. 

Compression applications use mmHg, which stands for millimeter of mercury, a unit of measuring pressure. When measuring compression stockings for humans, mmHg refers to how tightly the elastic medical stockings support the veins in the leg. The higher the mmHg number, the greater pressure the graduated stocking will apply to the patient’s leg. 

Even manufacturers of the Jobst Pump-type equine compression equipment, used to stimulate fluid movement up and down equine legs, apparently use human studies as the basis for determining the amount of mmHg to apply to a leg given certain medical conditions. If there were studies in applicable mmHg for equines, we would welcome this information. In its absence, we acknowledge that applying compression to an equine leg is not an exact science. Lacking definitive studies on equines, we avoid adding more compression to our socks than the existing light, resting level of compression necessary to support the socks up on the legs.  

 

Are they subject to falling down? 

Yes, they could, but we are not willing to increase compression and end the ability our socks offer to be a safe bandage/barrier on equine legs at all times in pasture, paddock or stalls. 

We want any equine owner, skilled or unskilled to be able to use our socks without fear of putting them on wrong and causing undue compression. That is the sock we at Sox For Horses offer. We have provided advice for helping the socks stay up and on equine legs.

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Silver Whinnys can be worn safely 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, in pasture, paddock, or stall. 

They do not need to be removed from the legs before a horse is turned out.

They do not need to be removed after a few hours to relieve pressure.  

That being said, the compression values in Silver Whinnys are based on “normal, healthy” sizes of the cannon, fetlock, and pastern collected by a survey on equine leg sizes. The legs of horses suffering from edema due to injury, chronic cellulitis, lymphedema, or lymphangitis are not normal, healthy legs!

Silver Whinnys should not be utilized as a ‘compression’ tool unless advised by a veterinarian or a practitioner skilled in lymphatic drainage. Silver Whinnys can be used to protect legs from external hazards that can trigger episodes of edema, but proper fit for animals with edema conditions is very important.   

Proper fit is everything. Proper fit allows a hand to slide down between the sock and the cannon bone of the leg and still not feel tight.  Snug, yes, but tight implies that your hand is experiencing a compression that is uncomfortable and you perceive it to be too much for your horse. You are the “boots on the ground,” and if the socks feel too tight, the fit might not be right. 

Contact us via our facebook page, email address if you are in doubt. We are always glad to help. 

 

If the socks are already tight and the leg swells, the socks will apply too much pressure on the tissue.  Horses with chronic cellulitis, lymphedema, or lymphangitis are very sensitive to pressure.  Discuss compression with your veterinarian before you order the socks for this purpose.

 

If your horse is prone to unpredictable swelling, then proper fit is essential so that the socks can serve their purpose of protecting the legs as an antimicrobial barrier without becoming tight under any circumstances.

For draft, draft cross, and large Warmbloods, custom-made socks are needed and these are made to be light against the skin so there is little chance that a sudden onset of edema will cause undue pressure.

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Many have found that the light level of compression offered by our socks is helpful in reducing stocking up after performance or when the horse is at stall rest.  The light compression on a healthy horse can be restful.  Even horses with proud flesh benefit by this light compression as it can help to reduce or inhibit the development of proud flesh; but too much sustained compression on a horse suffering from acute conditions of edema causes pain and complications. 

Sox For Horses, Inc. does not believe in inhibiting circulation unless the application is recommended and overseen by knowledgeable veterinarians or practitioners skilled in the art of lymphatic drainage.   

The use of compression should be determined by a practitioner who can physically assess the condition of the tissues and their ability to withstand pressures on horses suffering chronic conditions of cellulitis, lymphangitis, lymphedema, or excessive edema due to injury.

Silver Whinnys can offer a valuable antimicrobial barrier to protect legs from external hazards of the outside environment once your vet has the edema and inflammation handled. 

       

SERIOUS MEDICAL EMERGENCIES REQUIRING IMMEDIATE VETERINARY ATTENTION Per Dr Steven Soule: 

Symptoms of the onset of cellulitis or lymphangitis: 

1.    Sudden and unexpected swelling

2.    A high fever

3.    Pain on touching or palpating

4.    A three-legged lameness, when the horse can’t put the leg down on the ground and is avoiding your touch.

Your response in minutes, NOT hours can make a difference between permanent damage and a positive recovery outcome for your horse.  

Dr. Steve Soule states in our article, “Circulation, Not Compression, Critical to Cellulites, Lymphangitis Relief,” published in EquiManagement magazine (https://equimanagement.com/news/fei-vet-dr-stephen-soule-cites-circulation-compression-critical-cellulitis-lymphangitis-relief-54094),  “I never compression wrap a horse with cellulites or lymphangitis. I demonstrate how a wrap is not the right choice by asking a client to lightly press a finger down on their hand and tell me what happens. The depressed area turns white. They can see how little pressure it took to have blood flow leave the area and immediately reduce circulation where pressure was applied.”  Dr. Soule adds,  “Heavy compression stops the motion of fluids.  This is easy to understand when you see swelling pool above the wraps.  Heavy compression bandages can add problems, creating pressure sores on joints and opening new sources of infection while taking away oxygen, inhibiting healing and impeding fluid from moving up and down the legs.  Also, wraps don’t breathe and I want air reaching broken skin tissue, to aid in healing.”

 

We offer lab tested compression results for you and your veterinarian to study and consider. 

LABORATORY COMPRESSION TESTING RESULTS FOR

SILVER WHINNYS®.

We encourage you to research human studies regarding mmHg values in doctor-prescribed compression stockings so that you have a baseline understanding of why Sox For Horses! created a light level of compression that is safe on horses in the pasture or stalls and that will not cut circulation even if the horse pushes them completely down around the pastern.  Many manufacturers make compression stockings for people but that does not mean that they correctly apply compression per tested US study-based standards and guidelines.  If you personally utilize compression socks for yourself, avoid socks made outside the United States and talk to your doctor about recommended, dependable brands that meet US study-based standards of applied compression. 

The results in our compression testing are relative to the sizes of socks offered.  Four socks in each size were tested to achieve an average compression (mmHg).  Testing is conducted based on circumference measured in centimeters: 1 cm is equivalent to 0.39370 inches.  Translate these measurements to inches by multiplying the circumference by 0.393. That will give you the conversion in inches.   Then you can measure your own horse in inches to determine how our socks will fit your horse. 

Warmblood/Thoroughbred with mid cannon circumference measurements of 

22 cm = Ave. 14.7 mmHg

24 cm = Ave. 15.8 mmHg

28 cm = Ave. 16.5 mmHg

 

Warmblood/Thoroughbred with fetlock circumference measurements of 

28 cm = Ave. 12.1 mmHg

30 cm = Ave. 13.4 mmHg

32 cm = Ave. 17.9 mmHg

 

Warmblood/Thoroughbred with pastern circumference measurements of 

20 cm = Ave. 6.8 mmHg

22 cm = Ave. 8.8 mmHg

24 cm = Ave. 8.6 mmHg

 

Quarter/Standard with mid cannon circumference measurements of 

18 cm = Ave. 13.8 mmHg

20 cm = Ave. 15.1 mmHg

24 cm = Ave. 18.3 mmHg

 

Quarter/Standard with fetlock circumference measurements of

24 cm = Ave. 12.4 mmHg

26 cm = Ave. 12.7 mmHg

29 cm = Ave. 14.0 mmHg

 

Quarter/Standard with pastern circumference measurements of 

16 cm = Ave. 4.6 mmHg

18 cm = Ave. 5.0 mmHg

22 cm = Ave. 9.1 mmHg

 

Sport Pony with mid cannon circumference measurements of 

18 cm = Ave. 18.5 mmHg

20 cm = Ave. 16.8 mmHg

22 cm = Ave. 20.8 mmHg

 

Sport Pony with fetlock circumference measurements of

24 cm = Ave. 13.2 mmHg

26 cm = Ave. 14.4 mmHg

28 cm = Ave. 15.3 mmHg

 

Sport Pony with pastern circumference measurements of

16 cm = Ave. 6.5 mmHg

18 cm = Ave. 7.3 mmHg

20 cm = Ave. 9.9 mmHg

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Miniature Horse

 
 

Nicola Scott is now the Ambassador with her beautiful miniatures for Sox for Horses in the UK

My Miniatures have white legs so they are a godsend. The Silver Whinnys don't make me feel guilty when I am clipping out their little legs, because I know that they will be wearing their Sox. They wash up well and dry really quickly. They are also designed to be kept on a few days at a time.

They are a snug fit on my boy and don't roll down.

TOP TIP: put a sandwich bag on the hoof to slip the sox over to slide on easier, then remove the bag.

 
 
 

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