WHEN ALL ELSE HAS FAILED – SILVER WHINNYS® SUCCEED - SO WHAT ARE SILVER WHINNYS ?
Equines can suffer from a variety of lesions that affect their Lower legs: dermatitis, scratches, mud fever, dew poisoning, greasy heel, summer sores, and wounds. Silver Whinnys® provide the critical qualities in bandaging/leg protection that allow non-responding cutaneous (affecting the skin) lesions to finally heal.
They end the cycle of infection/re-infection. Silver inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi in the socks. They are safe, non-toxic, drug-free bandages that obstruct disease-causing pathogens, insects, dirt, debris, and sunlight (UV) from penetrating the socks and reaching the skin.
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“EPD, is not a specific diagnosis. It is a syndrome. A term –scratches, dew poisoning, greasy heel, mud fever, foot rot, cracked heels -- to describe cutaneous lesions caused by a variety of diseases that affect the lower legs of horses,” explains award-winning veterinary dermatologist, research author and full Professor, Rosanna Marsella, DVM, of the University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine. Read More about EPD here (Veterinarians Get a Leg Up in the War Against Equine Dermatitis)
Anyone who has owned a horse suffering from severe, non-responding, and various manifestations of Equine Pastern Dermatitis (EPD) knows these are not skin conditions cured with a simple application of over-the-counter ointments. If they could be cured as simply as this, your veterinarian and treatment bills would be much less expensive. Severe cases change not only the quality of an equine's life but its owner’s as well. The financial cost of healing is compounded by added stress and countless hours of care.
The ABCs below are the reasons Silver Whinnys® will be the best bandaging and leg protection you have ever purchased for your horse’s legs. Aside of saving hundreds of dollars in throw-way bandaging, reusable Silver Whinnys have all of the vital qualities necessary to protect your horse while healing. They offer qualities that traditional bandaging cannot provide. More veterinarians are including our socks in their treatment plans when protecting the tissue is essential to health and healing.
The following assets or qualities are essential in protection and healing:
A. With Silver Whinnys, valuable oxygen can reach the skin. The socks breathe. Oxygen has long been recognized as important to healing as it helps dry excessive moisture and allows more durable granulating tissue to develop. The socks also block dirt, insects, and debris that present obstacles to healing when sores and wounds are left open to the air. The double layer of woven sock provides a barrier against disease-carrying insects while protecting UV sensitive skin.
B.The silver in the socks makes an antimicrobial barrier that prevents dangerous microbes from reaching the tissue. Bacteria and fungi must pass through the double layer of protection in order to re-infect the skin. If the socks are changed daily with clean socks, the power of the silver to inhibit bacteria and fungi from passing through the socks to the tissue remains optimum. After the first 24 hours the sheer number of germs in a barn environment can finally overwhelm the silver in the socks, so changing them daily is important to keep the healing on track. See our FAQ page for Silver Whinnys for more questions answered about how they manage the environment relative to your horse’s condition.
C.Silver Whinnys wick moisture from the skin surface. They absorb and remove the dampness caused by exuding body serums. This moisture is absorbed and transferred to the exterior of the sock where it can evaporate from the surface. Traditional bandaging traps damp, warm material against the wounds and dermatitis the same way that a dirty diaper holds undesirable moisture and materials against a baby’s tender skin. The wicking action of the socks helps keep the surface of the skin dry. It defeats the warm moist environment that bacteria and fungi must have to propagate. Not only do the socks keep the tissue dry but also in the summer months, these moisture-managing properties of the socks keep legs cool. It is the same cooling action provided by a light cotton shirt that takes the sweat from your body and allows it to evaporate, thus cooling your skin temperature. Our socks utilize the same moisture management yarns used in the highest quality athletic socks that keep feet dry and cool during the demands of sport competition.
In the course of healing, inflammation, infection, and re-injury can cause slow healing. The development of proud flesh, exuberant tissue, is a by-product of slow healing. Proud flesh is NOT a product of too rapid a healing! It is the body overreacting to impaired healing. A healthy speed of healing is desired and that means dermatitis, wounds, and sores all need to be protected from the hazards that prevent a healthy, rapid healing.
For the large breed horses, continued unresolved dermatitis can lead to devastating conditions.
The edema of Cellulitis causes the destruction of blood vessels. Lymphangitis causes permanent tissue damage and the destruction of lymph vessels. Vets understand the risks of slow healing, which is why they seek to aggressively handle the inflammation and infection putting your horse at risk during these episodes. Once these conditions are stabilized, Silver Whinnys® are a proven tool to help you and your vet protect legs from the hazards of the equine environment that drive equine legs to these dangerous episodes. For more about Lymphangitis and Cellulitis see our article of September 6, 2016 published in EquiManagement Magazine.
The silver used in the construction of our socks will never wash out. It will not weaken. It will not degrade over time. The silver will be as strong the day you throw these socks away in shreds as the day you bought them. We do not use “infused” silver, which is a method of dunking garments in an environmentally egregious chemical bath. Our silver is there to stay in our socks and meets the highest level of environmentally safe manufacturing standards.
The best way to clean them is to machine wash and dry them. This removes the greatest amount of exuded material and bio-burden from the socks. Use a “free and clear” detergent. Avoid bleach as it destroys elastic. You can use OxyClean® to help whiten if you wish. Do not use dryer sheets as the chemicals used in fabric softeners or perfumed detergents are not what you want against angry inflamed skin.
Award-winning veterinary dermatologist, research author and full Professor, Rosanna Marsella, DVM, of the University of Florida (Gainesville) College of Veterinary Medicine
“One mare, in just a few days, was almost completely healed. I tried them on a chronic leg wound on a different horse, that had granulation tissue that would bleed and never close and had failed to improve with antibiotics, and after two days, the wound was no longer bleeding or thick around the edges. It went from fire-red to light pink and showing a thin epithelium. I was thrilled. This has incredible potential,” the veterinarian and researcher concluded for dermatological issues like summer sores (habronema), and discouraging secondary infection in non-healing wounds.
Rosanna Marsella, DVM
Steve Soule, DVM, with Palm Beach Equine Medical Centers of Florida and New York, and a U.S. Equestrian Federation Veterinarian since 1978.
“So far, I've had unanimous success in alleviating every problem I've applied these Sox to.”
“Silver Whinnys are much less expensive, than continuously bandaging horses. The costs of Vetrap, Elastikon or gauze on a daily or twice-daily basis adds up tremendously while in comparison, these can be removed daily and replaced with clean socks. The socks can be laundered over and over, cutting back on another big expense related to bandaging.”
“I recommend my clients leave the Sox on, covering the area at all times, including during exercise, and putting a clean one on daily until the wound heals. It's as easy as bringing a horse in after a workout, taking off the dirty Sox and replacing with a clean one, and being good to go.”
Dr. Steve Soule, Wellington, FL
I use your product daily, I believe in the efficacy of Silver Whinnys Sox
“I am currently competing in dressage at medium level on my 17.1 hh buckskin Australian Warmblood gelding, Duart Rise Bradman (bred and broken-in by me). Duart Rise Bradman (or as we call him, "Flee") has 4 long white socks and has suffered from photosensitivity for all of his life. Flee usually has a break-out of photosensitive sores on one of his white legs at around this time each year. Previously, I have spent a fortune on veterinary treatment, trying, without success, to clear these painful sores.
During 2017, I discovered Silver Whinnys Sox. I used them to cure the sores that Flee was still struggling with from the 2016 summer break-out. I was thrilled with the ease and speed with which this stubborn problem was rectified. I posted a before and after photo on Facebook and sent my story, pictures and thanks to Sox For Horses Australia.
I have since used Silver Whinnys Sox on a more recent batch of sores that Flee has and a client’s horse. I was able to send the client’s horse home without any sores. I recommended that the horse’s owner purchase a pair of socks. I have also suggested on Facebook that three of my other clients purchase Silver Whinnys Sox. I use your product daily, I believe in the efficacy of Silver Whinnys Sox. Kind regards”
Nat Goldsworthy, Australia
I started to see improvements at end of Day 1
“Hello. I know you have so many clients...certainly do not expect you to remember me.....just wanted to share our success with SOX. Today is 3 weeks since I started using SOX on my 24 yo thoroughbred, Zo. I have had this horse for 20 yrs and he has had numerous outbreaks of the scabs etc on his left hind and left front fetlocks and pasterns. Like so many of your clients, I scrubbed with betadine and used vet prepared ointments that contained steroids and antibiotics. Was becoming a nightmare for my horse and myself.
I started to see improvements at end of Day 1. Now, almost all of the scabs are gone...just a few pinpoint size remain and they are very dry. Hair is returning. Skin is pink and healthy. He has done very well with the SOX. Both of us have gotten so much better putting on and taking off. I can now change every 48 hrs and all will be well.
I contacted my local vet and shared my story with him in hopes that he will suggest to other clients. I have had several people inquire as to what the heck is my horse wearing. Some people just will not take the time to check their horses' legs and put in any effort to help them with these dermatological issues. But, THANK YOU so much for these SOX. Greatest product for horses I have ever purchased. I feel I no longer have to fear the onset of late spring and summer when the problem seems to recur. I have also been so much more aware of applying sunscreen to his pink nose each am to protect those areas. Please, do not ever decide to go out of business. I am a customer for life”
Phyllis N.,Chesapeake City, MD
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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 3 year 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.