In warm weather, a horse annoyed by biting flies on its legs can take off at a lively trot for the far side of the pasture to escape the pests. But if those same legs are exposed to winter’s bitter chill, while suffering from the pain of arthritis or the crippling effects of poor circulation, it can stop them in their tracks and leave them suffering as if frozen to the ground.
Raymond Petterson, president of the American manufacturing company, Sox For Horses, Inc., recounts the many calls he receives from rescue groups, describing equine victims so malnourished that a blanket for warmth isn’t an indulgence; it’s mission critical to survival.
Just as important, the rescues say, are his Whinny Warmers® for keeping legs warm and dry.
“While the lucky ones are regaining nourishment, their bodies have no muscle mass or energy to provide warmth,” Petterson said. “That is where our Whinny Warmers have come to their rescue.”
For aging equines already fortunate enough to have a forever home, Petterson says, “A lot of owners love their horses to their final days. They want to help their friend be happy and comfortable for as long as their horse is willing to keep going. If you can warm the legs — and the rest of the body — such ‘frozen’ animals will soon feel – and act — like horses again.”
Whinny Warmers are durable, extra long, thick socks designed to work in harmony with the anatomy of the equine leg. “These are not just ‘tube socks’ for horses. The inside of our Sox are lined with the same amazing antimicrobial yarn used to make our Summer Whinnys. In every season, Sox For Horses can offer a complete barrier, protecting legs from frigid temperatures or flies, and consequently, allowing sores, wounds and injuries to heal while encouraging optimum circulation.
“Our journey began with a horse that stood glued to the ground, unable to move when her legs got cold. I couldn’t allow her to continue with arthritic pain, but she communicated such an unwavering spirit to live, that I was compelled to find a way to help her be happy, warm and the horse she wanted to be.
“Whinny Warmers became a major part of her winter clothing and she clearly demonstrated that she liked them. She would wait by the barn at night for me to put them on her. She would stand untied and carefully raise her feet so that I could put them on. She participated in the process! That told me that the whole concept of warming a horse’s legs was valid, and meaningful to horses. It wasn’t just a crazy idea. Though that little mare has passed away, she had eight more winters of warmth, comfort and a happy life, and I know in my heart it was in large part because she was finally warm.”
Sox For Horses, Inc., and their complete horse socks line of Summer Whinnys™ and winter Whinny Warmers® are Made In America. Have a question? Feel free to call (850) 907-5724 and they can discuss how Sox For Horses can help your horse. For more information, visit www.whinnywarmers.com.