Model: Crusader Leg Guards
Category: Fly Control
Purchase: I own two pairs that I purchased through Dover Saddlery. I purchased the first on 5/26/03, and the second on 4/26/04. I paid $47.60 each time for a set of four. My 1978 Anglo Arabian gelding was having all his hair pull out on his legs in the summer. I wasn't sure if it was because he cannot stand flies or because of the fly spray. I read about these and decided to try them.
Likes: My Anglo Arab has not had any more problems with the hair on his legs. He actually seems really happy to have his leg wraps put on and even through years of working with him he is terrible to fly spray. The fit doesn't rub him, and the wraps stay up. His gait is unaffected.
Dislikes: I tried them on my other horse and they didn't fit. They did go around his legs but left a gap at the front and didn't lie smooth. That other horse is a 17 hand plus Clydesdale Standardbred Cross. He doesn't have platters for feet but they are pretty big. The second horse is slightly more tolerant of flies, but even in the cross ties, if a fly lands on his legs he does a huge leg strike, over reaction, that could hurt someone, especially since he is blind on the left.
Quality: The wraps really contour to Pepsi's legs, even after years of washing and daily summer wear. I have had to do minor repairs and pull burrs off of them, but I used to do minor repairs and pull burrs off of his real legs. I trimmed the velcro as this horse, who is 15.2 hands, has small legs. They are easy to clean and don't hold odors. I originally thought they were expensive but thinking of all the fly spray I would have used and how much happier he is they are worth the price.
Summary: I purchased the second pair because, especially during the late summer when he is shedding his summer coat, I like to have a second set to put on while I clean them. I remove them and check his legs everyday. He wears them 24 hours when the flies are around. He also wears the Cashel long mask with ears; but we have not found a flysheet and neck rug that doesn't make him too hot or cause rubs as he is swaybacked. I fly spray both horses every day. They are turned out about 12 hours in the summer, was 24 hour turnout where we boarded when I purchased the leg guards. The current boarding stable does not have a field shelter, the one with 24 hour turnout had one in one pasture and trees in the other pasture. I recommend a shelter, if you can get one.
Author: Petty Kash
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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