People often ask us whether or not we recommend transport protection. Time to answer that question!
Nowadays, transport protection exists in all sizes, models and colors. There is so much choice that it gets hard to choose! But what is transport protection and is it necessary?
Good traveling boots serve to prevent injuries. Mind you, we emphasize good! A protector that does not meet certain quality requirements, is a lot more dangerous than transporting your horse without protection!
Does this mean that every horse needs transport protection? Certainly not! A horse that stands quietly on the truck doesn’t need any transport protection in theory. In the design process of our trucks, we spend a lot of time on optimizing the safety for our beloved four-legged friends!
Is your horse impatient on the truck? Then, among other things, training can offer a possibility! If you regularly load your horse, he will learn that the loading and unloading can be done quietly, so that the chances of injury are much smaller. Let your horse get accustomed to longer distances. Many horses panick when you take a turn with the truck, because they lose their balance. Does your horse also suffer from this? Then take your turns a bit slower! If horses have time to adjust during the turn, they will do so quietly and deliberately.
Is your horse still very restless during transport despite the good preparation and your pleasant driving behavior? Then it is perhaps better to put on some transport protection. A good traveling boot is made of breathable material and protects the whole leg against the rise of wounds. In addition, transport protectors keep the newly washed legs of your horse clean. There are different types of protectors for sale: the low variants protect the leg from the hoof on, while the high models close around the heel and a part of the hoof, so that the hoof balls are protected as well. Whichever model you choose, make sure that the transport protectors don’t lower down! It can lead to dangerous situations when they lower down and the horse steps on them, so make sure they fit perfectly. Some horses find it rather scary to wear transport protectors in the beginning, so we recommend taking the time to learn your horse how it feels and possibly try different kinds of protection. Some horses prefer to wear bandages, while others prefer long boots for example!
If you are still in doubt, rest assured that with an adapted driving behavior and a Krismar truck you are already more than half way to arrive safely at your destination!