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When horses are suffering from lack of circulation or arthritis, they stand as though frozen to the ground in cold winter temperatures. It becomes painful for them to move. Laminitis, founder and arthritis are extremely painful in cold temperatures. When you first put on Whinny Warmers® with Celliant® the socks will stay in place well, but after a few weeks or sooner, because of the increased circulation and warmth, you are going to find your horse beginning to act like a horse again! The socks will more easily slide down the leg, but don’t despair! This is a sign that your horse is feeling good again. Your horse is moving! You might even see it beginning to take periods of long extended trots or canters around the pasture. So celebrate and adjust the socks when you see them down.
Whinny Warmers® are very long socks. They are meant to act like dancer’s leg warmers but because they are so long, even if they slouch, they should still be no lower than mid cannon after many hours of wear.
Whinny Warmers® need to be adjusted in the morning and evening.
When your horse is suffering from pain in the hocks or knees our new Hock/Knee sock extensions add even more length and warmth to those areas of the legs. The rear leg Whinny Warmers® are not meant to be pulled up over the hock. They are too tight at the top to allow for the comfort of that large joint. The hock/knee extensions provide that warmth over the hock when needed. If your horse is outside all of the time extra attention is needed to keep them warm and dry. Sox For Horses, Inc. is working on a sock guard that will help to keep them dry and warm, but for the time being, a "boot cover" will be helpful. Email us for how to find them.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION: If you board your horse and are not available in the mornings and evenings to check their position on the leg, do not use Whinny Warmers® or Summer Whinnys™. If you can’t pay a barn owner or groom to adjust the socks as needed, then don’t use them. Like all horse clothing, fit and condition of horse wear needs to be inspected at least twice a day. This is sensible and prudent horse care. Many manufacturers assume you know that horse clothing should be observed for proper fit and condition twice a day. We think that for new horse owners, it’s a good thing to learn. Don’t think you can put a horse out in a pasture for even 24 hours wearing any horse clothing and believe it safe for the horse to do.
QUESTION:What colors do they come in?
Answer: Heather Gray. The heather gray we think is very pretty and it doesn’t show the dirt that the saturated colors of the previous design showed.
Whinny Warmers® the winter sox for horses.
ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS
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. If your socks have arrived without instructions go to:
Instructions for putting on Whinny Warmers® (.pdf)
Whinny Warmers® packing slip (Instructions, .pdf)
How to take the socks off (Instructions, .pdf)
For a dealer near you go to “Find a Dealer”
Click on your questions and the link will take you to the answer. If your question isn’t listed, email us. We will be glad to help.
What is the difference between the Silver Whinnys™ and the Whinny Warmers®?
What size should I order?
How do I measure the hoof?
Do you make draft size Whinny Warmers?
Do you have a size that will fit ponies?
Do you have socks for a horse that can’t pick up its feet?
How many socks do I need?
Are the socks the same front and back?
Which is the top or bottom of the sock?
My horse is outside all of the time. Are the socks going to work for him?
How cold should it be to use Whinny Warmers®?
How hard are your socks to get on and get off?
My horse wears shoes. Are the socks difficult to get over their hooves when shoes are on?
How well do they stay up?
How often do they need to be adjusted?
Do the socks have to be observed/adjusted twice a day??
What if I can’t adjust the socks twice a day?
Do the socks offer compression?
Can the rear leg socks be pulled up over the hocks?
How do the Hock/Knee extensions help?
Can I buy the hock/knee socks by themselves to keep those joints warm?
Do I have to waterproof Whinny Warmers®?
Are Whinny Warmers® good for keeping mud off the legs?
Can I ride my horse while he wearing Whinny Warmers®?
Would it be okay to use them before exercise to warm up some arthritic joints a little?
Do Whinny Warmers® help with scratches or mud fever??
Can Whinny Warmers® be used as bandages for sores and wounds?
Can I use Whinny Warmers® to protect my horses' legs from flies?
Can I use Whinny Warmers® under the shipping boots when I trailer my horse?
What if they get stall shavings on them?
How long do Whinny Warmers® last?
How do I wash the socks?
What is your return policy?
Answer: The yarns and the functions of the yarns are the difference. The yarns used to make Whinny Warmers® are warming and circulation enhancing. They are for winter wear. Silver Whinnys™ are made with a silver embedded yarn. They are leg protection for wounds, sores, and injuries. They provide protection against the insects, which carry disease from one infected animal to another.
Answer: You need two measurements. Measure the length of the largest hoof. Length = from the tip of the toe to the end of the heel bulbs. Width = the widest width of the hoof. The best way to measure is to use a flat ruler laid across the bottom flat of the hoof. Measuring tapes can work but not as well as ruler.
The socks are sized in inches, but cm conversions can easily be made by going here.
Warmblood/Thoroughbred cannot fit over a hoof that measures more than 7”x7” width/length with a shoe. This is the top end of fit for Whinny Warmers®.
Larger hooves require custom made sox.
Choose the size based on a hoof measurement:
6.75” X 6.75” Warmblood/TB
6.5” X 6.5” Warmblood/TB
6.25” X 6.25” Warmblood/TB
6”X 6” Warmblood/TB
5.75” X 6” Warmblood/TB
5.50” X 6” Warmblood/TB
5.25” X 6” Quarter/Standard
5.00” X 6” Quarter/Standard
5.75” X 5.75” Quarter/Standard
5.50” X 5.50” Quarter/Standard
5.25” X 5.25” Quarter/Standard
5” X 5” Quarter/Standard
4.75 X 5” Quarter/Standard
4.75 X 4.75 Quarter/Standard
4.5” X 4.5” Quarter/Standard
4.25 X 4.25” Quarter/Standard
4” X 4” Quarter/Standard
Ponies = Pony Size
Standard Donkeys = Pony Size.
Miniature Horses/Donkeys = Miniature Horse/Donkey Size.
Some horses can fit in between sizes. Socks can be custom fit. If the hoof measures too close to the top end of one size but the next size up may be too large, order the larger size up. Go to this link for instructions on how to customize a fit for your horse. Adjusting The Sox For A Perfect Fit. (.pdf)
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Answer: Using a flat ruler from your desk 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.
Answer: Very large Warmbloods, draft breeds including draft cross, Friesians, Gypsy Vanners, and some of the large draft ponies fit into this category. We can make custom socks to fit your horse. Email us if you need socks made to fit your horse.
Answer: Yes! Our Pony size is really all about fitting the ponies. Arabs, Pasos, small quarter horses should wear the Quarter/Standard size socks.
Answer: We can make them custom. We build them with a Velcro® closure up the side. Email us so that we can help you with custom made socks for your horse.
Answer: Always have a pair on and a pair ready. Winter presents the challenges of keeping the socks warm and dry on the legs but if you have an extra clean, dry pair ready, your horse can be changed out of wet socks very quickly.
Answer: No. The front socks are longer than the rear leg socks. The rear leg socks are meant to only cover the lower rear legs. The front leg socks come above the knees.
Answer: Read about the anatomy of our Whinny Warmer® socks (.pdf)
Answer: Horses that are outside all winter long with out any housing are a challenge to protect with Whinny Warmers®. The socks must be dry to help your horse. This means extra vigilance on making sure that you have plenty of extra socks to change out when socks become wet. In the freezing temps, it’s darned near impossible. We have found a “boot cover” that can cover the socks and keep them mostly dry, but they don’t cover the lower part of the pastern or hoof. We are working on making our own sock guards and hope to release them soon. You can use Nikwax products which are available on our website “buy now” page to add water resistance quality to the socks, but socks are porous so they will still absorb water if they are exposed to heavy rain.
The key is extra vigilance to keep warm, dry, socks on your horse. If you can’t do that, then wet muddy socks won’t work for your horse. They work best on horses that can be out of the wet weather at night. Whinny Warmers® are for the circulation impaired or arthritic horses. Healthy young horses don’t need them unless you want to warm cold legs before a competition. Given this information you have to decide if the socks will work for the situation your horse is in.
Answer: This depends on how much trouble your horse is in. Look to begin using them when temperatures drop to the 40s at night, but for some horses, the lower 50s are the time to begin using them. Whinny Warmers® must be removed once temperatures rise again to 50 degrees. Allowing your horse’s legs to get too hot can cause leg injuries so take them off when temperatures are back on the rise! If it’s going to get warmer than 50 degrees during the day when you won’t be there, take the socks off in the morning.
Answer: Instructions for putting on Whinny Warmers® (.pdf)
Whinny Warmers® packing slip (Instructions, .pdf)
How to take the socks off (Instructions, .pdf)
If your horse is good about having his/her legs handled, our socks are easy to put on and easy to take off.
Answer: No. Use the plastic bag we include with your order. Put the bag on the hoof. Pull the sock on over the bag. Remove the bag. Put the hoof back down on the ground and adjust the sock up and down on the leg. If your horse won't safely allow a plastic bag, put duct tape over the nails on the outside of the hoof, the socks will just glide over the nails. Nails and rough places on the hoof will snag and catch the socks if present. We found that plastic bags or duct tape make putting Whinny Warmers® and Silver Whinnys™ on easy in spite of rough hooves and shoe nails.
Instructions for putting on Whinny Warmers® (.pdf) Whinny Warmers® packing slip (Instructions, .pdf)
How to take the socks off (Instructions, .pdf)
Answer: When you first put on Whinny Warmers® the socks will stay in place well, but after a few weeks or sooner of leg comfort and warmth, you may find your horse acting like a horse again! The socks will more easily slide down the leg. This is a sign that your horse is feeling good again. S/he is moving again! You might even see your horse beginning to take periods of long extended trots or canters around the pasture. So celebrate and adjust the socks when you see them down.
Answer: Whinny Warmers® must be observed and adjusted as needed in the morning and evening. Whinny Warmers® are very long socks. They are meant to act like dancer’s leg warmers but because they are so long, even if they slouch, they should still be no lower than mid cannon after many hours of wear.
Like any horse wear, the socks should be observed/adjusted 2X a day. Horses are rough on clothing. Buckles can break. Velcro® can come apart. Garments can tear. Fly masks can become twisted on the face. Whinny Warmers® can’t hurt your horse, by falling down but you don’t want to leave them that way. Observe/adjust as needed 2X a day. Make sure when you adjust them that you line up the knit straight on the leg. Don’t twist them. When taking them off, pull them up first, straighten them so that the knit is straight and then remove them. Observing/adjusting the socks 2X a day leads to longer life for the socks. Most important, make sure to always replace wet socks with dry ones.
Answer: Ask a friend to help you adjust the socks when you can’t be there to do it. If you board, ask the barn manager to help. If no one can help you observe/adjust the socks twice a day, the socks aren’t for your horse. Whinny Warmers® must be dry and warm to help your horse. Wet socks are very uncomfortable and bad for equine legs in cold temperatures.
Answer: No. Silver Whinnys offer a light compression. Whinny Warmers have a different purpose and do not offer compression therapy.
Answer: We don't recommend pulling the socks up over the hocks. The hock is a complex joint in the rear leg anatomy of a horse and the rear leg socks do not have the "stretch" to safely cover the hock without causing constriction. If you need warmth on the hock, order the new Hock/Knee extensions along with your leg socks. The new Hock/Knee socks are expanded to allow a safe fit over the hock.
Answer: When your horse is suffering from pain in the hocks or knees the Hock/Knee sock extensions add even more sock and warmth to those areas of the legs. The rear leg Whinny Warmers® are not meant to be pulled up over the hock. They are too tight at the top to allow for the comfort of that large joint. The hock/knee extensions provide that warmth over the hock when needed. The front leg socks are meant to go over the knees, but when knees need extra warmth due to arthritis, then consider the extra warmth that a hock/knee extension will offer.
Answer: The hock/knee extensions depend upon and are designed to be worn with the lower leg socks and are supported by the leg socks. They will not stay in place by themselves. They add focus to the hock and knee joints for a higher level of warmth.
Answer: If your horse is out in the weather all of the time, then Whinny Warmers® will not help if they are constantly wet and cold. Because the socks are a knit, using Nikwax waterproofing products won’t actually “waterproof” them but will help them to repel water. The socks will get soaking wet in pouring rain and snow so it is recommended that you replace wet socks with warm dry ones as often as needed if you horse has to be outside. Using a “boot cover” will help keep them dry outside. Email us if you need help finding them.
If you only use the socks when the horse inside, then you do not need to waterproof them.
We offer two products for adding water resistance to Whinny Warmers®, TX Direct and Techwash by Nikwax. Wash the socks in Tech wash to give longer life to the TX Direct waterproofing. Always keep one set/pair ready and one set on. That is the ideal way to help your horse through a difficult winter.
Nikwax products are available on our website. For more information about them, go to: Buy now. Scroll down until you see the Nikwax products.
Answer: Mud will dry on the socks if the sock don't get very wet, but we recommend that if your environment is muddy and wet, use a “boot cover” to protect the socks from becoming wet. Keep an extra set or pair of Whinny Warmers® so one set/pair is on and one set is ready. Email us if you need help finding “boot covers”.
Answer: Please don't ride or exercise your horse while it is wearing Whinny Warmers®!
Answer: This is a good use for Whinny Warmers®. We know that adding warmth to horses’ legs is going to help them move better. Whinny Warmers® were developed for the geriatric or compromised equine but they can be an asset to performance athletes as well. Remove them just before performance or exercise.
Answer: No. Silver Whinnys™ are the sox that you need.
Answer: No. Whinny Warmers® are used for warmth and increasing circulation. Though they have silver yarn on the inside of the socks it is not enough silver to control the bacteria and fungi in the socks as well as Silver Whinnys™ which are made with much more silver embedded yarn. Whinny Warmers® are for circulation impaired horses or those suffering from the pain of arthritis during cold winter temperatures.
Answer: No! Whinny Warmers® are too hot for horse legs in the summer. Silver Whinnys™ are cool and will safely protect horse legs from biting flies.
Answer: We don’t recommend they be used under performance boots, bandages, shipping boots or leg wraps.
Answer: This can happen to the Summer Whinnys™ and Whinny Warmers®. They are socks and shavings attach to them. We have found that the socks easily clean if you brush them off with a medium bristle brush while they are on the horse. It makes this process so simple.
Answer: That depends on your horse. If your horse doesn't mess with them too much or if you don't have a pony around that likes tearing apparel off your horse, then you can expect a pair of socks to last all winter and probably another winter as well. Laundering the socks often restores the elastic fit. Most of the time on older equine, the socks aren’t going to be put through the ringer.
Answer: Machine wash and dry the socks using warm water and medium heat. Machine washing will clean them well 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 equine skin. A “free & clear” detergent is always the best choice. Avoid fabric softeners or fabric softener dryer sheets, as these are another chemical substance that coats the silver yarn and prevents it from acting optimally in the socks.
Put on 1 pair the first day and DO NOT ADD ANY MORE SOCKS TILL THE NEXT DAY if your horse is doing well with the first pair.
Add the second pair early next day when the socks and horse can be observed for a while. As you know, new things can emotionally overwhelm horses. Experienced horsemen and women know an easy gradient to all things new is the path to stress free acceptance. If a horse is to have any issues, it will usually be with the rear leg socks. As with any leg wear, the socks should be at checked for adjustments in the mornings and evenings.
Email us before using them if you are in doubt about fit.
Only special order "custom- made" socks will fit draft or draft cross horses! CUSTOM MADE SOCKS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.
Don't use all of the socks on your horse until you know the first pair will work for your horse. SHFs will only refund 30% of your purchase price on used socks. New-unused socks will be refunded at 100% of your purchase price.
You must return the socks for replacement, or refund within 30 days of your purchase. Returns must include a copy of the packing slip or purchase receipt. The cost of shipping and handling is not eligible for refund nor is return shipping.
Exchanges can be made with an additional payment for shipping and handling. Items that have been previously replaced because of a sizing exchange are not refundable. If you have any questions about the socks, a refund or exchanges, please call us at 850-907-5724.
SFHs recommend that you return socks inexpensively using USPS with "Delivery Confirmation". You must get the socks to SFHs for a "return" credit.
Sox For Horses, Inc. makes no claims that the socks will heal any conditions on equine legs.
Go to Summer Whinnys® (Silver Whinnys™) FAQs to learn more about our socks for horses.
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