Frequently Asked Questions

#Frequently Asked Questions

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When should EquiCrown® be used?
EquiCrown® can be used for a wide variety of indications:
  1. • to support lymphatic flow and blood circulation
  2. • swollen legs
  3. • soft windgalls (not yet hardened)
  4. • (recent) ganglions
  5. • post-operatively, to avoid swelling (e.g. after operative treatment of the plantar annular ligament)
  6. • for post-operative wound care (e.g. after an arthroscopy)
  7. • post-operative or post-traumatic swelling
  8. • for injuries (e.g. suspensory ligament, tendon injuries, etc)
  9. • wound and scar treatment
  10. • as support when resuming movement (after operations, immobilization, etc)
  11. • following exertion and overexertion
  12. • as a prophylactic (e.g. during training)
  13. • for long transports

What exactly is meant by compression?

Compression has been used successfully in medicine for humans for many decades now, in particular to improve lymphedema and to maintain good therapy results or in scar therapy (e.g. after burns). The same applies to horses. The compression directs the accumulated lymphatic fluid back up the leg to the lymph nodes where it will then be further transported into the venous system. This produces a thinner, more defined and more agile leg.

What materials are EquiCrown® compression bandages made from?

74% polyamide, 17% elastane, 9% viscose. More about materials.

How many hours per day can EquiCrown® compression wraps be worn?

EquiCrown® compression wraps can, if necessary, be worn continuously over a 24 hour period but should be removed now and then to ventilate the horse's leg depending on indication or requirements. A few hours of wearing is often sufficient, however. The period of wearing should be increased slowly (e.g. beginning with just 1 hour).

How long do EquiCrown® compression bandages last?

If worn daily and washed on a regular basis, EquiCrown® compression wraps can last for 12 or more months.

Can EquiCrown® compression wraps also be worn during riding?

Yes, EquiCrown® compression bandages can be worn during phases of rest as well as during riding or movement, e.g. during a light training session (without fast galloping) or when reintroducing training after a tendon injury, etc.

Can EquiCrown® compression bandages be damaged by water, ointments or the sun?

No, EquiCrown® compression bandages cannot be damaged by water (washable at 40 C), and are sun and ointment resistant.

Can EquiCrown® compression bandages slip?

Yes, this can happen if the horse has (mildly) swollen legs and the wraps are worn during riding. The movement can lead to a reduction in the circumference of the horse’s leg which could cause the bandage to slip slightly. The change of coat (especially from winter to summer coat) may cause the bandage to slip, due to shedding.

Are EquiCrown® bandages also suitable for horses kept in an open stable?

In principle this is not a problem. You should take into consideration, however, how muddy the open stable is. You may need to remove the bandage more often to clean the leg and avoid chafing points.

How do I determine the correct size for my horse?

To determine the correct size for your horse, you need to take two measurements:

  • Measurement 1: largest circumference of the fetlock
  • Measurement 2: circumference at middle of cannon bone

Ensure that the tape measure is tight while taking the measurement, because the bandages must fit snugly against the skin to produce their compression effect.

Can EquiCrown® also be worn in conjunction with shipping boots?

Generally speaking it is possible to wear EquiCrown® under the shipping boots. You need to ensure, however, that the shipping boots does not apply pressure to the EquiCrown® fastening or cause the wrap to slide down. For longer trips, EquiCrown® compression bandages can be worn under the shipping boots to support the lymphatic system.

Why does EquiCrown® also come in a version with knitted-in silver threads?

The silver ions in the threads help protect against bacteria such as Staphylococcus aureus (a bacterial infection). EquiCrown® is therefore also beneficial in the case of skin damage, horses with sensitive skin, for the prevention of lymphangitis, and for malanders. Learn more about the benefits of silver in bandages.

Can EquiCrown® trigger an allergic reaction?

EquiCrown® compression braces have been awarded the "Oeko-Tex Standard 100" certification. This guarantees that only materials that are completely harmless to humans and the environment are used in their manufacture. All other products from Juzo that are used in medicine for humans also bear the CE marking, and therefore fulfill all the requirements of the Medical Products Act.

Can the compression bandages be applied to healed wounds?

a) Yes, the bandages can be applied to healed wounds, provided the wounds are completely closed.

b) In the case of fresh wounds, the bandages can be worn on top of wound dressings.

Can heat accumulation occur under the compression bandage?

No, heat cannot accumulate because the material has an open weave knit and therefore is permeable to air.

Can EquiCrown® compression bandages lead to constriction?

No, when the correct size is used, the defined compression ensures that no construction can arise because it is not possible to tighten the bandages too much as is the case with conventional braces.

Are EquiCrown® compression wraps washable?

Yes, EquiCrown® compression wraps are machine washable at 40 °C.

How frequently should EquiCrown® bandages be washed?

If used on a daily basis, the compression wraps should be washed at least once a week to restore compression. Every wash restores the bandage to its original shape - thereby restoring their full compressive effect.

What is the difference between Back on Track and EquiCrown?

Back on Track works with infrared heat. EquiCrown compression bandages, on the other hand, work with pressure that is applied from the outside.

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