Yes. Many throw them in the washing machine and then just set out in the sun to air dry. Be sure to close the Velcro so they don't come out filled with lint. You can toss them in the dryer for a short period if there is no sun. Usually a dip in the bucket at the barn with a squirt of horse shampoo will do the trick. If your horse needs 24/7 protection, it is advisable to have two pair.
What Do Horse Owners SAY About Hock Shields and Fetlock Shields?
"Several horse owners complain to me about non-healing wounds on the point of the hock. These common wounds are created by repeated trauma when horses stand after laying down. In the past, I have found these wounds very difficult to treat. I have tried a variety of medications and bandages with little success. I began recommending Hock Shield boots to my clients and was blown away by the results. Horses that had chronic, bleeding sores healed completely within a couple weeks. Owners found them easy to use and durable. I highly recommend Hock Shield for any horse dealing with this issue."
- Kacie Wells DVM
“I just wanted to send you a note to say thank you for making such a wonderful product. I tried different hock boots but because they wrapped around the entire leg he thought they were torture devices and refused to walk in them. A friend sent me the link to your product which I promptly ordered. I was pleased the first day I put them on because my horse didn't mind them at all. The product stays in place and within the first week things are looking better…for the first time I have hope that they will actually get better.” - Andrea
“I recently ordered a pair of Hock Shields for my 20-year-old Percheron. He has only been using them for a week, but what a difference!! His hocks are already healing and not being re-injured when he rises after rolling or lying down.” - Deb
“I was desperate for a solution to my problem – protection for my horse Taboo’s hock. Having an arthritic left front knee, Taboo needed to use his back left hock aggressively to lift himself from a prone position, resulting in a nasty, nearly bone-deep hock sore. Consultation with my vet left me in despair. I was told there was no hock boot that was worth buying. However, I chose to buy every hock boot I could find online, in catalogues, and at the local feed stores. Nothing worked…they all ended up around his ankles within a few hours. I started using Hock Shields and Taboo wears them 24/7 (except for trail rides and play time in hand). He is now living happily ever after with healthy hocks!” - Joyce
“Awesome product! I've used about everything imaginable on my paint horse and this is the first thing to work. Got my Hock Shields at the end of last month. I use them only at night. One hock is nearly healed and the other has a little bit to go yet but I'm extremely happy with this progress.” – Julie
“Man if I only knew of these 6 months ago. I'm so happy with them it makes me want to put up a brochure at all of the local feed store bulletin boards. So many horse owners have the problem and here we have vets saying ' oh there's nothing you can really do'. I've tried everything. Since I got them Saturday, my mares sores went from gross puss oozing sores to half the sized and dried up. And I cleaned them daily. But I can't keep her from laying down at night. I am going to show them off proudly!” – Kelly
I ordered some hock shields from you about two months ago. You may remember because I had you overnight them I was in such a state of distress. I've loved mine. They do rotate sometimes, and I've had to get very precise about how snug to put them on....... but they have healed my horse's hocks. I wish I'd taken before and after pictures because it was UGLY!! – Emily