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In the midst of all my running around, I somehow missed the fact that horses get to wear cuffs on their pasterns now?! It’s true!
Earlier this year, CAN Creations, LLC announced the launch of their newest product, Copper Cuffs™ – the first wearable product to kill and prevent fungus and bacteria in horses’ hooves while simultaneously making them look super cool!
First the science. “Since ancient times, people have used copper to prevent and kill fungus and bacteria,” says Carey Nowacek, CAN Creations CEO. Ancient civilizations exploited the antimicrobial properties of copper long before the concept of microbes became understood in the nineteenth century. In addition to several copper medicinal preparations, it was also observed centuries ago that water contained in copper vessels was of better quality than water contained or transported in other materials.
According to Nowacek, the same principles can be applied to horses thrush-prone hooves. When water runs through these newly developed Copper Cuffs, copper ions in the water runoff kill greater than 99.9% of bacteria and fungus in and around the hoof. Copper salts from runoff can build up in hoof walls resulting in increased continual protection as well.
Now for the fashion element. I must say these flexible, braided copper bands with black accents look really flashy in the photos. Fitting on the pastern area above horses’ hooves, they really do make your four-legged friend look like a rock star! Copper Cuffs can be left on indefinitely and natural tarnishing does not impair effectiveness. It’ll just make your horse look more ‘legit’ I imagine.
If you’d like to pimp your pony out in these Copper Cuffs, head over to their website to get a pair of your own: www.coppercuffs.com.