FAQs - Whinny Wellies  

QUESTION #01 If I already own the Whinny Warmers or Silver Whinnys which ones do I order?

The unlined Whinny Wellies are great to use with Silver Whinnys® and Whinny Warmers®. It’s just as important to keep Silver Whinnys dry and warm as Whinny Warmers. For that matter, if you have a horse in a wrap bandage or standing wraps, the unlined Bandage Whinny Wellies can allow you to walk your horse on lead and not get your expensive bandaging or wraps wet and trashed in mud, rain or snow. When your horse is finally out of the bandages and wraps and you want to just have the Wellies to cover the Whinny Warmers or Silver Whinnys, you can send them back and we will adjust them for new use.

 





QUESTION #02 How do I put them on?

Whinny Wellies open from the sides so that they are easy on and off. You don’t have to pull them over the hoof. Heavy duty hook and loop secures them and is reinforced by stainless steel ‘hard action’ snaps. We make a left leg and right leg pair.

 





QUESTION #03 Will they stay up?

Yes. We reinforce their stay up protection using Rigilene® boning to keep them upright on the leg. They won’t slump.

 





QUESTION #04 How do I wash them?

The Wellies are easy to maintain. Hose off the unlined Whinny Wellies and hang them to dry. If you scrub them with a brush, be sure to renew the waterproofing more often. You can machine wash if you use a waterproof protecting detergent. Using TechWash when hand washing is a great idea too. NEVER PUT THEM IN A DRYER. Always wash in cold water. Hanging to dry is best. Lined Whinny Wellies should can be hung to dry in a warm room near the fireplace, woodstove, or over a warm air duct. The “stays” will bend by drying them in a warm or hot dryer. If you must use a dryer, choose the cool setting. The best detergent is “Tech Wash®” by Nikwax. Every two weeks of constant wear and washing, spray them with TX Direct®” by Nikwax so that the waterproofing in the fabric stays strong Go to NikWax.com for these products.

 





QUESTION #05 What are they made out of?

Whinny Wellies® are made of a three-part system of densely woven fabric, micro-porous polyurethane coating, and a water repellent finish. This fabric is waterproof, windproof, breathable, durable, and high performance. The best quality high-tension, ‘hard action’ snap closures and heavy-duty hook and loop fasteners are utilized to bring to our customers a product that is well-constructed and equine rough and tough. They are American made and utilize the best materials and are hand made to fit your horse.

 





QUESTION #06 How long will they last?

Whinny Wellies are meant to last a long time. We believe they will last for years unless you have a equine that destroys leg wear or other equine garments. If you are using them to protect Silver Whinnys and Silver Whinnys are being used as a bandage over a wound, injury or dermatitis condition, then pain, inflammation, and itching caused by these conditions could bear on if your horse will leave everything alone, but we have ways to help a horse through stage 2 healing and will be discussing that with you when you order.

 





QUESTION #07 My horse has to wear trail boots. Can you make them to work with the trail boots?

This is not uncommon and is even recommended by Dr Kellon of the ECIR group for horses that are cold weather laminitis prone. We can custom make the Whinny Wellies to fit with your choice of trail/hoof boot. This customization does not cost any extra. When you order, provide us with photos of the boots you are using. Be sure to give us a rear view of them too, preferably when your horse is wearing them.

 





QUESTION #08 Do they vent?

Yes. In the industry, high quality outerwear garments are touted to move moisture produced by the body’s heat caused by exertion away from the body so that moisture does not build up in the under garments, but according to those who put outerwear through extreme winter conditions such as athletes and mountain climbers, there is no such thing. Producing garments that also “vent” is critical. Our system of snaps and hook & loop allow the owner/handler to leave small gap openings in the side closures so that heated air can escape. A space as small as ½-1 inch in the hook & loop can help this built up moisture vent. The heavy-duty stainless steel snaps pick up the slack in what is needed to keep the Whinny Wellies closed and secure.

 





Are Whinny Wellies safe to wear in the pasture?

Yes. They were made to help your horse be outside. They are waterproof and will protect our Silver Whinnys, Whinny Warmers, wraps or bandages. The Lined Whinny Wellies will help keep horse’s legs warm and increase circulation.
 





QUESTION #10 What are the various models of Whinny Wellies?

We make them to fit the situation and this includes:
  1. Unlined Whinny Wellies to be worn over our socks.
  2. Unlined Bandage/Wrap Whinny Wellies to be worn with bandages and standing wraps.
  3. Unlined Whinny Wellies built to be worn in combination with Whinny Warmers and trail/hoof boots. They look the same but the elastic at the bottom is more open to come down well to the boot and the skirt is large enough to go over the boot.
  4. Unlined Whinny Wellies built to be worn in combination with Whinny Warmers and trail/hoof boots. They look the same but the elastic at the bottom is more open to come down well to the boot and the skirt is large enough to go over the boot.
  5. The lined Whinny Wellies offer horses warmth and help to improve circulation while adding the waterproof qualities of outdoor foul weather leg gear all in one.





  6. The lined Whinny Wellies can be custom made to be worn with trail/hoof boots. They look the same but the elastic at the bottom is more open to come down well to the boot, The warm lining is brought as far down to the top of the hoof as possible and the hoof skirt is large enough to go over the boot.


 





QUESTION #11 Do you make them for Draft Horses?

Yes. And they do not cost any more than the other horse size Whinny Wellies.

 





QUESTION #12 Can I use them in the summer?

They are not for Summer wear, but Spring, Fall, and Winter, yes.

 





QUESTION #13 How much do they cost?

Unlined Whinny Wellies are 130.00 per pair, $100.00 per pair for miniature horses/donkeys. Lined Whinny Wellies are $175.00 per pair. Lined Whinny Wellies for for miniature horses/donkeys are $130.00 per pair.

 





QUESTION #14 How do I order them?

You can order them here online. See the attached "measuring chart" which shows you what measurements you need to take so that we can make them to fit your horse. When you fill out your order on the cart, put the measurements into the NOTE: section of the cart and if we have any questions, we will call you OR, you can call us to order.

 





QUESTION #15 How long does it take to get them made and delivered?

Postage is by Priority. Having them made is dependent upon how many orders are ahead of your order. Priority USPS takes a few days to deliver. As winter approaches or during the winter, Production gets backed up. When you order, we can let you know how long we believe it will take to get your Wellies made, however, it also depends on how fast you return the completed Measuring Chart which dictates when an order goes into production.

 





QUESTION #16 How do I measure my horse for fit?

Download and print this measuring chart. All you have to do is go by the chart.

 





QUESTION #17 Caring for your Whinny Wellies

Whinny Wellies® by Sox For Horses®, Inc were created to handle the wet, cold, conditions in the equine environment by protecting bandages, standing wraps, Silver Whinnys® and Whinny Warmers® from rain, snow and mud.

Some horses live outdoors all the time and can benefit enormously from the warmth and increased circulation offered by Whinny Warmers®. Silver Whinnys® are a year around leg protection sock that helps owners bandage wounds, sores and bring resolution to various dermatitis issues on the leg. Bandages, standing wraps, Whinny Warmers, and Silver Whinnys are not comfortable or effective leg warmth and therapy for horses when they are wet, cold and frozen! Silver Whinnys® must be changed often when wet when used to protect wounds or sores or for that matter, any time that they cannot dry out within hours.

Horses need to go outside even for a little while, and those who suffer from arthritis, founder, laminitis and other circulation impairing conditions that live outside should be able to enjoy the benefits of Whinny Warmers. We made the Whinny Wellies to address these horses.
Whinny Wellies are made of a densely woven durable fabric with a water repellent finish. This fabric is waterproof, windproof, and breathable, durable and high performance. The highest quality high tension snap closures and heavy duty hook &loop are utilized to bring to our customers a product that is equine rough and tough.

Waterproofing can weaken after washing your Wellies a number of times. We recommend that you re-waterproof the Wellies using “TX Direct” Spray-On by NikWax. Nikwax also offers TechWash for washing your Wellies. TechWash extends the life of the waterproofing. Nikwax can be reached at Nikwax.com in Seattle. We find these waterproofing and washing products to be 100% safe for you and your animals as well as environmentally friendly. They are also safe and clean for your own washing machine and dryer!

Producing garments that also “vent” are critical. Our system of snaps and hook & loop allow the owner/handler to leave small gap openings in the side closures so that heated air can escape. A space as small as ½-1 inch in the hook & loop can help provide a moisture vent. The heavy-duty stainless steel snaps pick up the slack in what is needed to keep the Whinny Wellies closed and secure.

Each Whinny Wellie is constructed by hand and made in America. They are built to last in an equine environment. At the end of the winter season, when they are no longer needed on your horse, send them back to us if you like. We will repair any broken snaps at no cost. We will wash and re-waterproof them using Nikwax products for $20.00 per pair. Any other repairs, horse caused can be repaired for as little as $25.00 per Wellie. Our goal is to have your Wellies ready for the next winter season at a very small cost to you. You bought them. We want them to serve your horse for a long time to come.

Horses get tired of staying in a stall while healing. Whinny Wellies® will help you give your horse out-time and still protect the bandages, standing wraps, and our sox.

Remember, directional wraps are dangerous on horses that are on pasture. Directional wraps should only be used when a horse is on extremely limited paddock or stalled. Sox For Horses, Inc. offers bandaging solutions that can help take over when compression bandaging and standing wraps are no longer needed and when air reaching the tissue surface becomes the next step to accelerate healing.

Wellies are designed for the hook and loop to be on the outside of the leg, on the side. Note that when they are closed, the top flap faces toward the rear of the horse. This prevents anything in the pasture from grabbing them.



Getting those dang snaps to come undone.

The hard action snaps are serious snaps designed to withstand a horse environment and the horse! To unsnap them, grab the part of the Wellie that is not near the snap and pull apart. If you try to pull the snaps apart at or near the snap, it will be a battle. The snaps will come apart very easy if you do this. This is why they are called “hard action” snaps. If you are having trouble snapping them let us know. We test them before shipping to make sure they snap without undue force. Make sure you have them lined up before you try to snap them.

CARE INSTRUCTIONS

The Wellies are easy to maintain. Hose off the unlined Whinny Wellies and hang them to dry. If you scrub them with a brush, be sure to renew the waterproofing more often. You can machine wash if you use a waterproof protecting detergent. Using TechWash when hand washing is a great idea too. NEVER PUT THEM IN A DRYER. Always wash in cold water. Hanging to dry is best. Lined Whinny Wellies should can be hung to dry in a warm room near the fireplace, woodstove, or over a warm air duct. The “stays” will bend by drying them in a warm or hot dryer. If you must use a dryer, choose the cool setting. The best detergent is “Tech Wash®” by Nikwax. Every two weeks of constant wear and washing, spray them with TX Direct®” by Nikwax so that the waterproofing in the fabric stays strong Go to NikWax.com for these products.

Whinny Wellies® are a Patented Product If you have any questions, email us at info@soxforhorses.com