From the Inventor
The story of Equiflexsleeve and and how this great product came to be.
Equiflexsleeve was invented by Mary Leibold out of a need to simplify and advance the treatment of her own horse’s lameness issues. In her own words, she tells how Equiflexsleeve began.
In early 2009, while treating my own horse’s degenerative suspensory ligament lameness, I set out to develop a product that would provide him with the support of a traditional standing wraps without any of the negative side effects associated with long-term use of those wraps. Working closely with physicians and equine veterinarians, I was able to produce such a product.
After more than three years of testing and development, the result is a joint support/compression sleeve that is comfortable for the horse, can be used instead of standing wraps and can be used for longer periods of time than standing wraps.”
From the Doctors
Mary Leibold consulted with Drs. Ken Keckler and J. Larry Agle of Buckeye Veterinary Service during the lengthy development process to ensure correct and consistent pressure would be delivered to speed healing and provide proper support. Both graduates of The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine, they have been instrumental in the success of Equiflexsleeve.
Dr. Keckler writes:
“There had to be a better way. After spending hours wrapping her horse’s hind legs, washing and re-rolling the polo bandages and quilts, Mary Leibold started designing one. Equiflexsleeve is the result.
Does your horse have swelling around acute or chronic suspensory injuries? Does he have a ”big leg” from episodes of cellulitis/lymphangitis? Does he just “stock up” from standing in the stall overnight? Are you concerned about “bandage bows” from inexperienced leg wrappers pulling bandages too tight? Which direction do you wrap the leg, clockwise or counterclockwise? Equiflexsleeves are a better way to keep down swelling and prevent fluid accumulation in the skin and underlying tissues of your horse’s legs.
Equiflexsleeves are carefully designed to put constant, consistent pressure from the upper cannon region to below the fetlock. Your horse can have his own “compression hose”. Human athletes have seen the benefit of compression fit stockings and sleeves at work and at rest. Venous blood flow is improved by counteracting the forces of gravity. Skin is protected from small nicks and cuts. And Equiflexsleeves come in a variety of colors to match your horse’s individual personality.
I have seen Equiflexsleeves used for all the problems listed above, and have been impressed at the results. Legs retain more normal shape and size, and the horses do not mind them at all. I have not seen any skin irritation or tendon damage with consistent use of Equiflexsleeves. They do not sag or fall down the leg as swelling dissipates. If the Equiflexsleeve is not wet, it can be worn for an extended period of time before washing. I recommend Equiflexsleeves to clients who have horses with suspensory ligament issues, lymphangitis/cellulitis (after infection is cleared and swelling has improved), and older horses that just “stock up” overnight. Equiflexsleeve is a better way than bandaging legs.”
Ken Keckler DVM
What Our Customers Are Saying
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We've been using Equiflexsleeve since April 2014, and we absolutely LOVE them! Stocking up is no longer an issue. I have been truly amazed by them since the first time of using them! Thank you!
Equiflexsleeves are a miracle! I cannot express enough how much I love the Equiflexsleeves. My gelding's suspected informal diagnosis of ESPA/ degenerative suspensory by my veterinarian prompted me to look into a supportive therapy for him that was also comfortable and safer than standing wraps. I found the Equiflexsleeves and I have been absolutely in love with them ever since that first application. My gelding doesn't even notice they are on, and he is noticeably happier when he walks around after they have been applied. They are foolproof for beginners, and my husband has even been taking them on and off confidently! You can't beat that kind of product. These have made my life so much easier, no swelling, no stocking up AT ALL, and they are extremely supportive for his tired legs on those occasional bad days. I LOVE EQUIFLEXSLEEVES!
Before buying Equiflexsleeves for my 19 year-old Irish Sport Horse, I had the hardest time keeping wraps on his back legs after horse shows, when he was stocked up, and after our lessons in the summer because they were bulky and hot! After Equiflexsleeves, he doesn't stock up and I don't have to worry about him ruining bandages and bowing a tendon or someone wrapping him up wrong after he tore one off. They eliminate all need for standing bandages for my guy and they are so convenient because they don't take up that much space. My barn manager loves me because I don't have messy wraps all over the place and they make horse laundry really easy. I've bought them for all my show horses and I can't say enough great stuff about them!
I received a pair of your Equiflexsleeves not long ago. I am VERY happy with them. Easy to apply, remove, wash and store! I have used them on my mare who stalks up when stalled. NO problems since I started using them. They are a great!
I have a 16 year old off the track thoroughbred. He has been pin-fired and had bone chips removed from both of his knees. Leg care is a top priority for him and I love the support that Equiflexsleeve offers when stalled. He no longer stocks up and it seems to help his arthritis. Thanks so much Equiflexsleeve for keeping my guy comfortable, sound and fashionable. His sleeves are purple to match his blanket!
Hello, I recently acquired a pair of the Equiflexsleeves at Equine Affaire in Massachusetts back in November, and I just wanted to let you guys know how much I LOVE them! My 8 year old TB mare stocks up terribly and being able to use them has been absolutely fantastic. They work sooooo well! I only have one pair, but definitely plan to get another pair for her hind legs.
My older thoroughbred has chronic lymphangitis. His hind legs stock up very badly within a few hours of being stalled, and if he stands overnight without compression wraps it usually triggers a flare-up. Regular standing wraps are a struggle because as soon as his swelling comes down, so do the wraps, and then he will swell again above them. Equiflexsleeves have been the perfect solution! It is the only product I have found that allows me to stall him when the weather gets bad and have the peace of mind knowing that his stocking up is under control and that I won't be walking out in the morning to legs the size of stove pipes! He has big hooves, and at first I found them a little awkward to pull on and off, but it gets easier as you get used to it. It certainly doesn't take any longer than applying a regular standing wrap, and there is no worry of wrinkles or unevenness. Equiflexsleeves have literally been a life saver in my barn!
I had a slightly harder to fit gelding because of his size for the Equiflexsleeves and I called the contact number and the lady was so very helpful in making sure my horse was going to have the right size. Upon getting them I followed the directions on application and it was easy. My horse really has bad circulation when stalled and the sleeves helped him tremendously. I figured for his big as he is (1400lbs.) he could use all the support he can get holding all that weight in the stall. His legs seemed less puffy and he seemed generally more comfortable after using them. These will be a product I have for him from now on. Thank you!
Mouse was diagnosed with a severe bowed tendon. I kept him wrapped 24/7, but he was growing some fungus and I was worried about having any pressure points (especially being extra paranoid about his leg now). I then found Equiflexsleeve. I mentioned them to my vets, and they thought they sounded like a good idea. So I ordered a pair for him. After 1 or 2 times putting them on and off, I got the hang of it and they became easy and quick to put on. I really like the reduced bulk, as well as less time it takes to put them on. Also they let him move yet provide support. And no more fungus! These are breathable and allowed the cold winter air to get to the bow to help keep it cool, where the standing wraps created heat. I am now working on getting full sets for both of my guys! Thanks Equiflexsleeve for helping my guy heal!