"My fab physiotherapist Natasha came to work with the horses and she said that in the 2 years she’s treated Whisper she’s never felt this good! I have been using EQU StreamZ bands on her 24/7 and her windgalls have completely disappeared. This along with her feeling the best ever means that I totally endorse this product and I am going out to buy some for all of our horses!"
"These bands are a godsend!!! After a hard lesson of advanced dressage I left the bands off my horse for a few hours whilst he dried off as he is a sensitive soul so I didn't want him to be rubbed! When I went back to him his legs were really filled and huge windgalls. I put the bands back on straight away and within an hour his legs were back to normal!"
"I have a mid/heavy weight Irish cob mare who is 17yrs old and displays common symptoms with issues in her hocks..... She wears StreamZ bands 24/7 unless being exercised. Her thick, water retention joints are greatly reduced, her windgalls are almost negligible and her zest for life tenfold..... Definitely never going back to bandages and cold hosing and supplements ... StreamZ all the way!!!"
"We definitely noticed the windgalls got very soft at the beginning! They never went completely but there was definitely an improvement!! Aside from the Windgalls, these bands have had an amazing effect on Ozz's work! He is so much happier in his work, and even canters around the field of his own accord at times!! Very unlike my lazy warmblood!!!"
"A friend of mine recommended I try a pair of the EQU StreamZ bands. After 48 hours of use I noticed the swelling had gone down and on her next vet visit after her having the bands on a month the vet was astounded in such a dramatic change."
"I am the first to say that I am a sceptic of these sorts of products. However after a long line of issues with my Irish sports horse has I was willing to give it a go. Within 48 hours of him wearing the bands the filling had stopped and his legs were cooler. This was over a year ago now and we have never looked back!"
"I think that these bands have certainly helped my horse. He had quite a bad windgall on one hind leg and now, since wearing the bands, it is hardly noticeable"
"My horse is 24 and has been wearing these bands for 10 months now. His Windgalls have totally disappeared and we see no swelling in his legs. He wears them 24/7 when dry and in the stable in winter and he is now 'sound as a pound'. Fabulous results."
What are windgalls (wind puffs)?
Wind galls, also known as wind puffs, are soft synovial swellings that develop slightly above and behind the fetlock joint, due to an over-secretion of joint fluid, caused by irritation to the joint surfaces or joint capsule. Wind galls may occur in other joints and tendons but are most commonly found around the fetlocks or on the digital flexor tendon sheath. We investigate how they are caused, diagnosed and treatments available.
Windgalls in horses – Symptoms, Causes & Treatments
There are two types of windgalls diagnosed by professionals often referred too as ‘Tendinous Windgalls’ and ‘Articular Windgalls’. Generally, windgalls are benign in nature and are regarded as minor damage to the joint, appearing without pain, heat or lameness. A windgall type of swelling appearing below the fetlock or associated with pain, heat or lameness, should be treated with suspicion.
The most commonly occurring type of windgall diagnosed is tendinous windgall and is typically seen in middle-aged horses who have had an active life. Often the swelling is actually the membrane that lines the sheath becoming thicker as opposed to a build-up of fluid around the joint. Tendinous Windgalls are unlikely to cause pain or lameness and in most cases, the animal intermittently experiences the issue.
Articular windgalls often occur in horses who have been diagnosed with the degenerative joint disease (DJD) or similar issues involving the joints within the legs. Articular windgalls are found in numerous horses who display no symptoms of lameness and are firm swollen protrusions in the middle of the cannon bone or the suspensory ligament. Articular windgalls are common in show jumping and barrel racing horses due to the regular impact on the joints when jumping and twisting around barrels.
In the same way that bog spavin can be a symptom of degenerative joint disease in the hock joint, windgalls can be an indication of an underlying problem.
Although rarely creating visible pain, it is of significant importance to dressage riders, 3-day Eventers and show horses and ponies that their legs are in the best condition possible.
Traditional used treatments for windgalls
There remains no scientifically proven cure for windgalls.
If your horse experiences windgalls it is advised that you consult with your veterinarian to establish a treatment plan including exercise and diet. Often, modifying your horse’s training or work can help to reduce the irritation and inflammation that leads to the onset of windgalls.
It is important to note that avoiding heat is of significant importance. In this regard, traditional magnetic devices creating a pulse should not be used. Many natural treatments include compresses and applications which are generally difficult to manage and time-consuming to apply.
Anti-inflammatory medications or NSAIDS are widely used to help reduce inflammation along with carefully controlled diets and supplements.
Focal ultrasound therapy is also sometimes administered and Injections of hyaluronic acid may be considered as this can help normalise the environment of the tendon sheath.
Once windgalls occur, they are likely to come back when activity or exercise is again increased.
It is widely accepted within the equine community that due to windgalls being mostly cosmetic in most circumstances avoiding invasive therapy is morally correct. The requirement to find a natural solution to this commonly diagnosed issue is of significant interest.