Promote equine safety and reduce hoof injuries at your equine event
Use a Magnetic Sweeper to Pick up Dangerous Metal Debris that Causes Hoof Injuries
Metal Debris is a Cause for Concern for Horse Owners
Metal debris in equine facilities such as stables, paddocks, pastures, arenas and race tracks slowly accumulates over time. Even without a readily available source or incident, metal debris is present. If the equine facility is a mixed use facility used for other purposes the debris can be quite obvious and severe and the need to control it is much higher.
The need to control metal debris in equine facilities is high because the potential for horses to get metal debris embedded in their hooves or have a metal piece puncture their hoof can cost the horse in lameness and time to recover. Complications from a nail puncture can range from a simple abscess to severe career ending injuries if it pierces one of the sensitive structures of the hoof.
Don’t under estimate the amount of metal debris that can be present around farm buildings and roadways, in paddocks and pastures and in arenas especially those arenas used for mixed events. Fencing activities over time (nails & wire) are a persistent source of debris.
The Silent Threat That Can Be Devastating to Horses.
Penetrating foreign objects into a horses’ hoof can cause painful abscesses that can be devastating. If a horse steps on a foreign object, usually a nail or piece of metal debris, it drives into the sole, taking dirt and bacteria in with it.
When the foreign object is pulled out the sole closes up, sealing itself and the bacteria in the hoof. If the area is not opened up immediately to clean out the bacteria and other debris, an abscess can form.
The most dangerous penetrating wound to the hoof is a puncture to the navicular bursa, most commonly caused by the horse stepping on a nail. With this type of injury, the nail or other foreign object finds its way up and through the back third of the frog and into a small sac of fluid between the navicular bone and deep digital flexor tendon called the navicular bursa. When this happens, bacteria and debris get into this sac of fluid.
Once the object is pulled out the area seals itself, allowing a perfect environment for bacterial growth. If the navicular bursa becomes infected it can be very painful, and since it is located so deep in the hoof it can be very difficult to treat. If the infection spreads from the navicular bursa to the deep digital flexor tendon sheath, the infection can travel up the leg, making it almost impossible to treat and ultimately costing the horse his life.
Because farm environments of any kind hold the high potential for many stray nails, wire and screws, we recommend a magnetic sweeper as another preventative horse health measure. You will be surprised at all the hidden hazards you find.
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Wrasse 3" x 3"
Wrasse 4.5" x 4.5"
|Maximum Lifting Height||8 1/2"||9 3/4"||10 1/2"||4 3/4"||6"||8 1/2"||6 1/4"||9.25"||7 1/2 ” inches||9"||9"|
|Sweeper Weight||252 lbs, 277 lbs, 305 lbs||511.4 lbs||884 lbs||24lbs, 35lbs, 47lbs, 58lbs, 70lbs, 81lbs, 93lbs||28lbs, 40lbs, 53lbs 65lbs, 77lbs, 89lbs,102lbs,||65lbs, 93lbs, 120lbs, 148lbs, 175lbs, 203lbs, 230lbs||34lb, 41lb, 48lb||124lbs, 158lbs, 192lbs, 226lbs, 259lbs, 292lbs||249 lbs||230 lbs, 264 lbs, 297 lbs, 330 lbs||191 lbs, 225 lbs, 258 lbs, 291 lbs|
|Sweeper Widths||62", 74", 86"||72"||82"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||26", 38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||19", 25", 31"||38", 50", 62", 74", 86", 98"||66"||62", 74", 86", 98"||62", 74", 86", 98"|
|Sweeper Height Adjustment||0" to 5 1/2" Continuous Adjustment||2" to 6" Continuous Adjustment||2" to 6" Continuous Adjustment||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 3".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 4".||Change suspension height by rising or lowering the chains to a maximum height of 5".||3 Wheel Settings||Yes – by changing mounting height||Yes, 1 to 4 Inches, in 1/2” increments||Yes, by changing hanging height. Minimum 2.5“ recommended hanging height 3” to 5“ maximum.||Yes, minimum 2.5" with wheel on the ground, 3" recommended, 5" inch maximum|
|Sweeper Wheel Type||13" x 6.5" flat proof, ball bearing tires||13" x 6.5" flat proof, ball bearing tires||16.5" x 6.5" flat proof, hub and spindle wheels||None||None||None||7" Steel Hub & Ball Bearing Wheels||10” x 3” foam filled flat proof wheels with Steel hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 100kg (220 lbs) capacity each||10” x 3“ foam filled flat proof - centered hub with 5/8" ball bearing||10” x 3” foam filled flat proof wheels with Steel hubs and 5/8 inch ball bearings rated at 100kg (220 lbs) capacity each||10” x 3” Foam Filled flat proof bump wheels with steel hubs and 5/8” ball bearings rated at 100 kg (220 lbs) capacity each|
|Clean Off Method||Wipe clean with glove or rag or purchase the optional Quick Clean Off Sleeve||Spring Assisted Dual Debris Release Handles||Spring Assisted Dual Debris Release Handles||Wipe clean with glove or rag.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||Wipe clean with glove or rag. Also available with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve accessory.||Wipe off debris with glove or rag||Quick Clean Off Sleeve comes standard||Debris Release Handle||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve||Comes standard with a Quick Clean Off Sleeve|
|Terrain Surface||All Terrain||All Terrain||All Terrain||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||Flat Surfaces||All Terrain||All Terrain||All Terrain||All Terrain||All Terrain|
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