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Woof Wear and Toklat with PORON® XRD™Technology Provide Ultimate in Equine Protection

Posted by Nicole Perry on Thursday, June 7th, 2012 | No Comments »

Between the NBA Finals and the Stanley Cup, this has been a huge week for sporting events!

And this Saturday, all eyes will be glued on three year old chestnut colt, I’ll Have Another, as he vies for the grabbing the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes.

In a previous post on designing protective equipment for pets big and small,  we shared how we believe animals – and horses in particular – need as much protection against impact as humans.

Since the sleek Thoroughbreds that will be racing at Belmont are conditioned for speed, you will most likely not find them dressed in the protective gear that you see on horses in other equestrian disciplines such as eventing, show jumping and dressage where horse and rider, and horse and fixed obstcales (jumps, stone walls, logs, etc.) tend to encounter more intense impact.

It’s also a time when one leg of the horse can brush up against the other, which can cause bruising to the bone from repeated concussion and cuts and abrasions from the horseshoe.

As our passion is helping product developers design and produce the best cushioning and impact-protective products on the market, we feel fortunate to partner with two amazing companies that specialize in equestrian protection – Woof Wear and Toklat.

For nearly thirty years now Woof Wear has been at the forefront of equestrian protection and its products are being valued equally by leisure riders, professionals and even the Police Forces across the UK.  You can find PORON® XRD™ Technology in its:

–        Smart Fetlock Boot to prevent hind leg against knocks and brushing injuries.

–        Smart Tendon Boot to provide unparalleled protection to the horse’s delicate tendon area.

–        Smart Overreach Boot to provide exceptional protection to the delicate heel and pastern area against overreach injuries.

At its factory in Lake Oswego, Oregon Toklat Originals designs and manufactures a variety of quality equine products, such as Matrix Saddle Pads and the Classic III series of quilted pads that have been tested and endorsed by top equestrian athletes. The rigorous quality control enforced by Toklat ensures that high performance riders and horses will be outfitted with premium saddle pads whenever they represent the United States.

For the best in horse and rider protection, Toklat uses PORON® XRD™ Technology in its Matrix T3 PRO-Impact saddle pad.   PORON XRD open-cell foam absorbs the impact of both the saddle on the horse’s back as well as the rider against the saddle. The rider will also experience an increase in comfort and security as the PRO-Impact insert minimizes the shock experienced upon landing after a jump. Treated with Microban® for antimicrobial protection and perforated for maximum durability, the Matrix T3 PRO-Impact saddle pad insert provides the ultimate in high performance shock absorption.


So, getting back to the Belmont Stakes and the Triple Crown, do you think I’ll Have Another is going to snatch it?!



Nicole Perry

Nicole Perry

Global Market Segment Manager for PORON Comfort materials. Nicole has been involved in the Footwear industry for over 15 years. She also has over 25 years working with high performance materials including custom injection molded and cast polymers for automotive, apparel, electronics, equipment and medical markets. Nicole is passionate about bringing great technologies to market and working with companies that share the goal of helping people enjoy life no matter what they are doing. She holds an MBA from Nichols College.

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