Hand Protection for Farriers and Riders — Work Gloves and Disposable Gloves

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Work Gloves and Disposable Gloves - Protect your Hands for All Tasks Related to Horses and Hooves

The most important tool for the farrier is their hands - that's why it's important to protect them. In many tasks, certain safety regulations and the corresponding protective equipment, such as gloves, are already prescribed by the employers' liability insurance association in Germany.

But even as a rider, there are many situations in the stable where gloves are useful. This includes, of course, the farrier appointment first and foremost, but also when lunging, riding with a lead horse, or simply when picking out hooves or applying various hoof care products, the right gloves are essential.

When choosing the right glove, consider the following aspects:

  1. Material Used
    High-quality gloves are made of durable and long-lasting materials such as leather, synthetic fabrics, or special fabrics that meet the requirements of the respective work.
  2. Fit
    The fit is crucial for the comfort and functionality of the gloves. The glove should neither be too tight nor too loose to allow optimal freedom of movement and dexterity.
  3. Reinforcements
    Work gloves or protective gloves may have reinforcements at stress points such as fingertips, palms, or backs of the hands to provide additional protection and durability.
  4. Protective Features
    High-quality gloves should provide specific protective features that meet the requirements of the respective activity. This may include cut protection, shock absorption, heat resistance, or chemical protection. In the field of hoof care, cut protection is particularly important, so we offer Wonder Grip® Dexcut™ cut-resistant gloves.
  5. Breathability
    Gloves should have good breathability to ensure a comfortable feel and reduce hand sweating. Breathability also depends heavily on the material used.
  6. Abrasion Resistance
    Gloves should be abrasion-resistant to prevent wear and tear, especially when working with rough surfaces or sharp edges.
  7. Certifications
    Gloves that comply with certain safety or standardization standards, such as EN standards or specific industry standards, can be an indicator of their quality. In the product details below, we provide more information about the gloves we offer.

Gloves in the Everyday Life of Farriers and Riders — Fotos

Farrier's Hand during Barefoot Trimming with the Hoof Knife Using Wonder Grip® Dexcut™ WG-787 Cut-Resistant Gloves

Especially during hoof trimming, the additional cut protection of the Wonder Grip® Dexcut™ WG-787 can be helpful.

a farrier wears SuperFlex assembly gloves from Allcolor while extending a urethane horseshoe

To modify our horseshoes, the SuperFlex work gloves from Allcolor can be a good choice.

The farrier wears SuperFlex assembly gloves from Allcolor and grinds an alternative horseshoe to fit on a belt grinder

We like to use both the SuperFlex and the Wondergrip® Dexcut™ WG-787 for fitting our horseshoes to the shape of the horses hooves.

The farrier wears disposable gloves and wraps a cast bandage around the hoof to secure a cast shoe.

When wrapping the cast shoe with the cast bandage, we always recommend wearing disposable gloves.

After barefoot trimming, the farrier applies a hoof care product to the hoof.

Disposable gloves should be worn for applying various hoof care products.

a farrier wears disposable gloves while working with the instant adhesive to glue the glue-on tabs to the hoof

For working with the rapid adhesive, we prefer to use STRONGHAND® disposable gloves.

 A horse is being lunged in the arena

When lunging the horse, the cut-resistant gloves from Wonder Grip® are a good choice.

Reiterin mit Handpferd und Hund beim Ausreiten auf einer Teerstraße

When riding with a lead horse, the Wonder Grip® Dexcut® WG-787 provides good protection if the lead rope becomes tense.

The horse owner treats the horse's frog with frog balm pads while wearing black disposable gloves.

For the application of various hoof care products, it is recommended to wear disposable gloves.

Basic Knowledge and Product Features of the Different Gloves in Our Range

Let's take a quick look at the various work and disposable gloves that you can buy from us. In our opinion, gloves, just like the hoof pick, are essential equipment – not only for the farrier but also for the rider or horse owner.

As a manufacturer of horseshoes, we are naturally not specialists in work gloves. However, many riders and farriers are part of our team, so we have examined gloves from the user's perspective and compiled what we believe are the most important information.

What Glove Size is Right?

Just like any kind of hoof protection, every hand protection is only effective when the glove fits properly and stays in place!

When determining the right glove size, hand circumference is crucial. Finger length also plays a role; for longer fingers, opting for a larger size is often best, while the opposite may be true for shorter fingers. Particularly with work gloves, it's essential for them to fit securely and comfortably, allowing for easy donning and doffing.

While there are some tables online providing general guidelines for glove sizing, it's important to note that gloves are not standardized in terms of sizing. The precise size and fit depend on the manufacturer and the specific design of the model.

Additionally, it's important to differentiate between men's and women's gloves. A hand circumference of 19cm is often considered size 7. For women, this corresponds to size M, while for men, it corresponds to size S.

Representation of how hand circumference can be measured

EN 388:2016 Classification on Work Gloves

Since EN 388:2016, there are two methods for assessing cut resistance to ensure the accuracy of the results.

The "Coup Test" is only conducted for materials that do not affect the sharpness of the blade during the test. For hand protection made from abrasive fibers such as High-Performance Polyethylene (HPPE) or glass and steel fibers - as used for Wonder Grip® Dexcut® cut-resistant gloves - this test is not performed and is therefore indicated with an X.

Presentation of Test Criteria for Work Safety Gloves

Understanding the Gauge Number in Work Safety Gloves

The term "15 Gauge" refers to the knit fineness of the work safety glove. It indicates how many stitches per inch are present in the glove's knit. The higher the gauge number, the finer the knit, and the more dexterity the glove provides.

In general, gloves with a higher gauge number have a finer structure, thereby offering better dexterity and sensitivity. They are particularly suitable for tasks requiring precision and tactile sense. Thus, the gauge number is also relevant for farriers, especially when it comes to holding a horseshoe nail, where precision and tactile sensitivity are important.

In contrast, work safety gloves with a lower gauge number have a thicker knit, providing stronger protection. These gloves are more robust and offer greater protection against mechanical hazards. They are well-suited for tasks requiring increased durability and protection.

Our Top Pick: Wonder Grip® Dexcut® WG-787 Cut-Resistant Gloves

From the perspective of the farrier, we consider these work gloves to be a good choice:

  • During barefoot trimming.
  • For all tasks involving the use of a hot-air gun.
  • When fitting and modifying our horseshoes to fit each hoof individually.

But also from the rider or horse owner's perspective, the Wonder Grip® cut-resistant glove is an excellent choice. In our team, we have many female riders who prefer this glove.

  • They use it during lunging to provide some protection to their hand if the horse tries to pull away.
  • They wear it during the transitional period while riding, as it provides a good grip on the reins.
  • They wear it when picking up hooves during the farrier appointment, as some additional protection for the rider's hands can be beneficial.

In conclusion, the Wonder Grip® Dexcut® WG-787 cut-resistant gloves are our top pick. While they may be slightly more expensive, we believe that the investment is worthwhile for both the farrier and the rider alike!

Dexcut™ Wonder Grip WG-787 cut-resistant gloves

Product Features - Wonder Grip® Dexcut™ WG-787 Cut-Resistant Gloves

We have gathered and compiled the following information about this work safety glove for you.

Marke Wonder Grip®
Modell Dexcut™ WG-787
Material Spandex, Mineral fiber, HPPE, UHMWPE : Tsunooga®
Palm Coated Nitrile
Gauge 13
Color green
Norms EN 388:2016 (4.X.4.2.D)
EN 420:2003
EN 407:2004 (X.1.X.X.X.X)
PPE protection class: Category II
ANSI Cut Level ANSI A4 CUT
Further Characteristics Oeko-Tex Standard 100, food approval, CE
Sales unit one pair

allcolor SuperFlex Work Gloves

The SuperFlex by allcolor is not strictly a cut-resistant glove, much like the Lintao by STRONGHAND®, but we find it quite comfortable to wear and a practical companion for many tasks in the stable and farrier's everyday life, provided they do not require exceptional cut protection.

allcolor SuperFlex work gloves

Product Features - SuperFlex Protective Work Gloves by allcolor

We have gathered and compiled the following information about this work safety glove for you.

Brand allcolor
Modell SuperFlex
Material Nylon/Elastane, silicone-free
Palm Coated Nitrile
Color black
Norms EN388:2016 - 4131
PPE protection class: Category II
Further Characteristics Oeko-Tex Standard 100, CE
Sales unit one pair
STRONGHAND® Lintao PU-Schutzhandschuh

STRONGHAND® Lintao

These finely knit gloves with PU coating are not crafted from abrasive fibers, thus they don't offer the same level of cut resistance as specialized gloves, therefore, this glove underwent the Coupe Test. We believe its suitability for the daily tasks of farriers may be somewhat limited compared to the SuperFlex and the WG-787 Dexcut®

However, we still want to offer an alternative to those who need a particularly affordable hand protection for smaller, non-hazardous tasks, such as mucking out the stable. In our company f.ex. the STRONGHAND® Lintao is worn by our production team.

Product Features - STRONGHAND® Lintao

We have gathered and compiled the following information about this work safety glove for you.

Marke STRONGHAND®
Modell Lintao
Material 100% Polyamid (Nylon)
Palm Coated Polyurethane
Gauge 15
Color blue
Norms EN 388:2016 (4.1.3.1.X)
EN 420:2003
PPE protection class: Category II
Further Characteristics CE
Sales unit one pair

STRONGHAND® Disposable Gloves

They are also part of the basic equipment in the stable - disposable gloves. Thrush, mud fever, or general wound care, the applications are diverse. As a farrier, disposable gloves are especially needed when it comes to glue-on horseshoes - of course, this can also be done with assembly or cut-resistant gloves; however, this ensures that the more robust gloves do not get glue on them. In the end, as is often the case in life, it's a matter of personal preference which type of hand protection you prefer to work with.

disposable nitrile gloves Shatin STRONGHAND®
disposable nitrile gloves STRONGHAND® Grip schwarz

Use disposable gloves as hand protection for the following tasks with our products:

  • to glue-on a horseshoe on the horses hooves
  • to wrap a cast-bandage around the hoof to fixate a cast-shoe
  • to apply the THM hoof-care products

Product Features - Disposable Nitrile Gloves

We have found the following information about disposable gloves and compiled it for you.

Marke STRONGHAND®
Modell STRONGHAND® 0436 Shatin - disposable nitrile gloves STRONGHAND® 0422 GRIP - disposable nitrile gloves
Sales unit one pack of 100 disposable nitrile gloves one pack of 50 disposable nitrile gloves
Material Nitrile Nitrile
Color black black
Weitere Eigenschaften (u.a.) ambidextrous, latex-free, powderfree, certified for food contact, non-sterile, CE ambidextrous, latex-free, powderfree, non-sterile, CE, excellent grip + hold (dry + wet) thanks to waffle pattern
PPE protection class: Category I Category III

The fundamental question from the farrier's perspective - Gloves yes or no?

Before determining whether work safety gloves can be worn for a specific task, it is important to clarify whether the gloves provide protection against the specific hazards without themselves posing a greater risk.

Especially in tasks involving rotating parts, where the risk of entanglement exists, the potential danger is often higher than the intended protection of the farrier's hand.

The risk of glove entanglement typically occurs during tasks involving the use of drills (including hammer drills), band saws, circular saws, and other handheld machines with rotating parts. With these devices, there's a risk of gloves being caught by the rotating surfaces, leading to injuries.

On the other hand, with angle grinders, large cut-off grinders, and jigsaws, there is generally less risk of entanglement, as the hands and thus the hand protection are usually not in close proximity to the rotating tools. However, there are exceptions even in these cases.

Hufschmied bearbeitet den Pferdehuf mit einer Flex und trägt dabei Schnittschutzhandschuhe
Hufschmied nagelt ein alternatives Hufeisen auf und trägt dabei keinen Handschutz

It's important to consider the specific requirements and recommendations for each task in the daily life of the farrier or hoof care professional to make the right decision regarding wearing hand protection. The risk assessment should aim to ensure one's own safety and, if applicable, that of the horse owner, while also ensuring that the hand protection does not pose an additional risk.

For example, when nailing-on a horseshoe, hand protection is often cumbersome. Even if you have a very good grip, such as with Wonder Grip®, many farriers prefer to remove their gloves to nail-on the horseshoe.

The risk assessment and the final decision to wear hand protection or not, and the associated risks, are the responsibility of the farrier or horse owner. Please also consider the safety instructions provided by the manufacturers of the work safety gloves and disposable gloves. When working with our products, always refer to our safety instructions, which are not only intended for the farrier during shoeing, but also for the rider and horse owner during the shoeing period.

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