About 6 months ago, my hunter/jumper Robbie suffered a horrific tendon/fetlock injury on his right hind. He completely severed his extensor tendon (no longer has one) and exposed the fetlock joint. It's been a long journey of casts, splints, stall rest and rehab and it's finally looking like he will finally be able to be put back into work within the next month!
Now I am extremely paranoid about sending him back into work, however "light" it may be. (just note that I'm following vet's orders - in no way, shape or form am I making these decisions myself haha) Since he no longer has a tendon along the front of his leg, the chances of him buckling over at the fetlock and breaking open his leg again are higher than I'd like them to be. And right now he has little to no muscle in his hurt leg as he's been sitting in a stall for what seems like an eternity haha. He has heavy duty bandages when he's turned out into a teeny tiny paddock and light ones at night to offer continued support. I just want to make sure that I can provide him with the best support and protection possible...so here's where I need some help!
I'm looking into two types of exercise boots that I think will protect his injury and offer support where he no longer has a tendon: Back on Track and Professional's Choice. Of course I'm open to any other suggestions but these two I feel are the best options thus far. I haven't used either of these products before so I need some reviews (good or bad) from those who have! Which one should I get for little baby Bobbert??
VenTECH Elite Sports Medicine Boot
- I really like how much of the leg it covers and will for sure cover all of Robbie's injury
- Also loves how it says "The boot provides 360 degrees of protection, safeguarding the cannon bone, tendons and soft tissue, and is proven to absorb over 26% of energy from hoof impact. The uniquely designed suspensory strap stretches with each stride, allowing full ankle movement and helping to eliminate hyperextension of the fetlock"
Back on Track
EXERCISE BOOT Back on Track Hind - Heartland Saddlery, Calgary, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
- Tons of my friends and trainer use BOT and love the product. I also know somebody who can get me BOT stuff at cost. :)
- I really like how it reduces heat and swelling (Robbie's leg is very swollen from the injury) and it provides an "even support of the tendons which help prevent tendon and ligament injuries"