Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I use both shipping boots and polo wraps with quilts. IF you use shipping boots, velcro them AS TIGHT AS POSSIBLE, bc they will slip down and bc somewhat useless if you don't. If you use polo wraps and quilts wrap inside to outside, starting at the middle, wrapping up to the knee/hock, down to the hoof, then up to finish at the middle. Make them snug by pulling each time you pull backwards toward the tail.
The ONLY time there was a serious accident was when a newbie friend--now NOT a horse owner--pushed me to rush. We were stopping at the Vet's on the way to a local trail ride, to get blood for Coggins for the upcoming trail riding vacation out West. Ironically it was HER mare who reloaded after she didn't untie the lead, then ripped the tendon off of the front of a rear leg cannon bone on my trailer. The Vet scrubbed and stitched the wound. The mare recovered bc of the quick veterainary care. I will never forget my horror, especially since I had sold her this fine, previously abused mare. NOBODY trailers without wraps or shipping boots since then, EVERY TIME. Some folks also use bell boots and head protectors, too. It's easy to replace them if they are ripped in the trailer. It takes years of work, building respect and relationship--much harder to replace.
If I were to have won this week's lottery I would still keep my current horses bc of the time involved and invested.