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    01-18-2009, 05:22 PM
Green Broke
Shipping Boots

ok, so after talking to some of my friends I am now compleatly opposed to shipping boots. My friends have had swelled legs and have had to drop out of competition because of them. I am always going to use stading wraps now. They do just about the same thing anyways, and you can use them in the stall at night!
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    01-18-2009, 07:31 PM
I always use shipping boots, they have always worked really well for me, maybe your friends are putting them on to tight.
    01-18-2009, 07:56 PM
Green Broke
No, MD knows how to do it. I just don't trust them. Lol
    01-18-2009, 08:01 PM
We have a set of brand new lime green shipping boots for my daughter's black horse. We were told to get them, spent the $$ and then were told by so many other people not to use them. There they sit gathering dust. We did put them on the horse once and he walked very funny and stiff legged. I suppose he would eventually get used to them?
    01-18-2009, 08:31 PM
Shipping boots aren't really met for support just protection. Shipping wraps work best as long as your horses won't be stupid and rip them off. I would never ship in standing wraps because it leave the coronary band and arteries exposed and they can do some major damage.
    01-18-2009, 10:05 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by huntseat7    
shipping boots aren't really met for support just protection. Shipping wraps work best as long as your horses won't be stupid and rip them off. I would never ship in standing wraps because it leave the coronary band and arteries exposed and they can do some major damage.
Well by standing wraps I mean pillow wraps with bandages over them taht go just below the fetlock.
    01-18-2009, 11:46 PM
I love shipping boots. And I can't understand how they did the damage you are claiming they did, unless they were put on way to tight, or the horse was standing in the trailer, not being able to move, for a long period of time ( for trips longer than 2 hrs the horse should be removed from the trailer and allowed to walk).

I personally think bandaging is more of a risk, because it can create uneven pressure (leading to bows and swelling), can unwrap and become tangled around legs, and you shouldnt need to rely on something for support anyway, if the horse is allowed out to move and get blood flowing again. Rubber matts and sawdust also make for a much softer surface for the horse to stand on, if you are concerned about the horses legs.
I was always told never to bandage over a horses joint, as it restricts movement.
Bandaging is something that needs to be taught properly before attempting it. Far to many people just go out and buy bandages and slap them on, having no real idea of what they are doing, or even why!
    01-19-2009, 12:19 AM
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I have a set of wetherbeta shipping boots. I'm not sure it's possible to put them on too tight. I don't see how they could have caused any damage to be honost. I think the swelled legs and shipping boots were probably a coincidence.

Standing wraps could cause damage though if they were wrapped too tight....
    01-19-2009, 12:35 AM
Maybe your friend's horse's legs swelled up from being in the trailer for a long period of time? Horses can stock up from standing in the same place too long. I'd have to agree that shipping boots are much better protectors when travelling. As long as they are not done up too tight. IMO.
    01-19-2009, 11:14 AM
Green Broke
Well sometimes we travel for 12 hours straight for events. I can see that, but I just think that shipping/standing/stable wraps work better IMO. They also can have linament put under them and can be put on for support in the stall. And I have like a bunch of people who know how to wrap properly to show me! I also think that they do the same amount in protection, because unless the horse is kicking, they would do them same. Oh and if the bandages are put on right, they souldn't come off!

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