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    10-13-2009, 11:01 PM
Question Float boots/bandages

I'm getting my boy, Ricky in about a week. Just depends on schools and my shows etc.
So, he'll be in our float for about 2 hours. The float is good, its a brand new Imperial float. But seeing as he is still a yearling, I think he might play up a bit on his own in there. He was taught how to float as a weanling but hasn't been in one since. I can't get a float buddy because the boy I lined up to travel with him has a dressage comp.

So I'm trying to take precautions to make it a safe trip for him. Do you think it is worth getting a pair of float boots? He'll just grow out of them. Or could I bandage his legs? Or do you think he will be fine without them? I'm a bit of an over-cautious mummy.
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    10-13-2009, 11:21 PM
I wouldn't bandage his legs, they're too risky particuarly on a yearling and I think having something on his legs will make him more nervy about the whole floating deal if he's not used to boots.
IMO I wouldn't worry about it, boots/bandages are really just for travelling with another horse so that they don't get trodden on/kicked etc. If the float has rubber lining on the floors and halfway up the walls he'll be quite safe. I'd be travelling without rugs or boots as these tend to get youngsters quite wound up.
    10-13-2009, 11:29 PM
I know he's not used to boots, but he's not too familiar with floating either so I think he might be a bit of trouble in the float. He's a show yearling, and is pretty well looked after and I hate it if his legs got knocked about.
Bandages won't do him any harm will they? I won't do them excessively(sp?) tight and he'll have padding underneath them.

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