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post #1 of 6 Old 07-07-2010, 09:15 AM Thread Starter
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Gel open front boots or not?

I am looking at getting some open front boots for my mare. There are two kinds available and I do not know which I should choose. One has gel inside, and the other does not. Please help.

Thank you, in advance.
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post #2 of 6 Old 07-07-2010, 09:21 AM
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I have no idea what the gel provides over the others? I can't help you, there.

I do know that studdies have been done on Neoprene, and how it can help absorb the shock that our horses legs and joints take when jumping - I don't know what gel offers though.

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Can you post some pics or links to those boots? The gel sounds like gimmick, I wonder if it gives any extra protection.
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post #4 of 6 Old 07-07-2010, 04:53 PM
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Eskadron makes a set of Gel Open Fronts.

The Dover website says:
Gel insert between a neoprene layer and the outer shell protects against brushing and bruising, as gel absorbs kicks and spreads pressure. Gel and neoprene compensate for imperfections in leg and allows for a snug fit.
I could see them being useful if your horse has an old splint that needs some extra cushion so the boot doesn't rub it. But that's it..

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Is there a particular reason why you are going to go with Open Fronts?

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post #6 of 6 Old 07-08-2010, 09:57 AM
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I personally like the gel (or memory foam type) front boots (eskadrons, equifits, etc). If you feel them they're very squishy which offers a better fit and can take more impact (thus provide more protection) then then regular neoprene. It's especially nice for a horse that interferes and I figure it's nice to protect your horse's legs as much as you can.
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