I purchased a pair of good used legacy boots and pro choice boots yesterday. However I have never put any on and don't want to mess up my horse for improper use and fitting. Can anyone tell me how to put them on properly?
They're both applied pretty much the same way. They should be labeled inside the boot for what leg they go on. If the label has worn off the straps should be on the outside of the leg. Cup the fetlock part of the boot (the bulge and the bottom of the boot) in your hand and slide the boot down the leg til you feel the fetlock cupped in your hand. Now tighten the second strap from the top, then the other two straps, then wrap the fetlock strap under the fetlock like a sling. Now go back and recheck the other straps to make sure they're tight and the the boot is laying flat against the leg and isn't bunched up or anything. Here's a link with a picture of properly applied pro choice boots: PRO CHOICE SPORTS MEDICINE BOOTS II @ Horsing Around Saddlery Huge discounts on many leading brands,UK mail order supplier
Good post from Kwal. Eventually the writting on the inside of the boots will wear off. What I've used, in that case, is "White Out" to write "left" and "right" on the inside of the boot. I found that it holds up as well or better then the original writting.
I put on the legacy boots yesterday and the horse started stepping funny. Throwing their feet out in front of them more. I walked them around for a little bit and did some excersizes on the ground with them. After it was said an done, the horse acted like they were used to them.