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post #1 of 22 Old 04-08-2013, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Question Shipping boots?

Before I get told "they're dangerous, don't use them" I understand that
I'd just like to know if these are on properly, I'm really not sure.
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post #2 of 22 Old 04-08-2013, 12:40 PM
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I don't think shipping boots are dangerous. I prefer them over wraps as they let the horses legs breath and still protect them.

Anyway the back ones are correct, the front ones should be swapped as you want the velcro pulling back, not forwards. The back boots could be a bit lower to cover the heel more, but I always like to add bell boots under them to make sure the bulbs of the heel have a bit extra protection

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Just put them as tight as is humanely possible, and they won't slip. I don't like pink but your wraps are really pretty. I have one set that goes over the hocks, too.
Many people don't use them, and it their horse is well mannered in the trailer they don't think they need them. I have already posted the sad story of what happened to a friend's mare without them--PM me if you want details. When I bought my mare in 2008, I went to the 145th Nat'l Gettysburg with 3 horses, and came back with four. I always carry an extra set of wraps. She hadn't ever worn them before and was walking like she was crossing logs with her back feet.
They are cheap insurance for your horse's lower legs. Just an FYI, I wash mine after every use and I keep them clean and dry in a locker in my tack room.
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I will never put a horse in a trailer without leg protection. Just way to scary. I've seen nasty accidents.

I'm sorry to hear about your friends horse Corporal. I am like you, always travel with an extra set or two of wraps and boots.
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Thanks, everyone!!
I used to use polo wraps, but they freaked me out, especially because they don't cover the whole fetlock

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Lexii, you should keep the polos bc they can be very useful for training and support. You can buy extra long, stretchy ones. =D

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I have 6, I think. I collect a lot of things it seems.

Do you mean for me to use them under the boots?

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Nope. You either wrap with shipping boots, OR, wrap with quilts and polos. You always wrap clockwise off (right) legs, and counter-clockwise near (left) legs. You wrap with the quilts this way, hold and start the polos in the center, wrap up, wrap down to the pasterns, and wrap up and Velcro close, again, in the middle. You yank back towards the tail to tighten, so you don't pressure the muscles behind the cannon bones.

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Many people don't use them, and it their horse is well mannered in the trailer they don't think they need them. I have already posted the sad story of what happened to a friend's mare without them--PM me if you want details.
I can tell you horror stories from having the shipping boots on. (from the POV of a vet tech)

No matter what there is - there are two sides to the story. We've hauled successfully for many years without shipping boots. If we have to haul a distance, we may use SMB's or quilts with polos. Less expensive and more versatile that shipping boots.
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I don't have problems with using those, either. Honestly, I've heard horror stories about people who tighten up a girth too tightly and schooling, too, but I've never been able to do THAT, over 27 years.
Really, with You Tube videos and people at your boarding/show stable to teach you, you can learn to use them right. =/

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