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  • Use of shipping boots
  • Should i wrap my horses legs for a long haul

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    03-06-2012, 03:33 AM
Shipping Boots- Worth It?

Do they really help, or are they kind of pointless? I trailer my horses with the dividers inbetween them, and the boots seem like they might make the horse overheat...

Just wondering :)
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    03-06-2012, 08:31 AM
I had a bad luck with shipping boots: my paint manages to step on doesn't matter what size I use. I use wraps instead. I'd much rather have them on and feel more safe.
    03-06-2012, 08:47 AM
I don't like them, my horse will usually get them off, and tramp them into the poo..
I agree with kitten, I use polo wraps when I feel its necessary to wrap.
Patsy trailers about 40 miles every Sunday, in my stock trailer, and I do not wrap her legs at all. I would if it was a slant load, or there were other horses in there with her, or maybe even if I was hauling longer.
    03-06-2012, 07:43 PM
So what is the biggest concern? That another horse will step on their legs? That they'll bang their legs on the sides of the trailer? How often does that happen?

I hope my post and questions aren't coming across as sarcastic or sassy, haha. I've never used them, and never felt the need to use them... I found a pair I bought ages ago and forgot about. I'm thinking about selling them, but I'm afraid the day I sell them will be the day something happens to my horses. I'm trying to figure out WHEN I should use them, or if I'm okay to sell them.

Thank you for all your opinions!
    03-06-2012, 07:54 PM
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I think a standing wrap would be better. I have a really expensive set of weatherbetas in the basement that I bought for Pistol years ago. He had some really huge issues with trailering, I had an old straight load and it really screwed with his balance so no matter how short a haul or how careful I was, he always stepped all over himself and really hurt his wittle footsies so for him it was a good idea. I don't use them on my other horses but I have a big slant load now and they seem to stand ok when they haul...
    03-06-2012, 09:22 PM
I used to think I was supposed to use them, so did. They are useless, IMO. I don;t do any wraps anymore. I am totally paranoid I will wrap a standing wrap wrong (someone obviously got their message across when I was young!) and I am just not a fan of having anything on my horses legs ESPECIALLY on long distances. I find they get sweaty and icky. Therefore, we go commando.
    03-06-2012, 09:55 PM
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When I was younger the family and I didn't use them. Went to a horse show one day, after arriving and unloading my mare she had a nasty bloody leg.
Apparently she had lost her balance on the way and raked her hoof down the inside of the opposite cannon bone. Nasty injury, not to mention I had to sit around all day at the show because the vet said I could not show my mare. (And chewed out my family.)

Fast forward to my time of working on other show farms where the horses were padded from top of head to tip of toe for even the smallest trip.
Maybe a bit extreme, but because of the level and caliber these horses were, injuries could not be afforded. And they weren't any.

Now, I'm somewhere in between. I bought a semi-cheap set of 4 shipping boots. The rears don't stay on too well, but that is ok since they weren't expensive. I use boots on the front which fit well and stay in place and pads and polos on the back.
I like knowing the polos will stay where I put them on the back, the boots stay on the front and the extra 5 minutes will save my horse potential injury and pain. That in turn makes me feel better.
    03-07-2012, 08:38 AM
Originally Posted by petitepyromaniac    
So what is the biggest concern? That another horse will step on their legs?
Mine steps on hers right away and pulls it off. I tried several times (both - cheap and expensive) and gave up. The last thing I want is for her to step on in trailer and start to kick out trying to get rid of it.

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