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    10-21-2013, 07:10 PM
Question What boots are used for what?

So I have heard the terms galloping boots, medicine boots, ankle boots, hock boots, bell boots, polo wraps...etc.. My question is: what are all of the boots used for? What's the difference? How many are there? Which are the most beneficial for jumping? Cross county? Dressage? Flatwork? All purpose? These are just the many questions I ask myself when my trainer throws around all these terms that I don't know lol. So I know I've left out a lot of other boots that are made, but please, if you can, tell me all of the existing boots, what their purpose is, and what discipline they work the best for. Thanks! Also, an update of Finny is coming soon!
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    10-21-2013, 10:05 PM
Subbing. I've also heard that some boot materials are recommended more than others.
    10-21-2013, 10:38 PM
You're right, there are a LOT of boots!

When people talk about 'hoof boots' IME, they're talking about protective boots that fit over the hoof and may or may not fasten around the fetlock. Typically they're used in place of shoes, or to help rehab an injured foot. Like these: http://www.renegadehoofboots.com/ima...talling-01.jpg used for a horse that can't go barefoot over the terrain that they need to, but can't or owner prefers not to use steel shoes, or for a horse that has a medical issue that makes steel shoes a bad idea.

'Bell boots' are put around a horse's fetlock and hang over the hoof and heels to help keep a horse from accidentally stepping on themselves or a shoe, pulling it off and causing damage. They don't go under the foot at all though. Like these: http://www.theequinest.com/images/bell-boots.jpg used for horses that over-reach or need special shoes that are more prone to getting stepped on and pulled.

Lots of others... hopefully others will chime in! The term 'medicine boots' confuses me- I can think of at least four different things that that term might refer to, and all of them different!
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    10-22-2013, 06:42 AM
    10-22-2013, 07:48 AM
Originally Posted by finn113    
So I have heard the terms galloping boots, medicine boots, ankle boots, hock boots, bell boots, polo wraps...etc..
I'm going to give insights just based on my own experience.

Galloping boots (splint boots etc.) are All Purpose Galloping Horse Boots | Dover Saddlery They protect the bone, so some people (me including) use them when ride. However you have to be careful about those boots trapping the heat, so the best option would be to look into those that doesn't (which of course usually more expensive).

Medicine boots - not sure what you mean by this. Soaking boot perhaps? Davis Boot Davis Manufacturing (Farrier Hoof Care - Medicator Therapy Boots) Used for soaking (say when your horse has an abscess). Although personally I just put my horse's hoof into the hot water without any boot when I have to do that (to treat abscess).

Hock boots - again, I assume you are talking about medicine ones. Back on Track Hock Wraps - Therapeutic Boots from SmartPak Equine That's what I use right now - greatly helps with arthritis.

Bell boots - help with overreaching (one of my horses wear them 24/7)

Polo wraps - used for riding, and I know some people wrap for shipping. I've never used them so will leave someone else to answer this one.
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    10-23-2013, 05:57 AM
Thanks for all the replies! Anything else?
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    10-23-2013, 06:55 AM
Originally Posted by kitten_Val    
I'm going to give insights just based on my own experience.

Galloping boots (splint boots etc.) are All Purpose Galloping Horse Boots | Dover Saddlery They protect the bone, so some people (me including) use them when ride. However you have to be careful about those boots trapping the heat, so the best option would be to look into those that doesn't (which of course usually more expensive).
What types of material trap heat from your experience? Looking into replacing my galloping boots (mum bought them years ago when I was younger for when I got a pony - never had a horse in my life, but will be next year if all my saving/working goes to plan - but they will be to small now so will be replacing them - want to get the best I can for the horse's benefit).
    10-23-2013, 07:39 AM
All boots create and trap heat, some more than others by design.
Boots are made for specific purposes and reasons to be used, same as polo wraps or stable bandages... if you don't know why you are doing something or how to do it.... don't till you have very clear answers and are taught how to apply... and yes, boots even simple boots with velcro attachments go on a particular way.

Any boot you apply you need to make sure is free of debris that will be against the skin before using... sand, wet... are the most common..take good care of your boots as your horses legs rely upon you being picky on cleanliness. Make sure the body part is also clean of any debris where the boot will be applied.

Splint/galloping boots are made commonly in soft neoprene and a small leather patch where the "strike zone" is with velcro fasteners.These are commonly the cheapest to purchase also. Have also seen a hard outer plastic/vinly shell with a softer lining material, plastic tabs and locks for securement. They also are made of leather with a lining {sheepskin}, actual strap and buckle closure. If these get wet, they need time for the lining and leather to dry before using them next.
Ankle boots are also available in neoprene and leather...they help to protect the inside of the hind ankle joint from rubbing raw & holes in the skin on a horse who forges(hits).
Hock boots that I had to deal with were neoprene and were available in sizes same as any other "horse boot" is... they were applied depending upon the animals needs with a sweat under them.
I have not used the magnetic boots, blankets or other "magnetic therapy items" so many speak of so "no comment".

Bell boots come in sizes too and are used as others said to protect the horse from pulling a shoe by stepping on himself or from cutting a heel bulb. Bell boots come with single velcros, double velcros, tabs and no-turn styles...

If your horse moves cleanly and doesn't need boots why are you going to use them?
A horse can condition the bodies muscles, tendons & ligaments... once you put a "boot" on the body the body no longer needs to continue to condition that part as they come to rely upon that boot being there...
To me, if it isn't needed you don't do "booting up" for looks...you do do boots for a reason, if needed go for it, if not don't.
You run the risk of injury when you take a day and don't apply the boots and the horse is now using their body unprotected and unconditioned...

    10-23-2013, 07:54 AM
Originally Posted by HalleysComet    
What types of material trap heat from your experience?
To be honest Halley, even my EcoGold (which is one of the best on market) seems to be doing that (I can see sweat marks after the riding when it's warm outside). The neoprene ones I used were especially bad at that. Frankly I think pretty much any boot will do that. I'm actually getting to the point of may be not using boots at all during summer (as I ride flat mostly, and no speed riding).

Have a look at the discussion here: Best leg protection for Dressage
    10-23-2013, 07:56 AM
Originally Posted by horselovinguy    
These are commonly the cheapest to purchase also.
Hmmmmm.... I'm going to argue here... Good brand galloping boots are pretty far from being cheapest... :)

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