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    12-21-2010, 09:18 PM
What boots would be good?

I posted in another place but didn't get any responses so I'll try here instead. So my horse is recovering from founder but I was told I can start riding him lightly around my field. I wanted to get boots for him so he will have more support, but I don't know what to get. I haven't ever used boots before and I'm not sure what's good and what is a waste of money.
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    12-21-2010, 10:44 PM
Gizmo, are you talking about Easyboots or something like that? Just do the search - you'll get tons of threads. Those are most recent:

Hoof Boots...

Easy Boots

And there are more.... :)

I personally use Easyboot Edge, used Bares before, Epics (didn't like much), and I've heard Gloves are awesome, BUT should be a correct fit.
    12-22-2010, 07:55 AM
KInda but more like splint boots or something like that. I when I look at them on websites it says splint boots and then sliding boots and all kinds. I just don't know what to get him.
    12-22-2010, 09:52 AM
I highly doubt splint boots help with founder frankly. The purpose of the splint is nothing but protecting bone from being hit. If you want to protect the hoof, you have to go with the real boots.
    12-22-2010, 10:04 AM
Have you talked with your Vet about what type of boots you should get? Does he/she recommend boots? What about your Farrier?

If you are looking for actual hoof boots - there are many on the market, but whichever you decide to go with, make ure your horses hooves are measured properly and accurately so you know what size you need to get for your horse to be comfortable.

I like the look of the Renegade Boots - if I do barefoot again, I'm going to give those a shot.
    12-22-2010, 10:22 AM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by Gizmo    
KInda but more like splint boots or something like that. I when I look at them on websites it says splint boots and then sliding boots and all kinds. I just don't know what to get him.
Those kind of boots don't really matter for a foundered horse. Foundering effects the structures inside the hoof, not the lower leg. If your vet wants you to use boots, then he's talking about hoof boots like kitten_val posted.

I would suggest one of the EasyBoot line, either the Edge or Gloves, or Old Mac's G2 boots (also sold by EasyBoot). ValleyVet.com has the best prices on EasyBoots. You will need to take good measurements of your horse's feet after a fresh trim. Have your farrier help you. The Gloves are best fitted with taking the measurement in cm's. Once you find the boots that match your horse's hoof shape, buy the boots and a set of comfort pads to go in them. The comfort pads will make the boots fit more snug, so keep that in mind when boot shopping.
    12-22-2010, 08:05 PM
Originally Posted by MIEventer    
Have you talked with your Vet about what type of boots you should get? Does he/she recommend boots? What about your Farrier?
I talked to my farrier on monday. She said I can start riding him lightly and I asked her if it would be a good idea to get splint boots to support his legs, and she said that it would be good. And the vet had me do polo wraps on him when he first foundered. The tendons in the legs get ripped and pulled when they founder too so those need support. Neither my vet or farrier mentioned easy boots to go on his hooves. I just didn't know what brand was a good one. They are kind of expensive and I didn't want to waste my money on something that isn't supportive at all.
    12-22-2010, 08:25 PM
Green Broke
Neither splint boots nor polo wraps give ANY support to the legs. Both are just to prevent knocks and bumps to the outsides of the legs.

For polos to actually provide any support to the tendons, you would have to wrap them so tight that they would cut off the horse's circulation.

Your vet and farrier do not know what they're talking about. Or they said it just to placate you. Either way, you do not need any boots on your horse's legs.
    12-22-2010, 09:38 PM
Originally Posted by luvs2ride1979    

Your vet and farrier do not know what they're talking about.
Actually my farrier is a good friend of mine and she does know what she is talking about or Gizmo wouldn't have recovered so fast and I wouldn't be getting on him after just a month. I have done everything that has told me this whole time and he has recovered amazingly well. So I will continue to take her advice. Oh and it wasn't just polo wraps it was the pillow thing too (don't know what its called) that made it very supportive. Thanks for your input, but I trust what she says.
    12-23-2010, 12:29 AM
Green Broke
Pillow wraps should be used with standing wraps or stable bandages, not polo wraps. And again, they're not supportive in the least. She may know how to trim and fix your foundered horse, but she does not know what she's talking about with wraps. Pillows and standings are used to reduce swelling (with the light compression) and/or hold medications on to the legs. They do not "support" the tendons.

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