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    06-09-2011, 03:11 PM
Shipping Boots

First off I would to apologize if this is in the wrong section. I wasn't sure what category this topic fell under.

My question is- are shipping boots really that bad to use? The reason I'm asking is because I got my horse when in Germany and all they really ever used over there were shipping boots when trailering. I brought my horse to the states and the man who delivered her to me came up to me and bascially told me that I was stupid (he was not the nicest person in the world lol) for using shipping boots. He said I should use wraps instead and that he did not use the shipping boots because they were too dangerous. I never had a problem when using the boots before, I understand accidents can happen but I didn't realize boots were considered dangerous when shipping.

I'm just curious about the answer because I will be trailering my horse soon and don't want to use something that could be "dangerous" to my horse.

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    06-09-2011, 03:21 PM
I personally think they are "okay" to use..I would rather rap my horses legs but, I have used shipping boots before..They worked on her- But she was going for only about a 25 minute trailer ride..Make sure they fit well and are clean and the don't slide off her legs.
    06-09-2011, 06:09 PM
Sometimes my horse's boots slide down a little and I find him standing on them when we get to our desitination, but I wouldn't call that dangerous. Is that what he was talking about? I kind of like knowing he's covered most of the way up his legs.
    06-09-2011, 09:44 PM
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I do not see how preventing leg injuries by booting is a bad thing.

I grew up with wrapping horses legs due to my Grandparents, but they have slowly gotten a little more relaxed with it. They will now load a horse with boots, wraps, or naked. However, they will always come home wrapped, because they worked hard (and then left with wraps on over night in most cases).

Personally, I own shipping boots and a set of wraps, so that I have both available to use depending on the situation, or use both if I wanted. I would much rather have the choice, then not.

Shipping boots are better for someone who is not proficient at wrapping, because you can damage tendons in short order with a poor wrap job. If a boot slides down a bit, there really isn't any harm done to the horse in that...other then your boot could now be poopier then it could have been.
    06-09-2011, 11:09 PM
Thank you all for your replies. I greatly appreciate it. I'm pretty bad at wrapping (they usually fall off no matter how many times I have practiced lol) so I figured for a 20 min. Trailer ride boots would be the better option. I was just curious why there was such a difference between the two.

Thanks again!

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