Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: East Central Illinois
I have both shipping boots and polo wraps with quilts. For short trips, like to the farrier (one hour away), I use the shipping boots. For long distance travel, I wrap with polos.
People have problems with shipping boots when they don't strap them on tight enough. You want to wrap them as tight as is humanely possible for them to stay up. Some folks secured them additionally with duct tape.
People sometimes tell you don't bother with either. If they had seen my friend's mare--easy to trailer--who started to unload, then, realizing she was still tied to the trailer she reloaded and ripped the skin away from the cannon bone bc of the metal below the lip on the back of the stock trailer, they might change their minds. It was my friend's idea NOT to bother wrapping that day, and it was her horse who paid the price. FORTUNATELY, we we at the Vet's getting the blood for Coggins, so she had the best care possible for the injury. And...she recovered.
I will NEVER travel without boots or wrapped legs.
I have 2 extra sets of shipping boots. I keep them in a tack box in my tack room, clean, folded and at-the-ready, along with the other wraps and quilts, also put away clean.