When trailering, do you wrap or use shipping boots or au natural?
I just bought a set of shipping boots, since during the short trip from the barn to the show in Feb caused a couple little nicks on Grace's legs from shoes. I was planning to use them for her (I lease her) and then on my own horse (we're currently shopping). But a friend of mine yesterday said it was a waste of money, that no one really uses them for the short trips I take.
Do you wrap legs or use shipping boots? why or why not?
I used to, because everyone else did. A pain in the butt. I stopped when I noticed professional haulers don't use them and said there was no need for them.
I use the quick wrap kind. just a few velcro straps. Easy on, easy off. Ill see if I can find an example.
For a short trip, I wouldn't waste the time wrapping legs. But...If she is getting nicks in her legs while hauling then I probably would.
I have never had a horse cut himself up in the trailer(knock on wood)...nor have I ever had a problem with stocking up. So I have never had a need for them.
Ok, yeah my biggest concern was that she didn't trailer before I started leasing her, and her first trip out she got some nicks on her hind legs. The boots I got are the quick padded velcro kind.
I used to wrap every time without fail, but realized that they really don't do much. Now I wrap for trailering primarily to keep their legs clean while we're trucking through spring mud to the trailer, and for peace of mind. I use these boots, just simple velcro ones:
^^^^^whenever I used those velco quickies ones, they slipped & the horse ended up stepping on them. Maybe they've improved since then?
I do mine tighter than most people, but not tight enough to cause problems. I also think bell boots help, for whatever reason, in keeping them up.
Yes I ALWAYS wrap legs, but that is how I was raised....take care of your horses legs because without legs you don't have a horse. I don't care if it takes more time for me to wrap then to where we are going I want to have my horses legs wrapped and protected. Some people say it is a waste of time...I would rather take the time needed to keep my horse sound, healthy and happy.
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