Professional's Choice or Back on Track?? Which one for Robbie?
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About 6 months ago, my hunter/jumper Robbie suffered a horrific tendon/fetlock injury on his right hind. He completely severed his extensor tendon (no longer has one) and exposed the fetlock joint. It's been a long journey of casts, splints, stall rest and rehab and it's finally looking like he will finally be able to be put back into work within the next month! :D
Now I am extremely paranoid about sending him back into work, however "light" it may be. (just note that I'm following vet's orders - in no way, shape or form am I making these decisions myself haha) Since he no longer has a tendon along the front of his leg, the chances of him buckling over at the fetlock and breaking open his leg again are higher than I'd like them to be. And right now he has little to no muscle in his hurt leg as he's been sitting in a stall for what seems like an eternity haha. He has heavy duty bandages when he's turned out into a teeny tiny paddock and light ones at night to offer continued support. I just want to make sure that I can provide him with the best support and protection possible...so here's where I need some help!
I'm looking into two types of exercise boots that I think will protect his injury and offer support where he no longer has a tendon: Back on Track and Professional's Choice. Of course I'm open to any other suggestions but these two I feel are the best options thus far. :-) I haven't used either of these products before so I need some reviews (good or bad) from those who have! Which one should I get for little baby Bobbert??
VenTECH Elite Sports Medicine Boot
- I really like how much of the leg it covers and will for sure cover all of Robbie's injury
- Also loves how it says "The boot provides 360 degrees of protection, safeguarding the cannon bone, tendons and soft tissue, and is proven to absorb over 26% of energy from hoof impact. The uniquely designed suspensory strap stretches with each stride, allowing full ankle movement and helping to eliminate hyperextension of the fetlock"
Back on Track
EXERCISE BOOT Back on Track Hind - Heartland Saddlery, Calgary, Okotoks, Alberta, Canada
- Tons of my friends and trainer use BOT and love the product. I also know somebody who can get me BOT stuff at cost. :)
- I really like how it reduces heat and swelling (Robbie's leg is very swollen from the injury) and it provides an "even support of the tendons which help prevent tendon and ligament injuries"
BOT by far, no doubt in my mind at all. One of my friends has let me borrow her BOT stuff and the difference it has made is incredible. I am a huge BOT person now. I am itching to get one of their coolers and boots for bratty mare. Go with what you have seen work first hand. You will not be sorry and Robbie will be a very happy spoiled boy :-)
Because its still healing I would also put a vote in for BOT. They help with circulation and have added benefits that the pro choice just doesnt have. I have first hand seen the BOT products bring a mare back from suspensory injury. She is back onto dressage training and doing wonderful!
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I agree with the BOT products. They are fantastic. Have you thought of magnetic boots between rides to help with the healing?
I like pro choice. But I've never used them for an injury or anything of that magnitude. They are good boots, and I like the suspensory strap. I've never used BOT or know of anyone who has.
BOT for the win!! A friend of mine has some BOT wraps that she used on her massive gelding who went lame real easy, and he continued to show jump at 1.10-1.20 right up until he was diagnosed with ringbone (he's turned out for life now as far as I know) But the way those wraps worked was just amazing
I would definitely go with the BOT. I use BOT on my horses and they love it and it definitely seems to help. There's one horse at my barn who severed her hind extensor tendon in a horrific wire fence injury, and the BOT wraps played a huge part in her recovery as well, they were using the standing wraps though, not the actual boots. Keep in mind that these "support" boots actually offer very little in the way of actual support, but the therapeutic properties of the BOT would definitely be beneficial for bringing him back into work.
I'm a huge fan of BOT since our vet reccomended the wraps when our ID mare managed to get a really bad tendon injury last year doing some acrobatics in the field
It was a long haul recovery but from the moment we started using them the improvement was pretty amazing
I recently tried their hock boots on a horse that manged to cap its hock and that disapeared really fast too
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