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post #1 of 20 Old 11-20-2019, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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Shipping Boots

So I am all about protecting my horses, and to be completely honest there are times when I am an absolute nervous wreck while hauling them. It's crazy given the amount of rodeos, jackpots, etc. I used to haul to, but regardless it has always been a deep fear of mine that my horses would get hurt on the road.

All of that being said I do my best to ensure that my truck, trailer, and everything is in excellent working condition prior to hauling...every time. I think I scared my boyfriend yesterday when he saw me preparing to haul my new mare for the first time. He was like "we did not have that many safety checks when I was deployed."

My question is this: do y'all use shipping boots? What kind of "gear" do you put on your horses when you're hauling them? I do not currently own shipping boots but I was looking at them, so I wanted some opinions on what is best, etc.

Previously my horses only wore them on shorter commutes. I won't be hauling very far at this point. Maybe 3-4 hours up to the Phoenix area from Tucson. I appreciate any and all suggestions!

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post #2 of 20 Old 11-20-2019, 01:27 PM
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Shod?
All 4 or just fronts or barefoot?

I do bell boots as a minimum if they travel alone...
I don't do shipping boots because I've seen "generic" one size fits most come open and then get tangled around a leg...

I instead do quilts and bandages, looks similar to standing wraps.
I use pillow quilts, thick and fully able to cover from knee/hock to the hoof base...
I use wide Velcro bandages and then use a piece of masking tape carefully done around each closure it is not coming loose and trapping my horse.
Now, it is going to trap heat...you bet so if that is a concern address it or figure out where you need to be with your shipping protocol.
Shipping boots also trap heat, and to me worse as they have a plastic outer shield on many of them...

For short hauls...I mean short...bells are on.
If I know my travels will take me through heavy traffic areas, or on high speed roads or interstates...they are wrapped as people are idiots when they see a horse trailer coming.
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Yes @horselovinguy it is like people see the truck and trailer then purposely drive their worst! It really makes my anxiety through the roof. I say far too many bad words and make threats if they hurt my horse!

Two of our horses are shod all the way around and one is barefoot. The barefoot one is our rescue and so is the farthest from being hauled. My mare will be hauled the most currently.

Okay I also discovered this about her...she has an old pastern lac on her left hind and the other day when I tried to do polo wraps on her rear she was NOT having it. I bought SMB instead and haven't tried those yet, but I figure I can hopefully get them on faster than polo wraps so she can get used to them. I'm thinking that she is adverse to her rears being wrapped because of the old injury and maybe just the memory of the vet having to wrap that and re-wrap it. She is fine with me touching, cleaning, the farrier, whatever...just something about wrapping them! Obviously we have to work on that before hauling in anything.

With regard to bell boots, do you do all four feet? And will my PC no turn ballistic boots work just as well? Or should I invest in a separate hauling option?
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To me, you are looking to protect the coronet band most...so your no-turns should work.
I don't use anything huge for shipping in regards to bells...I use what I would if riding in them so they not get stepped on and caught in/under the hoof.
With a issue as you have...wrap fronts and leave the backs alone on your mare.
Least stress is where you want to go when hauling...

If you ever watch a horse scramble when they lose their footing, almost all the time it is the front feet that scramble not the hinds...
If the hinds scramble, horse is going down...especially on a trailer.
Horses naturally stand with a wider stance in their hinds than the fronts...just what I have observed whether it was a straight, slant, loose or box stalled trailer configuration.
If your trailer not have a full divider, floor to top solid...bells at the least on fronts when trailering with anyone.

I have seen some bell boot all 4, but I don't.
I have found through years of handling trailered horses that stepped on damages were seen in front not hinds...my experiences.

Some swear by wrapping or using shipping boots, other by going with nothing.
I do what I was taught when I worked with show horses, racehorses coming/going from the farm to the track and just private horses arriving from a trip off-loading from commercial shippers...
99% of private riding horses were protected, all racing horses were very protected...
These were businesses in the practice of moving animals worth many $$$$, some of the most expensive and talented in the world.
If this was their protocol, their policy ....

If you know how to wrap, wrap...
If you don't...then look at your options very carefully.
But to me, at the least bell boots on the fronts.

.. allows me to sleep easier doing it this way.
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I always use shipping boots, and hate the kind with the fuzzy stuff inside as it picks up every piece of shavings.

Mine are Toklat brand, and have smooth lining inside and out with 4 Velcro straps to secure them. They go over the hoof and up to the knee.

If by any chance they slide down (like when the kiddos applied them) the Velcro straps easily tear off from the material instantly freeing them. Or the horse will shake them off.

I feel they are the safest and easiest to use and apply.

BTW my QH mare has damage to her left hind hoof, has been there since I purchased her. She has ALWAYS been fussy about that foot, but it is sound. I am sure she has some sort of memory about the treatments she had. If I keep that hoof lower to the ground when cleaning, she relaxes.
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post #6 of 20 Old 11-20-2019, 02:41 PM
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I use standing wraps on all 4. Most because I already own standing wraps and they are easier to fit on multiple horses. Bell boots on all 4 are a minimum.

I do prefer shipping boots for long haul, think 5+h, as they are easier to adjust and not as hot or liable to slip or come undone as wraps.
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post #7 of 20 Old 11-20-2019, 02:55 PM
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I'm bad. I have 2 sets of shipping boots. My 35 year old had to have them all the time because he was horrible in the trailer, he would dance and scrape his legs everytime. He also had a head bump that I used and I think I used it on Ri when he was younger just to be safe. I used a set on Riley when he was younger and on the 4 hour trips to the AQHA shows but for the local ones I didn't wrap them.

I wrap sometimes and sometimes I don't. I do prefer my shipping boots over wraps ONLY because they are easier. They vecro on and it only takes a few seconds. I a small set (I think they are cob sized and old - not sure the brand) and a Weathabeta set. That set is really good. it's lined and really protects.

I have an oversized slant load and many times only have one or two horses on it so I don't wrap everytime - especially for shorter trips - but I would never tell someone not to wrap adn if it wasn't my horse then I would wrap it.

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post #8 of 20 Old 11-20-2019, 03:27 PM Thread Starter
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To me, you are looking to protect the coronet band most...so your no-turns should work.
I don't use anything huge for shipping in regards to bells...I use what I would if riding in them so they not get stepped on and caught in/under the hoof.
With a issue as you have...wrap fronts and leave the backs alone on your mare.
Least stress is where you want to go when hauling...

If you ever watch a horse scramble when they lose their footing, almost all the time it is the front feet that scramble not the hinds...
If the hinds scramble, horse is going down...especially on a trailer.
Horses naturally stand with a wider stance in their hinds than the fronts...just what I have observed whether it was a straight, slant, loose or box stalled trailer configuration.
If your trailer not have a full divider, floor to top solid...bells at the least on fronts when trailering with anyone.

I have seen some bell boot all 4, but I don't.
I have found through years of handling trailered horses that stepped on damages were seen in front not hinds...my experiences.

Some swear by wrapping or using shipping boots, other by going with nothing.
I do what I was taught when I worked with show horses, racehorses coming/going from the farm to the track and just private horses arriving from a trip off-loading from commercial shippers...
99% of private riding horses were protected, all racing horses were very protected...
These were businesses in the practice of moving animals worth many $$$$, some of the most expensive and talented in the world.
If this was their protocol, their policy ....

If you know how to wrap, wrap...
If you don't...then look at your options very carefully.
But to me, at the least bell boots on the fronts.

.. allows me to sleep easier doing it this way.
...
Thank you so much! Yeah I am definitely going to work with her on allowing me to wrap or put boots on the back legs just in general before we get to the trailering part. She is actually a wonderful hauler. The guy I bought her from took her sometimes five nights a week to practice roping so she hops right in and enjoys the ride.

I know exactly what you mean about the scrambling on the fronts. She shook and slipped a few weeks ago and scrambled on the concrete barn aisle....there are still marks from her front feet. She is fine from that other than a little scared.

There is not a full divider although I have been toying with the idea of figuring out how to make it full.

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post #9 of 20 Old 11-20-2019, 03:30 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks everyone. I definitely think I will invest in some. If to just put my mind at ease for no other reason.

Any advice on the coolest ones? I am currently living in Southern Arizona so cool is a necessity the majority of the time here.

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post #10 of 20 Old 11-20-2019, 07:21 PM
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I see quite a few using something like these here in Florida...
They protect, they offer no therapeutic support...
There are 2 links below with a picture from each place...


https://www.statelinetack.com/item/tough-1-easywrap-quilted-combo-wraps/SLT901797%20WHT/?srccode=GPSLTB&msclkid=fbd1b5ee58621d175182e83b9f 27fb69&utm_source=bing&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign =%5BADL%5D%20%5BShopping%5D%20%5BPLA%5D%20Generic% 20Terms&utm_term=4583451666665131&utm_content=Gene ric%20Terms&adlclid=ADL-ca36eec5-00b2-461b-b601-4462c96cb073
https://www.valleyvet.com/ct_detail....84826049989330
They come in many colors and sizes = pricing.
I found most horses did well in 16" on hinds and 14" often for fronts. Sizes worked for 15 hand to 16.2 hand horses in general...

These above will do well to cover knee/hock to pastern/ankle but not further down to the coronet band or they will really slip..measure carefully for the horse intended to model them.
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