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post #1 of 12 Old 02-10-2020, 08:25 AM Thread Starter
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Weighted splint boots

Does anyone know where to find weighted splint or brushing boots? The only weighted boots I can find are bell boots or ones which use pressure and weight. My chiropractor wants one hind leg weighted halfway up the cannon bone. Of course, Boojum is cob size and so that adds a complication, but I can't find anything like that.

Or, does anyone have a good idea on how to lightly weight one hind leg? I can't see out how one could keep a wrist or ankle weight from sliding down to the pastern.
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post #2 of 12 Old 02-10-2020, 08:34 AM
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My wrist brace (keep in mind it is 15 years old) had rectangular strips of metal that were relatively slim and slid into pockets to keep everything rigid and in line. You can find heavier strips so I wonder if you could make something like a velco pocket to fit on the outside of a normal boot and slide that in.
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post #3 of 12 Old 02-10-2020, 10:17 AM
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There's been studies that show an unweighted bell boot on a single hind leg has a notable effect on how they used the leg.
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I hope so... that is the plan.

Boo's chiropractor wants to change the way he uses his muscles and strengthen them to compensate for his damaged sacroiliac ligament. He is supposed to walk over three groundpoles two strides apart with a small (1-2 pounds, I think) on his right hind leg, then back up the length of the groundpole set up and repeat 5 times. So it is pretty low key, but she definitely wants only one leg (the leg on the side of the damaged ligament) weighted.

I am guessing that I will put splint boots on all four legs and then attach a human ankle or wrist weight around the right hind one. She wanted it circling the middle of his right hind cannon bone. I always worry about putting things on too tight, so I think putting it on a splint or brushing boot will work better than just wrapping it around his leg.
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Since the chiropractor is recommending them, perhaps she has a source?
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Have a look at this company, their shipping charges are very reasonable and they're fast.

email them for sizing queries but they're a British company so tend to cater better for cobs

I think you would have to weight the boot yourself though


https://www.premierequine.co.uk/air-...ts-c2x21438636

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There's been studies that show an unweighted bell boot on a single hind leg has a notable effect on how they used the leg.
There's an old saying, 'An ounce on the foot is a pound in the saddle.'
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You could use some padding then a bandage with the weight in lead wrapped between to two.
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post #9 of 12 Old 02-11-2020, 10:41 AM
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Could you sew fish line weights (sinkers) to a current boot? They are small and many are tear drop shaped and could easily be sewed onto a boot
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@Hondo ~ The chiro said to get regular padded exercise weights: the kind you would velcro around your ankle or wrist. So I ordered one that is adjustable from 1 - 4 pounds. So I would go with the 1# and fasten it to his splint boot. But, I gotta say, Iím liking @carshon ís fish weight idea. Simple, elegant, available, and not too heavy. I donít fish, but i have lots of those weights from our Harbor cleanups.

@Foxhunter , I can wrap polos, but I am not good enough at it to add a weight to the mix.

@unclearthur The chiro did not really specify a weight, she just said to use exercise weights and to wrap it halfway down his cannon bone. I was assuming 1-2 pounds. I read that the lower the weight, the heavier it is on the leg....

@jaydee , it is so hard o get products from out of country. I have found two or three different British boots, but even Woof Wear wonít ship directly to Americans. I have a black pair of Woofs, so I guess I will use those and replace them later.
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