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post #1 of 8 Old 03-14-2016, 01:26 AM Thread Starter
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Boots and feathers

any tips for putting on sport boots with a horse that has tons of feather??
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post #2 of 8 Old 03-14-2016, 05:26 AM
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Why are you wanting to use boots on the horse?

The only time boots are needed is if the horse is knocking itself and the feathers would offer some protection from that.

Often boots can do more harm than good.
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thanks for telling me that! that's really good to know thank you
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-14-2016, 02:12 PM
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Well, I would like to know. LOL

Chief has a bit of feathering, and I do not generally clip. He has had a couple injuries to the RF ankle and vet suggested boots. I now have some Iconoclast boots for him.

Last fall, although used only a few times and the 'feathering' was thin with the summer coat, they were getting mashed down. I was thinking they might interfere with the boots so cut them as close as possible with scissors.

They grew back curly. LOL

So he now has heavier and longer winter feathers, straight hairs on the back and curly hair on the fronts. LOL

Almost time to be able to ride more frequently now.

What do I do? Cut them again? Have someone clip them for me? I like the bug protection they offer, so would just leaving them there under the boots be OK?

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post #5 of 8 Old 03-14-2016, 02:53 PM
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If a horse does knock itself then it does need boots. I like these

Shires Breathable Sports Boots, Equestrian Equipment Robinsons UK

Being made of neoprene they flex well and do not rub.
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I've put boots on Aires before, who has a decent amount of feather in all seasons. I didn't clip (can't even get near him with clippers anyway )or scissor. I just made sure the feathers were nice and brushed out to remove any debris, then I put the boots on (they were SMBs) by putting the back of the boot against the back of his foreleg (where the tendon is), then sliding it down into place. This made sure that the feathers were all facing the same way and none got pinched or pulled the wrong way. I then fastened them like normal.

Here's a (not great) pic.

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post #7 of 8 Old 03-14-2016, 03:48 PM
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Thanks much to both of you.

The pair I have are neoprene so flex well, and I will leave his cute feathers on him.

His problem isn't knocking or clipping, vet recommended them for support to the ankle ligaments and tendons. The iconoclast boots have a double strap on the bottom, wrapping both ways crossing under the fetlock for even support.

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thanks guys this helped alot. Im learning as much as i can because some time this year i will be getting my first horse and they will have feathering so any tips are beneficial. oh and i thought that some type of boots are supposed to support the joints if your doing heavy work?
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