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post #1 of 5 Old 06-30-2015, 11:18 PM Thread Starter
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Float boots??

Hi. I'm new to horses. And I'm about to float her to go ridding. Should I buy and use floating boots?? Are they a good idea? Please help!!
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post #2 of 5 Old 07-01-2015, 12:05 AM
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They're made to protect the horse from knocks in the float. I personally don't use them, I'd worry about them catching on things and I don't know how much protection they offer.

However, I float my horse alone generally, if I were floating him with others, in a design where their legs could tangle I might be more concern.

I have trucked my horse a few times on multiple day journeys, and the company I don't think would allow float boots. Certainly they're not recommended. I've never had an issue.
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post #3 of 5 Old 07-01-2015, 01:56 PM
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I use them if the trailer has no ramp and the horse has to step on and off. Especially if it's a straight load and the horse has to step off backwards.
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post #4 of 5 Old 07-01-2015, 02:09 PM
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Took me a minute to figure out what float boots are! Here in the states we call them shipping boots. I do not use them, unless I am hauling two or more squirrely horses. The way I see it, there are 2 benefits to covering the horses legs: 1. prevent scrapes and dings. 2. tendon support. Boots do NOT offer any support like properly applied shipping bandages do, so that eliminates benefit 2.
So if you feel there is a need to prevent scrapes, go for it. Otherwise, they are unnecessary.
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post #5 of 5 Old 07-02-2015, 03:24 PM
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I like to use them because I always seem to get the clumsy horse that steps on himself in the trailer/ float, or the one that is just accident prone.

If I don't have boots that will fit I will apply bell boots/ overreach boots and either stable bandages with quilts or for short trips brushing boots.
I will say that if you cannot properly wrap a horse then I would look into the float boots or the other option I listed.

"They see me rollin, They hatin, Patrolling they tryin to catch me ridin dirty"
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