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I' ll be sharing with you the boot-pad combination that gave me the most succesful results on a horse that had to use boots over a longer period of time.
While I can't say I've tried every shoe on the net, I've been experimenting with many different choices over the years. I have several objectives when handling ankle pain: to give the feet a pause of pressure with the floor, to provide assistance and possibly to protect open wounds.
Since I don't administrate a customer's horse every day, I also have to think of the owners or stable managers, so usability is an important aspect. My favourite boots belong to the Cavallo label in most cases. There are many things I like about her boots. However good a boots is, if the wearer cannot put it on or off lightly, he will not use it, especially if the horse is raw and cannot raise his feet.
Secondly, these boots allow a great deal of cushioning, which is the keys to alleviating a wounded horse. If you jump off the hooves, the whole boots come off, unlike those that have a belt around the ankle. It can be hazardous for an unsupervised horse.
I' ve seen cases where a boots was taken off the hooves but the ankle straps remained on. As a result, the horse can get panicky, risk further injuries and destroy the gaiters, which is very expensive. Not a horse with boots wrapped around his ankle.
There are Cavallo boots in two different sizes (normal or slim). The Sport style is preferable for the rear feet, as the uppers seem to be better suited to their angles. After all, Cavallos are inexpensive, highly resistant, secure for unattended switches, and once the founders or absorbers are released, they can be used for horseback rides.
When the hooves have a very unusual form, with considerable deviations at the toes, in combination with high contracting paragraphs, as we can find with heavy founders, I work with the Cloud boots from Easycare. Disadvantage is that the boots can be less sturdy on the feet and tend to turn.
Because the Cloud is a rehabilitation boots only, it is rather clumsy and not suitable for every kind of horse back ride. Since a lot of ponies need to be protected, at least for a short time after a poor absorption or foundation, the owner has to buy another set of shoes for horse back rides, which increases the total outlay.
Throughout the years, I've tried many different types of pad, from dollars loading pad to various shaped one. At the end I keep coming back to the Easycare comfortpads. These boots are very long-lasting, keep their form and hold a certain "bounce" even with boots that are used around the clock.
A 12mm cushion is my first option for wounded and thick horse. I' ve found that almost all of our ponies like the middle densities (black pads). What are horseshoes for? The boots allow easy entry to the hooves at any point so that regular trimming can help rectify a poorly sunk leg or soak it in the event of an Abscess.
Research by Dr. Robert Bowker, a leader in the field of Hoof Functions, has shown that ankle compressive and decompressive properties are crucial to promoting recovery as they enhance hemostasis. Shoes and cushions make this possible because the horse raises its feet; they therefore have an important part in the rehab.
Difficulties can occur when the horse wears boots for a long time. To counteract this, the best way is to add nappies and powders to your boat manage system. Wind the nappy around the shoe and use the hook and loop fasteners around the ankle to keep it in place. Nappies wick away perspiration and keep the feet clean while keeping the delicate area of the calcaneal bulbs protected from chafing.
This also keeps the feet clear, which is very important if you are looking at an Abscess.
If your surroundings are damp, spray the floor and the onions with infant formula or an anti-fungal agent (e.g. Gold Bond) before you apply the nappy. A thin coat can also be applied directly to the boots. And all this will take less than ten-minute once you and your horse have the time.
Boating your horse is an important part of its rehab. If you need to take good tending after an abcess or foundation, it will help your horse to get back on his feet. Check the Equine Wellness Libraries for more information on the use of shoes for anything other than rehab.