I have a young horse who unfortunately is already sporting rather large splints on both front legs. I've been hunting him in "breathable" Woof Boots (the five-strap variety) and unfortunately this has led to a skin issue. I'd love to try sheepskin, but we cross water and marshy areas. Any suggestions? Leather open-fronts maybe?
Premiers, ecogolds? There are a couple threads over on the eventing board about non neoprene boots. I would never use sheepskin as it will absorb way too much water. My mare goes everyday in a pair of NEW Aerowear brushing boots and she loves them!
Thank you kkindley. The Ecogold XC boots look promising. I'm quite tempted.
Tangledweb, I am hunting a young horse over difficult terrain. His splints are quite large. I want to prevent impact to the splints either through him knocking them, or the splints coming into contact with branches and rocks. That's all.
I have used Woof ankle boots without any issues, and we have lots of wet areas, but have never used the front boots. As another said, definitely stay away from sheepskin -- they will completely saturate and cause even worse skin problems than you already have. The Ecogold XC boots look like your best bet, for sure.
I always have my horses go nekkid...however, my tried and true hunter whacked an old splint during turn out (outside of leg) and is finally sound after 5 weeks. UGH. I've had him for 6 years and never an issue. So i've been thinking of getting him front boots as I worry about him whacking it again...so, while I like the going nekkid..I'm considering boots.
I love my OTTB! I get my dressage test done faster!
Thanks everyone. I would love to have my horse go bootless (my other horse does), and if I can't find workable boots I will, but for now I'm going to try the EcoGold X-country boots. I like that I can try them for 30 days and return them if they don't work out. Hopefully they will fill the bill. If not, I will look into the PE.