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  • Best bell boots on the market??

    I have a huge moving 3yo dutch gelding who has nicked himself a few times now and is a candidate for regular bell boot use.

    Here's the booger himself
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    So, what do you like for really good, protective bell boots? I have some of the rubber ones but I think they often rub. Rubber with fuzz? doesn't the fuzz get dirty/hold dirt?

    Prof Choice? thinline? Something else??
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    I doubt there is a perfect bell boot

    Davis Bell Boots with the interlocking velcro seem to be the best ones...although I seem to go through a pair every 6 months.
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    • #3
      One of mine lives in a $9 pair of pullons. They never come off, and need replaced every four-six months.

      I just get whatever is cheapest in the SmartPak/Dover catalog and make sure they are large enough to touch the ground behind the foot -which a.) is necessary to actually protect the foot and b.) helps 'lift' the boot off the pastern a little- and also to clean them carefully each grooming. You don't have to take them off, just flip them up and take a few swipes with a stiff brush.
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      • #4
        Anything that you can buy lots of! Mine lives in them- and he loses one somewhere every month or two. Occasionally, he comes in from the field wearing half a bell boot (having shredded it somehow).

        My current favorites are the $15 Walsh boots with double locking velcro. I liked the Davis ones on my other horse, but they are too long for my gelding so I have to trim the bottom 1/2" off - making them more of a pain.

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        • #5
          Professional's Choice Quick-Wrap bell boots are the best IMO. My farrier calls them "bullet-proof", LOL!

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          • #6
            Pull-on bell boots in the gum color. I've found the white and black ones are stiffer and seem to rub, but my thin-skinned guy lives in the gum colored pull-ons 24/7 with no problems or rubs. It's also important as a PP mentioned to make sure they are the right size. They should touch the ground when the horse is standing.


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            • #7
              I vote for davis unless your guy eats them. Then go for what ever is the cheapest in the style that you like. Or if your around my area buy the davis boots and get them repaired at
              Bit - and-bridle they do a good job of sewing the velcro back on after it has been chewed off.
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              • #8
                I third the pull ons. I get the gum ones from Dover for about $7/pair and they actually last for several months. My horse always ends up ripping the ones with velcro. As others stated, make sure you get ones large enough so that they hit the ground. They will seem too big at first but it definitely helps with those that overtrack. I haven't had an issue with rubs.

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                • #9
                  These. Seriously.

                  http://www.beval.com/Products/Italia...s/0004008.aspx
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by ginger708 View Post
                    I vote for davis unless your guy eats them.
                    Ginger, does your horse like his bell boots with salt and pepper or tabasco?

                    WB Mom- them iye-talian bell boots better come with brass Gucci logos on them or delivered by Mr Armani hisself for that price!!!
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by BetterOffRed View Post
                      WB Mom- them iye-talian bell boots better come with brass Gucci logos on them or delivered by Mr Armani hisself for that price!!!
                      I was horrified until I saw it was Beval's.

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                      • #12
                        As anyone tried the Acavallo ones?
                        http://www.doversaddlery.com/acavall...-04196/cn/120/
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by BetterOffRed View Post
                          Ginger, does your horse like his bell boots with salt and pepper or tabasco?

                          WB Mom- them iye-talian bell boots better come with brass Gucci logos on them or delivered by Mr Armani hisself for that price!!!
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                          • #14
                            as much as I hate to give Dover business:

                            The long neck knock offs. In the sale catalog you can get them for 7.50 (I think).

                            they are the best if they fit your horse. My horse is in a 1/2 size now though. booooo!

                            I've never had them rub a horse...ever. And they don't flip up. I hate having an awesome XC pic the is fudged by a flipped up bright white bell boot. eeeeh.
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                            • #15
                              I use the professionals choice no turn bell boots on my 4 yo who also has a tendency to overreach. The rubber ones rub her and she also manages to tear them off.

                              Nice horse, btw!
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                                #16
                                Thanks everyone for the suggestions, keep them coming!

                                I think I'll only be using them for when he's in work. So I'm not sure about the gum pull ons.

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                                • #17
                                  JC lives in the gum pull-ons. The ProChoice ones rubbed his poor little ankles raw Pull-ons don't rub at all and do a great job protecting his tootsies!
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                                  • #18
                                    careful careful

                                    My boy has been in bellboots for work and turnout, and the hinds are -- well, were -- flipped up when he was in his stall. Four days before Devon his left hind blew up and we found a nasty, but hard to visualize sore on the top of his pastern. Under the normal looking hair was a nasty, hard, hurt place. Fortunately the swelling came down with work and he was okay by Devon.

                                    He's pulled hind shoes either playing with friends or stepping on himself. Fronts are still on but with hinds we just take our chances.
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                                    • #19
                                      Davis for my rub prone thin skinned 17 hand TB. He destroyed the pull on gum ones in less than two weeks. Davis's last a couple months.

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                                        what about the bell boots with the fuzzies at the top? Anyone using any of these types?
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