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Rear ankle boots for aggressive galloping?

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  • Rear ankle boots for aggressive galloping?

    I was told to ask this question in the eventing forum.
    I have a gelding in race training that occasionally hits himself (LR ankle) while galloping, I would like to find a protective boot that will still allow him to gallop aggressively and one that will stay in place. This would eliminate the need for daily wraps and pads. While boots and guards are often used in Europe, they are seldom used for race training here in the USA, so finding any trainer with boot knowledge is near impossible. That is why I am asking here. What is your experience, what would you recommend and will boots accomplish the goal? Will they stay on? Model/brand suggestions?

  • #2
    XC boots will certainly allow aggressive galloping! After trying lots of brands, I am very partial to the Premier XC boots. I find that they stay in place better than any others and they seem to almost mold to the shape of the horse's leg. I've heard that Dalmars can snap and break through the leather exterior. Majyk is popular but they slid down my horse's leg and also the lining ripped after only a few uses. I don't have experience with Woof event boots, though I do like their regular galloping boots. Sounds like you should throw some bell boots on the fronts too if you don't already.


    • #3
      Dalmars are too expensive for what they are worth. I agree that the Majyk boots don’t always fit well.

      I like Tri-zone and Shires Arma boots. Light weight, good breathability and don’t really move. They also take the hits and hold up.


      • #4
        I have been really impressed with my set of Mr. Stockings boots. They are made in Germany; looks like many of their clientele in the US are in the Combined Driving world because that is what their US rep does. And, bonus, they are customizable!


        • #5
          For serious interference, Roma or Weatherbeeta molded galloping boots work well. They have a hard plastic splint guard that covers the inner fetlock where most horses interfere in the hind ankles. The lining is washable waffle texture, does not hold water and so less likely to get heavy and slip down at speed. Easy to hose sand off and dries quickly. Double Velcro.

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          • #6
            For racing/training you want a light weight breathable boot. And one that stays in place. Many xc boots were built for galloping. I like these as they are quite flexible and light but still protective.

            though it really depends on how he interferes. You may just be fine with a good brushing boot (and that may be more affordable).
            ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **


            • #7
              If he's just hitting at the fetlock and never higher you might try simple ankle boots.


              • #8
                Originally posted by Mulligan314 View Post
                I have been really impressed with my set of Mr. Stockings boots. They are made in Germany; looks like many of their clientele in the US are in the Combined Driving world because that is what their US rep does. And, bonus, they are customizable!
                Internationally they are really marketed towards CDE, eventing or dressage use is a lot more limited, which is a shame because they fit like a glove and do. not. move.
                Your crazy is showing. You might want to tuck that back in.


                • #9
                  Originally posted by eqsiu View Post
                  If he's just hitting at the fetlock and never higher you might try simple ankle boots.
                  If you think this style would work, they have three slightly different versions. In addition to the one linked above, there is a protection boot (which has extra neoprene hanging down around the pastern), and the Ankle Boot II, which has a taller strike pad.

                  Otherwise, I like Dalmars and Equilibrium Tri-Zones.


                  • #10
                    I'm not even sure they make them anymore, but circa 2004, I used Equifit's t foam bandage liners. They were a harder, perforated foam that was molded to a horse's leg. You had to wrap them under a bandage, but they never moved.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by RAyers View Post
                      Dalmars are too expensive for what they are worth. I agree that the Majyk boots don’t always fit well.

                      I like Tri-zone and Shires Arma boots. Light weight, good breathability and don’t really move. They also take the hits and hold up.
                      I'm going to second the Shires Arma boots. They've been a great value. The cost is not so steep, they've held up, and they have breathability. I even bought a "back up set" but my original 4 haven't failed me yet.


                      • #12
                        Here are a couple of H&H reviews; one is of XC boots; the other is of tendon and fetlock boots.
                        tendon and fetlock


                        • #13
                          A zillion years ago I had a horse that ran down while galloping on xc. The solution was a hind ankle version of these boots. Now a days they don't make the only ankle version but these should work well. (And I used to work at the track so I know it'll be ok there too so long as you thoroughly clean the sand out each day)

                          "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries