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  • Well crap. NOW what boots...Added pic.

    I love the WB/Roma molded galloping boots. However, I noticed today after our ride that they are starting to rub my horse just enough to irritate his skin.

    CRAP.

    I *literally* just trimmed the velcro, so there goes trying to sell them. He's almost in between sizes. I should have taken a picture, but my camera's battery was still on the charger. Essentially the molded part that protects his ankle is too long, so when he moves and his joint flexes, it rubs just above his pastern. I've adjusted, re-adjusted, and taped them. They don't slide down at all, hence the reason I love them! Mediums are what he currently has. The smalls are a joke; they're basically pony sized. He's 15.1h with "normal" size bone. He's not petite or refined, but he doesn't have huge legs either.

    *sigh* Dammit. I really like these boots, too! I like how they don't hold water, have a hard strike plate, and don't move around. Also the price tag of $40 is hard to beat.

    Any suggestions from riders of smaller horses? I'd like to find boots with a hard strike plate again as he sometimes has a brain fart as to what his feet are doing when we get to movin'.

    ETA - If I can order them thru Smartpak, it's a perk!

    Here are his current WB/Roma boots. The pic from the front shows how easily they rub when his ankle flexes. The bottom of the molding is the culprit, but it comes down so low there's no preventing it. You can see from the back that they boots are a bit too big in the ankle area anyway. The spots just above his heel are Mysterious Nighttime Boo-Boos, not boot related.

    Front: http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/...eyboots001.jpg

    Back: http://i1119.photobucket.com/albums/...eyboots002.jpg
    Last edited by runNjump86; Apr. 19, 2012, 08:27 PM.
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  • #2
    I really like these Woofs, but like any boot, it needs to fit your horse.
    Woof's pro-range is also very nice (scroll to bottom of page).

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    • #3
      I have the woof ultras and they are nice. The velcro is wearing out on them fast though. I was bummed on that.
      I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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      • #4
        I found these like, almost gel-like little patches you can place under the boot to prevent rubbing. Naturally, can't remember who makes them but maybe someone on here knows? Anyways, it works great! There's also a "sleeve" like thing that I *think*Kentucky makes, you just pull it on like a leg warmer and place the boot over it. Michael Pollard uses them and they're neat.

        Maybe you won't have to throw away your boots after all!

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        • #5
          Equifit makes the patches.

          That being said, I had those Romas ages and ages ok (my first setting of galloping boots) and they rubbed my hearty as hell little appy. And I know others have experienced the same thing.
          Amanda

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          • #6
            Yes, Equifit! Thanks, yb

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            • #7
              Has anyone had any experience with the Eskagradon XC boots? not that I am looking to buy anything but they look interesting..
              Last edited by EquestrianRunner; Apr. 19, 2012, 02:28 PM. Reason: added info

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              • #8
                I find the Eskadron's heavy, a bit hot and definitely on the large side. I like their open fronts, but not their XC boots.

                As always, not cheap, but I love the premiers. http://www.smartpakequine.com/premie...x?cm_vc=Search

                They do have a hard plate and don't hold water. They are also light and ventilated. of course, they are $90, not $40.

                Ecogold even more expensive, but also nice: http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/BRUSHGALLOP/ECCB.htm

                The tri-zone boots don't have a hard plate, but are pretty nice and less expensive http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/B...LLOP/TZBRB.htm

                You could try the Weatherbeeta version of the molded boot (I never have) http://www.bitofbritain.com/Weatherb.../0717-0718.htm
                OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                • #9
                  runNjump -- what do you think of these? They look pretty darn similar to the type that you have (I have the WeatherBeeta molded ones-- I actually never had problems with them rubbing and I used them on three totally different boned horses...anyway not my point.) These look like they might solve your problem

                  http://www.smartpakequine.com/profes...x?cm_vc=Search

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by scubed View Post

                    You could try the Weatherbeeta version of the molded boot (I never have) http://www.bitofbritain.com/Weatherb.../0717-0718.htm
                    That's what I have. They are Weatherbeeta/Roma boots. I'm not sure what company took over the boots, hence the name change.

                    Originally posted by akumal987 View Post
                    runNjump -- what do you think of these? They look pretty darn similar to the type that you have (I have the WeatherBeeta molded ones-- I actually never had problems with them rubbing and I used them on three totally different boned horses...anyway not my point.) These look like they might solve your problem

                    http://www.smartpakequine.com/profes...x?cm_vc=Search
                    They don't rub him a lot, but it's enough that one little area is pink after I take them off, and I know with my luck that one little pink area will turn into a massive sore or something. I rode in them again today to be sure, and he moves just fine in them and everything, but I really want boots that won't rub him at all. I'm not opposed to keeping these for when we go out on the trail so that I can "save" the boots I will use for XC, especially if I end up with ones that are more expensive.

                    As for the PC boots, I am actually going to the huge annual sale they have every year in El Cajon tomorrow, so I'll be checking them out in person. I'm worried about their description being "Perfect for light exercise or turnout". It makes me wonder if they are really flimsy and such. I have the PC SMB II's that I'm thinking of using on his front legs. I know they aren't ideal, but since we're just doing Novice right now they're better than nothing, especially if I break down and end up ordering expensive boots.

                    ETA - Has anyone tried or heard things about the Thinline boots?
                    http://www.smartpakequine.com/thinli...x?cm_vc=Search
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by scubed View Post
                      I find the Eskadron's heavy, a bit hot and definitely on the large side. I like their open fronts, but not their XC boots.

                      As always, not cheap, but I love the premiers. http://www.smartpakequine.com/premie...x?cm_vc=Search
                      They do have a hard plate and don't hold water. They are also light and ventilated. of course, they are $90, not $40.

                      ^Love these. 10x better then the Delmars IMO. I like the design on the back legs better as well.

                      The tri-zone boots don't have a hard plate, but are pretty nice and less expensive http://www.vtosaddlery.com/product/B...LLOP/TZBRB.htm

                      ^not a fan of these. I tried them and to me they were not worth the money.

                      You could try the Weatherbeeta version of the molded boot (I never have) http://www.bitofbritain.com/Weatherb.../0717-0718.htm
                      Those are the exact same as the Roma's. I have compared them side to side. Roma is made by Weatherbeeta or they were I believe.
                      I am on my phone 90% of the time. Please ignore typos, misplaced lower case letters, and the random word butchered by autocowreck.

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                        #12
                        Well, I'm starting to narrow it down. Logic is starting to kick in. I need a pair of boots that will last me through this year and the next, hopefully including the move up to Training. As thrilled as I would be to find a good pair of boots in the $50 and under range, it's just not looking good for the home team!

                        So here are the ones I'm looking at, pending the trip to see the Prof. Choice ones in person:

                        Dalmar boots. I hate to sound superficial, but I think these look pretty cool
                        http://www.doversaddlery.com/dalmar-...2/#ProductTabs

                        Nunn Finer Americans. Look a little clunky, but are supposed to fit smaller horses well:
                        http://www.doversaddlery.com/nunn-fi...2/#ProductTabs

                        Thinlines:
                        http://www.smartpakequine.com/thinli...x?cm_vc=Search

                        Premiers. I keep hearing good things, but I'm worried they will be too tall. He doesn't have fine bone, but since he's only 15.1 his cannons aren't long either. http://www.smartpakequine.com/premie...x?cm_vc=Search


                        Any opinions on these boots? Experiences?
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                        • #13
                          I absolutely *love* my Dalmars, but the strike plate is not shatter proof and others on this board have seen injuries as a result. I've been using mine since 2001 and have never had a problem (and they've lasted that long being used for schooling, clinics and events).

                          I also love my premiers (which are shatter-proof). They are fine on a smaller horse (just make sure you get the medium. All of my guys are 15.1-15.3 and none particularly big-boned

                          I don't really like the Nunn Finers as I find them pretty heavy and the velcro straps tend to rip (in my world)

                          I have not tried the the thinline so cannot comment
                          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                          • #14
                            runNjump-- I would love know what you think of the PC boots when you look at them in person. Its always better to look at things in person than just online.

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                            • #15
                              Ok, have you tried a bit of baby powder? A lot of the BNRs use it, and it was on of the neat little tricks they use!
                              May the sun shine on you daily, and your worries be gone with the wind.
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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by scubed View Post

                                I don't really like the Nunn Finers as I find them pretty heavy and the velcro straps tend to rip (in my world)
                                I had the straps rip off numerous pairs of the Nunn Finer Woof-type boots, but the American Styles have held up well. Of course, now my horse is retired and doesn't need them, but they are still in great shape.

                                My favorite boots if you are willing to spend the money is the NEW lightweight competition boots. They do not come cheap.

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                                • #17
                                  I loveee my Nunn Finer American Style Boots. We always use powder, either baby or medicated when we use them. I haven't had any problems with them being too hot, and they fit my mare well who is 15.2 and has super slender legs. They are long, but they're super skinny. They also fit well on some other horses in our barn who have shorter legs.

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                                  • #18
                                    It can't possibly be this easy, but they look like they are being put on too low to start. Unless they are slipping down and this is an after-ride photo.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by FairWeather View Post
                                      It can't possibly be this easy, but they look like they are being put on too low to start. Unless they are slipping down and this is an after-ride photo.
                                      Agreed. Also, these are rear boots. How are the fronts?

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                                      • #20
                                        Thinlines rubbed my guy FWIW

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