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  • Tri-Zone vs. Dalmar XC boots

    So pretty self explanatory, but i have been looking into getting new xc boots. i am interested in maybe getting something that features some kind of 'ventilation system' to help prevent against over heating of tendons, but neither are exactly 'cheap' and would love to hear some input. Feel free to suggest other boots as well!
    Thanks!

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    I had posted on the forum before about the Tri-Zone boots... i was very excited about them and anxious to try them out. I used them in 1 short jump school, two different horses... no problem.

    Ran two horses in them (yes they were fitted correctly, not too tight)... BOTH HORSES HAD PUFFY LEGS THE NEXT DAY. One horse it rubbed so badly that he had to be on stall rest for two weeks with NOTHING touching his legs.. no water, medicine, not even the gel for an ultrasound. The second horse had two raw ankles.

    I am calling the company this weekend and complaining. For $140 this is absolutely ridiculous. I thought i was doing something good for my horses... and it most definitely backfired. Back to the drawing board for good xc boots...
    Courtney Sendak
    www.defyinggravityeventing.com

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    • #3
      I really like my Dalmar's for my front boots. I have both racing type and eventing. The racing is a bit lighter and I like them a little bit more but both are nice. The hind boots didn't fit my horse as well....they are ok but not thrilled with them.

      I got these as hind boots and like them quite a bit. NEW airflow.

      http://www.saddlery.biz/pp/Horse_Boo...w%2C_Hind.html
      Last edited by bornfreenowexpensive; Mar. 5, 2010, 05:26 PM. Reason: typo
      ** Tact is the ability to tell someone to go to hell in such a way that they look forward to the trip. ~Winston Churchill? **

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      • #4
        Originally posted by WakeRider View Post
        I had posted on the forum before about the Tri-Zone boots... i was very excited about them and anxious to try them out. I used them in 1 short jump school, two different horses... no problem.

        Ran two horses in them (yes they were fitted correctly, not too tight)... BOTH HORSES HAD PUFFY LEGS THE NEXT DAY. One horse it rubbed so badly that he had to be on stall rest for two weeks with NOTHING touching his legs.. no water, medicine, not even the gel for an ultrasound. The second horse had two raw ankles.

        I am calling the company this weekend and complaining. For $140 this is absolutely ridiculous. I thought i was doing something good for my horses... and it most definitely backfired. Back to the drawing board for good xc boots...

        Holy crap! So glad you posted this, I literally was getting ready to order them. Please keep us posted as to what the company says.

        Any other good/bad experiences?
        Always be yourself. Unless you can be Batman. Then always be Batman.

        The Grove at Five Points

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        • #5
          So far very happy with the dalmars for my verrrrrry sensitive skinned chestnut.
          www.clearbluefarm.com - a work in progress

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          • #6
            I dont especially like the design of either, too stiff, and though I havent tried the Dalmars, they look to lack padding.

            Premier Equine makes a ventilated boot, for a reasonable price (but you have to ship them from the UK). These look very interesting.
            http://www.premierequine.co.uk/acata...ing_Boots.html

            I also hear good things about the Ecogold boots, no literal vents but made with apparently breathable wicking fabrics.

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            • #7
              I am reasonably happy with my front set of Dalmar racing boots. Used on a sensitive TB with white legs that have been prone to scratches (I had to use polos for a while as other boots did not work).

              I am not a huge fan of the one-strap only design although I am used to it now and perhaps it is meant to keep more even pressure on the legs. Also they don't completely prevent sweaty legs; however there is much less sweat than other boots. They also don't prevent all dirt getting in (esp. if muddy) but do a decent job and I have been overall pretty happy.

              I would like to see more padding over the inside of the fetlock joints as that is where brushing is most likely and the boot is quite light-weight there.
              Blugal

              You never know what kind of obsessive compulsive crazy person you are until another person imitates your behaviour at a three-day. --Gry2Yng

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              • #8
                I've used the open front Tri-zone boots in front many times and never had a problem (also on a thin-skinned TB).

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                  Thanks for all the info! and esp. the heads up about the tri-zone boots, thats so strange!

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                  • #10
                    let me clarify... the TriZone's I used were the new xc/gallop ones.. i have not tried the open fronts.
                    Courtney Sendak
                    www.defyinggravityeventing.com

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                    • #11
                      Love my Dalmar boots (fronts).
                      "look deep into his pedigree. Look for the name of a one-of-a-kind horse who lends to his kin a fierce tenacity, a will of iron, a look of eagles. Look & know that Slew is still very much with us."

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by WakeRider View Post
                        I had posted on the forum before about the Tri-Zone boots... i was very excited about them and anxious to try them out. I used them in 1 short jump school, two different horses... no problem.

                        Ran two horses in them (yes they were fitted correctly, not too tight)... BOTH HORSES HAD PUFFY LEGS THE NEXT DAY. One horse it rubbed so badly that he had to be on stall rest for two weeks with NOTHING touching his legs.. no water, medicine, not even the gel for an ultrasound. The second horse had two raw ankles.

                        I am calling the company this weekend and complaining. For $140 this is absolutely ridiculous. I thought i was doing something good for my horses... and it most definitely backfired. Back to the drawing board for good xc boots...
                        I had a very similar experience with Trizones. I have some NEW boots that are ok in cold weather. For the most part I've decided boots are a bad idea.

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                        • #13
                          Love, love, love my Dalmars and another option is the premier equestrian ventilated boot which are much less expensive and currently on sale: http://premierequine.co.uk/acatalog/...ing_Boots.html

                          I did try the Tri-zones and did not like fit as well.
                          OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by scubed View Post
                            Love, love, love my Dalmars and another option is the premier equestrian ventilated boot which are much less expensive and currently on sale: http://premierequine.co.uk/acatalog/...ing_Boots.html

                            I did try the Tri-zones and did not like fit as well.
                            Not trying to hijack, but do you have the Premiers? If so, so you like them? I need new boots for my guy, and these are definately my number one choice for quality in my price range.
                            The Little Man

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                            • #15
                              I picked up a set of ProLite boots at Burghley this year and they are my new favorite tack item of choice. They are lightweight, breathable, and soft to the horses legs, yet protect really well. I dont know where to order them from here in the US, but maybe you can do a search.
                              www.trainoreventing.com

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                              • #16
                                See, I have heard a couple people who've had bad experiences with the Tri-Zones, but I absolutely love them! My horse, who's most likely an unregistered paint, is hopelessly allergic to neoprene. Try finding a pair of boots these days that don't have neoprene in them- it's quite a chore! We finally found the Tri-zones, which are neoprene free, and we've had nothing but good experiences with them. I used them for most of last season, which was several schoolings, events, etc. and nothing bad happened to his legs. The OP wanted boots to keep the legs cooler, and these certainly do for my guy! His legs are never really warm after XC and if the water was near the middle of the course, they're dry too! We used SMB's before that, and those were always sopping-wet messes after cross-country. My only complaint about the Tri-zones is that they're a bit difficult to get clean- there's lots of ridges and detailing that I sometimes have to scrub for quite a while before it's truly clean. Other than that, I love them. I am not sure why these boots work great for some horses and do awful things to others...
                                Blue-eyed Eventers

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                                • #17
                                  Yes, have premier equine boots and really like them. Can't speak to durability as I have not had them long, whereas I have had my Dalmar fronts since 2003 and have done a ton of eventing and schooling in them
                                  OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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                                  • #18
                                    I have the Ecogold boots and they're much softer than the rigid shell kind with the vents, as the entire material is breathable. Apart from looking dusty quite quickly, I'm happy with them, and I also have a thin-skinned redhead. They're extremely light-weight as well, and talk about protection! I watched the YouTube videos with the hammer and axe test and I was sold.
                                    "Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work." - Thomas Edison

                                    So, the Zen Buddhist says to the hotdog vendor, "Make me one with everything."

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                                    • #19
                                      Scubed, which of the Premiers did you get? I'm thinking of trying them.
                                      They don't call me frugal for nothing.
                                      Proud and achy member of the Eventing Grannies clique.

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                                      • #20
                                        I have the premier air-cooled eventing boots front and hind
                                        OTTBs rule, but spots are good too!

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