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    Back on Track experts - best products for senior horse in full t/o

    Can anyone recommend the best fitting/working BOT sheet for layering on a narrowly built 35 year old in full turnout? Looking for something he can wear at night that might keep him moving a little freer and help him feel a little toastier in the winters.

    Also wondering about experiences with the hock boots - of the two styles, would either hold up and stay up for some part-day turnout?

    Old man is doing well but getting a little creaky and want to coddle him this winter Thank you in advance.

    #2
    I put my BoT mesh sheet on my horse sometimes (he's also living outside full time). The mesh sheet is a high friction but has significantly less stretch than fleece sheets so it is a better choice for turnout. I do find that I can't leave it on for more than a full day at a time. If he wears it longer him shoulders get sore from the sheet pulling back.

    When I bought mine they ran big. My 75" sheet fits my 78" horse well and is big on my 75" horse.

    I've not used hock boots, but I do put the BoT Royal Quick Wraps overnight (when it's not muddy) and they have stayed on nicely.

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      #3
      My senior horse lived in his BOT mesh sheet for 7 years whenever the temp was low enough he could wear it and a turnout sheet over top. He always moved so much better when he could wear that set up. They finally made their BOT turnout available in the US so I bought him one of those but he only wore it a few days before it was too warm out that spring. We lost him that fall so he never got to wear it an extended period of time but my mare has worn it for a few years now. So the turnout would be my recommendation in your situation.
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        #4
        The hock boots with all the padding

        https://www.pleasantridge.ca/index.p...ock-brace.html

        do not stay up and have been a pain for me with my guy. I put the quick wraps on as well to them to help and he still manages to get it to slide down, though he doesn’t really like them so kicks out or shakes his leg sometimes with them on.

        the neoprene ones

        https://backontrackproducts.com/prod...ts-with-holes/

        have been excellent on a friends gelding staying up all night with no issues though he’s a bit quieter

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          #5
          Agree about the neoprene hock boots staying up well. I have not tried the others. Bravo has a mesh sheet and I am considering getting a TO this year. And I agree it ran big on him.

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            #6
            We bought the BOT turnout at the Royal last year for the 28 y.o. TB mare that is on 24/7 turnout. Keeps her moving a lot better, and toasty warm.
            What you allow is what will continue.

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              #7
              I have/ had the turnout for 2.5 seasons with a teen OTTB mare who is usually not hard on blankets. Last year was the exception. She ripped through the shoulder pretty badly and absolutely destroyed a brand new Weethabeta heavy turnout. The BOT turnout is at the cleaners getting patched up as best as possible and cleaned. I am eyeing the high neck turnout available on the UK BOT site since the high neck styles tend to fit her better (the regular BOT rubs her withers and shoulders a bit). The regular BOT (if it was able to be patched) will then get handed down to the new 3 yr old and we will pray it lasts.

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                #8
                Just what I needed to know, thank you all. He's a very narrow, slight 69' so wonder if the smallest sheet will still be big, but going to give it a try. Anyone tried the new Nights Collection fleece sheet? I wonder if it stretches less than the other.

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                  Not to side rail, but what have y'all found is the difference of the mesh sheet and the fleece blanket. I am trying the decide between the two. My horse is stalled at night(when he would wear it). I live in GA.I had the mesh sheet in the past and liked it but I am considering the fleece sheet. Opinions.

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