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  • best bell boots to leave on?

    I have been leaving bell boots on my guy as he tends to be clumsy and step on himself in the stall. I had a pair of Eskadron's that are now falling off everytime he touches them. I know leaving them on is going to cause a lot more wear and tear, but are there some bells that you've had good experience with staying on and lasting? Cost is kind of a factor, I don't want to spend a ton of $$ for bells that I will just have to replace in a few months.
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    I always get the gum (tan) rubber pull-on ones and those seem to last the best and don't rub. Most recently, I bought some of the Nunn Finer long neck ones and those seem to be doing fairly well. I found them fairly reasonable ($10) so I stocked up.

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    • #3
      I use the pull-on italian gum rubber ones from either Beval or Smartpak (KL Select). You know you have the good ones when the price is around $24.95-$29.95/pair. They've been on 24/7 for 7 months now and still going strong.
      Cindy

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      • #4
        KL Select! You'll save money in the end.
        "Rock n' roll's not through, yeah, I'm sewing wings on this thing." --Destroyer
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        • #5
          Originally posted by Mali View Post
          I use the pull-on italian gum rubber ones from either Beval or Smartpak (KL Select). You know you have the good ones when the price is around $24.95-$29.95/pair. They've been on 24/7 for 7 months now and still going strong.
          Beval for sure. NO rubs on a horse that is out 24/7
          "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

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          • #6
            Davis bell boots. Super strong velcro and no having to pull a bell boot over a shod hoof. Sometimes I have trouble pulling off the velcro!

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            • #7
              Originally posted by equidae View Post
              Davis bell boots. Super strong velcro and no having to pull a bell boot over a shod hoof. Sometimes I have trouble pulling off the velcro!
              I found out how incredibly tolerant my 4 year is when I first put her pull-on bell boots on...and everytime since.
              "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

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              • #8
                I've had good luck with high-neck pull on boots. I've had both the $20-some Bevals and the $12 Centaur ones. The Centaurs lasted something over a year and the Bevals are about to go after ~18 months. The only times they come off are for the farrier and dressage tests. He has lived 24/7 in them for over three years without rubs.
                Leap, and the net will appear

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                • #9
                  I bought the cheap (like $9) pull on rubber bell boots for 24/7 turnout for a very playful TB. They have lasted over 6 months now. BUT you MUST buy the ones with the double thick rubber bottoms or you will be wasting your money. They left no rubs or sores and they kept his shoes on this whole time.

                  If you want something indestructible, then get the Professional's Choice Quick-Wrap bell boots. However, I think they trap a little bit more moisture underneath them. But they are pretty much the toughest bell boots I've ever seen.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stacie View Post
                    I found out how incredibly tolerant my 4 year is when I first put her pull-on bell boots on...and everytime since.
                    I think there must be something wrong with me because I CANNOT get those damn things on! My horse does have a pretty substantial heel so maybe that's it. Can't do the nice little gum pull ons though, he eats them off his feet. Truly, I've seen him do it

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by equidae View Post
                      I think there must be something wrong with me because I CANNOT get those damn things on!
                      The other night, my SO found one of my horse's bell boots in his stall (stepped it off - does it every once in awhile) and I suggested that he put it back on. I was kidding, but lo and behold, SO managed to do it. Right side up, right side out, wow! This is someone who years ago put open front jumping boots on my one horse on the front of the legs, fetlock part over the knee (like those soccer guards little kids wear). He's learned a lot in all these years of hands-on horse care!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by equidae View Post
                        I think there must be something wrong with me because I CANNOT get those damn things on! My horse does have a pretty substantial heel so maybe that's it. Can't do the nice little gum pull ons though, he eats them off his feet. Truly, I've seen him do it
                        Yup my horse does this too! He use to wear the davis velcro ones that another poster mentioned only he would pull the velcro off.....bought him some nice Italian gum ones and he ate holes in them over night in his stall then ripped a big chunk off of the neck and after that they wouldn't stay on.....no more bell boots for him!
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                          Yeah see I can't get the pull on ones on to save my life, I always need a hand stretching them! I've been using velcros but I didn't know if them being velcro closure was affecting how long they lasted. But so many people are suggesting pull ons that I think I'll try those next.
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                          • #14
                            I do the cheapie pull ons with the double thick layer at the bottom. They last a lot longer than you think.

                            I was REALLY having trouble getting them on my OTTB - so I went up a size. Didn't think he would take an XL, but the just touch the ground and aren't so easy to get on that they come off....

                            Saves his shoes (and therefore his feet!) - the ONE time I left them off, he pulled a shoe. :-(

                            Forgot to say that I HATE velcro on turnout bell boots. Always seem to get gunked up with mud for me....
                            Last edited by animaldoc; Jan. 16, 2011, 06:50 PM. Reason: Forgot to add something....

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                            • #15
                              bell boots

                              Davis-----either the "no-turn" or the regular ones. I've left them on 24/7 for days at a time, never a rub! They last well and aren't so expensive that you hate having to replace them.
                              tmlng

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                              • #16
                                KL Select Italian pull ons.

                                They are pricey-er, but they last forever and don't rub.

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                                • #17
                                  If you have trouble getting the pull-ons on, it might be because you bought the cheap ones. The Beval ones are great! They're pricier but well worth the money. I've been using them for 4 years and have maybe had to buy one replacement pair a year. The real reason I shell out $30 for rubber bell boots is that they're super-easy to put on. A little harder to take off, but not impossible. It seems to be the same way for my horse too, who maybe throws one once a year. Mine flip up for the farrier and come off for the farrier.

                                  If my horse wants to get a shoe off he'll get it off regardless of what bell boots he wears, but it makes the farrier happier when I call him to replace a shoe.

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                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by maggini View Post
                                    If you have trouble getting the pull-ons on, it might be because you bought the cheap ones. The Beval ones are great!
                                    Nope. Beval's are hard to get on, too. I've learned my lesson and I make my SO do it.
                                    "The mighty oak is a nut who stood its ground"

                                    "...you'll never win Olympic gold by shaking a carrot stick at a warmblood..." see u at x

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                                    • #19
                                      KL select! They last about 6 months with my mare, who is very rough. They are easy to put on and take off... if you have thumbs.

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                                      • #20
                                        Davis!

                                        Davis bell boots are not expensive, and they have always lasted a long time on my big warmblood.
                                        Horse, thou art truly a creature without equal, for thou fliest without wings and conquerest without sword.

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