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  • Back on track hock boots?

    I was wondering if anyone had used these and if they were effective? I hear their products are amazing.

    Older horse with arthritic hocks, hoping to keep him as sound and comfortable as possible. These would be in addition to IA injections and IM joint support.

    Opinions welcomed pro and con.


  • #2
    I haven't used the hock boots but I have a Back on Track blanket. I thnk it really helps loosen up my horse. I put the blanket on 45 minutes or so before I ride and he is nice and loose across his back.


    • #3
      I love BOT products, I really notice a difference with my horses. I have the hock boots, but sadly their standard horse size is just too large for my small fine boned morgan, and despite my best efforts they always slide down. If I could find a 'cob' sized pair I'd buy them in a heart beat.
      Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


      • #4
        I love Back On Track products. I bought my gelding hock boots...can't recall the brand, but they are fuzzy on the inside...quite a few years ago. I can do anything with this horse, but he WILL NOT tolerate hock boots. He'll wear shipping boots that go over his hocks, but noooo hock boots. I would suggest borrowing a pair, if possible, before buying. I really think BOT hock boots would help if your horse will tolerate them


        • #5
          I used the BOT hock boots for a gelding I had several years ago. He was having some back problems which was resulting in some sore hocks. The hock boots seemed to really help him!
          Cascadia- OTTB mare. 04/04-05/10
          If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever


          • #6
            I bought the hock boots to use on my young horse with a bog spavin on the right hock. It doesnt really make a difference in the size but I think its more mentally effective on me than anything. I tried the boots on my mare (these are the larges) and actually can fit on her without falling. She has bone spavin on her right hock so I figured I could try them on her and see if I notice a difference. They def do reflect back the heat though b/c when I take them off, the hair is sweaty.

            Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!


            • #7
              I have the hock boots and I really think they help. I put them on at least thirty minutes before I ride (I have his polos on already which helps them from sliding down). My older horse loves the quick wraps on his legs. And the sheet is the best!
              Becky & Red
              In Loving Memory of Gabriel, 1998-2005 and Raalph, 1977-2013


              • #8
                One word. LOVE!

                I have the quick wraps, the blanket and the hock boots. All are amazing, all are going to stay part of our performance plan..My horse has arthritic changes in his hocks. The hock boots are great (especially on those super cold stiffness producing days put them on 30 min before riding and BAM happy pony) and have been hugely helpful along with IA and IM injections.


                • #9
                  I have them. I didn't notice a difference with my horse, but it turned out his hocks weren't the problem anyway. They did rub him just above the hocks, so he ended up with 2 white patches of hair. I don't use them anymore, so if anyone wants to buy them, PM me! They're a medium.


                  • #10
                    I guess my guy is the only pain in the butt who absolutely refuses to wear hock boots. I feel embarassed Fortunately, the boots I bought were not BOT and I got them in Dover's bargain basement for $15!


                    • Original Poster

                      I asked because I won a contest, and already have a saddle pad. If the boots are good I'd like to give them a try. If they are not worth it I'll take another saddle pad


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Invite View Post
                        I guess my guy is the only pain in the butt who absolutely refuses to wear hock boots. I feel embarassed
                        you're not the only one, I bought mine for my 30yr old who has bad hocks, he refuses to wear them. My younger gelding is happy to wear them but they're just too darn big for him (medium/horse)
                        Being terrible at something is the first step to being truly great at it. Struggle is the evidence of progress.


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by WishIWereRiding View Post
                          I have them. I didn't notice a difference with my horse, but it turned out his hocks weren't the problem anyway. They did rub him just above the hocks, so he ended up with 2 white patches of hair. I don't use them anymore, so if anyone wants to buy them, PM me! They're a medium.
                          My old guy has a big wound on the back of his hock that I suspect is from his hock boots as well. There is a rub on the other hock in the same spot that didn't break the skin. I am so bummed because he went so much better after wearing them the night before.
                          McDowell Racing Stables

                          Home Away From Home


                          • #14
                            i put them on my gelding about 2 hours before jumping and have had great results. the first time i tried them back in September, it felt like he'd just had his hocks done.

                            i also got them to help with a newly developed bog spavin. they haven't reduced the size of the spavin (which i didn't think they would).

                            incidentally, i have also noticed bumps on the upper part of his hock (first noticed after leaving the boots on a little longer than I'd planned). not sure if these are from the boots or not though as he also lives out with other horses and always has some sort of blip on his body from herd life.


                            • #15
                              I'm having issues with leaving them on for long periods of time. This is for a stalled horse. I tried overnight, one night the horse must have been laying down close to urine - got some under the top of the hock wrap. The next morning she had what looked like a chemical burn there. Swelling around the area - only from the skin irritation I believe. The skin sloughed off over the next couple days - very ikky! I just put them on now for a few hours at a time. Like usually 30 - 60 mins before ride and then if time a couple hours afterwards.

                              I have the ones with holes, and I wonder if the other kind would've been better.


                              • #16
                                For a 16.2 large boned TB, Medium or Large?


                                • #17

                                  Member of the ILMD[FN]HP Clique, The Florida Clique, OMGiH I loff my mares, and the Bareback Riders clique!