Gear 101

Boot Application:

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Achieve maximum support and protection by properly applying your Sport Boots:

  1. Start with the correct boot:  the inside of each boot is marked either “left” or “right”.
  2. Fold back the Velcro:  Our velcro is the toughest made.  Folding these tabs back and out of the way lets you position the boot without interference.
  3. Cup the fetlock portion of the boot in your palm and position it on your horse’s fetlock:  You will feel it “cup” the fetlock joint when it’s in the proper position.
  4. Snugly attach the middle Velcro strap.
  5. Attach the top strap, and then the bottom strap (not the suspensory strap):  Pull them snugly to ensure a secure fit.  Eliminate any gaps that can collect dirt and debris.
  6. Pull the suspensory strap tightly underneath the horse’s fetlock and attach to the front of the boot.  IMPORTANT:  This strap should be pulled tightly, and positioned at a 45 degree angle to the ground to create a protective sling.
  7. If necessary, you can now re-adjust the upper straps to make sure the boot is gap free and contoured to the cannon bone.

Caring for your Sport Boots

We realize your sport boots are an investment.  Extend their life and performance by taking a few simple steps:

  • Brush accumulated dirt from the inside and outside of your boots after each use.
  • If it’s been a tough workout and your boots are sweaty or grimy, give them a quick spray with the hose.  Dried sweat can be corrosive as well as stiffening your boots.
  • Store your boots with the insides exposed.  This allows thorough drying.
  • Give your boots an occasional thorough cleaning by hand washing them in cold water with a mild detergent or shampoo.  PLEASE!  DO NOT MACHINE WASH! (this can break down the protective padding and damage the Velcro)
  • Dry your boots in the SHADE!  Though the sun seems tempting, prolonged exposure to sunlight will not only fade your boots, but can damage the materials, reducing their effectiveness.

Boot Sizing Chart

It’s important to determine the best boot size to fit your horse. See below for our recommended sizing chart.  Remember that 1/4:” – 1 ½” or less overlap is desirable

 

Boot Size SMALL MEDIUM LARGE X-LARGE
Hands 14-15 Hands 15-16.2 Hands 16.2-17.2 Hands 17.2 Hands and up
Height (CM) 142-152 152-165 165-175 175 and up

 

FINDING YOUR BLANKET SIZE (note – please use diagrams from existing website)

Taking a few moments to measure your horse will help you select a blanket that fits and performs the best.

  • Find a soft measuring tape or long piece of string.
  • Place one end of the tape in the middle of the horse’s chest.
  • Pull the tape around his shoulder, across his barrel, and around his hip to the point of buttock/edge of his tail.
  • Make sure the tape stays horizontal to the ground and goes around the widest part of your horse.
  • Determine the number on your tape (in inches) when you reach the tail.  If you used a string, mark on the string where you reached the tail, then measure that length.
  • If your measurement is an odd number, round up to the next even number:  this is your blanket size!

Sometimes this measuring technique can be easier with two people.  A properly-sized blanket increases warmth, reduces rubbing issues and keeps your horse more comfortable.  Take the time to find your perfect fit!

 

The Right Blanket for the Weather

There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the best blanket for your horse. To help, we created a quick-reference temperature guide. Of course every horse and every environment has its own unique considerations, so if you have specific questions, you should check with your vet.

Approximate Temperature Guide
45° F – Full Coat: Nothing; Body Clipped: light weight blanket
35° F – Full coat: light weight blanket; Body Clipped: medium weight blanket
25° F – Full Coat: medium weight blanket; Body Clipped: heavy weight blanket
15° F – Full Coat: heavy weight blanket; Body Clipped: heavy weight blanket and liner
Below 10°F, Heavy weight blanket and liner; Body Clipped:  consider more layering in addition to blanket and liner