Discussion in 'Horse and Rider Safety' started by Salinero, Feb 23, 2010.
I use them on the way to a show to help keep legs clean..lol. Otherwise I don't use them
Ditto! What Goodie said!!**)
I think I've just got lazy in my old age!!
When we were living on a station in the Kimberley, we always booted up our privately owned horses when going to campdrafts. Our main road into town was a bit like a roller-coaster and the horses had to keep shifting their weight to accomodate the very windy road so sometimes a leg would get knocked. One of my geldings went down in the truck and the only thing that stopped him cutting his leg to shreds was the float boot. It (the boot) was unrecognisable as it was torn into confetti but the horses leg didn't have a scratch on it and the gelding competed the next day (after a vet examined him) with no adverse effects.
I always use padded wraps with polo bandages
I'm too lazy to put float boots on.
If I had to float for more than a couple of hours I would probably put pads and bandages on. Luckily I never float that long!
used to always boot but these days its usually only on the way home from eventing... with swell down or cold packs, especially if it was a hard run XC... apart from that im lucky that my horses float very well and never had any serious injuries from floating *touch wood*
We don't use anything, only a rug if going to a show. We have an angle float and 9 times out of 10 Zophia has it all to herself. If we are carting another horse it makes no difference as their legs do not line up competing for the same space anyway in an angle load.
Plus there is no reversing down ramps blindly, horses can walk down front first so they can see where they are going.
I have a terrible scrambler.
I use the long shipping boots that go over the knee and hock and then bandage (as you would for riding) over the top to stop slipping, I also bell boot all fours =]
Also bandage tail, and has a cotton set (rug,hood,tailbag) on for show trips.
Tail bandage or nothing for me LOL. Diva sweats easily on the float so unless it is very cool she doesn't have rugs on even going to a show.
and a rug if its chilly
Same here. But my boy floats well and has never had any issues. I might think again if i had a horse that is not settled in the float.
Any more than 10 mins, bandages with long padding and bellboots, rug according to weather
lead rope halter, hay net and straight on the float, don't use nothing.
What she said!!)
I float mine with paddock boots, they don't slip and it offers a little more protection than nothing. Mine float well but I have heard someone tell me that when they were in a roll over how much the boots saved their horses legs.
I've had a horse go throught the bottom of a float. The vet said if the horse had only been wearing boots, or nothing, then it would probably have been a lost cause.
And dont go thinking that your float is new so it is safe...The float was only 3 months old
OMG that would be my worst nightmare!
Well, my girl already been in a horrble accident once (Jumped the breastbar). I don't think she was wearing and boots at that time. (I was over seas so not sure how it all happened.) But in that case I don't think float boots would have done much difference. She was lucky though. Her floating has improved so much. But reading this thread I think I'll prob try to bandage if I go on longer trips, just in case.
Do you find your horses get hot legs bandaged PSO? And what constitutes long enough trip to bother bandaging?
Problem with bandaging is that many ppl (PSO probably excepted!) just cant bandage safely and properly (but think they can)... results range from bandage bows to bandages falling off resulting in tangled horse.
I had a horse go down in the float 2 or 3 times on the way to an endurance ride (new float, rubber got slippery when she peed...) - no boots or bandages, no injuries. Sometimes you are just lucky! And others unlucky... I also had a mare who had been in a horrific fatal car accident, cars and float totalled, drunk driver in bad weather - head on collision - really bad! Both horses on float were unbooted/bandaged and neither of them were injured!
Anything longer than 10 mins heif...And thermatex bandages breathe really well
baby horse doesnt get bandaged yet...but the only time he has been on a float more than 10 minutes, he's been going to the vet anyhow :rollleyes:
So what do you use on baby horse?
Im seriosuly considering bandages (with pads from UK that come over hocks/knees) because i am sick of the crappy design of float boots!
My horses not get anything put on them, maybe a cotten depending on the wether, and a halter and lead.