Today's subject is Bell Boots.
I believe in keeping a shod horse in bell boots at least for turnout, having lost a few shoes before and forked over the extra cash for an emergency farrier trip I would rather spend the money on boots than new shoes.
Stella ripped off her very first shoe less than a week after it got nailed on, and tore off a bell boot under saddle a week later so I think she needs them. However, she has so far murdered 5 (FIVE!) pairs of bell boots and my pocket boot is feeling it.
The first pair I used on her were the flappy flappy petal kind. They come in cool colors so you can coordinate, make a ton of cool noises so people can hear you coming, and you can replace the petals easily.
She tore so many petals off in the first couple weeks I gave up on them.
Next up were standard velcro boots. I like these boots from Roma which cost about $8 from Riding Warehouse the price is right for replacing them twice a month. Eeeccckkkk.
I've considered trying the pull on kind, I think they'd last longer with the lack of velcro but I've heard nightmare stories about getting them on and off the horse. Any thoughts on this? Do they make more or less sturdy pull on boots that are easier to get on and off? I see several different kinds of pull ons.
Plus, cool colors!
Those have pretty much been the option for years until Thinline came out with their new Gatorbootz Bell Boots. They are purported to have a latch that is easy to open by humans, eliminating the struggle with pull on boots, but never by horses, eliminating the velcro issue. They are a bit pricy at $54.00 a pair but if you aren't replacing velcro boots twice a month the cost quickly adds up.
Has anyone tried the Gatorboots? Since they don't turn up is the clasp easy enough for my farrier or barn manager to undo when needed? Thoughts on bell boots in general?