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I tried SILVER WHINNYS from SOX FOR HORSES on Norma Jean’s legs… AND THEY WORKED!






As you may have heard me say previously, Norma Jean (my 25 years-old jenny) has donkey psoriasis on her legs.  It comes every summer and no vet had any idea how to cure it.

I did find a cure: Fungus Free Plus (you can read about it here), but I needed a secure leg wrap to keep the her more comfortable while she heals. (As an aside, Fungus Free Plus now comes with an internal formula which I will start in the Spring next year.  I cannot wait!  Imagine if she never erupted in sores again?!)

Anyway, when Sox for Horses contacted me to see how they could help the Houston Flood victim horses (nice of them), my interest was peaked.

–Could this work for skinny legged Norma Jean?

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TRIAL

I had tried several different kinds of light wraps (too hot here for normal leg wraps) and modified tube socks… – all to no avail.  They would work for a few hours, then she would pull them off.

When my Sox for Horses arrived… I have the Silver Whinnys – (advertised as “The Antimicrobial Fly Barrier and Bandage Alternative”) – the application seemed daunting…  There are instructions that involve a plastic bag and a very small looking sock.

Hmmmm.

EXCEPT, it was actually very easy.  Applying the plastic bag onto the hoof before scooting on the sock, made it all go fairly smoothly.

I then pulled them up and adjusted the hoof area – Voila!  They were on.

And they stayed on for 3 days – long enough for the medicine to take effect.  When I needed to reapply the medicine, I just pulled down the sock.

Perfect.

I have 2 pair, so when it was time to change them, I simply slid on the next pair.

Washing was easy – just remember not to put  in a dryer sheet.

This is Norma Jean… looking bewildered that I kept trying all kinds of lightweight wraps – that she immediately destroyed. I was trying to protect her legs so the psoriasis could heal, and to protect her from summer flies.

The people from Sox for Horses sent a set of Sox for me to try! I was skeptical that they would stay on and that they would be too hot for our summers. But I was WRONG on both counts!

Here is Norma wearing the first sock I applied. Easy! And it stayed on for 3 days! When I needed to reapply the medicine, I just pulled down the sock and then pulled it back up. I have 2 pair so that I always have one set available while washing the other. This application cut the healing time in half! And she was more comfortable without the flies, for sure!

SUMMER FLIES – why not just use fly spray?!

Some of you might be wondering why I don’t just slather on natural oils or natural sprays to keep the flies away..  The answer is, I DO!  The heat is so intense, applying oils is an almost non-stop thing.  So, when I’m really busy, these socks help the fly fight.  I can apply spray in the morning or evening, and know that she will be comfortable all day.

HEALING TIME SHORTENED!

Norma’s legs would have healed from the Fungus Free Plus application… however, using the Sox sped up her healing time – and relieved her from the flies, which was a bonus!  Having her comfortable was a true relief!

This photo is from the Sox for Horses website. It just shows another application for a stalled horse.

OTHER APPLICATIONS – summer flies, winter circulation

I think these SOX FOR HORSES really do stay up (much better than my home-made ideas) and are a great idea for horses with sores or horses the stomp flies all summer long!

They stay one and are not too hot in the summer!

We don’t have winter issues here, but the website has all kinds of ideas for uses – even winter circulation therapy.  So, if you have a stall bound horse, these could really help.

And of course, if you fly your horses for competitions, I’m sure these would help with altitude circulation issues.

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LAST CHANCE TO DONATE TO THE DONKS!  We are just over half way there!

OCTOBER BUCKET FUND!  4 DESPERATE DONKEYS WHO WERE LEFT IN A FIELD SINCE JUNE WITH NO FOOD OR WATER!  They lived on weeds and rainwater.  They look horrible, they are skinny and malnourished – and their feet are like slippers.  You can read their story here.

If you can help, please donate here!  Starbucks money?  All donations are 100% tax deductible!

 


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HAVE YOU HEARD OF THE ‘SCOOT BOOT’?! FROM THE MAKER OF THE ORIGINAL “OLD MACS”!






I saw these Scoot Boots from Australia on FB… and was very interested.  They are created by the designer of the original Old Macs.  That had me intrigued.  Old Macs are great boots!

So, these are his new and improved idea.  Easy to fit, easy to wear, won’t get soggy or heavy, durable.

I have not tried them yet.  I’d like to hear from you if you have tried them.  There are many, many testimonials on the website.  You can read testimonials here.

And the best part is that the Scoot Boot company will size them remotely for you.  All you do is take three photos (instructions and references on the website) and they send out a pair.  If it doesn’t fit, they will send a new pair.

Sounds very interesting.  I want to try a pair, don’t you?

Here is the website.

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from the website

The backsides.

SOME TESTIMONIALS – From the website

Almost colour coordinated

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So my scoots arrived a couple days ago and I finally got to try them out today- we absolutely love them! Fitted beautifully and made Rosanna a lot more comfortable….

Staying on no matter what conditions!

Staying on no matter what conditions!

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Got my new scoot boots recently. Very impressed with them. Easy to put on, take off and clean afterwards. They stay on going through mud and wet too. Thanks to…

Getting stronger and stronger!

Getting stronger and stronger!

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Me and my boy Will out doing a Navigation ride with my club Scater and of course scoots all round. Since taking my boy from shoes to barefoot has been…

Prince Palomo’s shiny new Scoots

Prince Palomo's shiny new Scoots

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Prince Palomo’s Scoot Boots arrived today. I couldn’t wait to try them on. But first I reviewed the video. ? These are the easiest and quickest to put on of…

No ‘shoe’ worries here!

No 'shoe' worries here!

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During the 3-day ride Veluwe Marathon in the Netherlands. My ‘giant’ KWPN horse finished well after 81 km, his first event on his Scootboots. No rubs and they never came…

Rocking the Scoots in NZ

Rocking the Scoots in NZ

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My boy rocking his scoot boots as we begin winter fitness work leading up to the New Zealand eventing season. This is my friend riding Robbie and I rode my…

Showing them off every chance we got!

Showing them off every chance we got!

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I LOVE my new Scoot Boots! We just returned from a 3 day camping trail ride in Pineville, Missouri. The terrain there has it all very rocky, steep hills, rock…

Scooting XC for the first time

Scooting XC for the first time

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Scooting xc for the first time with our boots no 3 with black straps! Worked really well also @ water. Photo: Lauri Kokkola Rita Uotila, Ypäjä, FIN

 

LET THEM SELECT YOUR SIZE! – (from the website)

We offer a free sizing service simply because we get it 98% correct and our customers who size themselves only get it 60% right. Getting it correct the first time eliminates return issues. 

Due to variables in a hoof shape, there is a chance we may size your horse incorrectly so do not assume that the size we advise is correct. If the size does not feel correct please contact us to seek further advice.

Before measuring, ensure your horse has had a correct barefoot trim (ie rolled toe, bevelled hoof wall and low heel). Measurements need to be taken within 2 weeks of a trim.

Take three photos of each hoof as per the images below:

  • first photo – start your tape measure at the center of the toe and work backwards over the frog towards the heels. Do not start at the heels and work forwards 
  • second photo – place your tape measure across the widest part of the hoof
  • third photo – front of hoof which shows shape

Send your three photos to sizing@scootboots.com or inbox us at https://www.facebook.com/scootbootdownunder/?ref=hl

If our size selection is incorrect, return your Scoot Boots and we will exchange free of charge for the correct size (only if purchased from our online retail store).

Use one boot only to size up both front feet with your horse standing on a soft clean surface.

If your horse clearly has two different sized hooves then you will need to send us sizing pics of both hooves.

Please follow our ‘fitting’ instructions to ensure your size is correct.

The information below are instructions to follow should you decide to select your own size

 Step 1

Once your horse’s hooves have been trimmed correctly:

  • With a ruler or tape measure, measure the LENGTH from the GREEN line at the tip of the toe to the GREEN line at the rear of the hoof at the very end of the heel buttresses (to ensure you have located this position run a rasp across both heels and the correct measuring point is the last part of the heels that physically makes contact with the rasp before the heels drop away towards the collateral grooves) DO NOT MEASURE FROM RED LINE INDICATED BELOW
  • Our sizes increase in 5mm (3/16”) increments. Always select the smaller boot size if you are in between measurements. For example if your hoof length measurement following the GREEN line is between 121mm (4 13/16”) and 124mm (4 15/16″) long select the hoof measurement of 120mm  (4 3/4”) on the chart which indicates you require size 3

Step 2

Measure the WIDTH of the hoof at the widest part and select the correct WIDTH.

Step 3

Now that you have the LENGTH and the WIDTH go to the size chart below and select your size.

Please Note

  • If you find one hoof is a size smaller then you may purchase your Scoots in singles.
  • If one hoof is in between sizes, select the boot size that matches the largest hoof. Our Scoot Boots are designed to allow for growth between trims.
  • If your horse’s hooves are 10mm (3/8″) wider than long you need to select the size from the ‘maximum’ width measurement and not length measurement (for example, if your hoof length is 110mm (4/18″) and width is 120mm (4 3/4″)  you select size 2). If your horse’s hooves are 10mm (3/8″) wider than longer it is important you follow our trimming instructions or you will have a boot size too large due to measuring excess width/flare that should have been removed
  • If the hoof length exceeds the hoof width by more than 10mm (3/8″) then Scoot Boots may not be suitable for your horse (if your horse’s hooves fall into this category you will need to have Scoot Boots fitted by your barefoot trimmer)
  • If the hoof width exceeds the hoof length by more than 10mm (3/8″) then Scoot Boots may not be suitable for your horse (if your horse’s hooves fall into this category you will need to have your Scoot Boots fitted by your barefoot trimmer)
  • If you require Scoot Boots for front and rear hooves but you are unsure of size we recommend you purchase one pair initially to determine correct size

I FOUND THIS VIDEO… IT IS IN FRENCH, BUT YOU GET THE GIST…

There are many videos on You Tube that speak about the virtues of the Scoot Boot, but for me, this one was the most robust.  Even though it is in French, you can see how she rode these boots in many different conditions and at all speeds.  She shows you how they should fit and how easy they are to put on and take off.

Watch the video here.

CLICK TO WATCH this visually descriptive video.

LET ME KNOW IF YOU HAVE TRIED THEM OR IF YOU ARE GOING TO PURCHASE!

 


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