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AN EASY ‘ICE-BOOT IDEA’ FOR THE CORONET BAND OR HOOF: ANOTHER GREAT USE FOR THE EQUINE SLIPPER (No affiliation)…






I wrote about the Equine Slipper earlier this week – how it is a great, daily tool for me that I use while treating Tess’ feet.  (You can read that post here.)  I have no affiliation with Equine Slipper although I wish I did!  ;)

Anyway, after a reader read the post about the Equine Slipper, she sent in an EXCELLENT AND EASY IDEA for Icing a hoof/coronet band.  She uses an Equine Slipper!

Her horse was laminitic so she needed to bring down the heat in his hooves and calm the digital pulses.  The vet told her to ice both of her horse’s front feet.

She used Equine Slippers and store-bought Ice packs.

Brilliant!

(I wish I would have thought of this when I needed to ice both Tess’ and Norma Jean’s feet!  So much easier than what I was doing…)

This is the reader's mini who had laminitis.  Her vet told her to ice both the front feet to ease the heat and digital pulses.   She used Equine Slippers and little ice packs.  Brilliant!

This is the reader’s mini who had laminitis. The vet told her to ice both the front feet to ease the heat and digital pulses. She used Equine Slippers and little ice packs. Brilliant!  (She also taped ice packs to the rear feet of her boy, just in case…)

THE GREAT AND SIMPLE IDEA!

How simple and easy…!  Use an Equine Slipper and simply insert a small lunch or shipping ice pack!

I cannot believe the efficiency in this basic – but genius – idea.

I mean, most of us are resigned to using complicated or awkward icing boots.  And, for higher up on the leg injuries, that makes sense.  But, for a hoof injury or laminitic heat, how easy is it to simply take the ice pack from your kid’s lunchpail and slide it into your Equine Slipper?!

Wow.

These are the ice packs she used.  They were purchased at Walgreens.

These are the ice packs she used. They were purchased at Walgreens.

I had these in my freezer.  You can see how common these are... one came in a lunchbox and the other came inside of a Fed Ex package that needed to stay cold.  These are the perfect size.  Even better to freeze them around something hoof shaped like a large, empty tomato can.

I had these in my freezer. You can see how common these are… one came in a lunchbox and the other came inside of a Fed Ex package that needed to stay cold. These are the perfect size.  An even better idea would be to freeze them around something hoof shaped like a large, empty tomato can.

VARIATIONS ON THE IDEA

I think it would make sense to freeze your ice packs in a “C” shape so that they would form on the hoof fairly well.  For me, I think I’ll try freezing them on top of an empty large Stewed Tomato can…

And, I think when you insert the ice pack into the boot, you would want to cover the pack with a washcloth or some sort of cotton fabric so that the ice doesn’t stick to potential exposed skin on the coronet band.

To keep it from sliding around, I’d probably vet wrap it on the hoof or use Elastikon or some other waterproof tape.

Also, if you are planning on having an Equine Slipper around for this purpose, get the ‘one size up’ so everything fits.  You can easily insert a rolled washcloth or rolled cotton to take up the extra space.

You can see the simple velcro closure... Here she has the ice pack on the hoof and the Slipper is ready to be closed.

You can see the simple velcro closure… Here she has the ice pack on the hoof and the Slipper is ready to be closed.

THEY CAN WALK AROUND – YOU CAN LEAVE THEM WHILE THEY ARE ICED!

This is the best part of this great icing plan… you can set them up and walk away for an hour or two!  That generally isn’t the case with most ice boots.  You usually have to stall the horse or restrain them while they are being iced.  But with the Equine Slipper and Ice Pack duo, you can leave your horse in safety!

Another great reason to have Equine Slippers on hand!

This is the reader's mini horse wearing his Equine Slippers with the Walgreens ice packs inside - on top of the top of the hoof and coronet band.  He can still walk around and his owner doesn't have to tie him up or watch over him for the 1-2 hours that he wore these!

This is the reader’s mini horse wearing his Equine Slippers with the Walgreens ice packs inside – on top of the top of the hoof and coronet band. He can still walk around and his owner doesn’t have to tie him up or watch over him for the 1-2 hours that he wore these!

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THE EQUINE SLIPPER: another item you should have on your shelf. (No affiliation)






Many of you ask me about the bright blue boot that Tess wears often.

It is an Equine Slipper.  Not quite a boot and better than Duct Tape.

The Equine Slipper is a very easy alternative to any temporary boot.  I love it.  So E-A-S-Y.  And, it breathes more than a duct tape boot… which also means that it can let allow air and dirt IN.  So, it isn’t the ‘end all to be all’, but it is dang good!  Especially if you are wrapping the hoof anyway.

This is exactly how they look.  Blue codura, padded velcro straps and a leather bottom.  It is like a horsey moccasin.

This is exactly how they look. Blue codura, padded velcro straps and a leather bottom. It is like a horsey moccasin.

WHAT IS IT?

Basically, it is a codura wrap with a leather bottom.  It is like a horsey moccasin.  Remember those at Christmas time?  Anyway, the Equine Slipper is a lifesaver for me…  I don’t have to create a duct tape bootie every time I wrap her foot, it lasts longer and it is quick!

To put it on, you simply pull back the velcro side tabs, open up the slipper and let your horse slid his hoof inside.  Then, close the tabs.

So, if you’ve treated and vetwrapped the hoof, this is a great covering that your horse can wear outside.

They are so easy to apply!  They last a long time and are reasonably priced.

They are so easy to apply! They last a long time and are reasonably priced.

PROS AND CONS

I see no cons, if you apply it for its intended use.  This is not a long-lasting boot.  But, it lasts better and longer than most wraps.

This is a safe covering for a wrapped foot.

For Tess, she uses a Theraplate and as she gets on and off, she tends to catch the leather bottom of the Equine Slipper on the edge of the Theraplate.  After about a month of that, the leather bottom comes off.  So for me, now, an Equine Slipper will last about a month.

However, previously, when she was not getting on and off of a metal device, she would not wear out the bottom for several months.  So, there’s that.

And, remember that the sole feels like a moccasin.  It isn’t heavy duty.  If your horse has a sore sole, this isn’t much padding.

But, if you need a way to save your simple wrap until the next time you need to change a dressing, this boot is a horsegodsend.

Tess has been wearing Equine Slippers for almost a year.  I'm surprised how many people and vets have not heard of them!!

Tess has been wearing Equine Slippers for almost a year. I’m surprised how many people and vets have not heard of them!!

NOT SEALED FROM THE WORLD – air circulates.

Also, if you can treat the foot without wrapping – or if the foot is not in danger of infection without a wrap, this boot is an incredibly easy option.

For Tess right now, I don’t want dirty shavings or dirt to get into the crevices of her hooves, so I wrap her foot before I apply the Equine Slipper.  But, if you only need to protect the area and really didn’t mind if shavings or other debris get inside of the boot, then the Equine Slipper is golden for you because it breathes!

It won't keep shavings or dirt out ... but it will protect a wrap and it breathes.

It won’t keep shavings or dirt out … but it will protect a wrap and it breathes.

WASHABLE, STUFFABLE AND REASONABLY PRICED

I usually wash my Equine Slippers weekly.  They hold up.

If I need to pad or stuff them with cotton, that is easy, too.  The Equine Slipper comes in 4 sizes.  Tess wears a Medium.  But, when we were wrapping her foot heavily after surgery, she wore and Extra Large and then… as the wrap became smaller… a Large and now a Medium.

If I feel like Tess is going to roam a lot, I will cut up heavy duty foam from the Army Navy Surplus store and put a pad in there.  I know NASA has some incredibly strong foam, but I haven’t been able to find any yet.  Also, if I feel she needs extra softness, I will stuff the toes or heels with rolled cotton.  But, the heel and coronet band area of the Equine Slipper is padded so I have had no sores anywhere.  I just use cotton to make the Slipper fit more snugly or to absorb moisture.

Usually, I can find a Slipper for around $38 – $45.  Just Google ‘Equine Slipper’ and you will see all the Usuals who sell them.  For my dime, saving all the time making duct tape booties is totally worth the price of this wonderful product!

I think everyone should have an Equine Slipper on their shelf!

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