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A reminder about the Equine Slipper – it is a GREAT item to have in your tack room. HERE’S WHY! (no affiliation)






Yesterday, a friend of mine called me to ask me what to do to keep medicine on her horse’s hoof with white line disease.  She didn’t have time to be wrapping with a duct tape bootie, and the horse needed to be outside so a diaper wouldn’t work – or hold up – in that moist environment.

I suggested she use an Equine Slipper (I love them).

My friend had foggily remembered that I mentioned the Equine Slipper when I was treating Mama Tess daily, but she had forgotten much detail.

Friend: “Oh yeah, I forgot about that… what are they?  How do I get them?”

Me:  “They are great!  Stronger than a wrap because they are made of tough canvas-like nylon, they have velcro closure and a leather sole!  Cheaper than a boot, less cumbersome than a Davis Boot and easier if  the horse is unattended.”

Friend:  “Sold!  How do I get one?”

Me:  “Just google “equine slipper” and see who has the best deal!”

And that was what she did.

Sooo….. since she had forgotten about this great product, I thought I’d run my old blogpost about them again because I bet there are many out there that may have also forgotten.

Here you go!

Originally posted in 2014.

THE EQUINE SLIPPER.

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 inside the slipper.

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 simply need a way to save your 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!

Here is MT in an Equine Slipper... We love them!

Here is MT in an Equine Slipper… We love them!

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Emergency Extraction of a HORSE from the HAYLOFT! (They cannot descend stairs…)






Several years ago, I wrote about BG getting herself caught in the hayloft in Grass Valley.  I again wrote about Wrigley and Charlotte locking themselves in the tack room (with the door shut) linked here.

Horses do amazing and frightening things… especially when food is involved.

This little lady (not mine) walked UP to the hayloft, but was not able to walk down.  Hence the story.  Thank you Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team.  Bravo!

Oops. Maybe going up to the hayloft wasn’t such a good idea.

THE STORY.

 

November 26, 2018 – At approximately 0940 hours the Little Fork Volunteer Technical Large Animal Rescue Team was dispatched to assist with extricating a horse that was found in a hayloft the night before in Page County Virginia. The owner researched Google and found Little Fork’s contact information. The evening before, “Holly”, a 12 YO Welsh Percheron cross, discovered that one of the other draft horses had pushed an obstacle aside and opened a barn door just wide enough for her to get through. She seized this opportunity to go up into the hayloft for a late evening snack. After going up the stairs she discovered she, like most horses, have poor depth perception and unless trained, cannot descend steps.

The owner contacted Little Fork and she was advised that the team would activate and begin the one hour drive to her location. She was also asked to have a vet on scene The owner had provided feed and water to Holly and she seemed to be content in her “she-shed”.

Our crew performed a scene size up and decided to call for assistance from the local fire crews and animal control officers. The call was made and the vet arrived and was briefed on what was needed. Soon assistance arrived from the following organizations: Luray Volunteer Fire Department and the Page County Sheriff’s Office.

Plan A was to rig our 10:1 pulley system to the Rescue Glide, placing Holly on it and lowering her down the stairs. This was done on a similar rescue of our first horse-in-a-hayloft call in Botetourt County, Virginia in 2016. However, this stairway was not as wide and had a 90 degree turn about six feet from the bottom (see pictures). If we used this, Holly would have to be heavily sedated for both her and our safety. There was also a risk of her becoming trapped in the turn.

Plan B was to remove the wall and build a ramp using 3/4″ plywood to slide Holly safely to the ground. We used chains and rope to set up a “dry run” to see how these plans worked. After doing this it was apparent that both had their problems.

We conferred with the vet and the Members from Luray who advised that they could obtain a telehandler from a nearby location. This machine was large enough to lower her to the ground. It could extend 30′ and lift 4,400 pounds. This became Plan C.

It was decided to use Plan C. The members from Luray contacted the owner/operator and arranged to have it report to the site. While waiting we removed the materials covering the opening to a second floor deck. The railing was removed to give the telehandler access to our Becker sling system. Holly was moved to the opening and sedation was administered. We placed the lifting straps on her and held them in place with clevis hooks and placed a head protector on her. Once done, Holly was moved onto the porch. The telehandler had been positioned with our spreader bar attached by chain to the bucket.

Holly was moved under the bucket and the slings were attached to the spreader bar. All of the rigging was checked and Holly was lifted about 4″ off the porch. A tag-line was attached to the rigging and was dropped down to the ground crew. All rigging was checked again by the Safety Officer and the removal began. Holly seemed apprehensive when she was moved off the porch and found herself 20′ off the ground, but she remained calm and was slowly lowered to the ground.

Once on the ground the Becker sling was removed and she walked away. SUCCESS !!!!

All of the crews worked together to stowe the gear and we returned home. We arrived back and had cleaned most of the equipment by 1500 hours.

We would like to thank Chief Lancaster and the 8 volunteers from the Luray Volunteer Fire Department; The Page County Sheriff’s Office; the vet Dr. Burke from Luray Clinic of Vet Medicine and Garrett Moyer owner/operator of the telehandler. Little Fork responded with four technicians on Equine 1209 and Rescue 1209.

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(PS:  This is something my horses would do… totally mess up the hay room, fill themselves up and then be like, Uh Oh… now what do I do?!…)


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