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HAVE YOU TRIED THE SOFT RIDE ICE SPA THERAPY BOOT? PLEASE let me know what you think! (no affiliation)

I tend to never buy the first iteration of anything… I prefer them to work out the kinks and then I’ll purchase.   But I might reconsider with this Soft Ride ice boot.

Have you tried them yet?  If so, please let me know your thoughts.

You see, Mama Tess has hot feet whenever she is brewing an abscess.  I’m thinking it would be nice for her if I had this boot.  From the looks of it, there is an inner boot to stop ice chaffing.  I wonder how difficult it is to get on and off?  How do you fill it?  Is it better to use chipped ice?

In any case, I wish I had one right now to try on MT.

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For me, I love that it has an inner boot.  I’m not sure how you fill it, but I do see that it has a drain tube to get rid of the melted ice before repacking.

And, knowing that the inner is just like her Soft Ride boot, I don’t have to worry about cushion or sizing the boot.  I already know there is ample cushioning – and I know her size since she wears the Soft Ride boots daily.

I also like the durability factor and that she can move around with the boot on, without worrying about it coming off.  So, she wouldn”t have to be tied which would allow me to feel comfortable enough to leave her in her stall to eat or whatever.

I like the waterproof zippers.  It does come with extra lubricant to reseal those zippers.  I wonder about that… and how often they might leak.  To me, I’d think they would make it out of scuba materials – but I also know a horse is much harder on things than a scuba diver…

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ANYBODY OWN A SOFT RIDE SPA THERAPY BOOT?  Or has anyone done a comparison?

If so, please give us the deets!

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MAMA TESS HAS VISITORS! (The Founder Warrior and Bodhi…)

Tuesday, September 29th, 2015 | Filed under Mama Tess

The Founder Warrior came back again!  Yay!  She had several important events happen that kept her from making the 5 hour round trip to see Tess this summer.  I cannot blame her for wanting a break.

And, Dr. Dreamy was wonderful to step in for her.  Mama Tess is not a case for the faint of heart and I greatly admire any vet willing to work on her.  Truly.

Although Dr. Dreamy loves Tess, he hasn’t seen her as often as The Founder Warrior and therefore doesn’t have the intimate knowledge and confidence of her feet.

For me, to have Cindy back was like a comfortable baton pass.  Another trooper, familiar with our command.  A bit of relief.

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“FIX THIS!” Tess had been showing me her right hoof every time I went to the barn. I knew she needed a trim badly. With foundered horses, it is important to trim them every three weeks to keep the angles correct.


Tess isn’t so happy to see Cindy… but Cindy was happy to see MT.

She trimmed all fours.  Tess was more comfortable instantly.

And, we decided to order more maggots that will arrive tomorrow.  Maggots are amazing, by the way.  They get in tiny cracks and clean out whatever dead flesh may be in there.  For us, much better than any kind of surgical debridement.

This is her right foot. She still has the abscess drainage hole.

This is her right foot. She still has the abscess drainage hole.

This is her left foot - which looks much worse, but hurts her much less.
This is her left foot – which looks much worse, but hurts her much less. It has a crack up the center and a large drainage hole in the sole.

TESS FELT MUCH BETTER ALMOST IMMEDIATELY – so she went on a walkabout…

MT slept for a bit and then she popped back up to go on a walkabout.  I was unloading the care at the time so I took some pics.

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Her water trough is outside (unless she is really sore). So she got up, shook herself and grabbed a few glugs of fresh water.

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Then she nudged me a couple of times and I did what I was told. I brought her lunch.

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Look at her eyes popping out when I offered her a treat! She rarely gets anything different in her diet, but she had been really good for the trim so I treated her.

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All the barn cats eating lunch.


Bodhi is a heavy draft-cross horse.  He is very heavy up front and needs his walls for support.  Sometimes barefoot trimmers forget this about him… and they trim to the shape instead of the hoof.  Poor Bodhi was trimmed too short.  Arrrgh.  I totally freaked out when I saw his feet.  I had to remember that Bodhi is not MT.  He is young, not laminitic, not metabolic, not Cushings, not hormonal… he was just quicked.

So, I put him in the barn with deep shavings.  He and MT are making good barn fellows.  She was fine with him in there.  He looooved being near all the food!

Bodhi is taller than MT... as you can see, he is helping himself to the stored hay.

Bodhi is taller than MT… as you can see, he is helping himself to the stored hay.

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There wasn’t much light in the barn, but you can see that Bodhi is in the big stall, MT is quietly eating on her shavings (I couldn’t hang her buckets on the gates or Bodhi would annoy her intentionally) and Scoutypants and Shiva are waiting for dinner.

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A better shot.

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Bodhi says, “Hi!”.

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And these were the colors as I left the barn…


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