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SOFT RIDE BOOTS: MamaTess got herself a new pair!






One of the protocols for MamaTess’ laminitis was to get her some Soft Ride Boots.

(The vet has no affiliation; he just likes the way they work.)

I had never looked into Soft Ride Boots because no one around here has ever been this sick except Norma and I didn’t think about them then – and the vet didn’t suggest them.

Anyway, THERE INLIES THE MISCONCEPTION – to only use them when a horse is sick….

These boots are good for so many things! 

Not just laminitis.

…Trailering distances, walking on hard show grounds, older horses…

I totally missed the boat!  I shouldda, coudda, wouldda on these, for sure!

Tess in her Soft Ride Boots... see the airholes on the sides.  They slipped right on easily and have stayed on!

Tess in her Soft Ride Boots… see the airholes on the sides. They slipped right on easily and have stayed on!

This is from the website.  You can see the sole, the boot and the insert.

This is from the website. You can see the sole, the boot and the insert.

Except the velcro straps are now diagonal.  Really easy.

Except the velcro straps are now diagonal. Really easy to put on a sore horse.

FIRST, THE LAMINITIS USAGE.

The reason I am using these boots for Tess is because the insoles cushion and support her.  It is an easier way to apply the purple pads.  Much easier than duct tape booties.

I have never had a boot go on a sore horse so easily and stay on so well.  You spread open the boot and they stay open – nice.  The horse puts their toe inside and you help them put the foot down evenly.  Then just zip zip on the diagonal velcro and you’re done!

Another nice benefit are the air holes on the sides.  Air is good.

This gives a nice description

This gives a nice description

 

SEVERAL DIFFERENT TYPES OF INSOLES

You should go to the website and check out all the possibilities…

Here is a chart that explains all the different uses for the different colored inserts.

There are many different types of insoles

There are many different types of insoles

THE MAN ON THE OTHER END OF THE LINE

When I called Soft Ride to make sure I was measuring her correctly; on the other end was ‘Jerry’.

He couldn’t have been nicer to me.

We discussed sizing and we were not sure which would be perfect so he said, “Let me send you both pair but only charge you for one.  Then just send back what didn’t work.”

Nice.

We did exactly that.

HISTORY

The history, in brief, was that two guys, around 17 years ago, started making a new stall flooring material.  It was purple and many of the large farms were flooring their stables in it.

But then… someone thought, why not put the product inside of boots and make it more cost effective?

And, the journey began!

Both men who developered the Soft Ride Boots are horse owners themselves.  So, they knew what would work and what wouldn’t or – they could test on their own horses.

I was told that Tess might benefit from Gold Bond Powder inside the boot, or lambswool from Home Depot.  But, so far, so good.  She has no rubbing or chaffing.  (I was going to use some llama fiber in there in case she needed it.)

OTHER USES

Trailering/Hard Ground:  I wish I had these when I was showing my horses!  To think that those loooooong trailer rides to far away places could have been more cushioned…

As it was, we would have to make sure the horses arrived a week early, just to recover from the journey.  Then, they would stand on mats with shavings on top of CONCRETE.

And, all show grounds are concrete… sheesh.

Now, with these boots, the horses arrive fine – I’m told.  And if they wear the boots while walking around, even betta!

In fact, there are many stories on the Soft Ride Boot FB page.

Geriatric:  How Smart!  Duh.  So much easier to help out the feet of the older horses.  Especially on new hard Spring/Summer ground…

Tendon injuries, navicular, cushings… ringbone, sidebone…  Of course!

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Mama Tess UPDATE #2!






NO ROTATION!!!!!!

Such relief!

You see, it was the third day of the new protocol to help MamaTess through her laminitis (see protocol here) and she was only slightly better – or so it seemed to me.

I had done everything correctly so far… Her new boots had just arrived and both were on her feet…. I’ve  soaked all of her hay, she’s had hay around the clock, I only gave her exactly 3 cups of the prescribed grain supplement, she’s had all the megadoses of coxes plus the Regumate… WHY WASN’T SHE PERFECT?

Or at least better?!  Or better-better.

Ahhhhhrgh.  Why does it take so looooong?!

To top it off, besides my impatience, when it comes to my animals, I am also a supreme worrywart.

…I’m going away this week.

–As an aside, I just want to say that as soon as you purchase the airline ticket, either you get a big job or an animal gets really sick…, right?–

Anyway, I knew I was going away so I had to understand how bad it was and if there was any rotation.  So, I called the vet and asked for Xrays.

Standing soundly but not walking soundly - yet.

Standing soundly but not walking soundly – yet.  Please forgive the mess of the barn… she likes to topple everything and I set it all back up every day – just to give her something to do. (Do you see Bagheera the Barn kitty?)

XRAYS

I remember one vet telling me that they can ‘sink’ in 24 hours.

Gulp.

I was very apprehensive for these Xrays…

And, when the newish vet came out today, I actually heard her say ‘sinker’ to the technician.

Not good.

Not good to hear and not good that she said it within my earshot.

Anyway, you can imagine my trepidation.

But, I held onto my fear and waited because I knew we had been down this road previously –

Both the vet and the technician were prepared to see the worst.  And, luckily, they were both quite surprised when the Xrays showed no rotation.

THANK HORSEGOD.

Full weight on her fronts.  New Soft Ride boots... Constant, soaked hay in small holed nets, lots of fresh water to help her kidneys/liver deal with the meds and intense hope...

Full weight on her fronts. New Soft Ride boots… Constant, soaked hay in small holed nets, lots of fresh water to help her kidneys/liver deal with the meds and intense hope…

SLEEP MORE SOUNDLY

Now I can sleep more soundly.  Now I know that she has inflammation, but if I keep on the protocol, she should recover.  Now I know I don’t have to run down to the barn every few hours to make sure she is still upright.

Now I can go away knowing that my feederperson – who is very anal and compulsive  – will follow my instructions to a ‘T’ and she will be OK.

I have stashes of hay (in small holed nets) all over the barn so that she will walk.  By each hay net is a glass of water...

I have stashes of hay (in small holed nets) all over the barn so that she will walk. By each hay net is a glass of water…

INTERESTING

As another aside, I was sent so much great information… and then I was actually sent some remedies!  They came in the mail!  Gifts for Tess!

–One was from Skodes Horse Treats!  She sent Yarrow leaves for Tess!

(If you remember, Skode’s burned down a few weeks ago…  Out of the blue, Lori sent some herbs that she felt would really help Tess.  Can you believe it?)

Skodes is open for business (simple goodies for now…) so please go to her website and order!

Well,  Tess loooooooves the Yarrow!  It was like candy for her!  I think her diet has been so blah that the Yarrow was a huge pickmeup!

Yarrow plant

Yarrow plant

Here are the generic medicinal uses –

Use flowers, leaves and stems.

  • A piece of the plant held against a wound will staunch bleeding.

  • An infusion can help to break a fever.

  • A tea made from yarrow with peppermint and elderflower can be used to fight colds and flu.

  • Yarrow can be of benefit in mild cystitis.

  • Promotes digestion.

  • Improves circulation by acting as a vasodilator.

  • Lowers blood pressure.

— The next interesting item that arrived in the mail was Raspberry leaves.

Sherie from EquiSpa thought that Raspberry leaves would be great for Tess’ hormonal imbalance which we believe is what triggered this (and all) of her bouts with laminitis (at the end of her pregnancies and twice in early Spring).

Tess went bananas over the Raspberry leaves!!

ApeBananas!!

She forced her way into the tack room and took a big sniff of the bag!  I have to say, the leaves did make the tack room very fragrant.

Tess gobbled up her soaked beet pulp (and hidden Bute – undetected due to the intense fragrance and flavor of yarrow and raspberry).

Bulk raspberry leaves are very fragrant and cushy soft!

Bulk raspberry leaves are very fragrant and cushy soft!

Here are the medicinal qualities of red raspberry leaves for Tess:

The nutrients in red raspberry leaves are vitamins C, E, A, and B complex, minerals such as calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and iron and antioxidants. Red raspberry leaves also contains tannins a natural astringent that can help cleanse the outside and inside of the body naturally. These leaves even contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help ease pain and inflammation safely and naturally.

Health Benefits of Red Raspberry Leaf Tea for Women

Woman and teenage girls should drink red raspberry leaf tea daily if their menstrual cycles are irregular because the nutrients in the tea can help regulate the cycles and help ease the symptoms that come before and after the menstrual cycle such as mood swings, bloating and cramping.

 NOT OUT OF THE WOODS, BUT THE SUN HAS RISEN ON ANOTHER DAY…

Clearly, Tess isn’t out of the woods and she will have to be watched closely and fed and watered meticulously.  She is insulin resistant and hormones are a trigger.

Thank horsegods she is tenderfooted and not stoic.  I am so happy that we caught this very early.

Sally, one of the barn kitties, calls to me as she inspects Tess' stall.  Note: another water bucket...

Sally, one of the barn kitties, calls to me as she inspects Tess’ stall. Note: another water bucket…

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