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.
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.
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.
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!
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!