Horse Fanciers, What’s This?

July 5, 2012

See the full post for a question that has been bugging me.

HorseBoot6004Left you'll see a horse boot of some sort. I saw this in a stall at the Cannon Falls Valley Fair July 1 and took the photo. There was no one around to ask about it. 

It looks to me like a boot that you can slip onto a horse's hoof and lower leg and fill with water (warm or cold as needed) for theraputic reasons. The horses were all sulky racing horses so the need for something like this seems possible.

Or maybe it's for delivering some sort of liquid treatment for hoof problems?

I'd love to know if anyone knows…

  1. Reply

    It is a hoof warmer. No, no, wait. A prothesis. Someone left their purse?

  2. Reply

    Looks like these are whirlpool boots which can be used for therapy or injury recovery or as a way to administer medication. Think of it like soaking your feet in a tub after a long day. Here is a website:
    that shows the same product with accessories and information.
    Hope that helps.

  3. Reply

    Suzanne, thanks! Yes that’s exactly them. So whirlpool boots. I could use a pair of those myself!!!! I should have guessed you would know.

  4. Reply

    Thanks Melly, I think I could make a purse out of one!

    • Laura
    • July 8, 2012

    I’m glad you posted this. I didn’t think there was anything close to this on the market as yet. It has been determined that cryotherapy treatment for the first 36 hours of a laminitic episode is essential for stopping the lamellar destruction in a hoof. We’re talking ice water that circulates and completely freezes the leg for 3 days. This unit looks like a start in the right direction of that. Whether this boot would be adequate, don’t know, but there is a definite need for this kind of therapy and expect to see improvements in the near future. They’d be using cold, not hot…stops inflammation from impact on the track, same with laminitis. It’s the inflammation that does the damage.

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