Woof Wear Medical Boot!
Available in 10 different sizes. Please note: this boot must be a really snug fit, like a wetsuit, in order to work well.
A unique close fitting hoof boot designed to keep wounds, poultices and dressings clean. This boot is suitable for use in the stable and can be used on sensible horses in the paddock. The boot is designed using flexible and light materials to enable easy fitting and as a cost effective alternative to adhesive bandage and tape. Bearing this in mind exuberant horses and those having undertaken a period of box rest may damage the boot by standing on it or doing racing stops. In these situations you may wish to consider placing an overreach boot on top of the medical hoof boot or using a more traditional poultice for the first day turned out. (If using an overreach boot, we recommend the Woof Wear Ultra Kevlar Overreach Boots which you can find HERE).
Boot are expected to last 2-3 weeks under normal circumstances with many customers finding they last much longer. The boot is not indestructible and so is not guaranteed against breakage, due to the horse standing on the boot.
Featuring a grooved sole for extra grip and a Kevlar® interior for durability it also has an asymmetric zip to give the boot a really close fit (and prevent it opening) stopping bedding and other debris from getting inside.
The boot is designed for use with or without a shoe. It can assist in a number of ailments to the foot such as abscesses, punctured sole or bruised sole.
Use the size guide to ensure you have the closest fit for your horse or pony - this boot must be a really snug fit, like a wetsuit. Note - If your horse has specialist or remedial shoes, or large shoes such as Eggbars or Heartbars, you may need to go up a size to accommodate these. We recommend working with your farrier to ensure you get the most applicable size for your horse.
The hoof that the boot is to be used on must be measured accurately in mm – not in inches and then converted.
If the horse has a lot of feather, you may struggle to get the zip done up so these may need clipping.
If it is your intention to use on both front, or hind feet, and your horse is particularly ‘active’ or a bit close in his action, the risk of standing on the boot with the opposite foot is higher due to the decreased distance between the two feet. In this case you can use an overreach boot over the top of the Medical Hoof Boot to protect it. As above, we recommend the Woof Wear Ultra Kevlar Overreach Boots, which we also stock.
To get the best out of your Medical Hoof Boot:
Do not use the Medical Hoof Boot (MHB) in place of an overreach boot to prevent shoe loss. The MHB is not designed for this application and will not protect against overreaching.
We recommend always using a generous sized overreach boot over the top of MHB to protect it should your horse stand on himself or overreach (so likely a size up from the one you might normally use). We recommend this on both front and hind hooves. The overreach boot needs to touch the ground so it covers as much of the black rubber foot part as possible.
Measure, Measure, Measure…
The MHB is designed to be a snug fit so it doesn’t fall off. If you do not measure accurately or buy a size too big it can result in damage to the MHB due to the boot being trodden on by the other foot.
i) Measure width carefully (in mm) before bandaging, with or without shoe
ii) Choose size per guide (don’t go to next size up)
iii) No need to add extra for dressings (if dealing with an abscess, no extra bandages are required, only your Animalintex/poultice, a turn or two of wrap to keep that in place, then the boot on top – nothing else)
- Close all straps prior to washing
- Machine wash max 30°C, gentle spin
- DO NOT tumble dry
- DO NOT leave boots in strong sunlight