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.
We expect the boot 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.
Available in 10 different sizes, (please click on the fitting and sizing tabs above for more details) 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.
To get the best out of your Medical Hoof Boot:
Check out our FAQ's under the 'Specs' tab at the top of the page.
How long will they last?
They should last for 2 – 3 weeks turn out or longer if stabled. The biggest danger to the longevity of the boot is if the horse were to stand on it and damage it – they are not indestructible!
Can they be used shod or unshod?
Yes. The boot is designed for use with or without a shoe.
How do you know how to buy the right size?
Click on the 'Sizing' tab at the top of the page to find everything you need to know about choosing the right size.
Can I ride in these?
Can I turnout in these?
Yes. Ground conditions must be reasonably dry and for the benefit of the horses comfort, fairly flat. We would not recommend you try and use them in very wet and muddy conditions.
How easy are they to put on?
These boots should be a snug fit (think wetsuit), you may need a couple of goes to get the hang of it but after that it should be very straight forward. There are video guides on the website to show you how to put them on.
How long can you leave them on for?
Common sense must prevail! The boot is not breathable as its designed to be water resistant so we would suggest that the maximum length of use during any one ‘fitting’ is one week.
Is there any guarantee on them?
The boot is not indestructible and the product is not guaranteed against breakage due to the horse standing on the boot.
Are they waterproof?
The zip is not waterproof.
Are they breathable?
My horse has a Keratoma – can I use it for that?
Medical Hoof Boot is designed to protect dressings and keep them clean, dry and free from dirt and bedding etc, so would be suitable for use with a Keratoma. However, with an injury of this nature we strongly advise you use the boot in accordance with, and guidance from, your Vet and/or Farrier.
My horse suffers from Thrush – can I use it?
The Medical Hoof boot provides protection to the foot from foreign material such as dirt and bedding. This gives a controlled environment for topical medication to be applied to the foot and to keep it clean. The Medical Hoof Boot will not cure Thrush but it can help in the treatment of it. We recommend that you use the boot in accordance with, and guidance from, your Vet and/or Farrier.
Is it suitable for use to prevent mud fever?
The boot will cover the foot and pastern so will keep them free from mud, but as it only goes up to just below the fetlock joint, it will not be suitable if the field has deep mud. Common sense must prevail with regards to the length of time the boots are fitted and the environment the horse is turned out in.
Can I use in the case of laminitis?
The Medical Hoof Boot is designed to protect dressings etc and the foot in the event of shoe loss. However by its nature it does offer some support and certainly some relief for the foot. If wishing to use in cases of laminitis, we recommend that you use the boot in accordance with, and guidance from, your Vet and/or Farrier.
My horse suffers from Thrush and/or Seedy Toe (aka White Line Disease) – can I use it?
The Medical Hoof boot provides protection to the foot from foreign material such as dirt and bedding. This gives a controlled environment for topical medication to be applied to the foot and to keep it clean. The Medical Hoof Boot will not cure Thrush or Seedy Toe but it can help in the treatment of it. We recommend that you use the boot in accordance with, and guidance from, your Vet and/or Farrier.
Can I use instead of Overreach boots when my horse is turned out?
No, we do not recommend this as if your horse is prone to standing on himself, this will damage the boot. We would recommend our Kevlar Overreach boot for turnout or any of our other 3 styles of Overreach boot for ridden work. If you are concerned your horse will stand on the Medical Hoof Boot during use, we would recommend fitting an overreach boot over the top to protect it. It’s is still important that you purchase the correct size of Medical Hoof Boot for your horses foot, particularly if you are using boots on both front or hind feet and if your horse is particularly active/close coupled.
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.
Measuring Rules: i) Measure width carefully 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
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