Horse Boots 101 | Which Boots Are Best For Your Horse?

There are many things horse owners have in common; with one of the main commonalities being our horse’s safety and well-being. And so many of us use boots to “protect our horse’s legs”. But how well do we know the true benefits of horse boots? Here we have all the different styles of boots and their leg protecting benefits and purposes!

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Open Front Tendon Boots

Tendon boots are similar to the brushing boots. However tendon boots are typically constructed from a hard-wearing shell for further protection and impact absorption. They are used for all types of riding and disciplines, but are more commonly used for jumping. (i.e. Show-jumping, eventing, cross-country). When jumping, there is a higher risk of the hind legs catching and striking the front legs over jumps. Open front boots are also preferred as it gives the horse more leg-to-pole awareness. Designed mainly to protect the horse’s leg tendons, they also provide protection to the lower leg ligaments and fetlocks.


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Over Reach Boots / Bell Boots

Over Reach Boots, also known as ‘Bell Boots’, are designed to help prevent your horse over-striding with his back toes and clipping the back of their front hooves. Over reaching is a relatively common occurrence for horses; and is especially common during any form of jumping, during turnout or in muddy conditions. They help protect the back of your horse’s front feet from being caught when over-striding, which can cause painful injuries and wounds. Over reach boots are usually made from rubber, however there are now many other materials, qualities and colours to choose from – so take your pick!


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Brushing Boots

Brushing Boots are a highly popular choice when it comes to horse boots. But why? The lower part of a horse’s leg is the place most prone to occurring injury or splints. A place where the tendon resides, this is a place that can easily be damaged during riding, exercise or turnout. These can be used on all four of a horses legs to prevent knocks, scratches and bruises. Horses legs play a huge factor when it comes to purchasing or selling a horse, so it is best to try keep a horses legs scar and injury-free by using brushing boots during any form of exercise. Brushing boots are also popular for competition horses to ensure optimum performance and a clean appearance.


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Bandages

Bandages are a universal style of boot designed to prevent injuries and support/protect horses tendons and ligaments. Firstly, bandages can used as a from of a medical dressing should a horse endure a wound or splint. As it provides protection, comfort and warmth – they can help prevent matters escalating. Secondly, bandages are highly popular for competition horses; especially dressage. Made from a soft, elastic material, they help warm up horses legs to encourage optimum movement and flexibility.

Bandages can also be used when transporting a horse. Either worn alone, under travel boots or over bandage pads, as they are a great way to optimise protection. However, if applied too tightly, it can cause sores, rubbing and reduces circulation for your horse’s legs, so it is important to ensure they are secure but not too tight. Once fitted, slide two of your fingers down the top to check for a slight-give.

These are a popular choice during the colder months to prevent swelling, stiffness and impact injuries from hard, solid ground.


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Fetlock Rings

Similar to Over Reach Boots, Fetlock Rings are a doughnut style ring that fits around a horse’s fetlock. Constructed from a thick rubber band, a Fetlock Ring is designed to prevent over striding injuries or sores to the back of the front-fetlocks. Ideal for those horse’s who have a tendency of striking between the Coronet band and the ankle joint. A great tack-room addition for high-endurance exercising, during turnout or for green/young horses.


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Wraps

Wraps are a hybrid between brushing boots and bandages. Designed to fit similarly to bandages and provide the benefits of both styles, these are a highly popular style of boot for all horses. They are a great way to protect the tendons, ligaments and fetlocks during exercise and turnout. They’re also a beneficial for reducing stiffness and swelling. With secure, snug-fit, they prevent dirt from getting under the boot and causing irritation. Which means they’re also an excellent way to keep your horse’s legs cleaner. Offering flexibility and comfort, these are a fab option for all types of horses – competition, young, old, green or injured horses.


Travel Boots

Transporting our horse can be high-risk for accidents and injuries. Whether your horse is a nervy traveller or is as calm as a cucumber, Travel Boots are always recommended! No matter if your journey is long or short, you want to protect your horse’s legs no matter what, and so travel boots are a fab way to do so. They are constructed to cover from the hocks right down to the horses fetlock on the back, and just over the front knee down to the fetlocks on the front legs.

Most commonly designed with Velcro-straps to offer a quick application/removable.

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Medical Boots

Pamper your horse, get them feeling their best and improve their performance with equine therapy Medical Boots. Here at Naylors we offer an array of different medical boots, varying in their purpose. From freeze boots, to magnetic boots to heating boots. Use before or after exercise or turnout to improve circulation, reduce swelling and encourage freedom of movement. Medical boots typically target tendons and joints of the lower limbs. Ideal for all horses, especially older horses, those in training, injured, post-injured horses and competition horses. Choose from either front boots, back boots or hock medical boots here.


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Stable Boots

Stable Boots are a way to keep your horse’s legs protected, warm and injury free whilst they’re in their stable. They can be used for most horses, but are particularly good for those with arthritis, elderly, post-injured and competition horses. And are a safe way to prevent your horse from injuring themselves when rolling in the stable. The use of stable boots are more popular during the colder months to reduce swelling and stillness caused by the cold weather.


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Turnout Boots

There are many risks for your horse during turnout, and many horses endure injuries, scratches and sores whilst being out in the field. So turnout boots are a great way to minimise the risk of a pricey vet bill! The use of turnout boots are again great for any horse, but are highly popular for elderly horses, competition horses and post-injured horses. There are a variety of turnout boots to choose from, but a great pair for any horse are the Arma Mud Socks. Designed to protect the legs, the mud socks also prevent the risk of mud fever/mud rash.


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Fetlock Boots

Fetlock boots carry the same properties as brushing boots, however they solely target and protect the hind fetlocks. These are highly popular for show-jumping, cross-country and eventing, as it is common for horses to kick, scrape or catch their hind legs on their own fetlocks or a jump/obstacle.


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Temporary Shoe Boots

Temporary Shoe (or hoof) Boots are designed to offer protection from injuries, bruises or soreness – after incurring an injury or if your horse has lost a shoe. These are a great option for those with sensitive soles from being barefoot or after/during an injury to protect the frog and soles from a solid ground. Temporary shoe boots should only be used for a short period of time and with a vets discretion.


We hope you found this article informative and gave you a better understanding of the benefits/purpose of horse boots! If you have any questions please feel free to ask us in the comments section below.


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Naylors Sponsor: Bolton & District Riding Club Ridden Showing 2020

Naylors are proud to announce our Ridden Showing Sponsorship for Bolton & District Riding Club 2020!

As we are huge fans of Bolton & District Riding Club we want to show our admiration and support to both the organisation and the competitors who will be participating in the Bolton & District Ridden Showing this year.

Therefore, we are over the moon to announce we will be offering the following prizes to the successful competitors:

Overall Supreme Points Champion will receive a Naylors Gift Card for the value of £200.

And…

Overall Reserve Points Champion will receive a Naylors Gift Card for the value of £100.

Bolton & District Riding Club Chairman, John Campbell-Higgens, has said:

Bolton and District Riding Club is a fun family orientated club which has been running since 1962. We are proud to have Naylors as our Ridden Champion again for our 2020 season.  The club caters for all ages including lead rein, beginners and novices with a wide range of classes within our full schedule of shows during the summer season including Ridden Showing, In-Hand Showing, Show Jumping, Working Hunter, Equitation, Childrens Classes, Unaffiliated Dressage and much less serious fun show.

The club works to promote the sports of equestrianism in a supporting and friendly manner, rewarding and supporting our members.  Thanks to Naylors 2020 sponsorship, the Overall Supreme Points Champion will win a £200 Naylors Gift Card and our Overall Reserve Supreme Points Champion will win a £100 Naylors Gift Card.

Once again, the club is affiliated with STARS Champion of Champions at Aintree International Arena and look forward to supporting our qualifying members and seeing them in the club provided Hoodies once again.”  

Will you be competing at Bolton & District Riding Club this season? Tag us at ‘@naylorsonline’ in your photos and successes throughout the year to keep us up to date. We want to wish a massive good-luck to everyone competing this season!

For more information on Bolton & District Riding Club, memberships, location and more, click here.


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Horse Weight Gain | Advice From A Baileys Feed Expert

Thought we were done with Winter? Not just yet! During winter, our horses are more receptive to both weight and muscle loss; and so weight gain is usually a shared goal for many horse owners throughout the colder months.

Here are the most common reasons our horses lose weight during winter:

  • The reduction of nutrition and goodness in our hay/haylage
  • Our horse’s metabolism speeds up to keep them warm – resulting in weight loss
  • Muscle loss due to reduced/minimal exercise
  • Minimal to zero turnout grazing

To keep your horse in tip-top condition, Caroline Dickens joins us at our Rochdale Superstore to provide advise on healthy winter weight gain. With great information on choosing the right feed, how often and how much.

Weight Gain Horse Feeds | Baileys Horse Feeds At Naylors

Here are Caroline’s weight-gain feed recommendations:

Baileys No.4 Top Line Conditioning
Baileys No.21 Ease & Excel
Baileys No.21 Ease & Excel
Baileys
Outshine 20kg
Baileys Outshine 20kg
Baileys Keep Calm 20kg
Baileys Keep Calm 20kg
Fibre-Beet 20kg
Fibre-Beet 20kg

Baileys Tasty Treats 5kg
Baileys Tasty Treats 5kg

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Read our blog post all about body scoring and weight management here:

Weight and Body Scoring»

To find out more about weight gain and conditioning click here!

You can contact Caroline for more information on 07801022722. Alternatively, contact a Baileys nutrition advisors on 01371850247 or email at nutrition@baileyshorsefeeds.co.uk


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NAF Five Star Loyalty Scheme – Save £10

Five star treatment for your horse, five star rewards for you!

Love NAF? Find out how you can take advantage of the NAF Loyalty scheme in-store and get vouchers worth £10 to spend on your favourite items!

Do you have a NAF loyalty card?

It’s as easy as 1… 2… 3… 4… 5!
Next time you visit us in-store ask a member of staff for a NAF Five Star Rewards card. Each time you spend £25 on NAF items you’ll receive a gold star on your card.
Once you’ve collected 5 gold stars fill in your personal information and send your card with the receipts for each of your purchases to;
NAF Five Star Rewards Loyalty Scheme
Wonastow Road Industrial Estate West
Monmouth
NP25 5JA

Tack Care

From soap bars and sprays to neatsfoot oil and conditioners, NAF saddlery care products are a tack room essential! Designed to offer hassle free fantastic results, they’re great value, easy to use and effective.

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Lotions and Potions

Designed to cater for all levels of horse and rider from children’s ponies to Olympic gold medal winners NAF believe that every horse deserves five star treatment! So, whether your aim is silky smooth or brighter than white, they’ve got just what you need to keep your horses mane, tail and coat looking brilliant.

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First Aid

From dressings and wound creams to purple spray and mud barriers, NAF produce everything you need to keep your equine first aid kit stocked up to treat and prevent a range of common ailments.

NAF Loyalty - First Aid

Supplements

A healthy horse is a happy horse! By using only the very best natural ingredients NAFs team of dedicated veterinary scientists have created tailored formulas targeting every area of horse health from joints and breathing to hooves and digestion.

NAF Loyalty - Supplements

Giving your horse the Five Star treatment just became even more rewarding! Save £10 on your NAF purchase in-store by collecting NAF Loyalty Points. Simply pick up a card next time you visit!
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Stride For Healthy Hooves This Season – Our Guide

As we’re now fully in the swing of 2020, it is common practise to believe winter is now done and dusted with (we wish!). Sadly however, the weather is likely to get a lot worse from now right up until March, so get prepared! Winter is a time our horse’s are more respective to hoof problems; so before the weather get’s worse, now is the time to maintain your horse’s healthy hooves.

The importance of healthy hooves can sometimes be overlooked when it comes to our horse’s health and care. Playing a very fundamental part of our horse’s overall health, without healthy hooves your horse may go on to endure severe lameness, soreness and sometimes lifelong hoof-issues. So, let’s avoid those vet bills and stride for healthy hooves this winter.

Below you’ll find the most common winter-related hoof problems and our guide to help prevent them this winter!

 

Please note: these are ways to help prevent hoof infections & problems. If you suspect any hoof-issues with your horse we strongly advice contacting your vet first.

 

Thrush

What Is Thrush?What Is Thrush?

Thrush is a bacterial or fungal infection found in the centre of the frog on a horse’s hoof. Typically detected by it’s distinctive odour when hoof-picking. In some cases but not all, thrush will be visible with a black discharge which is where the infection is residing. Thrush can occur in both the front and hind feet, but is typically more common to be found in the hind feet.

Each case of thrush can vary from being mild to very aggressive. For the extreme cases, thrush can begin eroding sensitive tissue of your horse’s frog causing severe tenderness and pain.

Causes Of Thrush

Thrush may be caused by poor-living conditions. For instance, having a poor/dirty stable bedding for your horse. If there is excessive urine in the stable with little to no bedding to soak it up, urine may trigger thrush to occur. The main culprit of thrush is from your horse being stood on dirty, damp and unclean floors.

Preventing Thrush

Luckily, recovering from thrush is very common and will usually take 2 weeks when following a vet/farriers advice. However, the best thing to do for your horse and those vet bills, is it help prevent thrush altogether. To do this, ensure they have a clean and thick stable bedding. At least once a day, pick out your horse’s hooves to remove any dirty bedding and apply remedies and hoof-treatments 2-3 times a week. Also whenever your horse has been stood/exposed to dirty flooring. i.e. hacking out in mud, in poor-conditioned fields and wet/damp stables.


Cracks  & Dryness

What are Cracks & Dryness?What are Cracks & Dryness?

Cracks are caused typically by deep and malnourished hooves. Cracks can be found on the outer wall of the hoof or underneath – depending on where is dry and / or how it was caused. These are more common on hooves without shoes as they are more exposed to hard grounds and terrains.

Causes Of Cracks & Dryness

There main reasons your horse’s hooves may suffer from cracks and dryness due to over-grown hooves, terrains and physical causes or your horse’s diet and health. You may find your horse’s hooves have cracks just before they’re due a shod. When the hooves grow, they become more brittle and soft during colder seasons as apposed to when they are freshly shod. They may also suffer with cracked and dry hooves from the hard and frozen ground during winter. Another main culprit to cracked and dry hooves is when a horse may have a mineral or vitamin deficiency. This is very common during the winter months when foliage quality decreases.

Preventing Cracks & Dryness

To ensure your horse has healthy hooves throughout winter will help subside to risk of cracks and dryness. To do so, we suggest checking the state your horse’s hooves are in daily. By adding treatments and oils to the hooves will maintain the hooves wall and sole strength and protect from any other hoof issues too. If you find your horse struggles during winter on the hard and frozen ground, contact your vet to see if they have any suggestions or would advice adding shoes to your horse. Finally, we suggest adding a supplement to your horse’s diet to encourage healthy hooves. As unfortunately it is harder to determine the exact reason your horse may have cracked and dry hooves, it is better to try and avoid it with supplements in case this is the reason why.


Abscesses

What Are Abscesses?What Are Abscesses?

Abscesses are infections found in the hooves. Just like bruises, they can cause pain, soreness and lameness to a horse and are relatively common in horses. In some cases, abscesses can lead to swelling, which is an easier way to detect what is causing lameness and tenderness. A hot-to-touch hoof is also sign of an infection or abscess. An abscess is filled with puss that may sometimes ooze.

Causes Of Abscesses

Again – similar to hoof bruises – they are often caused by an impact or trauma to the hoof, typically from rocks, but can commonly caused from nails and sharp objects. This may then lead to the culprit penetrating into the sole of your horse’s hoof, into a more delicate and reactive layer of the hoof’s sole. If it reaches a blood vessel or tissue, it is then common for an infection to grow from the foreign bacteria. This is usually very painful for a horse causing sensitivity and pressure. Your vet will usually extract the abscess and drain the puss but every case varies in seriousness.

How To Prevent Abscesses

If your horse is showing signs of tenderness or lameness, we suggest calling your vet or farrier.  We also advise keeping your horse in their stable until advised differently. However, to avoid paying for a vet or farrier visit and having your horse in pain and on box-rest, here are some ways to help limit the chance of your horse getting an abscess.  Ensuring your horse has clean and dry bedding can help maintain the overall health of your horse’s hooves. Regularly shodding and daily observations of your horse’s hooves. Finally, keeping your horse’s hooves healthy, strong and moist is a great way to avoid any objects penetrating your horse’s hooves.


Bruises

What Are Hoof Bruises? Healthy HoovesWhat Are Hoof Bruises?

The sole of a horse’s hoof is tremendously delicate, and especially the frog which is why most horse’s have to resort to wearing iron shoes to protect their feet and to help avoid against lameness.
A highly common cause of lameness is from bruised soles which is commonly found on horse’s who are not shod – although those who are shod can still be receptive to sole bruising. A bruise looks somewhat similar to what human bruises look like – red/purple in colour and is from the damage to tiny red blood vessels.

Causes Of Hoof Bruises

Just like humans, bruises on our horse’s hooves are in result of an impact to a sensitive area of the skin. Bruises are most commonly caused from being on frozen and hard ground or rough and rocky terrain. For those with more sensitive hooves, it is easy for bruises to occur throughout winter. Excessive exercise on hard ground is another factor. Particularly road work or hard bridle paths. If your horse becomes lame we suggest contacting your vet before the risk of it getting worse.

Preventing Hoof Bruises

Preventing bruises can be one of the most difficult hoof-related problems to prevent. The main ways to prevent bruising throughout winter are; more conscious riding on softer surfaces. Ensuring your horse is regularly shod to keep their hooves in tip-top condition. Your farrier may suggest your horse wearing shoes if they are not already, and incurring a bruised sole. Lastly, maximising your hoof care routine is a great way to build up your horse’s hoof’s strength.

 

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Prevent your horse from these hoof-related issues and avoid those costy vet bills this season by looking after your horse’s hooves. Let us know if your horse is having any hoof-issues right now and we’ll provide some product suggestions!

 

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