I’ve wanted ice boots for Simon for a long time. I feel like it’s important to do everything reasonably in my power to keep my horse sound and happy for as long as I can. To me, icing after jumping & hard rides on the front tendons is a pretty solid idea. Will this prohibit him from ever breaking? No. Will it help a little bit? I think so.
So with a Christmas gift card in tow, I ordered the Cool Boots from Dover Saddlery. I’ve tried them now three times, and am completely underwhelmed. The good news is that Dover stands by their products, and will let me return the used boots.
In the product image, the boots seem pretty thick and fluffing with freezable gel. When I opened the package, they are actually only about .5″ thick and pretty stiff. They are straight rectangles and can be used on either leg. This is good, because they’re long enough to cover some knee and ankle or be used on hind. This is also not good, because they’re really hard to get on.
The velcro wants to attach itself to everywhere else, and because they have 0 shape you have to fight to get them tight on your horse’s leg.
The third time I used these, I wrapped them around as TIGHT as I felt like was safe. After 15 minutes, they only got the back of his cannon bone, the top of his knee, and the outsides of his ankles cold. All those tendons in the front I’m concerned about? Still warm for our ride.
To be fair, my friend suggested that I wet his legs down first and then try them. I gave up before then, so maybe they work a lot better with wet legs?
Really, it feels like the boots
a) have no shape and can’t contour to the leg
b) aren’t touching the tendons at all
Not a product I would recommend. I want to return these for different ice boots, but don’t know what to get. Any suggestions for me?