Another awesome thing about Flex Boots is that parts are interchangeable (and of course every piece is replaceable too).
You can put bigger or smaller neoprene gaiters on the boots if the horse has thin or thick pasterns, and you can also change the size of the TPU gaiter at the back. It’s the rubbery part at the back of the boot that turns into the pastern strap at the front of the leg.
Flex Boots are sold individually so if you need a different sized boot for each foot, that’s fine too.
As a standard with all the boots, the back strap has 2 possible height settings. Most horses use the higher setting for the front feet and the lower one for the back feet. Using the lower setting will pull the rubbery gaiter closer to the heel bulbs for a closer fit.
Most horses are fine with the standard boot but it’s handy if the horse has more fleshy heel bulbs, or is lower in the heels, to have a custom option for a perfect fit.
If we need a bigger TPU gaiter (the rubbery one), most likely the pastern strap struggles to close at the front of the leg and the angle of the strap is wrong.
If we have the opposite issue, then we may not have enough holes at the front of the leg to tighten the pastern strap enough, and/or the TPU gaiter bulges out at the back of the foot even when the back strap goes through the lower setting.
NOTE: We’re not trying to boot fixable pathologies such as excessively high heels or flared hooves.
- Walls under control, not 20 mm wide and 10 mm high and uneven. Nice symmetry all the way around.:
- Flare is gone
- Foot is under the horse - heels and toes are back
- Walls under control, not 20 mm wide and 10 mm high and uneven. Nice symmetry all the way around.
- Bars to the level of the sole
- Frequent trims to keep the feet nice and comfortable for the horse all the time (a little in between maintenance is usually all that is required)
I’ve got an example here of a horse that has a modified boot on 3 feet.
He has high low front feet (left front is smaller, more upright, and narrower with a higher heel bulb, and right front is bigger, wider, and lower).
Hello Thoroughbreds – hard to boot, particularly when you want something lightweight, streamlined, and “as little boot as possible”.
(I have 4 TB’s and whilst I don’t ride all of them, they all fit into Flex Boots- front AND back feet- with the trimming I was already doing before the boots came along. So, whilst there are differences in trimming styles across the board, there’s also a universal red thread which yields a similar looking foot with the finer points being up for discussion. Again, we are not out to boot fixable pathology!)
I digress. Did you know that in Finnish that's called rönsyily?!
The hind feet are turned out, he’s another terrible boot twister and in the past, he has not EVER gone into just one brand of boots front and back.
Pic 1 – Right front, Low foot. Measures 138mm wide so needs a 140 sized shell. But you can see how the rubber TPU gaiter is bulging at the back – it’s OK but not ideal.
Pic 2 – Right front – Still a 140 sized shell, but with a smaller 130 sized TPU gaiter. See how now the boot is hugging the hoof nicely – perfect!
Pic 3 – Left front, high foot. Perfect in the standard 130 boot off the shelf.
Pic 4 – Hind foot in a standard 130 boot. Note how the gaiter again is gaping at the back. It’s Ok, he’s been working like this already and it’s been fine, but we can get it better.
Pic 5 – Hind foot with a 130 shell and a smaller 120 sized TPU gaiter. A much nicer fit now.
Pic 6 - Freddie and I agreeing that using the photos is better since I can't seem to talk properly on the video and Freddie can't seem to keep his willy in to look presentable.