The Hoof Sock
Decline in quality
Well, I purchased a hoof sock 4 years ago and used it 4 times for about 3 weeks each for a 17.3 Cyldesdale cross to cover a wrapped hoof recovering from an abscess. It was used for turn out and stood the test. Other than the velcro wearing out, it was perfect and super durable. I decided to order a new one to have a spare, and was tired of ductaping it closed. I noticed the new one seemed to be of new fabrics and much tinner. Well it lasted one night of turn out and the bottom fell apart. It cames apart at the seams and shredded the bottom! Hence...the thinner fabric. VERY DISAPPOINTED!!!! Would not buy another!!!
March 30, 2013
Didn't hold up for me
I used this on a yearling WB who had a nasty abscess and was on stall rest. Horse had a epsom poultice, diaper and then this sock. Thought it would save me duct taping etc. but it only held up for 5 days before she torn thru the bottom. She was on rubber mats and straw bedding, if that makes any difference.
November 7, 2012
Got the job done!
I started fostering my draft gelding in May, and like many rescues his feet were in miserable shape. He had abscesses and a 2" deep cut in his right front frog. And then, it started raining, and raining, and raining... and he got thrush.
If you've ever tried duct-taping a draft-sized hoof, particularly one attached to 1500 lbs of completely green, suffering horse, then you have an idea of why a sock would be amazing even if it only lasts three days!
I'm a pro at duct-taping hooves but he was too much for any amount of duct-tape, wearing through four or five layers in under 12 hours and thus letting water into the bandaging. The hoof sock, with extra duct tape, kept his hoof dry for three days, which was enough time for the thrush treatment to start really working.
After the boot died, I used the foam insert to give my duct-tape wrapping more stability, and with four layers of tape it kept his foot mostly dry for about 24 hours at a time.
The extra-large was a bit too small, so this product might work better on a normal sized hoof. However, I took the advice of other reviewers and duct-taped the outside of the boot, and duct-taped the hoof itself, and it still had worn through in less than 72 hours.
All in all, I would recommend this product to anyone fighting thrush or abscesses, even though the sock itself ripped within three days. The pad is still solid after three weeks of use, and those three days that his hoof was kept 100% dry were a turning point in his treatment. It's easy to use and stays on very well,
October 5, 2012
not for my horse
My farrier put these on my horse (with the padded inserts) late Monday afternoon and he destroyed them by 9:30 Tuesday morning having never left the confines of his stall.
August 22, 2012
I purchased these for my miniature horse/small pony because they said they measured the right size for my horse. unfortunately they were too big, missized. smart pak, was wonderful, they sent me a new pair, measured to make sure the size was right and then sent me a free return label. this service was above and beyond. I would purchase these again, but wish this company would make them for the smaller minis also. there is a large demand out there for mini size boots.
May 7, 2012
I ordered the xs size , ordered it per the size they said it would fit. Well didnt fit my pony, too big, and so i measured the hoof slipper and it is much bigger than the measurements they gave for the xs. Would love to see them make an xxs size for my small pony.
April 24, 2012