Discussion in 'Tack & Equipment' started by Nightwindrider, Jul 24, 2009.
How do I know what size splint boots to buy my mare?
It depends on the maker of the boots, a lot of them will have a size chart based on the height of your horse, some give you the dimensions of the boots (height and width, not including the straps). It helps to know how big your horse's legs are, just wrap a tape measure around the leg pretty snug, about the middle of the cannon bone.
Here's an example: Partner has 9" cannons in front and 10" behind, I got him some Woof All-Purpose boots, Small for the front and Medium for the hind, and they fit fine. Those boots are 9"wide x 8"high for the smalls and 11w x 9h for the mediums. The front ones just meet at the edges when they're on him and the hinds overlap a little, which is OK as long as it doesn't interfere with the velcro straps, the same is true for a boot that's a hair small, it's OK to have a little gap between the edges of the boot as long as there's enough contact with the velcro to keep it on tight (but you don't want toooo big a gap, so that something like a stick could get in under the boot if you're trail riding).
It also makes a difference if the boots are "universal" shape or specifically designed for front or hind legs, again the companies will usually provide a size chart.
Generally, an average size horse will wear a medium, a heavy boned horse will need a large, light built horses like Arabians (and apparently, some Morgans ) might need smalls or mixed sizes. The only way to know for sure is to try them on your horse. Getting measurements of your horse's legs and asking someone who's familiar with that brand, or who can measure the actual boots for you, is the best method to see if they'll fit before you buy.
Hope this helps!
Um, yeah, morgannut did a great job at explaining.
And if you need help, if you post your horse's measurements here & what boots you want, I'm sure someone (or myself) can help ya determine the size your horse would need.
my horse is gone for the week, so no measuring
but I want wrangler leather splint boots by professionals choice, their on www.rods.com under tack-leg protection
umm if it helps doxy is a big mare, shes 16.2hh 1100lbs
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