There're boots (FarmWife's, pictured) and and then there're boots (mine, below) and boots (suspensory). And THOSE—suspensory, support or protective boots—are what I want to talk about today. (And yes, I know that there are a million other kinds, too, but a mule has only so much time.)
I love my Easyboot Epics, and I would gladly wear a second pair on my hind hooves if the opportunity presented itself. So far, it hasn't, but it's only a matter of time until a mule of my caliber starts seeing the corporate sponsorship love. All in due time!
In the meantime, FarmWife wonders about protective or supportive boots. You know, the kind that make a mule look very fancy, ready for anything, and primed for tremendous athletic accomplishment?
Really, I would love to have some. I think they'd look sassy. The arguments in favor of wearing something like a Sports Medicine Boot are thus:
- I love to accessorize.
- FarmWife loves to dress me up.
- Nothing is too good for Dear Fenway.
- My legs are worth their weight in gold.
- I do hard work, surmounting precipitous slopes in challenging footing.
- I own no boots.
- I am on a wicked tight budget.
- I do not jump, do speed events, or otherwise work in a capacity of extreme athleticism.
- I have sensitive skin and am prone to rashes.
- I always know where my hoofies are and I have never managed to hurt my lower legs.
- I have tendons like rocks.
- My only symptom of unsoundness is an unsightly (but painless) thoroughpin on my hock, nowhere near and having nothing to do with the area supported by suspensory boots.
So, what's your take? I know people who won't take a horse out of the barn without protective boots on every leg, and then I know folks who feel that booting is an expensive and potentially irritating encumbrance, more likely to cause harm than good.
I'd love your opinion, even though it's not likely to send me running to the nearest Professionals Choice outlet. After all, there's that budget.
Your barely-booted friend,