Zebra Equine Technologies Rear BootPart Number: Med-Rear-BK | Questions about this item? Be the first to ask here.
Zebra Equine Technologies Rear Boot
Why do I love these boots? Well let's face it, like most riders I'm paranoid about injuring any part of my horse unintentionally during training. Keeping the legs strong without injury is a key component. These boots allow you to monitor the heat in your horse's legs from an app on your phone. Thus assisting you, in preventing injury to your horse. Love this whole concept. I currently have them in trial with cutting, reining and barrel horse peeps, who are raving about the boots (of course could be the fact that they can see the temperature changes on an app - go geeks!) We have a limited supply currently, and a slight price break so order while you can!
- Bluetooth Temperature Sensor reports real-time temperature to an app.
- Thermodynamic materials pull heat from the horse's leg and help maintain a comfortable level
- The Best flexible multi-impact protection technology
- Perforated materials allow for ventilation
- Strong grip closures make these boots long-lasting and easy to put on
- Lightweight, contoured for a perfect fit
- Fits nicely to protect your horse
- Available in multiple colors and sizes
While horse boots are designed to protect from injury and interference, most boots have not been designed to protect against injury caused by overheating.
During exercise skin temperature under boots or wraps increases significantly, sometimes more than 30% according to Dr. Simone Westermann, a researcher at the University of Veterinary Medicine.
"Too much heat can damage tendon cells, as well" say's Simone, "high heat can prevent sufficient oxygen from reaching tendon cells, which can lead to insufficient cell metabolism and overuse injuries."
One study shows after five minutes of galloping, the core of Superficial Digital Flexor Tendon (SDFT) heats to 45°C (113°F ).
After one similar test of a five minute workout with the new Z Boot, the leg temperature was recorded at 81.8°F. The app will warn you if your horse's leg temperature exceeds 105 degrees F.
Having a comfortable fit is essential to keeping the legs protected and cool.
The chart below indicates the height of the lower leg, the circumference of the fetlock joint, and how many hands your horse measures (distance from the ground to the highest point of the withers).
The Z BOOT is available in large, medium, and small sizes.
Z BOOT SIZING TIPS
- Take into consideration all 3 measurements, including density of the lower leg bone, to indicate the right boot size for your horse.
- The fetlock joint circumference is the most important measurement to consider in choosing the right size. This is an area that is most susceptible to impact, penetration, and overheating.
- The boot material should overlap in this area of the fetlock joint and should have no gap where the leg is not covered by the boot.
- DO NOT OVER-TIGHTEN THE BOOT to cause an overlap in the boot. If a gap is visible or you are having to pull the boot tight to overlap the boot then you will need a larger size of boot (please refer to the chart above).
- To be safe, it is best to choose the next boot size up from the measurements you have taken of your horse. The boot should fit snug, but not tight since a tight boot slows blood circulation and tendon flexion.