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Soft-Ride’s Comfort Boots and gels, Ice Spa and SoftRider can be used on healthy horses and those suffering from laminitis or other foot/hoof issues. Horse owners use Soft-Ride Comfort Boots as part of their daily routine to help keep their horses healthy. Our horse hoof boots and gels offer protection when stabling and transporting, and provide relief to tender-footed horses. The Soft-Ride Ice Spa aids in recovery after a workout or performance, and can be used for therapeutic purposes when treating common hoof disorders. The SoftRider is our new shoe that places the load on the center of the hoof rather than the outside wall. It’s dual density construction helps increase blood flow to the hoof, reduces strain and pressure on the coffin bone and navicular region, and isolates the concussive force of impact with the ground on the horse’s skeletal system, all while providing improved multi-directional traction.
The deep gel in Soft-Ride orthotics reaches into the crevices of a horse’s foot and massages the frog, helping the natural pumping motion that circulates blood as a horse shifts it weight on its feet. So no matter if your horse is at home or on the road, Soft-Ride’s horse boots make any stable feel like a perfect pasture. And a more-comfortable horse means a better performing horse.
Soft-Ride hoof boots help make travel less stressful for your horse. A trip in the trailer is usually filled with bumps, vibration, and stress. Soft-Ride boots protect the hoof and put even pressure on the foot’s frog, enabling your horse to naturally pump blood back up his leg, increasing circulation and reducing inflammation. A less-stressful trip means that your horse arrives more relaxed and more rested, making him ready to perform right out of the trailer.
Immediate comfort is always the first priority when a horse is in pain. That's why thousands of horse owners rely on Soft-Ride Equine Comfort Boots and Ice Spa in their daily routine for their horses. Vets around the world rely on Soft-Ride's horse boots to relieve suffering from a wide variety of hoof conditions and disorders such as:
There’s a reason professional athletes soak in an ice bath after a hard workout or game: it helps them recover more quickly. The same holds true for your horse. Top trainers and riders use the Soft-Ride Ice Spa to immerse hooves, lower legs, and knees to recover for their next event.
The SoftRider’s dual density construction concentrates the horse’s weight in the middle of the hoof, increasing blood flow to and from the foot. SoftRiders support the entire hoof, thus reducing the potential for injuries to soft tissues. This is the same principle used in the gel orthotics in Soft-Ride’s Equine Comfort Boots.
SoftRiders help with lateral breakover in a horse’s stride. Unlike a traditional peripheral loading shoe, SoftRiders allow a horse’s foot to roll over naturally, thus reducing strain and stress on tendons. The SoftRider’s rubber tread also provides better grip than traditional shoes on all surfaces.
Veterinarian Bobby Boyd explains how SoftRiders help his horse, Dixie, continue to perform well in team roping as an aged horse.
Bet Yer Blue Boons made Cowgirl Hall of Famer Lindy Burch a better rider, trainer and showman...and a World Champion.
Cowgirl Hall of Famer Lindy Burch firmly believes that the Soft-Ride Ice Spa and Soft-Ride Boots have helped prolong the careers of her cutting horses.
Jackyl was a celebrated team roping heel horse who enjoyed a 16-year career, thanks in part to Soft-Ride Boots.
World Champion Heeler Patrick Smith relies on Soft-Ride boots to keep his horse, Amigo, comfortable on the road and at home.
Jade Corkill talks about keeping his senior horse, Jackyl, comfortable while traveling and standing at ropings and rodeos with Soft-Ride Boots.
How and why Soft-Ride Boots work- learn about the benefits of Soft-Ride hoof boots and ice spas from the professionals.
How to use the Ice Spa Prolong (Pro) with Dr. Joe Stricklin. Highlights the ease of use, the new zipper-less design, and the new retention collar design that makes it even easier to use. Dr. Joe also highlights the channelled orthotic design which allows for better water flow to the hoof, used both for foundered and hoof abscesses hooves.
Brian Bell uses Soft-Ride Comfort Boots to keep his horses comfortable in the stalls while away at competitions. Soft-Ride Boots also give a competitive advantage because a well rested horse will do better, and therefore has a higher likelihood of earning more.
Whether treating new trauma, managing healing injuries or simply keeping hardworking horses sound, cold therapy is a powerful tool, and the Soft-Ride Ice Spa is the easiest way to make icing your horse’s hooves part of your regular routine.
This article from Equus magazine outlines the benefits of icing therapy and offers some guidelines on how and when to ice.
With all the money on the line in team roping and the price of a horse to get you to the pay window, taking care of that horse has become more critical than ever. Read about it on Team Roping Journal.
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