So much amazing stuff has been going on this past week- there’s so much to share, so there may be a LOT of blogging going on this week- that is, in between the barrel races tonight, tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday. We’ll also be taking a trip to Mt. Rushmore on Friday. There’s still colts to ride, and I have some really good video showcasing Dino and another colt of ours.
But first, let’s get to what really rocked my weeekend: The article in the Barrel Horse News that I was interviewed for, about Iconoclast Equine. They are, I believe, going to revolutionize the way we use boots on our horses. I’d always used polo wraps, as I believed they were the best support for the suspensory ligament in my horses, but since these came along, I’ve been only using polo wraps on the back legs.
Back in December I got an email from a friend of mine, Tracy Henderson, about these amazing boots. Her mare was always really nice and ran well, in the top of the 2d to the bottom of the 1d, but when she started using the boots, her mare started clocking a half second faster. Did I believe a boot could make a horse clock faster? I was skeptical, but I trust Tracy and her judgement, and based on how the boots work, there was no way, I wasn’t interested in trying them! They were developed by Dr. Chris Ray (who some of you might recall was the surgeon that saved Shuttle’s stifle joint for me last year) and man named Ward Heid.
What makes the boot so wonderful, is that they have a patented double sling design that actually allows the boot to cradle and lift the suspensory just like a polo wrap would do, but I think it does a better job. They are now being endorsed by professional barrel racer Jackie (Dube) Jatzlau who also used polo wraps before these boots came along.
My portion of the article has been republished here for you to read:
South Dakotan, Jennifer Zeller has been riding barrel horses for the public for the last three years. She decided to ty the Iconoclast boots fter hearing of Ray’s involvement in their development.
“I know that he is just a really good leg vet, and I trust him,” she said. “I had too many friends [dealing] with suspensory issues, so when I got an email that Dr. Ray had helped develop the boot, I thought that it was a boot that I needed to try.”
Zeller’s main horse has just recovered from an injury and returned to competition. She has found that the boots are helping her horse stop paddling and track straighter.
“She has a really long pastern and she kind of goes a little east and west with her front feet,” she said, “and I feel they help suck all that up a lot more than I can do with a polo wrap.”
Zeller alos likes the fact that the boots are light and easy to put on.
“You can’t screw them up,” she said. “They come in small, medium and large, and you fit them based on the width of the horses’s cannon bone, so you can get a better fit for the horse, and you don’t get dirt in the boots.”
If you are interested in purchasing the boots, please let me know and I’ll put you in touch with Tracy Henderson, who is a dealer.