How many times has your horse come in from the pasture sporting just one bell boot? It never fails, either they tear apart those pull-on bell boots within a few days, or no matter how tough the velcro clasp seems to be, they inevitably fail. This is why we invented GatorBootz. The latest in the evolution of bell boots. Redesigned from the ground up, the one-piece polymer design offers unmatched durability and protection for your horse. Gatorbootz has a latch easily opened by humans but never by equines. The patented easy on/off fastener makes fumbling around putting on or removing boots a thing of the past.
Sizing: GatorBootz has an adjustable neck for a better fit no matter the size of the horse. That, combined with the no-rub collar, reduces the risk of chafing pasterns common in other bell boots. GatorBootz is specially balanced providing maximum protection from overreaching and keeps the boot from turning.
Gatorbootz comes in two sizes: Size 1 (fits Size 1 shoe), and Size 2 (fits Size 2 shoe). The variable latch and unique design accommodate nearly every ankle size, you can fit this boot on just about any horse. The Latch needs to close to the final setting to ensure it stays on.
Life expectancy: 9 months to two years, perhaps longer- initial test horses are past 24 months. When you purchase from ThinLineglobal we will replace any failed boots for one year!
The Gatorbootz’s light-weight design makes them perfect for any use. The specially designed polymer construction is stiffer than traditional gum boots so they will not tear or deteriorate. Caring about protecting your horse and caring about the environment (as well as your pocketbook) means it is time to try a new boot designed for longevity. It also means they won’t retain moisture, which is perfect for turnout in wet weather or working in soggy conditions. It also makes clean up a snap by simply hosing the boots off. (For ThinLine fans, This boot does not have any ThinLine foam, it is simply a new design by the company ThinLine)
The Gatorbootz’s unique latching system makes it easy to release the boot with just two fingers. Simply hold the top of the boot in your left hand, buckle facing you, pull down and out with your right hand, the zip tongue needs to pull down at a 45-degree angle. Easy for you, not for your horse. The left and right boots are symmetrical, which means you don’t have to worry about left and right boots. To ensure your latch remains closed, latch it to the last setting.
These boots are designed for longevity. The bell portion is made of a more durable plastic than anything else on the market. The latch will release in very aggressive situations such as cross country riding. This is designed in for safety. If you do not want the latch to release please secure it with a product like duct tape. This is frequently done with many cross country boots. Simply tape all the way around the boot, covering the latch, while riding cross country if you want to make sure the latch will not release. This is the best turnout boot on the market. If your horse gets the boot hung in something the latch will release. Which is optimal for safety. In normal turnout and riding the latch should stay securely closed. If you find the latch opens frequently your boot may be too small, simply contact us for a larger size.
OPENING THE BOOT:
There is a trick to opening these boots. Hold the top of the boot (black portion) in your left hand, buckle facing you, pull down and out with your right hand (also on the black portion), the zip tongue needs to pull down at a 45-degree angle. Once you do this it will become easy and second nature. We are able to release the boot on the horse with just two fingers. But horses cannot get the latch undone. Tips and tricks: if you find the boot a challenge to open the first time, spray a little wd-40 inside the latch. You will not need to repeat this after the first operation. Too, hose off your boot if the latch becomes encumbered with mud. It should release easily for you.
Having challenges opening the boot? If your boot ever appears to be stuck we have an emergency release system: simply place a hoof pick under the buckle, raise it up a bit and then the strap will slide out. This is not intended for frequent use, only if you need to quickly release the boot. Eventually, this means of removing the boot will stretch the latch.
GatorBootz bell boot is 100% made in the USA. Injection molding with overlay makes this boot a single piece, meaning fewer moving parts. Patented design creates a single assembly latch, securing the boot at a lower center of gravity, leaving the ankle area flexible and free of rubs.
The medium #1 size is 4 inches high 3 ½ diameter at the ankle and 5 ½ diameters at the bottom of the bell.
The large #2 size is 4 1/12 inches high 3 ¾ diameter at the ankle is and 6-inch diameter at the bottom of the bell.