Did you know … ?
More than a quarter of a million horses require bell boots for turnout. They last, on average, fewer than 100 days.
Bell boot failure points are generally:
1) the Stitching
2) the Velcro
3) the soft bell material.
Bell boot redesigned to protect horses, the environment & pocketbooks.
GatorBootz has a unique fastener designed to open and close without the need for Velcro. Additionally, it latches at the hoof, not the ankle, meaning fewer rubs. Finally, the boot is made from a high tear strength polymer, it is designed to last.
We invite you to do the math. How many bell boots are being purchased and how many are in our land fills?
What type of Bell Boot Do I need?
Until today there have been two types of bell boots: rubber pull on and hook and loop (Velcro) over reach boots.
Rubber Pull-On Bell Boots:
Pull-on boots are usually the ones that you’ll find horses wearing all day long. They provide full-cover protection of the foot for horses that need it while turned out or during performance.
Pull on bell boots generally protect well with little to no rubbing but riders struggle to get them on and off. Generally made of a “gummy” polymer and has an average life span of about 8-10 weeks. Then riders can improve their cardio fitness by putting on and taking off a new pair. Average time to landfill: fewer than 3 months.
Open Bell Boots:
When pulling on rubber bell boots is too difficult, using a simple wrap around boot with a velcro closure is the top choice of riders. Generally, the failure point of open bells is the Velcro. Dirt and vegetation stick to the Velcro and the stitching is often the first to go. A good choice for a controlled environment such as arena riding but the time to failure for turnout is really not acceptable.
Our research has revealed many horse owners achieve fewer than 2 months from bells with this closure. It is our opinion the industry at large has conditioned consumers to purchase cheaper and cheaper bell boots so they may be considered “disposable”.
When riders add up how much they spend annually on bell boots they can discover perhaps it is not best for either their pocketbook or the environment to be tossing so much material into the dumpster, no to mention, when the boot fails, the horses are without protection.
Manufacturing companies in the equestrian industry are privately held therefore it is difficult to determine just how many bell boots are tossed in the trash annually. After much market research, a conservative guess is well over 100,000 pairs a year.
We thank you for taking the time to read and learn more about the bell boot market and GatorBootz. Retail $54.00 Life expectancy: 9 months to two years, perhaps longer- initial test horses are post 24 months!! Save Instantly one one pair: Coupon Code GatorBootz.