This is why we invented GatorBootz, the latest in ThinLine’s quest for better horse products. Redesigned from the ground up, the one-piece polymer bell boot offers unmatched durability and protection for your horse. Gatorbootz has a patented latch designed to be opened by humans but never by equines. The boots hold to the hoof, not soft tissue. Sizing is determined by hoof size.
9 months to 3 years, perhaps longer! Initial test horses are past 36 months. Gatorbootz come with a one-year full product replacement guarantee.
The Latching System:
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 disengage at a 45-degree angle.
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, slide the latch to the last setting.
These boots are designed for longevity. The bell portion is made of the highest strength polymers (not found in any other bell boot). Designed primarily as a turn out boot. Patented neck and latch design allow this boot to fit without rubs. Gatorbootz are the most durable bell boot ever invented.
Safety: If your horse gets the boot hung in something, the latch will break on the rivets behind the buckle, which is optimal for safety. In normal turnout and riding, the latch should stay securely closed. If you find the latch opens occaisionally, your boot may be too small, simply contact us for a larger size.
Extreme Conditions: The latch may release in very aggressive situations such as cross country riding or riding through heavy mud. 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. Boots generally do not release in daily situations like turn out.
OPENING THE BOOT:
New designs mean learning a new skill. This boot’s latching system is unique. 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. Also, 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 method of removing the boot will stretch the latch, so you might not get your full three plus years out of them.
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.
Gatorbootz come in two sizes: Medium is a Size 1 (fits Size 1 shoe), and Large is a Size 2 (fits Size 2 shoe). The variable latch and unique design accommodate nearly every ankle size, so you can fit this boot on just about any horse.
We recommend a daily hosing, especially if you are using them for turnout. They wash well in the machine in cold water too. Enjoy your long lasting, hassle free boots!
Gatorbootz’s are a 100% Polymer design. The bell portion is constructed of a moderately flexible plastic. The stiffer the plastic, the longer they will last. The patented latch is plastic and attaches with plastic rivets within the bell portion. This allows the boot to not fail but provides an eventual break system should the horse hang the boot on something.
The specially designed polymer construction is stiffer than traditional gum boots so they will not tear or deteriorate. GatorBootz will not retain moisture, which is perfect for turnout in wet weather or working in soggy conditions. It also makes clean up a snap. (For ThinLine fans, This boot does not have any ThinLine foam, it is simply a new design by the company ThinLine)
Easy On-Off Fastener
One Piece Polymer Design
Hose off for simple cleaning
Horses cannot remove boot
Latch designed not to fail
Longevity – Durability – Toughness
No Rub Collar design resists chafing
Light Weight – No Moisture Retention
Fits very large horses (size 2) and average horses (size 1)
The GatorBootz fit on the hoof of the horse so sizing is done by shoe size. Horses can be tall and yet have small feet so just find out what shoe size your farrier uses. A size two shoe fits the large boot, a size one shoe fits the medium boot.