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Gatorbootz Bell Boot Fail Proof Closure

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Gatorbootz Bell Boot

Innovation by ThinLine

Size 1 Gator Bootz on a size 1 Shoe
Size 1 GatorBootz on a size 1 Shoe

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.

GatorBootzPS(1)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 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 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.

Operational Use:

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.




Bell Design: Patented neck and latch design allow this boot to fit without rubs.  Minimal to no Turning.  Tough high tear strength polymer for longevity. Long enough and large enough to cover the heel but light enough and soft enough not to rub._MG_0303- Flat Work Gatorbootz Web

  • 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
  • Protection
  • No Rub Collar design resists chafing _MG_0206-Galloping Bells Gatorbootz
  • Balanced
  • Light Weight – No Moisture Retention
  • Fits very large horses (size 2) and small horses (size 1)
  • Size 0 will be coming Fall 2018
  • No left and right 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.

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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.

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Endorsed by Fernando Cardenas – 3-H   Veterinary
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As you can see in this image. The GatorBootz “holds” to the hoof, not soft tissue. Meaning your fit is determined by shoe size.











Caring for your Gatorbootz: Be sure to hose them off daily if you are using them for turnout. They wash well in the machine in cold water too. No dirt means no rubs!  Enjoy your long lasting hassle free boots!



14 reviews for Gatorbootz Bell Boot Fail Proof Closure

    5 out of 5


    I am on day 111. Who knew anyone could make a bell boot to not only last that long but look just like they did the day I put them on. Amazing! Thank you ThinLine!

    5 out of 5


    I spent a little bit of time on the website reading about them and I’m 100% sold! My guys always lose them in the field and sometimes even cross country. These bell boots sound like the perfect fix to these problems.

    I went ahead and ordered a pair and I’m super, super excited to get them!!

    5 out of 5


    I got my ThinLine Gatorbootz in the mail a few weeks ago and I LOVE them. They actually have stayed on my horse for more than a few hours, which has been the record with all other bell boots that I have tried. They have completely survived the past few weeks being on him, no rubs, no rips, and he hasn’t lost them a single time being turned out in them! I can’t wait to take them out for a spin on the cross country course and see if they stay put through the water.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My Quarter Horse is quite talented when it comes to losing a bell boot during turnout. I was at a loss keeping matching pairs and trying to maintain the budget. I came across these boots quite by accident and thought, “why not”? It’s been a little over a month and he still has the matching pair!! I also use them for schooling, and showing. Once I learned how to get them open, I kept wondering, “where have these boots been all my life”? I LOVE THEM! They are sturdy, no rubs, quick & easy to get on and off, and easy care. This is now my boot of choice, so it’s time to get a second pair! The versatility of this boot to go from field, to schooling, to showing, is unmatched. They have paid for themselves two fold!!

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Stiff and durable. These will not flip up and won’t be pulled off – even by the other front foot. They are not easy to get off so practice opening and closing them off the horse first!

    5 out of 5


    Every once in a while a product comes along and it’s like “hmmm how did these not exist earlier and how did I survive without them?” GatorBootz are one of those products.
    I am very familiar with ThinLine, as I have been using ThinLine saddle pads for years. Recently GatorBootz have completely taken over my barn. I used to have to buy at least 4-6 pairs of bell boots every year, but the GatorBootz are amazing at holding up! Game changer really. Traditional bell boots sometimes rub the hair off my horse’s coronet bands/pasterns and this is not a problem at all with GatorBootz.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    We ordered these boots going on 2 months ago, and I’ve waited to (literally) “field test” them before I wrote a review… AWESOME. They have completely solved bell boot issues with the Houdini of the barn. He’s turned out 24/7 and has comfortably been living in these boots. No rubs or irritation, and equally as important- he really can’t get them off! If you’re wondering, in our experience, they do float around his pastern- the red clasp will sometimes end up behind his heel- but it’s not a problem at all, and just as easily turns back to the front as its worn. I probably wouldn’t use them for everyday schooling with impatient horses, as it seems to take ME a minute to get them on/off, but they really change the game for turnout, and I imagine they would be wonderful for cross country.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    These are fantastic. I can’t get over how great they work. I use them for turnout and I never expected them to last this long.

    5 out of 5


    I have a quarter horse named Patrick who needed bell boots on his hind feet as well as his front. The problem we had was that he was continually removing the back left boot no matter what brand or style we used. There are still about 5 bell boots out in his pasture somewhere. Gatorbootz has solved the problem! Patrick has kept them on 51 days so far. This is so much better than scouring the field trying but oftentimes not succeeding to find the missing boots. The price of the Gatorbootz has been offset by not having to buy so many replacement boots.

    1 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    Unfortunately, these did not hold up to our master mind bell boot remover. No the tabs did not break. Our guy figured out(took him a couple of weeks) how to get them off. Our barn manager had difficulty getting them off, but the horse is too clever for his own good.

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I purchased these in September 2016. They are still on my horse and functional which is quite a feat because I have a chronic overreacher that regularly destroyed bell boots. They stay on 24/7 in full time turnout and I haven’t had a single issue. I don’t dread going to check on my horse and finding him missing a bell boot or a shoe! He used to pull shoes every two weeks at minimum and he hasn’t pulled a shoe in 3 cycles. The clasps are beginning to get banged up (scratched and scuffed from being knocked by his hind feet) but work just fine. They do rotate some but the clasp ends up either at his heel bulb or on the lateral hoof wall. He doesn’t have any irritations or rubs with them either – I’m a convert! Worth the $$!

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I LOVE these boots!!! I bought a pair in July last year and my horse has worn them every single day.
    I am replacing mine after 9 months of continuous use. I had been buying a new pair every month or so and would lose shoes with regular bell boots when my horse would over reach . Thinline’s Gatorbootz fixed the problem! These boots are worth it! I have saved a ton of money not having the ferrier out to fix a thrown shoe or not having to constantly replace other boot brands.
    I LOVE THESE BOOTS!!! I can not say enough good things about them! I recommend Gatorbootz to all my friends ❤️

    5 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    I really love these boots, my horse has to wear bell boot 24/7 and he shreds the velcro closures on other boots. My only option was the old fashion pull on rubber ones, which are almost impossible to get off and on for me. The Gatorbootz are simple to put on and off, and while Jango finally learned how to remove them he only gets them off about once a week. I think when the boots come in a smaller size that issue will be solved. They are tough and easy to use and I will recommend them to my friends.

    4 out of 5

    (verified owner):

    My horse is known for pulling off bell boots-the Velcro closure ones he would pull off with his teeth and make into play toys and the pull on ones he takes chunks out of when he gallops around. I ordered these and am pleasantly surprised. I used to go through 1-2 bell boot pairs a month (so long as he didn’t rip them with his teeth) and I’ve had these for 5 months and they’re still going decently strong. He is base narrow and over tracks a bunch so when he’s galloping around, he will occasionally pull them off (1 or 2 times every 2 months), HOWEVER unlike every other single pair of boots I’ve tried before, I can put them back on and they’re still in great shape. There are a couple small tears around the edges of the red fastening due to him pulling them off, but otherwise they look great. It’s still a bit of a pain that he can pull them off, but for me, it’s worth it since I can actually re-use them each time. The “no turn” knob on the back doesn’t really work for my horse, but these boots have never rubbed him and he’s got pretty sensitive skin. Overall, I’ll probably purchase a back up pair so that I don’t have to go and search for the lost bell boots right away.

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