Vana lives his life in bell boots. I want to have the snazzy white bell boots for riding and then the pasture ones for his regular life but I can't commit to that until I know we're going to be in a prize ceremony and need to look "cool out chic."
Vana also has HUGE feet. Like size 5. Also because he is of the older persuasion and has been an upper level horse for most of his life, we pamper her with his shoes to a certain degree and losing a show is a bit of a pita for us so we keep things covered. Oh and he lives outside and walks A LOT. Through mud. Through whatever hops into Vana's little heart.
Anything we can do makes me feel better that his shoes will be there when I come to check on him.
So far we've been rocking it with the XL Escadron bell boots but they make it about 5-6 weeks before they're a mess and I replace them. At $35ish a pair, I decided to see if there was something else out there. Thin Line was advertising their new bell boots (Gatorbootz) on their Facebook page late summer/early fall so I jumped on that and bought a pair. Except I guess I jumped too soon and they didn't have them in stock. I opted to wait and they arrived I believe about a month later. The company was awesome about being in touch and in addition to sending me my requested elephant sized boot, they sent me a normal sized bell boot to try out too.
The material was REALLY hard and while I feel it would soften a bit; we had the upcoming show season and I couldn't afford for him to be rubbed if the boots didn't work. I held off until this day where we put them on the big guy's feet and now we see how they do!