at the British Equine Event: The New Marquis Supergrip
The new Marquis Supergrip hoof boot, launched at the 2002 British
Equine Event is something sure to revolutionise the protection
of horses' hooves.
patented Marquis Supergrip hoof boots are the first realistic alternative
to nailing lumps of metal to a horse's hoof. Why would you want
to replace metal nail on shoes? Well, metal shoes only protect the
hoof wall - not the sole or delicate frog, the repeated insertion
and removal of nails can degrade the hoof wall and raising the hoof
off the ground reduces the all important frog pressure, reducing
lower limb circulation that may lead to problems.
German vet, in conjunction with a specialist equine biomechanics
scientist developed a wireless computer system to measure the forces
and action of horses' limbs in all conditions. They used this data
to develop over a period of ten years what is now the Marquis Supergrip.
All this scientific research has resulted in a boot that not only
protects the entire hoof - it also ensures a limb action carefully
matched to that of a bare-hoof.
what are the boots like? The case is made from a special toughened,
rubberised plastic, while the replaceable soles are made from
rubber and can accept up to six grass studs or road nails. Not
that road nails are really necessary - the rubber treads provide
more than enough grip for road work, in fact grass studs will
only be needed in the most extreme conditions.
real surprise (and delight) of these boots is the nifty fastening
system. A simple easy to use clip allows the entire front face of
the boot to open so it can be fitted around the hoof. Placing the
hoof back on the ground the clip is closed without the need for
force. Then the clever bit - the pump provided is used to inflate
the airbag that grips and supports the heel. This ensures the hoof
can't move within the boot, cushions the heel, avoids chaffing and
prevents excess mud from getting into the boot.
horses are a bit baffled by the new boots but after ten minutes
soon get into their stride and revel in the experience of having
their own sports trainers. The harsh clatter and judder of roadwork
is soon a distant memory replaced by smooth, sure-footed, confident,
boots are suitable for all types of work, from occasional, gentle
hacking out to the rigours of all kinds of competition at the highest
level (including show-jumping, eventing and endurance).
order, first measure the width of your horse's hooves at the widest
point in centimetres. Then call Equestrian Select: 0870 225 9566
or visit www.equestrianselect.com
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on Stand No. 111 at the British Equine Event, 2nd & 3rd