I am a fan of efficiency (or I am lazy–however you want to characterize it), so anything that is easy and saves time and still works is going to end up in my tack trunk. Or in this case, the barn fridge.
Ice boots … the selection is endless and the price range is expansive. I was looking for a pair that met my criteria of easy, saves time, and works. While nothing can really replace soaking your horse’s legs in a muck bucket of ice water, few horses tolerate that so ice boots are widely used, widely available, and come in all kinds of configurations.
I ran across the Professional’s Choice Ice Boots on Amazon for a good price, and compared to other options, these seemed like a pretty good idea. They come in two sizes, presumably for fronts and hinds, although the large could double for fronts if you wanted the icey coolness to cover more of the leg from knee to pastern. They even come with a handy mesh bag to keep them together in the fridge/freezer.
The outside of the boots are fuzzy, so the velcro straps can stick anywhere to it. The inside is lined with nylon, so it stays cold without getting frosty and potentially damaging your horse’s skin. I only ever use them for about 20 minutes at a time, and they remain cold for that period, but not completely frozen that whole time because this is Texas. I like how Eli doesn’t mind them and wears them without issue, and he can roam around while I graze him with the boots on. The part that freezes is a gel, so it doesn’t get hard and molds to the leg well.
Honestly, there is no downside to these boots for me. I plan to get the large size for Eli’s hinds at some point. I can recommend these ice boots without reservations.