I was recently reminded that I never wrote up how Gen liked the Pegasus boots that I bought for him at the Equine Affair. I am happy to report that for the first time ever I actually LIKE a pair of Gennyral’s turnout boots now! This is the 5th brand I have tried, and by far the cheapest pair and yet they are the ones that I like most so far. The owner of the company told me that I would like them, but I was skeptical. They are still not perfect, but they are without a doubt the best ones so far.
I like them because they are breathable. I got them in November so they have not had to go through the 100% humidity 100 degree days so I cannot say for sure if they will produce fungus yet. That being said, compared to the heat in his leg when I removed the Sports Medicine Boots, his leg is relatively cool which makes me believe that they will at least be better than the SMB’s in the summers heat.
Another thing I like about the Pegasus boots is the single area of Velcro. Instead of having several pull point on the boot which could theoretically create pressure points, this boot has a single large piece of Velcro around the side and another for the bottom. This boot is also designed to overlap so there is a lot more give in the neoprine. With the SMB’s, if they were too tight Gen would get a line on his leg from the pressure. Pegasus boots are created to be fit very snug so they have more give and because of that I have yet to see any signs of extra pressure to a single area. It might not sound like a big deal, but Gen goes out for 12 hours a day weather permitting so to know that there are no pressure points straining and stressing his tendon is amazing.
Another thing I love about Pegasus air boots is that they are all weather. Since SMB’s are designed only for the hour or two a horse is in work, the makers didn’t really think about the elements. The Pegasus airboot is designed to be able to get wet and continue being used. I no longer have to worry about early morning rain storms and having my horse sit with wet boots all day. They are also super easy to clean because unlike Sports Medicine boots, you can just toss them in the washing machine.
Now with all those good things I have to admit that these boots are not perfect. For one thing, they look like a cheap boot. The bottom of the boot does not have a seam or covering so you can literally see the cut marks where someone cut the pattern of the boot. They also only come in one size which strikes me as just odd. I had doubts that the boots would fit my big Thoroughbred, but sure enough they fit just fine. That makes me wonder how they fit smaller breeds like QH’s or Arabs.
The main thing I don’t like about these boots though is getting them on. They are an absolute pain. The Velcro works so well that I worry when taking them off. You also have to have a technique to get them on, and I have found that it takes me 3 tries before I get them on right. They have to be fitted in just the right way and the Velcro does not always cooperate. They are so tough to get on that my injured barn owner does not even try. I know what it takes to get them on, so I told her not even to worry about it. That means that Gen only gets these boots on when NowThatsATrot is working.
Overall I give these boots 4 out of 5 stars. They are fantastic when they are on, but they are missing a star because they are a pain in the butt to get on. Does anyone else out there have these boots? If so, do you have the same problems that I had? I will admit that I didn’t try these boots for a while because I am a snob and they didn’t have the name appeal that Sports Medicine Boots do. I am kicking myself now thinking of all those days that Gennyral suffered with crappy boots when he didn’t have to. Did you all find this helpful? Does anyone want me to review any of the other boots that I have tried? If anyone has a horse who has bad tendons like my Gen that needs boots for turnouts Pegasus boots are the best I have found so far.