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The easy-release patented latch design offers durability and protection for your horse and peace of mind for you during turnout.
Redesigned from the ground up, this one-piece polymer horse bell boot offers unmatched durability and protection for your horse. GatorBootz has a patented latch designed to be opened by humans but never by equines. Standard velcro closures are generally the failing point of horse bell boots. By eliminating Velcro we have greatly extended the lifespan and greatly reduced the hassles of bell boots.
Sizing and Fit
Gatorbootz bell boots make contact on the hoof, not the soft tissue. Bell boot sizing is determined by hoof size. If you know the size shoe your horse wears you’ll know what size Gatorbootz to order. Issues of variable fetlock sizing are solved with this design.
The average pair of Gatorbootz horse bell boots lasts 10 months. One-third of horses achieve 36 months of turnout protection. Additionally, GatorBootz comes with a 5-month full product replacement guarantee.
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, disengaging the zip tongue at a 45-degree angle.
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, slide the latch to the last setting.
Opening the Boot
New designs mean learning a new skill. This boot’s latching system is unique. 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. 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. Also, hose off your boot if the latch becomes encumbered with mud to lubricate the latch.
The Emergency Release
If your bell boot latch ever appears to be stuck, use the emergency release trick, simply place a hoof pick under the buckle, raise it up a bit, and then the strap will slide out. Note, not intended for daily use, only if you need to quickly release the latch.
The latch is designed to break at the rivets behind the buckle should your horse manage to get the boot hung on something.
Designed for longevity. The bell portion is made of the highest strength polymers (not found in any other bell boot). Designed primarily as a turn out boot. The patented neck and latch design allows this boot to fit without rubs. GatorBootz is the most durable bell boot on the market.
During normal turnout and riding the latch should stay securely closed. If you find the latch opens occasionally, your boot may be too small, simply contact us for a larger size.
The latch may release in very aggressive riding situations such as cross-country competitions or trail riding through mud. Securing the boot with a product like duct tape will ensure your boots will remain on in the toughest conditions. Simply tape all the way around the boot, covering the latch. Boots generally do not release in daily situations like turn out.
GatorBootz are currently available in Size One and Size Two shoe sizes. ThinLine also offers sheepskin trim bell boots to protect against rubs. We hope you love the newest design in ThinLine Tack Technology.
See other boots including:
- Flexible Filly Closed Front Splint Boots
- Schooling Open Front & Ankle Horse Boots
- ThinLine Velcro Bell Boot
|Dimensions||6 × 6 × 6 in|
Large, Medium, Small
Pair, single boot
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.
Gatorbootz come in two sizes: Medium is a Size 1 (fits Size 1 shoe), and Large is a Size 2 (fits Size 2 shoe). The variable latch and unique design accommodate nearly every ankle size, so you can fit this boot on just about any horse.
We recommend a daily hosing, especially if you are using them for turnout. They wash well in the machine in cold water too. Enjoy your long lasting, hassle free boots!
Gatorbootz’s are a 100% Polymer design. The bell portion is constructed of a moderately flexible plastic. The stiffer the plastic, the longer they will last. The patented latch is plastic and attaches with plastic rivets within the bell portion. This allows the boot to not fail but provides an eventual break system should the horse hang the boot on something.
The specially designed polymer construction is stiffer than traditional gum boots so they will not tear or deteriorate. GatorBootz will not retain moisture, which is perfect for turnout in wet weather or working in soggy conditions. It also makes clean up a snap. (For ThinLine fans, This boot does not have any ThinLine foam, it is simply a new design by the company ThinLine)
- 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
- No Rub Collar design resists chafing
- Light Weight – No Moisture Retention
- Fits very large horses (size 2) and average horses (size 1)
Do you have these with fleece lined?
Q Do you have these with fleece lined? answer nowA HI there. The way these boots are designed you do not need fleece. The boot is only in contact with the hoof so it does not rub and is very easy to keep clean!
Can you leave these on all the time or just for turn out and riding?
Q Can you leave these on all the time or just for turn out and riding? answer nowA Thank you for your question! The GatorBootz attach to the hoof instead of your horse's soft tissue so it's fine to leave them for longer periods of time with regular checks for rubs or wear.
We have a 15.3 HH Quarter Horse mare and normally purchase cob size Arma bell boots. Would the medium size Gatorbootz fit our Quarte Horse?
Q We have a 15.3 HH Quarter Horse mare and normally purchase cob size Arma bell boots. Would the me...... Read more answer nowA Thank you for your question! The Gatorbootz are sized by shoe size, so if your horse wears a size 1 shoe, the medium size will be the best fit. If your horse wears a size 2 shoe, the large size will be the best fit.
What exactly does the replacement warranty cover? Does it cover loss, my horse loses the pull on bell boots constantly and i sometimes cant find them in his large field.
Q What exactly does the replacement warranty cover? Does it cover loss, my horse loses the pull on ...... Read more answer nowA Thank you for your question! The Gatorbootz replacement warranty covers any issues caused by manufacturing defects. Feel free to call the office for further details. 888-401-9101
Will the size 1 fit a 00 shoe size?
Q Will the size 1 fit a 00 shoe size? answer nowA These boots are designed to correspond to horseshoe sizes. While the size 1 boot might be too large, we have a 30 day return policy, so feel free to give them a try!
When are you going to make a larger size? My horse wears size 3 easy boots and L or XL bell boots.
Q When are you going to make a larger size? My horse wears size 3 easy boots and L or XL bell boots. answer nowA Thanks for your question! At the moment, there are no plans to make these in a larger size, but will pass your request along. We offer a 30 day satisfaction/no hassle return guarantee, so you may want to order the large and give it a try!
my horse has chewed his to the point of barely still usable, wondering how the warranty/guarentee works? Going to purchase a second pair but would olove to have the first pair replaced?
Q my horse has chewed his to the point of barely still usable, wondering how the warranty/guarentee...... Read more answer nowA Thank you for your question! All ThinLine products are covered by a 30 day Satisfaction Guarantee and a 1 year limited warranty. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and include your date of purchase and product details.
Is it possible to buy 1 boot?
Q Is it possible to buy 1 boot? answer nowA Thanks for your question! The Gatorbootz Bell Boots are only sold in pairs.
Will size L fit big Warmbloods (17 hands and over)?
Q Will size L fit big Warmbloods (17 hands and over)? answer nowA The GatorBootz fit on the hoof of the horse so sizing is done by shoe size. Horses can be tall and yet have small feet so just find out what shoe size your farrier uses. A size two shoe fits the large boot, a size one shoe fits the medium boot.
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