Written by Liv Godfrey.
So recently I discovered that even though I adore Lulu’s back T-Foam EquiFit boots, naturally from working, footing slides in between the liners and her hind legs. It was a substantial amount of footing, and her legs were getting really gross, but I didn’t want to buy a new pair of boots as mine are pretty new and still in great condition.
I opted for a product I’ve heard of before from my lifetime groom, Aurora Luce, which would be the EquiFit GelSox. These come in black and tan, but SmartPak only offered tan. The socks came in a nice, heavy duty plastic baggie (that you can definitely store your Sox in). They’re about 2 inches thick when both sides are put together and no longer than a forearm. The outside is a non-slip material that’s kind of similar to Ecogold, and the inside is a clear, non-slip soft gel.
The Sox are designed to support your horse’s legs and keep them dry, clean, cool, and comfortable. I truly believe they do exactly what they are advertised to do, as Lulu moved and jumped amazingly in them. Her hind end was really clean and careful with these on, and she didn’t move differently in any negative way.
When I first put them on her, it took her a second to feel what was going on, but she got used to them really quickly and at the end of our ride the Sox had compressed down probably ½ an inch. I put my T-Foam hind boots right over them (which didn’t move an inch!), and there was still footing under the boot; however, with the GelSox on Lulu had no idea.
The best way to put these on are to bunch them up into a “ring” like a riding sock and stretch them over the foot on the ankles. I then pull them up and adjust them how I like. You do have the option of cutting these socks into a different size, but I haven’t done that because I like the length of them as they come.
Overall I really love these and recommend them to anyone who is looking for extra support on the front or hind end. They’re also really great because your EquiFit boots can go right over them comfortably! They’re easy to clean after each ride as I just rinse both the insides and outsides with cold water and leave them on my trunk to dry overnight.
I think they would be really great for a horse that just needs light protection in turnout too as they don’t fall down, and they protect every inch of the leg. Also, if you have a high-performance athlete, these are great for hand walking. Lastly, EquiFit makes “sox” (called Gel Bands) for humans as well which support ligaments and provide ultimate comfort. Overall I definitely recommend these to anyone whose horse’s legs are sensitive or to anyone that wants an easy way to add some extra protection to their partner’s legs.