I have always been familiar with Thinline saddle pads for shock absorption but had never seen their boots before (or their other products such as girths, reins, halters, etc.)
First impressions: They seem really well made. The Thinline material is the entire inside of the boot. The ankle boots have double elastic to keep them extra secure.
The fit: For reference, Mabou takes horse size in Eskadrons and is a 14″ pillow wrap in the front and 16″ pillow wrap in the back. He is 17 hands. The open fronts fit him really nicely in front, and there is enough extra velcro that they could also fit a horse with thicker legs as well. The ankle boots also have a lot of extra velcro that would allow for fitting on a horse with thicker legs.
What I liked: The boots didn’t pick up any dirt, as it just brushed off the Thinline material. This makes me happy that he won’t get dirt and sand against his legs and possibly get rubbed. His legs also didn’t seem to get too warm under the boots, but I didn’t do much, so I will wait and see how they do during a harder ride.
I also like that the Thinline material will absorb all the shock if Mabou hits any of his legs, just as the saddle pads do for the horse’s back.