Injury & Disease
Veterinarians, trainers and owners have come to rely on Soft-Ride Boots with deep gel orthotics to provide immediate comfort when a horse is in pain.
Our boots relieve suffering from a wide variety of hoof conditions and disorders like: - Chronic laminitis, sinking or medial rotating laminitis or acute laminitis with dorso to palmer (planter) rotation.
Sore footed horses with walls that will not permit nailing or gluing.
Thin soled horses recently trimmed or standing on frozen ground.
We recommend when working on sore footed horses that you use a Soft-Ride boot on the opposite hoof to provide a balanced load for the your ailing animal.
Horses with delicate and healing hooves everywhere are experiencing the comfort that can only come from Soft-Ride Boots with deep gel orthotics.
Soft-Ride recommends the following products for Injury & Disease:
Soft-Ride Gel Orthotic Inserts
Soft-Ride specialty Deep Gel Orthotics have been proven to provide comfort for a variety of therapeutic conditions and they slide easily into the correlating sized Soft-Ride boots. Consult with your veterinarian or equine podiatrist for suggested uses.
Soft-Ride orthotics are sold individually or in pairs.
Standard turquoise orthotic is included in each boot ordered.
Soft-Ride offers 6 varieties of interchangeable orthotic inserts allowing you to fine tune the boot for comfort or therapeutic needs.
Allows easy removal to change bandages or dressings.
You can custom trim the inserts to accommodate wounds, drains, casts or other special conditions using a hoof knife or a rotary tool.
All of our insert pads are easily washed with soap and water.
Dual-density Specialty Orthotics
Firm sole support in the rear two-thirds of the foot.
Softest cushioning below tip of P3 (coffin bone).
Promotes healing & comfort during laminitic therapy.
Soft-Ride Ice Spa
Building on the Soft-Ride orthotics system, we’ve introduced the Soft-Ride Deep Gel Spa Boot. This easy-to-use, uniform cooling boot helps a horse recover from chronic lameness, acute injuries and post-operative pain.
The easy-to-use system features a portable, lightweight cooling system combined with the highly effective Soft-Ride Deep Gel Comfort Boot. Using the Soft-Ride Deep Gel Spa Boot with Soft-Ride Orthotics lets your horse comfortably handle subtle weight shifts while supporting the hoof and enabling the horse to find the most comfortable hoof angle.
The boot can be used in both clinical and stable settings. Attach the Soft-Ride Super Rocker to the boot bottom for an even wider range of motion.
Why Cold Therapy?
Cold therapy helps keep tendons, connective tissue, muscles, ligaments healthy and shortens injury recovery time. The Soft-Ride Deep Gel Spa Boot is more effective and economical than dry cold packs or powered continuous-flow cold-water systems. And the boot is more horse-friendly than awkward soaking tubs or used IV bags.
How Does the Boot Work?
The Deep Gel Spa Boot fully covers knee to hoof and can be used on both front and hind legs. The bag envelops the leg in crushed ice for maximum cooling circulation around the hoof and the leg, reducing heat and alleviating clinical signs of pain.
We recommend you order a Soft-Ride Comfort Boot and Orthotic for the opposite hoof when getting the Soft-Ride Spa Boot for the treated hoof to provide a balanced load and reduce the possibility of counter limb laminitis.
Deep Gel Spa Boot Features
Rigid foam collar and removable vertical fiberglass battens provide non-irritating yet stable support that prevent the Spa Boot from sagging. Four brass grommets in the collar grant access for suspenders if needed.
Urethane fabric construction enables the flexible waterproof boot to fold down making it easy to put on a sore hoof.
Two waterproof zippers make it simple to remove and replace the boot allowing you to inspect the horse’s leg and hoof. Tube of zipper lubricant/sealer is included.
Deep gel pumping orthotic adds cushioned comfort while channeling cold water to the bottom interior of the hoof.
Convenient draining system furnishes different levels for self draining, making it easy to release and change water without removing the boot. The drain is raised above the hoof preventing you from letting out too much cold water when adding more ice.
Hoof retention collar holds the foot centered in the boot while eliminating the problem of a horse raising itself out of the bag, but still allows the convalescing horse freedom of movement. Two different sized retention collars are supplied to ensure the best fit for your horse.
Top retention collar is made of strong yet soft material that allows for long duration therapy without water escaping when a horse needs to lay down in such cases as acute laminitis.
Soft-Ride Ice Spa Videos
Deep Gel Spa Boot Sizes
28 inch height: Hoof to above Knee/Hock — Sport Horse - Price: $485.00
20 inch height: Hoof to Mid Carpus — Recommended for Laminitis - Price: $485.00
Ice Spa Turbulator: Circulation pump kit for Ice Spa Boot - Price: $985.00
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Soft-Ride Cast Rocker
Soft-Ride Cast Rocker Base Available only through or prescribed by veterinarians.
The Cast Rocker Base is an innovative podiatric device that fits on the bottom of a leg cast to provide a rocker bottom allowing the horse to find a naturally comfortable position. It also helps protect the cast bottom from abrasions, dirt and water.
Casting provides rigid support allowing the horse to stand and use a limb during convalescence. It can also add external reinforcement for internal fixation devices such as plates or screws used in fracture repair.
Equine leg casts are used to immobilize limbs suffering from: - Bone fractures - Tendon and ligament injuries - Wounds - Abnormal growth and development Increasingly, veterinarians are casting the hoofs of laminitic horses to stabilize the limb to prevent further injury from the disease. To help prevent counter limb laminitis, many practitioners will pair a Soft-Ride Comfort Boot with Deep Gel Orthotics to protect the “good” foot.
The casting process can create difficulties when the procedure fixes the leg in an awkward position. For example, when casting a horse lying down in a non-weight bearing state, the hoof may inadvertently be set in an unnatural position with little or no tension on the ligaments and tendons.
How Soft-Ride Cast Rocker works
Cast Rocker helps protect and stabilize a horse’s leg cast by providing more secure and natural footing.
Accommodative rocker bottom allows the horse to find their most comfortable position by providing rotation (self adjusting 5-30 degree) to enable reduction of torque on the hoof and bone column.
Cast Rocker greatly reduces the ground contact area for a horse. For example, a typical cast bottom would be about 8 inches x 8 inches or 64 square inches. A suitable rocker attachment would be about 4 inches x 5 inches or 20 square inches (about 30% of the surface of the cast bottom); thereby, reducing the force applied to the top of the cast. Smaller rockers will reduce the ground contact even further.
Fiberglass casting material is well suited for use with the Soft-Ride Cast Rocker. The conventional method of leg casting includes placing a fabric stocking on the leg and then overlay with casting tape. As the casting tape is applied, the stainless straps of the Cast Rocker may be incorporated into the last layer of casting tape.
Cast Rocker protects the cast bottom from water, dirt and abrasions.
Soft-Ride Cast Rocker
Sold as a single unit.
Available in 6 sizes.
Soft-Ride Super Rocker
Soft-Ride Super Rocker Kit Available only through or prescribed by veterinarians.
The Super Rocker is a non-invasive podiatric device that attaches to the bottom of a Soft-Ride Comfort Boot allowing the horse to find a comfortable natural position to relieve stress on a sore, injured or diseased hoof while reducing tension on tendons and ligaments. Our easy-to-install system enables a sore, lame horse to be more comfortable and remain active with the least amount of trauma to the hoof capsule.
Soft-Ride Deep Gel Comfort Boot combined with a Super Rocker reduces painful and damaging torque on the lamina interface with the hoof wall, bone column and ligaments/tendons. The support of the deep gel orthotic inside the Soft-Ride Comfort Boot combined with the mechanics of the Super Rocker provides cost effective treatment while the horse is in an acute (unstable) phase and can replace or postpone aggressive hoof treatments and surgeries.
A practitioner can quickly and easily attach a Super Rocker on a Soft-Ride Boot for enhanced break over without traumatizing the hoof. This is especially critical while the hoof is in the ever changing acute phase of many injuries and diseases.
How Soft-Ride Super Rocker works
Super Rocker reduces vertical, lateral and rotational torque on the hoof wall interface to the bone column.
The accommodative (self adjusting by 5-30 degree) rocker bottom allows the horse to find their own most comfortable hoof angle. A neutral resting position is designed in the back section of the Super Rocker.
The interchangeability of the Super Rocker enables the practitioner to confidently and cost effectively prescribe the most appropriate sized Super Rocker thru studying the horse’s movement and dialing in the best break over position by evaluating if the horse is comfortable with more or less stability.
Using x-rays through the boot, a veterinarian can temporarily tape the Super Rocker on the sole of a Soft-Ride Boot to determine the proper rocker alignment to the position of the coffin bone relative to the ground. Taping allows for easy positioning adjustments of the Super Rocker prior to attachment to the boot.
Positioning of the Super Rocker on the base of the boot sole is also left up to a veterinarian depending on the x-rays results. The usual recommended position is the back of the Super Rocker aligned with the back sole of the Soft-Ride Boot.
Soft-Ride Super Rocker Kit
Soft-Ride Super Rocker Kit is available in 6 sizes and it coordinates with the same sized Soft-Ride Boot. Sizing recommendations are a starting point depending on a veterinarian's treatment plan.
The mounting kit consists of a set of semi-rigid dual-density polymer Super Rockers, 8 stainless fasteners, nut driver and drill bit. Standardized mounting hole patterns allow easy switching between various sized Super Rockers.
Super Rockers can be customized by using a rasp or knife.
Note: If a horse is in a cast, we recommended you add a Soft-Ride Comfort Boot with a Super Rocker on the opposing limb to counter limb length disparity.
“Last year about we were at the point we were going to have to make a decision about having our
beautiful rescue horse, Sampson, down as he was dealing with horrible laminitis issues that were from
before we rescued him. We had dealt with issues for over a year and he was getting worse, and had bad
rotation going on. We finally ordered him some Soft-Rides and from day one he was way more comfortable.
He lived in them 24/7 with us taking off at night long enough to check for anything in boots or any
rubbing. We did this for a couple months before we found the perfect horseshoer to help him. After one
shoeing we had out super riding horse back! The couple months in Soft-Rides gave us hope until we could
get proper shoes. Unfortunately, this past April Sampson ate a poisonous weed in a pasture he normally
wasn't in and we lost him. I wish his boots fit my other horse we own as we became quite the believers.
If we get another horse that we rope or run barrels on we will be ordering a set for that horse to wear
“We owe a lot to Soft-Ride and their product. Our old gal has badly foundered feet and the difference these boots with the orthotics have made in her comfort level is only reason that we are able to keep her at her age of almost twenty seven. They are durable and have been through evening a Canadian climate can throw at them.”
-Harriet. Ontario, Canada
“When I got my horse in July 2013 he had a quarter crack and lots of other hoof issues. For starters, he was low on the heels and long on the toes. Just a sad hoof. A few months ago, I decided to try going barefoot to see if it would help some of my problems. I've been using my Soft-Rides 24/7 since then and the results are amazing.
His heels are less contracted and his hoof growth is through the roof. My farrier said that he has never seen anything so effective. He asked me to write it down so he could give it to his clients with foundered horses and laminitis.
I tried lunging him without the boots and I couldn't, so I put the boots back on and send him off to the pasture... Well, he was running around like he was stepping on clouds. Soft-Ride Boots are something that everyone should have is their tack box.
At the barn it's becoming a routine check list item...
Do I have fly spray?
Do I have polo wraps?
Do I have feed?
Do I have my Soft-Ride Boots?...
I only wish I had known about this boots 1 year ago when I got my horse. Thanks Soft Rides for Providing comfort and stability for my trusted steed.”
"I purchased a pair of boots from you in 2010 that basically saved my mare's life. Not to mention the foal she went on to have. Fibi was a grade A showjumper and was featured in a BBC programme a few years ago called "Only Fools on Horses". We love Fibi very much and with treatment and your boots, we got her sound and well.
I always recommend the boots as I hope other horses over here get the chance to benefit from them. Now there is a another life on the way... perhaps I should call the foal "Soft Ride"!"
"Thank you for your wonderful product. Your Soft Ride boots saved the day when my IR/Metabolic American Shetland suffered a "perfect storm" and had a major laminitic episode. I really feel that I would not have been able to bring him back without your wonderful boots. He could not tolerate shoeing, even on meds, the pain was too great and I refused to sedate him so that further invasive hammering procedures to be forced on him and I could not find anyone to apply a reverse shoe as a glue on. While it was still tough to watch him trying to get around, the Soft Ride boots were exactly what we needed to get him through the nasty acute phase. As much as he has worn them they wash up great and show no signs of wear. Bless you for providing so much comfort while my pony is healing. He's gradually weaning away from needing boots but we will make sure to keep them at the ready and use them for trailering and whenever Dash needs a little extra help with concussion."
“I just want to take a moment to share what Soft-Ride boots have done for my beloved rodeo horse, Jet. Several years ago, he began having soundness issues and was diagnosed with a fairly severe case of Navicular. A friend told me about Soft-Rides. I was skeptical, but it was heartbreaking to see my horse in pain. I decided that if there was a slight chance they'd help my best friend, I'd give them a try. My horse, who was obviously in pain, came alive the first time he wore his Soft-Rides. In that moment, I knew that they were worth every penny! Jet's Soft-Ride boots played a huge role in his soundness and return to competition. He is now retired but I truly believe that he was able to run competitively because of this wonderful product. The extra years that I got to run him are priceless memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life.
The quality and durability of these boots are like nothing else on the market. I know that I can depend on this great product to keep my horses happy and healthy! All of my competition horses wear Soft-Rides.”
“My daughter has a reining horse and we have struggled the past two years trying to keep him sound. He has a very thin sole on one front foot and gets sore very easy. I was told about the Soft-Ride boots by a friend. I decided to give them a try. Wow, they have been a miracle for him. He usually gets sore at shows and we just took him to Las Vegas for 12 days and he did not take one lame step the whole time we was there..... I am a true believer in Soft-Ride boots..... They are definitely worth the investment!!! Our horse has never been so happy!!! Thanks!!!!”
“There’s no doubt in my mind Soft-Ride boots saved my horse during a terrible ordeal last August. Calvin was bit by a brown recluse spider. The venom went septic in his left hock joint and he almost died- twice. He had to have arthroscopic surgery and was not able to lie down for 14 days. He already has marginal front feet from a bad past farrier and half of his right sole depth is missing- so to stand on mats for 14 days straight would have been a death sentence. We put him in Soft-Rides with the purple cushion at the vet’s and he was able to withstand the pressure. We know beyond a doubt the Soft-Rides saved him as the other hind leg that was not protected with a Soft-Ride boot abscessed out the sole when all was said and done. Not only is my horse here a year later but he just qualified for the AQHA World Show… Thanks to my talented surgeon and Soft=Ride Boots!!! Not only does he now wear Soft-Rides on every trailer trip we use them after every hard work out and he is comfortable and happy. Thank you!”
“My thirteen year old Arabian mare, Snuggle Bunny, was diagnosed with Laminitis in March, 2013, The vet tried various things to make her more comfortable, but nothing helped. She continued to become more and more sore. I was working with Dr. Reilly at Equine Medical Surgical and started giving her HEIRO. Dr. Reilly suggested that I purchase some Soft-Ride Comfort boots for her because it would make her more comfortable.
As soon as the boots arrived, I put them on Snuggle. After a few tentative steps, she walked out of her stall into the paddock and stood there for a few minutes. Then, she walked out further, and started to trot. That was the first time in two months that she had even attempted to trot. She had always been a high energy mare who trotted everywhere before the laminitis started. Each day she seemed more and more comfortable and more like her old self. The Soft-Ride boots did so much to make her more comfortable. In a week, she was trotting all over the pasture and then took off running! She tossed her head as if to say that she was fine and felt like she did before. I ordered two more sets of Soft Ride boots so that I could rotate them.
In September, another spell of laminitis came back and she was much worse than before. I kept the boots on her to the end. She crossed the Rainbow Bridge on October 2 and she died with her boots on. Thank you for making a product that gave her so much comfort for eight months.”
“Our 20 year old Quarter Horse gelding, Jack, has suffered from a variety of hoof ailments for almost the entire 5 years we have owned him. He has suffered from navicular syndrome, severe hoof bruising that covered the entire bottom of his hooves, white line disease, abscesses, severe thrush, etc. Over the years, he has had times where he was pasture sound and other times where he couldn't stand. He would get up and lie down repeatedly because the pain was so great. Sometimes he would just lay down and groan, not eat, and shiver in the winter.
Our vet was talking about different shoeing options, but wasn't entirely satisfied with anything we were all discussing. Then she mentioned Soft-Ride boots. We decided to give them a try and the first step he took in them was sound! He has not had a lame day since we put them on him! He wears them 24/7 and is very comfortable. He comes out and rolls every morning, and feels good enough to run and buck, when he decides to exert the energy!
He is our baby boy and will stay retired, even though he is feeling good now. He spends his days in his pasture, napping in the sun, getting groomed and doted on, and hanging out with his "frenemy," miniature horse.”
“If you haven't yet you must check out Soft-Ride Boots now. They are doing wonders to Jack's feet and everyone should own a pair. I have had issues with Jack's feet for years now and I have had him on this for about 8 weeks now and his hoof has gotten so much better. You do not have to take the shoes off to use them but I did. Every farrier I have had always said how my horse does not grow heel. well, look at him now.”
“John Boy was surrendered to Animal Control and
subsequently turned over to United States Equine Rescue League.
He was thirteen years old, and severely underweight. Due
to the lack of daily foot care and medical treatment, John Boy
foundered in his left foot so severely that the coffin bone rotated 22
degrees. When rescued we rescued he was so severely lame he barely made it to the
John Boy abscessed in his right front foot, and an x-ray showed an infection running along the coffin bone. The vet at the time, stated that nothing could be done and he should be
euthanized. We elected to get a second opinion, and John Boy had two surgeries to
remove the infection. In 2008, Dr. Stevens introduced John Boy to the Soft Ride Equine
Boots. The boots served two purposes. First, it offered him the
extra support and cushion he needed due to the rotation of the coffin
bone and the lack of sole depth. The boot also prevented debris getting into the foot.
Soft- Ride Equine Boots have served as a life saver to John Boy. The boots keep
his feet clean and provided the all important cushion and stability
his foot needed to be a somewhat normal horse. He is so use to the
boots that he is able to walk, trot and be somewhat mischievous with
his boots. John must wear his boots at all time and these prolong his life every single day. Soft-Ride Equine Boots are truly life savers!”
"Well, we just can't seem to keep quiet about Smoke's amazing recovering from his coffin bone rotation a few years ago. The door opened and I updated and submitted our story to the on-line equine publication entitled, The Horse's Hoof. Anyway, I just wanted to share it with you because you were part of his care, healing and support team! "Thank you" could never be enough! Thanks for having the goal to save horses through knowledge, support, and the best care available!"
“I am a Spanish veterinarian and owner of two horses. This year I went to Lexington to do an internship in equine internal medicine in Hagyard equine medical center. When I came back to Spain I found that my 27 year old gelding Goliat hadn't been shod, was having a sub-acute phase of laminitis and also had abscesses in his front hooves. He was very lame, so I did X- Rays and found that his sole was really thin in addition to joint degeneration that he had already. Because of my time in Lexington I knew about Soft-Ride boots so a friend of mine who was in Lexington and was coming back to Spain those days bought these boots. With the anti-inflammatory treatment and a month of wearing the boots now he is much better, he can be turned out with his best friend, my other horse, and his sole is much thicker.”
-Elena Solano Agustin, LV Col. 7477
“Our equine practice loves Soft-Ride Boots! We see mostly performance horses, and Dr. Barrow prescribes them for many of her rehab cases. She has used them on everything from founder to pedal osteitis, and from contracted heels to navicular disease. We always keep a few pairs around to loan to our rehab cases, and many times we end up ordering them a pair of their own for future comfort when traveling or being stalled on harder surfaces. Dr. Barrow believes in Soft Rides so strongly that her own horse, (AQHA Superior Trail and Western Riding) Sterling Assets, never travels without them!”
-Barrow Veterinary Services
I cannot thank the Soft-Ride enough! My mare, Jessie, was diagnosed with laminitis in early July, and was severely lame, in pain, and clearly miserable when the vet came out - it was an extremely sudden and severe onset. The vet wrapped digital support cushions around both fronts, and we iced her around the clock for a few days. The vet recommended Soft-Ride boots so we ordered them right away. Jessie wore her Soft-Ride boots from the day they arrived, through July while she was on stall rest, then also before we felt comfortable putting shoes back on her, but while she was able to have limited paddock access. They never created rubs, they never twisted, and they fit like they were tailored just for her. I would clean them and allow them to air out for about an hour a day, and she would breathe a sigh of relief when I put them back on. Last week (mid September), she just got shoes put back on and is doing fantastic. She had no rotation and is on her way to getting back to right where she was before the incident. I cleaned the boots up and they look practically new again; they will certainly remain in my tack room for future use, be it for lost shoes, laminitic attacks, or trailering. I cannot praise enough, not only the product, but the company itself. I am convinced my mare's fast and uncomplicated recovery are attributed to Soft-Ride boots. They were certainly one less thing I had to worry about, compared to having to wrap the hooves with pads, having them shift, retain moisture in the wrap, etc. Thank you so, so much, and Jessie and I look forward to using her Soft-Rides for much more than just sore hooves!”
Watch our Sizing Video
Getting the correct hoof measurement is the most important part of getting your Soft-Ride Boot. This video shows you the easiest way to measure each hoof you need a boot for.
Download our Sizing Guide
Download our PDF instructions for measuring the hoof and determining the correct size Soft-Ride Boot.
Which Orthotic is right for me?
How many boots come with my order?
Soft-Ride Equine Comfort Boots come in either Pairs (quantity of 2 boots) and Singles (quantity of 1 boot). The single boots are meant for when your horse has two different size hooves, or in the event that one only boot needs replaced. Single boots have SINGLE in the product title and in the SKU.
Soft-Ride Equine Comfort Boots should only be used in pairs or fours, starting with both front hooves.
Soft-Ride Ice Spa come as single boot only for use on one hoof. They do, however, come in two sizes: tall and short.
Soft-Ride Cast Rockers come in single units only and are available for veterinarians only.
Soft-Ride Super Rockers come in pairs only and are also only available for veterinarians.
How quickly can I get my order?
Try our Ship-time Estimator.
Currently we ship worldwide using FedEx because they give us the most flexibility and prompt, reliable delivery to all of our domestic and international customers.
Domesticly, we can ship your order using the slowest method of Ground all the way to Next-Day Air with delivery in most cities by 10 a.m. We also have Home and Saturday delivery.
International shipping varies by country, but most countries have expedited services available.
Where do your orders ship from?
All orders are shipped from our distribution facility located in Bacliff, Texas USA.
When is the same-day shipping cutoff?
Most orders ship out the same day they are received when the order is placed Monday through Friday. Weekend orders are shipped out the next business day, except holidays or otherwise noted dates. To ship out the same day, we recommend placing your order before 4pm Eastern Standard Time.
Can I return my order?
We accept returns as long as the boots are in new condition. If they have been used, we do charge a 25% restocking fee, except in the case of a warranty return.
Included in the box with each order is a form that you can fill out to return the order, as well as the address to return it to.
The address to send items that are to be returned is:
626 Grand Ave
Bacliff, Texas 77518
Please clearly mark your order number on the front of the box. We also recommend using either FedEx or USPS with Delivery Confirmation and Insurance. Soft-Ride is not responsible for lost packages, and packages sent without tracking.
Firm, flexible support of the hoof
Each Soft-Ride Comfort Boot ships with our patented gel insert. These orthotic inserts are the key to the Soft-Ride boot's tremendous success in helping horses.
The gel molds quickly to the bottom of the foot to support any hoof condition.
Many different densities and density combinations are available to fine-tune your horse's treatment.
Gel increases foot and leg circulation
Soft-Ride orthotics assist the natural blood circulation in horses' hooves by supporting their subtle weight shifts as they stand in trailers or on concrete or asphalt stall floors.
Supports the frog to stimulate blood circulation through the hoof and leg.
Reduces shock and vibration transfer to the rest of the skeleton.
Boots protect stressed hooves
When a horse is in pain, immediate comfort is always the first priority. Soft-Ride Equine Comfort Boots relieve suffering from a wide variety of hoof conditions and disorders.
Protects, supports and stabilizes the foot in chronic laminitis or hoof injury.
Provides easy-to-remove bandage and dressing coverage for pre- and post-surgical care.
Cushions sore hooves recovering from chronic lameness.