"I put a lot of effort and pride into making my Easyboots fit" combined with the frequent reccommendations to hunt down a dealer or boot rep to get em on.
kinda proves the point I was making. Personally I use nail on shoes. they have worked for a couple thousand years. I use boots for a spare tire or on a horse that doesnt get rode much. Somethign I can put on, without a hammer, or a super precise trim, or finding the guy in daisy dukes. But if that suits you thats fine, lots of riders are happy with EB gloves and glue ons.
I think you misinterpreted that. I do recommend you get someone familiar with fitting them (in my case, my farrier) to give you an introduction to getting them on, off, and how to use them as well as doing your fitting for the first time. From there, you should be set to go on your own. Once I've had a horse get a proper barefoot trim and then fitted with his boots, I take pride in taking responsibility for rasping and caring for his feet to make sure they're comfortable and fitting correctly.
Like you were making a point earlier, sometimes the oldest used things aren't always the best. I prefer boots to shoes because it's still possible for a rock to hit the frog and a horse to come up stone bruised with a shoe. At the speeds we're going, I like to have the entire hoof protected and keep piece of mind. IF you are carrying boots in order to replace a shoe, I do recommend using the Renegades for a few reasons. First, you will probably not be keeping your horse's feet in shape for boots, so the gloves will likely not work for you. They probably won't fit correctly since you haven't been intending for your horse to wear them, and there's no way to adjust them. However, for someone who's using them as their primary means of hoof protection and so are planning on putting the boots on and can make sure their boots fit properly, then the gloves are better and I believe they work better over the distances and terrain we cover. In the case of rough terrain that should only be walked, such as deep backcountry trails, Shoes are better than boots because they can take the beating. But in endurance, our trails are marked out in a way so that you can cover the majority with speed and good footing, so boots are a good fit.
Plus, for me, the boots are going to be cheapest since I only boot at rides and my normal conditioning rides don't require hoof protection. I also don't risk loosing or wearing down a shoe and don't have to pay the farrier prices. Boots should last 300-500 miles. At the rate I'm riding, I'll have this same set of boots for another year or two. Much cheaper than managing shoes all year.