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    10-20-2012, 07:55 AM
  #21
Green Broke
I started with Easy boot Epics and they've lasted a couple of years....but...I've replaced the cables once and the gaiters twice. They seem to stay on well but they have come off twice, each time at a gallop.

I bought a pair of Renegades in August....rode them every weekend this fall and took a trip to the smoky's and rode with them.

I've noticed my Walking horse seems to gait a little better in the Renegades and without a doubt the Renegades are easier to get on and off.
     
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    11-19-2012, 12:19 AM
  #22
Weanling
I'm getting the renegades as soon as I can. I ride all over rocky terrain, on the road, and I hear good things about them. Watched some videos on how to put them on and it looks easy. Plus, I like the colors :)
     
    11-19-2012, 12:40 AM
  #23
Yearling
The Renegades are a little more forgiving of changing hooves. With Easyboots, I have to keep my boy's feet trimmed so that they'll fit. In addition, if his feet change, I buy new boots. However, this means they fit exactly like they should and they stay on better. I have also seen the mechanisms not the Renegades break as well...

Maybe it's just because I've already invested over $150 in easy boots, but I really like them. I have the Easyboot gloves.
     
    11-21-2012, 01:49 AM
  #24
Foal
I use cavallo sport boots on my barefoot horse but I recommend (this is going to sound weird) putting a sock on each leg up to just under the knee and then polo wrapping over the sock to keep it in place because they take time to break in even if they fit perfect and will rub your horse raw.
     
    11-21-2012, 07:24 PM
  #25
Weanling
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Originally Posted by PintoJumper    
I use cavallo sport boots on my barefoot horse but I recommend (this is going to sound weird) putting a sock on each leg up to just under the knee and then polo wrapping over the sock to keep it in place because they take time to break in even if they fit perfect and will rub your horse raw.
No way those boots would work for my purposes. I'm going to give the Renegades a try. I still have a couple years before my ride, so I have time to give them a good test-drive before I decide for sure.
     
    11-22-2012, 12:24 PM
  #26
Yearling
I used to use Easyboot Gloves and loved them. They were a bit of a pain in the behind to get on and off, but I only had one come off once the whole year and a half I used them. My horses hoof shape has changed though as he has continued his barefoot healthy hoof transition, and even with the powerstraps, the gloves weren't fitting right.

I just got a pair of Renegades. I haven't used them yet, but have tried them on and adjusted the cables. They are about 100x easier to put on and off than the gloves were and the cable adjustment was actually pretty easy too. The material seems hardier, too and like it would wear better than the gloves. I am very excited to try them out.
     
    11-22-2012, 04:42 PM
  #27
Yearling
I've just seen people have to pull Renegades because they slip in the mud and I've also seen the cables break. If you have a mallet and the right easyboot, they're fairly easy to get on and off. Plus, if you need to, you can wrap the hoof in athletic tape and it holds the hoof boot on even better, especially if it's loose. Just plan on buying more than one set since you have to use a different size of the hooves change. But don't ever sell them! You'll always have a horse or a friends' horse that could use your spare ones.
     
    11-22-2012, 05:05 PM
  #28
Trained
I've had the same two sets of easyboot gloves for about 3 years now, between them they fit all four of our horses and so far none of the horses hooves have changed enough to need new boots. I do my own maintenance trimming anyway so keeping their feet short enough isn't an issue. I've never found the gloves hard to put on, and I definitely don't need a mallet! Just the right twist and they pop on and then the horse putting weight down pops the heel in to the right place.

I don't use them very often. Only if we do an endurance ride on rocky ground or if they are a bit footsore due to spring grass or any other reason. However i've never had one fall of.

Maybe I just have the holy grail of horses who have perfectly shaped feet lol!

I did try the epics beforehand and wasn't a fan. SO much bulkier and I found the cables difficult to do up and undo as I have really small hands.
     
    11-23-2012, 11:25 AM
  #29
Yearling
I kept my horses barefoot for 5 years. My two primary horses had never had shoes, because they were young when I started the barefoot trend and they went 8-9 years of no shoes before getting their first pair.

This past summer I put shoes back on my horses for the summer/fall. My horses could go ANYWHERE for DAY, My problem come with riding them multiple days on rough terrain. If I stayed barefoot they would come up sore and tender the second or third day of riding. So I had to put boots on.

I'm sure all my purchases from Easyboot made their quarterly profits for those 5 years. Working 4 horses ment I needed 4 sets or 16 boots. That's a little over $800-$900 in original outlay. I found that almost every outing, one of the 16 boots would get damaged. Broken buckle, broken cable, torn gaiter or even a lost boot. It quickly seemed like a was spending more on new boots and repairs of exisiting boots than what it would cost to just put shoes on my horses.

The boots worked fine, Horses moved OK with them. Hooves stayed sound and no soreness, Never had any problems with rubs. My problems just became time and money. Since I was usually the owner, wrangler and guide, it seemed it was always me having to boot up 4 horses before every ride and pull boots after every ride. Let's see 16 boots at 2 minuted each to put on, and 30 seconds each ride to pull off = was 40 minutes I spent messing with boots every ride. And I probably average $20 per ride in repairing parts to my boots. It just got too expensive.

I came to the decision that my horses had to go barefoot and just use the boots for that occassional ride, or they needed to be shod. And my horses just can not ride the rocks of Utah day in and day out barefoot. So I went back to shoes. And the horses did fabulous this past summer.




This is why I gave up boots. When after every ride you find one of your horses looking like this


It didn't matter which model of boots I had, Epic, BARES, Gloves, they all got trashed going through the rough stuff.


If you are riding down gravel roads, established trails, Boots work great. But if you are bushwacking, having to cross blow down, picking your way thru rocks, They just don't hold up. A 1000 lb horse dragging the buckles across a log as the step over, wedging the boot between two rocks picking their way through a boulder field will break something.
     
    11-23-2012, 11:39 AM
  #30
Yearling
After one ride, Look what the sand, grit and rocks of a Utah desert ride does to a boot. The boots did their job. Horses were sound and moving out just fine, But I can't afford to replace boots every ride.





Just imagine backing the boots against this stuff for 25 miles and you understand why they wear.

     

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