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        12-21-2012, 12:34 PM
      #41
    Foal
    I have been using Easyboot gloves for about 3 years. Can boot be a pain, of course, but I am dedicated to keeping my horse barefoot, so I put up with the hassle ( though shoes can be just as much of a hassle) I generally just boot the front, the rears seem to do fine. The glove for me is easy to put on ( I sure got better and quicker with time)

    I do not have a problem with fit or rubs, as long as, I keep him trimmed regularly. I do have an issue with the toes wearing out ( and yes I am sure my horse lands heal first when walking) but he is extremely animated when gaiting and I am sure he comes down hard on the toe. I have been thinking about seeing if I have the same issue with Renegades , but they are pricy and I hate dealing with cables !
         
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        12-26-2012, 07:05 PM
      #42
    Green Broke
    I've been hearing pros and cons about each, but in the forum's opinion: gloves or epics?

    I just starting thinking about going barefoot for good. I calulated my cost of shoeing for last year's rides and found it would be cheaper and possibly better on my horse's feet to stay barefoot and use boots for rides. I only do one or two rides a month during the spring and fall. Two day 50s. Trot-able terrian usually; some rides are known for mud, rocks, and river crossings.
         
        12-26-2012, 08:42 PM
      #43
    Foal
    I am using Epics right now, as my horse is transitioning to barefoot, and I expect slight changes in hoof shape/size over the next few months. EasyCare told me the Epics are most forgiving of a less than perfect fit while hooves are changing, but the Gloves need a near perfect consistent fit. I usually just pull shoes for the winter, but next year I hope to keep her barefoot if she doesn't get rubs from boots. I'm thinking I'll switch to either Gloves or Renegades once her hoof shape/size is more consistent. Haven't decided which yet, but I am leaning towards Renegades...
         
        12-26-2012, 09:52 PM
      #44
    Yearling
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    Originally Posted by Brighteyes    
    I've been hearing pros and cons about each, but in the forum's opinion: gloves or epics?

    I just starting thinking about going barefoot for good. I calulated my cost of shoeing for last year's rides and found it would be cheaper and possibly better on my horse's feet to stay barefoot and use boots for rides. I only do one or two rides a month during the spring and fall. Two day 50s. Trot-able terrian usually; some rides are known for mud, rocks, and river crossings.
    I've never tried epics, but I love my easy boots and just about every endurance rider I know also uses them. Of course, it also helps when Dave Rabe is at your rides and rescues you when you have torn gaiters or wan to try out boots for the first time ;)
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