Sorry to ask yet another hoof boot question. I will try to be to the point.
I bought a horse for my mom in June and he had shoes on but his feet were way too long and not balanced. I prefer to keep all my horses barefoot so I began transitioning him to barefoot at the end of June. Up until this past week we had no soreness or ouchy problems. But it rained for 7 days (record breaking rain) and the horses have been standing in water and mud (nothing I can do about it). Now his feet are very tender. When on soft ground he was ok but on rocks and gravel he was very very tender.
At the end of October we would like to try an "Into to Endurance Ride" it is 15 miles total and I would like to have a good set of boots for him so he can do the ride.
So my question is has anyone had experience with a boot that fits the upright hoof? I have read many different manufactures websites which warn that there boots won't do well with an upright hoof. Eventually I hope to get his feet to a more "natural balance" shape but I believe in transitioning the foot slowly.
Here is a picture of our progress thus far. (I know they are not perfect yet but it is a work in progress). The pictures on the Left are from June and the Right are from this Monday: The top left picture looks like there is a huge chunk missing but it is just mud lol.