See the only grassy areas here I can ride on are on the side of a highway. People aren't too wary of horses around here and don't care to slow down and keep goin their 70 mph past us. It scares me really! On our gravel rd there's barely any cars so that's why I want to ride on it. The gravel is terrible and the size of ping pong balls. I liked the cavallos because they're friendly to my wallet. I like the cavallo sports better than the simple though. On cavallos website there's endurance riders who use them but I don't trust what the makers site says too often! I wish I could get trial boots lol. But I love the renegades too its just theyre expensive! The easy boots seem to cost less and I am going to have to measure his foot to see if he will even be able to wear either.
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I'm in almost the exact same situation! Except I don't HAVE to ride at night, but I do kinda end up doing my last few miles in the dark sometimes lol.
As far as the boots go, my 12 YO Quarab has been barefoot all his life and my prime conditioning route is gravel/caliche road with large rocks also. I researched boots for a long time, and ended up going with the Renegades. If you understand the basic mechanics of how the hoof works and grows, Renegades are adjustable in the right ways and allow for full range of motion without rubbing. The heel captivator is seriously genius even with my guy who has some occasional overreach, the boots stay in place. I live on the coast of South Texas and when we get rain at the ranch I board at, the black farmland dirt turns into deep, slick, tar-like mud that's a foot deep. I've ridden through it and not only did the boots stay on, they clean up like a shiny new penny with just a dunk in a bucket of water, and a quick spray off with a hose.
They're super easy to put on and take off, and after watching or reading instructions on adjusting, that's super easy also.
My horse was also weary and tender footed when I asked him to just walk across the gravel road. The first day I tried them out I rode him down the road and I could literally see the surprise when he stepped foot on the road and his feet didn't hurt! We rode 2 miles on all gravel that day and he moved out like a champ and didn't miss a step! So impressed with the renegades (if that wasnt already obvious lol)!
I was worried about the cost as well. I'm in the middle of planning a wedding, and on a budget, but I saved up for 4 MONTHS and ordered my front set about 2 months ago. Totally worth it!!
Also, I sent pictures to Kirt at Renegade and he told me the sizes to order because my guy seemed to be between sizes.