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  • DO THEY MAKE HOOF BOOTS FOR HOOVES WIDER THAN LONG?
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    10-23-2012, 10:10 PM
  #1
Green Broke
Best boot for round hooves?

I am going to take a look at Easycare's website, but I thought I would get your guys opinions too.

What is the best trail riding boot for a hoof that is as wide as it is round?

I want something that can do lots of mileage in and I haven't had good luck with Old Macs and don't want to try the Boas either.

I guess I am thinking about the wide Gloves, Easyboot Epics (which I've used with my other horses successfully) or perhaps Renegades.

What do you guys think? I guess I would go with the Epics but I'm not sure if his hoof shape would be a problem.
     
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    10-23-2012, 10:23 PM
  #2
Yearling
My 4yo has an almost perfectly round foot and he is tearing it up in 2w cutback Renegades. He can wear them through everything and they stay put. Love them. My mares foot is also very round and she is going well in Easyboot Edges although I noticed today after a hard weekend of probably 35 to 40 miles she was starting to get a little raw on her bulbs. Not bad but much more and it would be a rub. When these wear out, she's getting 2ww rennies. They don't rub at all if properly fitted.
     
    10-23-2012, 10:44 PM
  #3
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
My 4yo has an almost perfectly round foot and he is tearing it up in 2w cutback Renegades. He can wear them through everything and they stay put. Love them. My mares foot is also very round and she is going well in Easyboot Edges although I noticed today after a hard weekend of probably 35 to 40 miles she was starting to get a little raw on her bulbs. Not bad but much more and it would be a rub. When these wear out, she's getting 2ww rennies. They don't rub at all if properly fitted.
What does the "w" after 2w and 2ww refer to? I was looking at their website and they don't seem to come in a wide. However, I see they can cut them shorter for you. I would kind of be scared to do that and ruin the boot though, just in case I screwed up!

I might try the fit kit with the Gloves because there is minimal downside in seeing how they fit with the fit kit.....although I have been wanting to try the Renegades.

I just got my youngster back from the trainer and his feet measure pretty close to 123 x123 mm on the fronts. As a matter of fact, they may be wider than they are long. (I was having a hard time measuring the length because his toes have a bit of a bevel from his break over.) But they are at least as wide as they are long, if not wider than they are long.
     
    10-24-2012, 12:06 AM
  #4
Trained
Hi,

*Original* Old macs were a good shape. Unfortunately the G2s and the entire Easyboot range now & just about every other type you can get, with the exception of wide Gloves, is more suited to a narrower foot. I definitely wouldn't bother with Boas unless perhaps your horse has a particularly upright, high heeled hoof confo.

So I think the wide Gloves would be a goer. If you've been following other boot threads, you will know that the actual Gloves are only really suitable for good, non-flared hooves that are a near perfect fit, as they have no fastening system. *However, as they now come with the Trail uppers - named 'Back Country Gloves' - this makes them a more 'general purpose' boot that is also suitable for more 'average' feet. **Be aware that the fit kit only includes the shells, so you can't actually ride in them.

Otherwise, as Renegades can be cut back, these are probably the only other readily available option for wider feet. Pity they aren't made in more size options, but the 'w' & 'ww' indicate extra width.
     
    10-24-2012, 04:01 PM
  #5
Yearling
Rennies don't really have wide widths because of the cut back options per say. They have 2W and 2WW as the widest there for awhile which were the same length of boot but each a tad wider than the other. But they really just should have used a more common sizing system and just went up to a 2.5 or 3. There is now a 4WW size also.

The reason I guess they figured one width can be several sizes just by cutting the back length down since it has a freee floating heel part adjustable by cables.

The sizing is weird but it works for the most part unless the foot is very oddly shaped or still needing rehabbing.
     
    10-24-2012, 08:25 PM
  #6
Trained
The newer Easyboot back country glove trail boot comes in wide widths. I think, on the sizing chart, the length matches the width.
     
    10-24-2012, 09:47 PM
  #7
Trained
^^Yes, it's the Trail upper on the Glove shell, so comes in all the 'wide Glove' sizes.
     
    10-25-2012, 12:02 AM
  #8
Green Broke
I don't think I want to take a chance on anything that looks like an Old Mac (ie. Back Country Glove/Trail). So if I were going with Easyboots I would choose either the Gloves or the Epics.

I really am temped to go with the Renegades though. I just wish they were cheaper. I understand they are made in the USA, which is GREAT. But that still doesn't make them any easier on the budget, especially if you've never used them before and are a little scared to try them. But they look like an awesome boot.

Sigh! I guess I have some thinking to do!
     
    10-25-2012, 12:44 AM
  #9
Foal
I would go with the Renegades. They are so much easier to use than the Epics, and they are more comfortable for the horse by far. I had a pony with very round feet (actually slightly wider than long), and had a pair made for her in the cutback style (the company does the cutback...I wouldn't try it myself). For my paint, who also had very round feet, he wore the "W" in his size, which makes the boot rounder because it is wider. Fit extremely well and didn't turn or budge at all.
     
    10-25-2012, 01:45 AM
  #10
Trained
Quote:
Originally Posted by trailhorserider    
I don't think I want to take a chance on anything that looks like an Old Mac (ie. Back Country Glove/Trail). So if I were going with Easyboots I would choose either the Gloves or the Epics.
Curious to know what was the issue with OM's? If your horse has pretty much perfect feet & no flare, and you're going to be trimming frequently, to keep them in good shape, Gloves should be good. Oh, can't put anything more than a very thin pad in Gloves either, so if that's a consideration... Don't think you'll get Epics to fit well enough, with the width, so if Gloves don't suit, Renegades are about it.

Blkgriphon, I wonder about the 'more comfortable for the horse' comment? Just that occasionally(generally relating to bad fitting) I've found horses that seem to find boots uncomfortable, but this is generally resolved by adjusting trim, using pads, etc. But I don't see any probs of discomfort the vast majority of the time. Gloves & Epics for eg. Sit below the hairline, so there is little that has the potential to cause discomfort even.
     

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