First, it is recommended by EasyCare that a horse does not stay in boots, at liberty, more than 12 hours a day
Second, EasyCare has several lines of boots. My own personal experience with them, gives them my vote --- hands down.
One of my horses foundered in early spring. The short version is 8 - 9 degrees rotation on the LF, 5 degrees on the RF.
He had been fitted for Boa boots clear back in 2008 but they sat, un-used in the closet all these years, due to some injuries of my own.
Out came the Boa's, in went partial pads, cut according to the instructions of the specialized farrier my vet recommended.
My horse has worn his Boa's every single day since March, on 22 very hilly acres, 9 - 11 hours daily.
1. The only time he shows any signs of rubbing is when he's within 3 - 5 days of a trim. He grows hoof really fast and with the founder, he's trimmed every four weeks.
1.1 I also rub hemerhoid ointment on his heel bulbs and coronet bands every night to keep them supple. WalMart's brand is way cheaper than the brand name
2. The metal lacing finally broke three weeks ago on one boot. I shipped them off to EasyCare to be replaced. The fee was nominal and well worth the time because the boots still look brand new and the "tread" (literally) is still like new after all these months of daily wear.
3. Last, I am sold, sold, sold on EasyCare's fantastic customer service not only on the phone but in the turn around time to repair/ship the Boa's back to me<----how about a 24 hour turn around? Yep
I had originally bought the Boa's because they were what fit my horse AND that I could turn the dial with my arthritic hands.
EasyCare has some new stuff out there that is clamp-less and dial-less that I might look at if these Boa's ever wear out. I have them back but my horse has grown a tremendous amount of hoof, so the boots won't fit until the farrier gets here. Hopefully this afternoon but he's been behind schedule after being out of town.
We've FINALLY gotten a deluge of rain, so there's mud and soft ground. I'm letting this horse out without anything. If it hadn't rained I would've made pads and duct taped his hooves up
Again, from a friendly and eager voice on the phone (Nancy) to the great folks in the Repair Department, to the many styles/models of boots available and how the Boas are holding up to daily wear & tear on 22 acres, EasyCare gets my highest recommendation