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post #1 of 5 Old 08-12-2012, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
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Boots for trails/river bar

Hi there! We just got a horse who's feet are in pretty rough shape. He's not lame, but it will be a few more trimmings before he could be shod. Also, we have him on Horseshoer's Secret and a custom mineral mix from my vet for our area. My farrier thinks that it would be wise to just get boots for him for when we go on rough trails or onto the river bar, and not ever shoe him. I don't want to get some crappy boots that won't hold up to crossing water or rough terrain though. I'm hoping you guys will have some recommendations. I'm thinking of the Easyboot glove backcountry.
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Any advice would be welcome!! Thank you in advance!
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post #2 of 5 Old 08-12-2012, 02:13 AM
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renegades are by far the easiest to use, stay on and are durable. Easyboot gloves (not the trail ones) are well liked by endurance riders also. Fit is critical with them though. Easy boot epics are a bit harder to get on than the renagades but work pretty well and fit isnt as critical with them. I think alot of people try boots but then get tired of the hassle of putting them on, and worry of loosing one and end up with steel shoes. Used ones arnt hard to find.
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post #3 of 5 Old 08-12-2012, 03:15 AM
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Yeah, from rep, I'd probably go with the Back Country ones(no personal exp with them but heard good reports about standing up to rough stuff) or Epics. Heard that Renegades are good but the tread wears quickly then they become slippery, so that would be a prob with river x'ings, but of the above, Epics are the only ones I have personal experience with. IME Trails & Cavellos won't hold up to much rough going. Old Macs are better tho.
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post #4 of 5 Old 08-12-2012, 10:29 PM
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Well, I recently got the easyboot trail b/c they "claim" they are easy to get on, and they had a fantastic price on them! Well, their claim is 100% correct..they are easy to get on. I think the suggestion that they are for under 25 miles a week just gives you and idea they (the Trail model) aren't super durable. I used old mac's for many years, they are very durable, no question about it. However, I will gladly pay a few extra bucks in the long run replacing the less durable easyboots, or spring for the more pricey models, b/c old mac's are NOT easy to get on. In fact, since I got my easyboots, I haven't used my old mac's at all. As far as water goes, I would have to say the easy boots would hold up better b/c they have no leather straps.

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post #5 of 5 Old 08-17-2012, 12:47 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, thanks guys! Seems like easyboots get the vote. Or Old Macs. I think if the easyboots are easier to put on, that's what I'm going to go with first... and honestly, I am just a pleasure rider. Maybe a few fairly short rides around town or a short trail during the week, then a longer trail ride on the weekends out on the river bar or in the mountains. We won't be putting a whole lot of miles on them. I have just always heard that the boots come off in mud or the river. I really appreciate the feedback, guys. :) Thanks a lot!
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