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post #11 of 23 Old 10-12-2012, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Now I have another question!:p

Which kind of easy boot would you reccomend for me? There's so many kinds!!! My horse is not shod, and has very sensitive white hooves. They crack easily and get sore. I live in a very rough rocky area, and we ride on gravel a lot, so I'm going to use them when riding. Right now we have just been doing basic bareback riding (a little trot, walk, and canter) but when 4-H starts up again we're going to be doing basic english riding, and all kinds of western riding, including gaming events. I'm planning on only putting them on his front feet because he seems to have to most trouble with his front feet. I'm thinking the Epics, but I'm not sure...?
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The pic is the type of ground she has to travel over, and she does so w ease in the boots (barefoot on the hinds). Obviousely, I accidently took the photo.
Very much like the ground here!!
Along with lots of gravel roads:/
It kills his feet!
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I have an all white footed horse as well. Before I ended up putting shoes back on, I used the Easyboot Backcountry kind. I LOVED them and actually refuse to sell them. Just in case ;)

They fit nice and snug and the garter things really kept them in place. My one suggestion for any boot that you get is to get a rasp and ask your farrier to show you how to keep the edges cleaned up. Like someone else said, if your horse grows a lot of hoof between trims, by the time you are due, they may not fit.

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Now I have another question!:p

Which kind of easy boot would you reccomend for me? There's so many kinds!!! My horse is not shod, and has very sensitive white hooves. They crack easily and get sore. I live in a very rough rocky area, and we ride on gravel a lot, so I'm going to use them when riding. Right now we have just been doing basic bareback riding (a little trot, walk, and canter) but when 4-H starts up again we're going to be doing basic english riding, and all kinds of western riding, including gaming events. I'm planning on only putting them on his front feet because he seems to have to most trouble with his front feet. I'm thinking the Epics, but I'm not sure...?
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They are all good, so I don't think you can make a bad choice. The Trails are less expensive and, according to easycare, they are good for 25 miles a week type riders. They are pretty tough - so far so good, knock on wood for me. I love them b/c they are so easy - and I will just replace them when they wear out. Like I said ^ I am thinking about the back country glove - and I think they would be good for the terrain you are in. They are a tad harder to get on than the trails are. If a fit kit is available for whichever ones you decide on - I would strongly recommend that before purchasing.

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Which kind of easy boot would you reccomend for me? There's so many kinds!!!
Hi, you'd do best studying the fitting & selecting info on the Easycare site There's a heap there on pros & cons of different types. As already mentioned, the biggest factor is fit. For eg you might really love the Gloves, but these are a boot with no fastening/adjusting system, so your horse's feet need to be pretty well shaped to fit perfectly and therefore they're also for horses who are trimmed more frequently, to keep them fitting. All that said, the Trails and the Back Country Gloves(which do have an 'upper' that fastens & adjusts, so are a bit more lenient fit-wize) are great 'general purpose' boots.

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My horse is not shod, and has very sensitive white hooves. They crack easily and get sore.
Colour of feet has nothing to do with it, but if they are prone to crack and are sensitive, sounds like there are a few issues going on with him. If you would like a critique & suggestions about getting his hooves strong, you could send hoof pictures & some more info on diet, management, etc.
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And don't forget, you have to fit them right after a fresh trim.

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Yep color of feet means nothing. I have two tobiano SSHs with all white or mostly white feet. Their feet are amazing and don't usually need boots unless its really rocky or I am fighting thrush which happens now and then here in the deciduous rainforest lol. I use Renegedes most of the time. My colt needs them cut back as he has short wide feet but they stay on through some terrible mud and rock. My mare uses Easyboot Edges as I had a set when I got her and her foot fits in them like a glove. A good boot fits the foot well, doesnt rub and ideally has nothing above the hairline around the fetlock IMO. I used Boas and cavellos before and got rubs from each. I ride too hard for them. Im sure less distance riders would do well with them.

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and ideally has nothing above the hairline around the fetlock IMO. I used Boas and cavellos before and got rubs from each. I ride too hard for them. Im sure less distance riders would do well with them.
Yep, that's one of the 'cons' of high profile boots, but you're right Trinity, that they don't advise people who do extra long &/or hard riding to use them, because of this and that they are generally very good for the average weekend rider. For really hard riding, Epics or Gloves(if they fit well) are best of the Easycare range.

Don't have any experience with Renegades, but your comment about cutting them back interests me, for fitting horses that are outside the realm of fitting Easy's. I know you can adjust length & even cut the boots to make them shorter, but what sort of amount can you cut them back?
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I LOVE my Easyboot Epics! I have had them for 3 or 4 years now and they are still going strong. I chose Easycare because most parts on the boots are replacable and its an easy DIY job. I don't use them as often with my guy now, since going barefoot his feet have really made a change and he can handle the rockier terrain now without them.

If I remember correctly, Easycare has very good diagrams of how to measure your horses feet (fresh after a trim) and insert measurements into their wonderful calculator and it gives you the size for all their boot styles. You just need to find the boot that will work best for your horses hoof shape.
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Loosie What are the cutback options? - Renegade® Hoof Boots | Horse Boots

I have found they are quite modifiable with cable length adjustments and using different straps also.
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