Hoof boots. I need opinions please.
I've been shoeing my gelding for the past couple of years and it has worked pretty well. Before that he had been barefoot and a little ouchy, but moving him to my place with my soft, wet ground he has become impossible to ride on any sort of hard/rocky/gravel surfaces. I did try the barefoot route for 3 years (with a barefoot trimmer and myself), he had also been on a hoof supplement for over a year without any effect.
According to my current farrier he is just thin soled and if my ground were better he would toughen up, but considering his living circumstances aren't going to change any time soon it's either shod or boots. My barefoot farrier said the same too, except that he was of the opinion that someday he would toughen up. Three years later we were still dealing with the same crud and that's when I decided to shoe him. My ground is soft enough that the difference between it and my riding areas are enough to wear her hooves short enough to be at the "ouchy" point if she's ridden 5 days a week for a couple weeks.
I am considering boots because he keeps pulling the darn shoes in the pasture (running and bucking around like a twit combined with mushy ground) and I cannot afford to have a farrier out constantly to replace shoes. Not to mention mowing the pasture gets hairy knowing there are random shoes out there.
I mostly trail ride, in some marshy places, we do a lot of trotting, and a decent amount of cantering and galloping. Walking obviously too, but I want something that is going to stick on his hooves when we're going fast, I don't want him getting tangled up in a boot when we're running.
So, what I'm looking for are various boot recommendations so that I can measure him and see if different brands will work. He has smallish hooves that are somewhat "narrow" though not too terribly bad anymore.
I am NOT interested in hearing about this or that supplement, how he should be barefoot, or how I should dump a ton of rock/gravel/whatever into my paddock. We have tried barefoot for a long time, I tried supplementing for a long time, and I'm not dumping a crap ton of money into a place that isn't mine.
Thank you for your recommendations.