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post #21 of 53 Old 10-16-2013, 11:25 PM Thread Starter
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Too late to edit, but it is important that we keep him exercised so we take it easy and do what we can. So far we are pretty much walking in the pasture but that is more of a rehab thing. We have miles of trails we usually ride on and while they aren't specifically "rocky" they are trails and it is Massachusetts :) When he is ready for that point we want it to be a step forward and not a step back.
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post #22 of 53 Old 11-04-2013, 09:39 PM
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Bumped into this thread via a search, answered most of my questions.

Just curious if anyone has had their horse reject or otherwise refuse to work with boots? Me and my daughter are leasing 2 horses right now and mine is a TB with tender feet. A good portion of our hacks are on dirt roads and I've become quite aware that he's notably tender at times, often asking to ride along the grassy shoulders which I'm happy to let him do in the meantime.

I was considering getting his owner to measure him in the next few days (the farrier was just in late last week and he's freshly trimmed now) and then pickup a pair of boots for him to make him more comfy, but it's not an investment I want to make if there's a chance that he'll refuse them somehow - my experience with boots is nil.

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I've seen some horse lift their feet really high or walk a little weird while they're getting used to them, but never had one refuse them. I put them on my neighbor's very high strung Peruvian Pasos, and none of them had a melt down. They all get the idea pretty quickly once you get them out on the gravel. I've even had the boots come off and hang by the gaiter on those horses, and they were ok about it. I haven't had a bad experience yet, but if your horse is spooky and/or hates things on his legs, I'd lunge him with them on first. You are more likely to have trouble getting a good fit than to have your horse refuse the boots, IMO.

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Thanks. He's a well behaved boy, not really spooky for the most part - he's comfortable with everything I've brought his way from dogs, to cars, to animals darting across the roads, etc - he's been well exposed, so I don't have any reason to suspect that these would bother him after an adjustment..but thought I'd ask.

He is a bit protective with his feet though, again I suspect because of his tender footedness - sometimes picking him before a hack requires some calm discussion amongst ourselves in order to get the job done. I'm guessing that getting the boots on for the first time could be a bit of a challenge, but hopefully he'd connect the process to comfy feet during our ride and it'd become a positive experience in the end.

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Just curious if anyone has had their horse reject or otherwise refuse to work with boots? ....not an investment I want to make if there's a chance that he'll refuse them somehow - my experience with boots is nil.
Not 'refuse' them. Sometimes a horse will feel so weird when they first experience them they won't want to move, but as soon as they realise they *can* move it's no longer an issue. Frequently horses will move rather strangely to begin with - lifting feet really high or trying to kick them off, but again that's just initially & they get used to them quickly.

BUT Fitting problems are common and also if a horse 'weaves' or such boots can sometimes be unsuitable. Also depending on what you do with the horse, hoof confo, etc, certain types may be far more suitable than others. Therefore if you know nothing about boots, I advise finding someone who does - a professional boot fitter ideally, who can show you/try a number of different ones - to fit your horse. It's worth the few extra $$ to get it right. Perhaps as your horse has just been trimmed, you can give it a few weeks & next trim use someone who also fits boots, so it won't cost more than the trim.
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I've read a lot of comments on fit. Some suggest that they need to be professionally fit, many others suggest that just taking proper measurements and buying the right size is all that's necessary.

Perhaps I'm off base, but unless one is buying some sort of custom boot, isn't having the farrier come out to measure the hoof kind of overkill? A measurement is a measurement no matter who takes it, providing it's done accurately, no? Get measurement, match to size, buy boots?

We're not doing anything crazy together, just dirt road hacks for the most part through a quiet country area - possibility for some field/woods hacks in the future. Probably 80% at the walk, 15% at the trot, and maybe 5% cantering.

We're going to the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto this coming Sunday and this is when I intended to look at boot options after having him measured, so time is potentially of the essence. I will be up for our weekend hack hopefully Saturday though (weather permitting) so this is when I'd measure him.

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Do you know which brand you're getting? Some manufacturers have specifics instructions on how/where to measure. Easyboot even has a sizing kit.
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Thinking easyboot is likely to be the most common I'm apt to come across at the Royal, so that's what I was planning on measuring to.

Unless anyone else has other suggestions. ;)
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post #29 of 53 Old 11-05-2013, 12:41 PM
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I have had good luck with the Old Mac boots for riding gravel roads. They stay on. You can gallop in them, ride through mud, rivers, etc. Never had any problems with rubbing or my 2 horses getting used to them. Yeah just get a ruler and measure after a trim, then look it up on the chart for the right size. Valley Vet has decent pricing.

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post #30 of 53 Old 11-05-2013, 01:11 PM
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Noted thank you. I like many of the Easyboot options as they appear quite easy to get on, without any terribly complicated fasteners or anything that will take time. Like I've said, My lease boy (Simon) is quite protective of his feet, so the less time I have to fiddle trying to get things on and off (at least at first until he hopefully appreciates them and looks forward to having them put on) the better.

And yes, I'd want something that's going to be versatile enough for some time at the canter/gallop as well when the opportunity presents itself. Right now I'm taking it very very easy on him, putting the well being of his ouchy feet ahead of my own want to "ride like the wind". ;)

Hence why I'm considering the boots.
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