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        11-05-2013, 01:50 PM
      #31
    Weanling
    The Easyboot fit kit is worth it for hard to fit boots like the Glove. Some hoof shapes work better with some boot types, too. A more enclosed boot usually is more forgiving. The Easyboot Trail and Transition and Old Macs are all enclosed and more forgiving of hoof shape issues. The Gloves and Backcountry must fit or they will not stay on.
         
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        11-05-2013, 05:28 PM
      #32
    Trained
    No, you don't have to have a pro fitter, but a lot of people muck up & get the wrong size, or get boots that are inappropriate. Using a pro may save you money & hassle in the long run. There is a fair bit of info on the easycaredownunder site on both fitting & considerations of different boot types.
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        11-05-2013, 05:32 PM
      #33
    Trained
    I love the Easycare Gloves but wouldn't advise them without being absolutely sure of fit and the hooves werent likely to change and that the horse was going to be trimmed frequently(2-3 weekly) to keep them fitting properly.
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        11-06-2013, 01:06 PM
      #34
    Foal
    Here is my boy who logged a lot of miles in his first gen Old Macs. Almost wore out the treds!

         
        11-06-2013, 01:38 PM
      #35
    Banned
    Those old macs look way to clunky for the kind of riding we do....which is fast can cover 25 mile in an hour and half.
         
        11-06-2013, 04:40 PM
      #36
    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by spirit88    
    can cover 25 mile in an hour and half.


    That is one consideration for boot type tho. Macs & Trails for eg are recommended for (I think - not good memory for numbers) *up to* about 25 miles a ride/week. There are other boots more suitable for longer/harder riding, such as Epics & Gloves. So saying, years ago the original Old Macs were the only ones easily available in Australia & I did MANY miles in them without a problem. Gravel roads & rough trails & used them for years, for last 2 horses(lucky same hoof size) until the Gloves came out & thought I'd give them a go.
         
        11-06-2013, 05:06 PM
      #37
    Banned
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by loosie    


    That is one consideration for boot type tho. Macs & Trails for eg are recommended for (I think - not good memory for numbers) *up to* about 25 miles a ride/week. There are other boots more suitable for longer/harder riding, such as Epics & Gloves. So saying, years ago the original Old Macs were the only ones easily available in Australia & I did MANY miles in them without a problem. Gravel roads & rough trails & used them for years, for last 2 horses(lucky same hoof size) until the Gloves came out & thought I'd give them a go.
    25 mile every day 6 days a week not just 25 miles a week.....we ride alot .
         
        11-07-2013, 08:45 PM
      #38
    Foal
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    Originally Posted by spirit88    
    25 mile every day 6 days a week not just 25 miles a week.....we ride alot .
    I second Loosie's . I've seen post after post of yours lamenting the problems you're having with your horses' feet. Do you just suppose your hoof problems could be caused by pounding on them 25 miles, six days a week?
    even the pony express riders had remounts and real working cowboys have their remuda to pick from. They surely don't use the same horses every day.
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        11-07-2013, 09:03 PM
      #39
    Banned
    We ride 6 days a week and yes we do 25 miles a day not always fast. Our horse are lean and fit. We wear out a set of metal shoes in 4 weeks split in half have proof of it still have the shoes that split.

    If iam going to have horses their going to get used....and no the riding didn't cause the laminitis even if it did what do you care? Like I said we don't ride them that fast every day they were both shod with pads.
         
        11-07-2013, 09:23 PM
      #40
    Weanling
    To follow on Oshawapilot's questions:
    None of my 4 horses refused the boots. The first steps are sometimes funny-looking as they step high, but very quickly adapt. And a foot sore horse will likely move better in boots when he realizes some of the pain's gone.

    As for which kind, I second Loosie. The Easyboot site has a suggestion of models based on miles per week, type of riding, ease of use and traction. The shape of the hoof is important, all models might not fit. With your riding, I'd look into the Trails or Epic. Epic is more tricky to install, but more forgiving in terms of fit than the Glove.
    If you consider outside EasyBoot, Renegades would be a good option. Every company has its measuring charts, fairly easy to do.
    Good luck on the boot hunt and let us know how it goes.
         

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