I would highly recommend boots! They have literally saved my mare's feet!
I have tried almost all the brands and done tooooons of research, spent alot of money and had to do alot of returns and exchanges and this is what I have experienced or heard from reliable sources (close friends)
Original easyboots ~ don't even bother they come off super easily
Epics ~ Have such a good reputation but are just the original easyboots with a gaiter attached *My mare destroyed them completely in 2 rides* and she almost completely bailed taking a nosedive *My friend's mare also destroyed them in 2 rides* and hers practically did a summersault. We both returned them for a full refund
Bares, Edges, gloves, BOA I haven't seen in person but have heard that they too are very finicky and come off tripping horses up very easily. I have heard from very knowledgable farriers that follow Pete Ramey's methods (who endorses Easyboot line) that the only way these boots work is if a foam is inserted or if they are glued onto hoof :( Not very practical for the majority of us but ok if you are a wealthy competitive endurance rider.
Having said all this Old Macs worked very well for me they never rubbed or came off even with galloping but are quite clunky and they did come off my friend's mare twice. they do have a less clunkier version called Old mac G2's that might be worth a try
Look cool but wear very quickly and are expensive so you end up spending lots of $$$ they also slip very easily and horses I know have bailed and landed on their sides along with the rider
My all time favourite!!!!
They are an awesome company who fully stand by their product and they have been fabulous with me with my crappy measuring skills (can't find the butress line to save my life lol) Also the product is of the best quality I have seen and they last forever. So far I have galloped up hills, through muddy fields, up very rocky slopes, trudged through deep mud puddles, gone through water, and even jumped in them. They have stayed on and stayed put! No spinning or turning and they are soo easy to put on and take off! One time I was on the trail with the Easyboot Epics and three of them came off and I had to try to put them back on on the trail with out a screwdriver and a hoofpick to pull the cable up and out (yes they are this complicated) and it was a true nightmare to be honest! I had to try to hold them under my arm while riding all the way home :( the cavallos are a DREAM come true! If I ever had to try to put one on on the trail I could just undue the velcro strap in one swift motion, put in on her foot and do up velcro again in about 2 seconds. Plus I could easily hang them from my saddle fromthe velcro straps! Cavallo's motto is Life is Simple and they deliver on this promise!
Good luck and remember simple is best!