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post #11 of 23 Old 07-28-2011, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thank you for expressing your concern. But what comes to mind that could possibly be wrong? She's shown slight tenderness to gravel since she had to walk on it (as soon as the snow melted). So I'm not sure if she would have been tender before but has not been unsound by the time we get to the arena a single time.

My mare is only eight and the laminitis was caused by overfeeding high quality feed. The vet said that they had experienced an unusual amount of founders in young horses in the area around the same time as Kitty's and they aren't sure why.

Also it seems that she's more ouchy on the really loose gravel than on the semi-packed down gravel.

You know, I know her breeder and I might be able to ask if she'd shown any signs of tenderness when she had her as well.

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post #12 of 23 Old 07-28-2011, 04:27 PM
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I have easyboot gloves that I love. I don't find them particularly hard to put on - they take about the same amount of time as pull on rubber bell boots.

They go on when I'm saddling up, and off when I unsaddle. They only go on if I will be riding really rough ground or on the roads.

They go through water/mud just fine - but if they don't fit properly they can come off. I've never had this issue.

The three horses I've used boots on walked funny for a few steps and were then fine. No change to movement.
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My mom talked to the vet today and she said that we shouldn't really worry too much about the tenderness. Many many horses' soles are softening due to the incredible amount of water there is. Also, the previous farrier suggested that we use Keratex to help harden her hooves a little. The vet also agreed that it could definitely help.

I think I'm leaning towards the boots more at this moment. They seem relatively simple and if this is a one year thing I don't really see a problem with it. If I do go to a show I could simply have the boots on her until right before I enter the ring (I do Dressage) and put them back on as soon as I get out.

I read back and I think I should have worded what I said about her being fine on grass, dirt, etc. 90% of the time.

When Kitty (my mare) is in the pasture she shows no sign of tenderness. Once I've taken her out and walked her a little (about ten feet of grass) she's fine. If I run she'll willingly trot with me. However, I have to go from the grass to the gravel, which she seems to have difficulty in. When I said that she's fine 90% of the time on grass, dirt, etc. I meant instantly, once we've come off of the gravel and onto the new footing.

So, when I walk her on anything *before the gravel, she's absolutely fine. She shows no signs of tenderness at all. Sometimes when I come off the gravel she's instantly fine while others she still seems a little tender. Occasionally when she's tender if she stumbles or slips (the ground is really wet) the packed-in dirt, mud and rocks will come flying out and she'll be fine again. I personally think that it may be that she's picked up some rocks when walking across the gravel area and they have just stuck in the mud, thus bothering her.

I hope that makes sence.

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In general, most people find the term easy in the name to not describe how they go on. Not saying there are not exceptions (you being one of them).
I was thinking about taking a video of how I do it, but never got a chance. Old Macs - THOSE took me while to put on and secure (very bulky too).

OP. Renegades is another nice brand, but from what I know you have to have an exact sizing.

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I have easyboot gloves that I love.
I do think they are the best, but you have to have a perfect fit with them (which I don't, unfortunately), or you loose them on trail somewhere in mud.

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I found Old Macs to be easy to put on. And they stayed on.
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I use easyboot epics, like them ok, they are a bit difficult to put on and take off but not insanely so. On the trail a few weeks ago one kept coming off, but I'm not 100% if I had the boot on all the way. I hear the cavallos are pretty easy to use
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I haven't read all the other posts but my horse is extremely sensitive to gravel and she ends up being bruised and can't really walk.

Shoes with pads will add up to a very nice pair of boots within two trims and so you can imagine how much you will spending throughout the entire time. Shoes end up costing a fortune. I decided to get a pair of easy boots.I got the easy boot bare model.They have a bungee system and once you have it adjusted you don't need to adjust anymore. I found them pretty easy to put on within a few trys.They are much easier when the horses hoof is freshly trimmed. I got mine off of ebay for only $30 and they were in almost new condition...now my horse can run,trot,walk on gravel just fine :) Totally worth it.
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I use easyboot epics, like them ok, they are a bit difficult to put on and take off but not insanely so. On the trail a few weeks ago one kept coming off, but I'm not 100% if I had the boot on all the way. I hear the cavallos are pretty easy to use
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I heard the cavallos rub sores and aren't as secure.I do like how they have draining holes though. My friend uses easyboot epics and she likes them a lot but the cord thing stretches over and becomes loose? I almost got a pair.I think easyboots and renegades are probably one of the best.
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I have used different boots on my horses. Some work great for one horse but maybe not so good for another.. Go to the easyboot site and you will find a lot of info on all the boots that are associated with them. You have to get the one that will fit your horses hoof type and also the type of riding you will do. If your horse has roundy round feet then you find the boot for that type hoof. If your horse has more oval(longer than wide) hooves you go for those.. Over the hoof only or over the hairline are options that work for some but not others.. I have bares and i also have boas.. I like them both for different reasons.. Boa's work on the narrower hoof and bares work on round hooves. Old macs have a style for both types.. Just shop around.. I love my boots and would not go back to shoes for any reason I can think of.. :)

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