So my farrier and vet are on board to let my mare have a go of being barefoot. She's got navicular with very contracted heels. She's occasionally sore, but I've only needed to bute her 3-4x over the winter thus far. We're going to take her shoes off once its warn enough for the ground to stop being so darn hard.
I was going to try sole gaurd, in conjunction with boots. (I love vettecs other products.) She will be in the boots for about 12 hours a day, and will be out 24/7. The stalls/shelter will be soft enough for her to get some relief. She usually avoids the mud, except when she's rolling in it.
I also want to get a boot that I can put pads in, for extra relief if need be. My farrier is willing to measure my mare and help me fit her for the boots. I just need to pick what I want and order them. We're going to get some boots, before she goes barefoot and try them on when she's getting reshod early march.
I'm leaning towards easy boot. They seem like a good first choice, if she grows wider they're not like $200 a pair to have to keep replacing. I like the Rx one, they look like they'll protect from debris, but it seems like it may rub. I wont be riding for a while so I don't need to worry about going over rough terrain or galloping in the boots. I've never put on or used boots before.
Any suggestions or advice?