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    11-29-2012, 09:12 AM
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Green Broke
Unhappy Need boots for winter

So my Lizzy dear has once again insisted on taking more money, this never ends. So some may remember my thread about her wearing her toe square. Well it was more than that. Farrier was out last night, she has started wearing her feet faster than they grow. She wore a flat spot in her toe on the sole (I think I got that right). So he suggested boots for winter since she will be shod as soon as the snow melts.

So for the best traction in winter what do you all suggest? Farrier suggested easy boots as she has a pretty standard shaped foot. He doesn't do fittings for them as he doesn't sell them.

Price is a factor but I want something with traction on snow. Help me :)
     
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    11-29-2012, 03:35 PM
  #2
Green Broke
No one uses hoof boots in the winter?
     
    11-29-2012, 04:31 PM
  #3
Banned
Iv heard easycare easyboot trail are good never have used them myself their 49.99 each. Then theres cavallos sport boot they cost 119.99 a pair someone I know uses them and loves them. I know there are other boots out there but know nothing about them. That's all the help I can offer.
     
    11-29-2012, 04:44 PM
  #4
Green Broke
Yea I was looking at the easy boot trail mostly because of the price. Since she will be shod the majority of the time.
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    11-29-2012, 04:45 PM
  #5
Green Broke
Hi Poppy....I've got both easy boots as well as renegades.

What I don't have is much snow and ice.

I think both manufactures would not recommend leaving either boot on all the time. Both are decent boots as far as boots go and the biggest advantage to the renegades is how much easier they are to get on and off.

You can get the easy boots studded if I remember correctly and you might want to look into that. I don't recall seeing studs for the renegades, they might have them but I'm not sure.

Are you planning on riding or are they just for pasture wear?
     
    11-29-2012, 05:19 PM
  #6
Green Broke
Just for riding. We do a ton of riding. But I would probably only use them for the rougher terrain. Hence why I don't want to spend a ton. She gets trimmed every 8 weeks and he could only rasp she wore them down so much.
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    11-29-2012, 08:00 PM
  #7
Trained
If her feet are wearing down that quickly, wouldn't leaving them unshod just create a bigger problem if you continue to leave her barefoot? You can't leave the boots on 24/7, so you're kinda putting her in a potentially sore foot spot if her feet continue to wear down more than they grow. For the $120 you'll spend on a pair of boots, why not just put shoes on with snow popper pads on for the next 8 weeks and give her feet a chance to recover?
     
    11-29-2012, 08:22 PM
  #8
Green Broke
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If her feet are wearing down that quickly, wouldn't leaving them unshod just create a bigger problem if you continue to leave her barefoot? You can't leave the boots on 24/7, so you're kinda putting her in a potentially sore foot spot if her feet continue to wear down more than they grow. For the $120 you'll spend on a pair of boots, why not just put shoes on with snow popper pads on for the next 8 weeks and give her feet a chance to recover?
Well as of right now they didn't wear down too much. Had I been riding as much the last 4 weeks as I did the first 4 weeks they would have. They wore down just enough to not need a nippers at 8 weeks. She's out on a dry lot that is currently a mud slushie lot so no terrain in her paddock that should wear her feet. We ride the roads and gravel sides to get anywhere so that is when she was wearing them down. And a typical ride is at least 10 miles sometimes double that.

I don't know how much riding I will get in this winter. If it is super cold probably not a whole lot. I am also running against it getting dark early, one full time job, part time job at the barn and then I go to college full time. So in reality I will not be able to ride as much this winter as I do when it's warmer out. So I'm hoping boots would suffice for this short time period. By march she should be able to get shoes again.

We might even get so much snow I won't see ground again til spring too lol. We got off easy last winter.
     
    11-30-2012, 08:53 AM
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Green Broke
I don't know current prices (or prices where you live) but when I had a horse that I rode too much in winter to leave barefoot I had her shod with borium (not a lot.. just enough to give her traction) and snow ball pads. It was a LOT cheaper than Easy boots.

Years (as in 20 years) before this when I shod my own horses I used to use a torch and put borium on the shoes myself (just a little grab at the toe and at the heels).
     
    11-30-2012, 08:57 AM
  #10
Green Broke
Well easy boots are $50 but I can't tell if that's a pair or just one boot lol. Her hinds are perfect only the fronts need protection.

Shoes are $100 for fronts for standard shoes, not sure if it's extra for the winter stuff. And that's every 8 weeks. So boots do save a considerable amount of money during the winter.

Also if it is like last winter, we had a ton of ice and basically everywhere around the barn was a skating rink. I would worry wayyyyy to much with shoes even if they had little gripper thingys. If I had boots I would get the spike thingys for the ice.
     

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