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        05-12-2013, 12:58 PM
    Yep they do. I still have a set going strong 3 years later. I only use them when I need them tho. My mares feet are often fine without them but when they are not, we ride miles and miles over rocky park trails no problem. They are easy to tighten and put on and once on they stay put. If you trim the heels back and down as you are supposed to for under run heels, they wont be a problem. Make sure you asko get the toe back and dress the wall from the top and it should be fine. You can add a pad if needed for comfort. I would.

    Some of boot fitting is trial and error. I suggest looking for used boots at first and see what works. You probably will make fitting mistakes at first. Better to buy used ones you can resel for about the same money if you do make a mistake or the boot isnt quite right for that horse. Its pretty easy to find used Easyboots of all sorts and Cavellos. Not so easy to find used Renegades. People use them till they wear out.

    Re: Boas. Yes they have some positives but there are some serious negatives to consider also. I had a set I used for a long time on my SSH gelding. They are not made to ride alot of miles in. Id say they are better for rehab as stated above and minimal easy trail riding. Too clumsy for rocky technical trails.
    The negatives would be sever bruising from accidental over tightening of the dials (seen this several times) difficulty changing broken cables - its almost impossible. Rubbing at the corners of the pasterns even with pastern wraps due to design. Weight - they are very heavy for a boot and clunky. They are only sold is pairs last I checked. Kinda a PITA if you loose one.
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        05-12-2013, 04:44 PM
    I have the toes back as far as I can its right to white line had streching going on. Heels are getting there there down quit a bit from what they were.

    Have other issues iv run into yesterday when trimming my horses hoofs all four looks like sole is seperating from walls.

    Iam in central minnesota so where do I find used hoof boots? Iv looked on craiglist never have seen them on there. Iam on craigslist a lot always looking for new zeland white rabbits to use for breeding stock. Rabbit raising and selling is my other hobby.
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        05-12-2013, 05:24 PM
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    Originally Posted by Trinity3205    
    My top picks in order would be Renegades, Gloves and then Back Countrys which are built on a glove. I also like Edge's.

    I do not like Old Macs, Cavellos, Epics (due to buckle issues the edges are the same boot with a different tightening system)

    I totally agree with Trinity on this

    You didnt mention breed or hoof shape, BUt I have noticed if you ask on an Arabian (rounder foot WTC horses) you'll get more EB glove likers than renegades, Ask on a gaited page and you'll get way more renegade likers. I imagine its a crapshoot for everything in between.

    Go on facebook and join the group "Hoof boot exchange" lots of used boots posted,
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        05-12-2013, 05:38 PM

    Originally Posted by Joe4d    
    I totally agree with Trinity on this

    You didnt mention breed or hoof shape, BUt I have noticed if you ask on an Arabian (rounder foot WTC horses) you'll get more EB glove likers than renegades, Ask on a gaited page and you'll get way more renegade likers. I imagine its a crapshoot for everything in between.

    Go on facebook and join the group "Hoof boot exchange" lots of used boots posted,
    My gelding is quarter horse he's got round other horse is paint horse his hoofs are kinda of round.

    Thanks for info on finding used hoof boots. Will look that up here a bit later got things to do right now.
        05-12-2013, 06:05 PM
    Hoof boot exchange is awesome. Also check Ebay of course.

    Joe is correct about round foot horses. Certain boots stay on certain feet and ways of going better than others. How they move can be a real problem for some horses. For example my round footed but straighter moving SSH gelding can wear Rennys no problem. They do not even need to be tight to stay on through aweful mud or rocks or anything. However my big SSH that tends to wing and twist his foot as it comes off the ground can't. They spin and pop off even tho they fit well otherwise. Its just how he moves.
        05-12-2013, 06:49 PM
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    So trinity you able to use boots on the second horse? Emma's right foot tends to land not square and or twists as it sets, and spins the rengade, So I just keep her shod. Bo is more of a racking gait and does fine, even in emma's renagades which are a size to big for him.
    Both horses are about 1/2 inch longer than wide if I remember correctly.
        05-12-2013, 07:09 PM
    He is the one who wore the Boa boots for a long time. They stayed on and did not twist but I hated some aspects of them and we had rubs. Luckily, he handled the weight well and it actually improved his (already nice) gait when he was out of shape.

    I have plain ol easy boots (Epics) on him now because I found a set cheap cheap. Thinking about trying gloves if I ride him much. He is a challenge to boot but I don't ride him enough to warrant keeping him shod with the rubber shoes we disagree on ;) Its annoying. Im very glad my two main horses can wear boots with no problems. I like them to go bare when their feet are good. My mare gets to the point she is impervious to rocks when it gets dry out.

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