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    11-29-2011, 09:26 PM
  #11
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Mike, his width came up 4 3/4 and length a 1/16th to 1/8 longer depending on the foot. Would those measurements steer me toward a particular boot or are they both for the same shape hooves?
The sizing is the same between the epic and edge, they are pretty much the same boot just different way of keeping them on.
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    11-29-2011, 09:59 PM
  #12
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From what I understand, as my dad looked into this quite extensively is that you can event in boots... and I have. Im also pretty sure that you can do all three phases in your boots, no points deducted in dressage(just no bell boots over them remember!) I have power straps on my gloves that I event and do more rigorous work in, so they can't flex as much. It makes them a little harder to put on but once they're on they're on a lot better
I wouldn't suggest doing any jumping in your boots though, because as I said earlier they do pop off and it's pretty scary to have studded boots flopping around your horses ankles as you canter and gallop over a course....


Also...im glad I made your day :P
     
    12-07-2011, 02:40 AM
  #13
Trained
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Originally Posted by Mike Zimmerman    
I don't recommend gloves for hinds unless you're sure they'll fit. The glove is designed for front feet due to their rounder shape. I'd like to see Easycare make a hind design for all the styles of boots.
Interesting. Haven't heard that before, but haven't had a prob fitting gloves on a few horse's hinds. I actually felt it was the other way round, the Easycare boots all being slightly longer than they are wide, since the demise of the original OM, until the wide Gloves came out - now I should be able to get Gloves on my boy's wide front feet too! I think that Gloves are unsuitable for a lot of horses though, as they need to have pretty perfect hoof form to fit them, there being no fastening system.

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We can event in hoof boots?? You've made my day! Dressage phase too or just the jumping stuff?
In Australia at least, you're not allowed to compete in dressage with boots - it's seen as an unfair advantage or something ridiculous. But it's great to hear Jumper4ever saying they're allowed in their area. But yeah, unfortunately agree that 'them boots aren't made for jumping'. They will usually do on smaller jumps tho. Mike, do you know if Easycare are working on any designs that will be better for jumping?
     
    12-07-2011, 04:59 AM
  #14
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Easyboot Gloves are brilliant. I went bloodhound hunting in mine, on for 4 hrs through thick mud and down steep hills, no problems, no rubs
     
    12-07-2011, 08:02 PM
  #15
Trained
I'm surprised to see the gloves worked so well for you. My friend bought a pair and they came off 3 times during a 1 hour trail ride.

I ended up going a different route. I'm going to try the Renegade boots. A woman at my barn has them and showed me how much range of motion they provide for the foot. I can't wait for my pair to arrive! My horse is suddenly tearing around in the indoor arena now, so looks like they'll just be for the more uneven footing until he adjusts completely.
     
    12-07-2011, 11:05 PM
  #16
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Originally Posted by loosie    
Interesting. Haven't heard that before, but haven't had a prob fitting gloves on a few horse's hinds. I actually felt it was the other way round, the Easycare boots all being slightly longer than they are wide, since the demise of the original OM, until the wide Gloves came out - now I should be able to get Gloves on my boy's wide front feet too! I think that Gloves are unsuitable for a lot of horses though, as they need to have pretty perfect hoof form to fit them, there being no fastening system.



In Australia at least, you're not allowed to compete in dressage with boots - it's seen as an unfair advantage or something ridiculous. But it's great to hear Jumper4ever saying they're allowed in their area. But yeah, unfortunately agree that 'them boots aren't made for jumping'. They will usually do on smaller jumps tho. Mike, do you know if Easycare are working on any designs that will be better for jumping?
I'm not saying you can't use the glove on hind feet, I would make sure they fit really well and I would add the power straps too. Look at the shape of a boa boot, to me that's more of a hind shape than the glove/epic/bare/edge. Or look at horse shoes that are front and hind pattern.

What would you want to see changed to make a jumper boot? They do offer screw in studs for more traction.
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    12-08-2011, 04:15 AM
  #17
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I'm surprised to see the gloves worked so well for you. My friend bought a pair and they came off 3 times during a 1 hour trail ride.

I ended up going a different route. I'm going to try the Renegade boots. A woman at my barn has them and showed me how much range of motion they provide for the foot. I can't wait for my pair to arrive! My horse is suddenly tearing around in the indoor arena now, so looks like they'll just be for the more uneven footing until he adjusts completely.
I used Renegades for a year - they are good, but the grip goes and they are very very slippery on grass! You must hire the fit kit to get the right size with Gloves - they need to be very snug / tight and I use the power strap too, but they are superior when you get the fit right to Renegades and I loved my Renegades at first. Gloves feel like rides barefoot, no secondary clump noise and Renegages can twist if not done up really securely.
     
    12-08-2011, 06:19 AM
  #18
Trained
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
I'm surprised to see the gloves worked so well for you. My friend bought a pair and they came off 3 times during a 1 hour trail ride.
I would think that's more related to fit than type. I think that's what matters most when choosing boots. Gloves are great IMO but without any way of adjusting or tightening, feet need to be a pretty perfect fit.
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    12-08-2011, 08:06 PM
  #19
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Originally Posted by Clava    
I used Renegades for a year - they are good, but the grip goes and they are very very slippery on grass!
Luckily grass is not an issue. He's fine barefoot already on grass. I just need them for the harder uneven stuff until he's good to go on all surfaces. The one place where I do schooling shows has a very hard gravel surface for a dressage ring. I checked with them and they said boots were fine for their shows, so that's the primary reason I have them.
     
    12-09-2011, 04:47 AM
  #20
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
Luckily grass is not an issue. He's fine barefoot already on grass. I just need them for the harder uneven stuff until he's good to go on all surfaces. The one place where I do schooling shows has a very hard gravel surface for a dressage ring. I checked with them and they said boots were fine for their shows, so that's the primary reason I have them.
Yes, mine are all fine on grass too in terms of sensitivity, but all my hacks are a mixture of flint paths and grass stretches. Personally I would not use Renegades on a gravelly dressage surface as their design allows stones to go in the boot in the opening at the back - I would definitely use Gloves which fit so tightly that nothing small can get in to irritate and damage the hoof.
     

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