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        06-13-2013, 10:53 AM
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    Yearling
    question for boot users

    I've heard so many pros and cons to boots. Can boot users post how hard it was to get a fit, and if they like what they say they do? Any hints on getting the right fit?
         
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        06-13-2013, 11:07 AM
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    Trained
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by princessfluffybritches    
    I've heard so many pros and cons to boots. Can boot users post how hard it was to get a fit, and if they like what they say they do? Any hints on getting the right fit?
    Measure very carefully. I have used boots and liked them very well. I followed the manufacturer's directions on measuring to get the correct size and when they arrived, fit was right on.
         
        06-13-2013, 11:29 AM
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    Yearling
    I am glad someone asked this because I am considering them for my horse. What happens when the hoof grows? I know you should measure right after a trim. Doesn't that make the boots too tight right before a trim is due?
         
        06-13-2013, 12:35 PM
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    Banned
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    Originally Posted by corgi    
    I am glad someone asked this because I am considering them for my horse. What happens when the hoof grows? I know you should measure right after a trim. Doesn't that make the boots too tight right before a trim is due?
    You need to keep hoofs trimmed every two weeks iv found if I let hoofs go much over two weeks boots don't fit good.
         
        06-13-2013, 03:29 PM
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    Trained
    I just keep a Rider's Rasp handy, and that seems to keep things fitting well between trims.
         
        06-13-2013, 07:16 PM
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    Trained
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    Originally Posted by corgi    
    What happens when the hoof grows? I know you should measure right after a trim. Doesn't that make the boots too tight right before a trim is due?
    This is why boots don't work for a large number of people. Unless you can keep up on the trimming weekly, yes your horse will outgrow his boots within a few weeks. Some boots have more play than others, but I am very glad to be back to shoes. The whole nonsense of keeping the boots fitting properly, trying to find ones that stay on if you do anything more than walk, and spending half your ride trying to find a boot you lost, and not worth the hassle. I'm finding this whole boot industry to be marketing hooey. Either your horse is comfortable barefoot or it's not.
         
        06-15-2013, 10:13 AM
      #7
    Trained
    Trim, then measure and measure twice! I found it is "nice" to measure really well and then take a picture with a ruler for both width and length so I can look back at it whilst "shopping" the different styles. The fit kits aren't much, but if they are available for something you decide on - order one first!! I have some boots that are just so inconvenient to put on I rarely use them anymore. The easyboot trails are less expensive and not as long lasting, but there is no way you could find a pair easier to put on! So, for what you lose in life you gain in convenience - and what the heck, they are inexpensive. Interestingly- solid rock doesn't really wear them down, gravely/hard ground does.

    Oh, and if you fall in love w a particular "style" and it is not recommended for your horses feet b/c they are too round or too oval or whatnot...skip them, don't let your imagination get you to believing they will work b/c you like them best.
         
        06-16-2013, 03:38 PM
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    Showing
    The boots that come above the hoof wall have a tendency to rotate which can cause rubs.
         
        06-16-2013, 04:00 PM
      #9
    Yearling
    Nothing is ever so black and white. Boots work great for me and then sometimes they don't. It depends. The boot must fit. Some people get two sets. One for the beginning of the trim and one for later on in the cycle when the foot has grown out a bit. I find that if you trim every 4 or 5 weeks and are reasonably able to use a rasp to touch up a fast growing foot once in between trimming dates, you will be fine with one set so long as they have a little adjustment room. Renegades get my big thumbs up. So do Easyboot Edges. Gloves are so so. I find they pop off at the gallop no matter what you do but they stay on great through mud and most trail riding.

    Boots have their downfalls no doubt but so do shoes. Its all about balance. I will never go back to metal shoes.
         
        06-16-2013, 05:04 PM
      #10
    Weanling
    I have only used my Cavallo boots during the interim time between the barefoot winter and shoes for summer and vice versa. They have always stayed on even in the mud and water. I don't enjoy the clean up but it has to be done. I haven't had any trouble with the fit on my two horses but my NSH has sensitive skin an tends to have skin breakdown even with the fetlock wraps you have to buy separately. So, I tend not to ride with his boots on him too long. They are fine for my APHA gelding. We had to deal with some loose, deep gravel and found the boots a pain as they filled up with gravel and had to be emptied immediately. For me, they are a great interim option but not for all seasons.
         

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