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        06-17-2013, 01:38 PM
      #11
    Weanling
    I love my Easyboot gloves, but I do most of my own trimming, and I trim nearly every time I ride. Some horses still fit their boots ok with several weeks between trims, though. My neighbor trims her Peruvians every 6 weeks and doesn't have too much trouble with Easyboots, though they occasionally come off in bad mud. I think her horses also are more prone to losing them because of their gait and strange pastern angle as much as due to trimming schedule. I have never lost a boot on my Welsh mare, and I've only had one come off of my QH after she jumped an embankment and crossed a bunch of deep mud. Both horses' boots fit the first time, but I measured carefully, and it was not my first time booting horses. One comment on booting: if your horse is transitioning out of shoes, and/or is not getting a barefoot trim/used to being barefoot, boots are not a magic bullet. They help, but the horse will still be a little ouchie crossing gravel and rocky terrain for several months. You can add pads for comfort, but ultimately, it seems to take around 6 months with correct trimming to completely transition. I still find them to work better than shoes for my horses, and they are SO much cheaper.
    If you've never fit a horse in boots before, I recommend the fit kit Easyboot. They send you boots to try on, you pick a size, order your own, and send the kit back.
         
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        06-17-2013, 01:44 PM
      #12
    Weanling
    Eek, double post. Sorry.
         
        06-17-2013, 04:18 PM
      #13
    Yearling
    Now I am very hesitant to try boots. My farrier comes out every 6 weeks and I have no idea how to use a rasp! :)
         
        06-17-2013, 04:28 PM
      #14
    Weanling
    I thought the rider's rasp looked very easy to use for touch-ups in between trims, so you could start there. Think about it this way-boots only cost as much as two sets of shoes, so if you get 2-3 months worth of use out of them, you haven't really lost money. If you hate them, you can go back to shoes and carry them as spares. :)
         
        06-17-2013, 05:07 PM
      #15
    Trained
    You definitely need to be on top of the hoof growth to have boots work for you. No going 4 - 6 weeks between hands on the hoof rasp. If you don't do your own trimming, ask your farrier to teach you what you can do every other week. That should be sufficient for boots to fit effectively, maybe even the Easyboot gloves. I really did not have much success with the gloves. They are a very particular fit and my mare's one front foot is just odd - although I did finally get the fit much better, I finally came to the conclusion it wasn't going to work.

    Next time I look into boots, I'll be looking at the renegades. And I'd really like to go to a fit clinic.
         
        06-17-2013, 08:00 PM
      #16
    Banned
    I think shoes are easier boots are a real PITA to put on.
         
        06-17-2013, 08:51 PM
      #17
    Weanling
    When I use boots I use the cavallo and they work just fine for the full six weeks between trims.
    Super easy to put on and never lost one yet even in deep mud or on rocky mt. Trails.
         
        06-18-2013, 12:43 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    I've used the Cavallos also, and they didnt even really have to be the right size to stay on. I thought that they were a pain to put on, which the Easyboot gloves and trails are not. The originals and epics are a pain too, but they also stay on better. If I couldn't do some trimming, the Cavallos probably wouldn't be a bad option.
         
        06-18-2013, 09:15 AM
      #19
    Weanling
    EasyBoot Gloves

    I have EasyBoot Gloves for my mare, and don't have any complaints.
    Our farrier fit them for her with his fit kit, and said we shouldn't have any issues with them not fitting her well.
    I have only used 2 them times- once so she could learn their feel and then just a few days ago trail riding when we were on a gravel road for longer than I was comfortable for her. That day they were on for 5+ hours, through 6-ish inch deep flowing creeks, over lots of dense logs and brush and branches all together, muck and sand, and also while trotting and cantering the trails. We didn't lose them at all, and she has no marks of rubbing or what not.

    They are pretty darn easy to get on as well. Oh and this last time she wore them was 5 weeks after her trim- no issues with fit (though our pastures are fairly rocky, and they walk a decent bit).

    A trick I learned when putting them on when on a trail- use your boot- I put her boot on, then take my heel and kick it onto her foot all the way. This way I don't have to chase a rock down or carry a hammer or what not. Kinda lazy, but it works for us. :)
    My two cents :)
         
        06-19-2013, 06:26 PM
      #20
    Yearling
    This is why I prefer renegades. They go on easy and fasten easy.
         

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