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    12-18-2011, 12:09 PM
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Shoes or Hoof Boots?

In Spring I will be taking TC for a program up in PA. I took him up back in June and I found out he was a tenderfoot on the gravel. I can't avoid the gravel because it is a part of the driveway and the driveway is how you get access to the riding arenas, the trails, and the stall areas(but there are grass areas that we can take to get to the stalls). Also some of the trail is gravel. Most of our work will be done in the arena. It's mostly the trails I'm worried about.

We will be there for 2 weeks in april, 2 weeks in may, 3 weeks in july, 2 weeks in august, and 2 weeks in october.

Should I go for shoes or would it be easier to go with hoof boots? Also should I just do his front feet (where he acted tender on the gravel) or should I do all around?

Also if you reccommend boots, which brand would you reccommend?

All my guys have always been barefoot so I'm a tad new to the shoe/boot situation.

Thanks guys.
     
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    12-18-2011, 12:19 PM
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Foal
Personally, I think barefoot is better and healthier.
Rubber absorbs the shock better than metal will on hard surfaces.
If he does good barefoot, (with the exception of gravel), then I would just go with hoof boots.
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    12-18-2011, 12:25 PM
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Weanling
Imo I would rather have the boots. We purchased easy boot gloves for our new mare and they work great! Not too hard to put on which I thought they would be and my old weak hands I usually don't have a problem. Shoes are really not good for horses feet. There are times we don't use them when we know there will be no rocks.

We had someone come out to fit our mare and in the spring will have our gelding fitted. I think it depends on the shape and size of the hoof which boot brand would work best. I think she mentioned the cavallo boots might work better for our boy.

I was happy to pay someone to come out and fit them vs trying to get the right size myself ...and probably getting it wrong.. They will pay for themselves in about 2 shoeings.

When did have shoes put on my gelding only the fronts were shoed. The boots actually work better for protection than the shoes because even though it was better there was still some sensitivity. Good luck and will be looking forward to what others have to say, this was just my experience..
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    12-18-2011, 09:10 PM
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Trained
Hi,

The burning question! You'll get polar opposite views on this sort of question. Educating yourself on the principles & pros & cons of different approaches & treatments is the best way to go, so you can make informed choices. To that end, the thread in my signature will give you some more info to start you off.

My opinion is that your horse will be better off in boots. As for brands, Easycare have a wide range, so there's something suitable for just about all horses & situations these days. Their new 'Trails' are so easy for the sort of use you're talking about. But the boot that fits best, whatever the brand/type is the best for your horse.

If your horse is tender because his feet are unhealthy, I would consider shoes could be further detrimental, tho for a few weeks probably won't be serious at all. If your horse has healthy feet but is just not conditioned for rough ground, then I wouldn't expect a few weeks of being (well)shod to be problematic. Conventional rims will not protect/support weak soles/frogs, so if shod I'd also be wanting pads.
     
    12-18-2011, 10:27 PM
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Thanks guys. I think I might end up going with the boots. I have done some research and so far I really really like the Renegade Hoof Boots. Has anyone had any luck with them? I've read some really nice reviews about them.

Loosie- his feet are healthy he's just not used to the rough ground. Where he is now it is nice soft ground with grass and dirt, where we are going in PA is in the mountains to the terrain and ground is a bit rougher than he's used to. As I mentioned above I really like the renegade boots. They seem nice for the money. Have you heard anything about them? I really don't want to do shoes if I don't have to.
     
    12-18-2011, 10:38 PM
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Originally Posted by Phantomcolt18    
Thanks guys. I think I might end up going with the boots. I have done some research and so far I really really like the Renegade Hoof Boots. Has anyone had any luck with them? I've read some really nice reviews about them.

Loosie- his feet are healthy he's just not used to the rough ground. Where he is now it is nice soft ground with grass and dirt, where we are going in PA is in the mountains to the terrain and ground is a bit rougher than he's used to. As I mentioned above I really like the renegade boots. They seem nice for the money. Have you heard anything about them? I really don't want to do shoes if I don't have to.
Like the other posters, I much prefer boots over shoes, especially if you only need protection over gravel. I like the easy boot epics, although they can be a challenge to put on at first. I never used the renegade, I think I read a few people say they rub some horses, but I could be thinking of a different boot so don't quote me on that.

Where about in the mountains of PA are you going to be going? I live in the mountains, so just wondering if you're going to be near my neck of the woods at all.
     
    12-18-2011, 10:45 PM
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Trained
Properly applied shoes do absolutely no harm to the horse. I shoe all of my horses because I don't want to have to put on hoof boots and worry about loosing them. For me shoes are the way to go since they are easier, they do no harm and they generally stay on better. I see no moral superiority to going barefoot.
     
    12-18-2011, 10:53 PM
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Originally Posted by Phantomcolt18    
Thanks guys. I think I might end up going with the boots. I have done some research and so far I really really like the Renegade Hoof Boots. Has anyone had any luck with them? I've read some really nice reviews about them.
LOVE LOVE LOVE the Renegades! My horse doesn't even know he's wearing them. They fit like a glove and are allow for full range of motion. Only caveat with Renegades is, if riding on any potentially wet surfaces, grass or leaves, get the ones with studs on the bottoms.
     
    12-18-2011, 11:02 PM
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Originally Posted by Rachel1786    
Like the other posters, I much prefer boots over shoes, especially if you only need protection over gravel. I like the easy boot epics, although they can be a challenge to put on at first. I never used the renegade, I think I read a few people say they rub some horses, but I could be thinking of a different boot so don't quote me on that.

Where about in the mountains of PA are you going to be going? I live in the mountains, so just wondering if you're going to be near my neck of the woods at all.

I'll be about 10-15 minutes away from Bloomsburg You are so lucky to live in the mountains they're my absolute favorite place to be. So beautiful.

Kevin- Thanks for your input! I think I may go with the boots though just because it's only for 2 weeks at a time and also my farrier charges an arm and a leg just for front shoes alone.
     
    12-18-2011, 11:05 PM
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Originally Posted by MyBoyPuck    
LOVE LOVE LOVE the Renegades! My horse doesn't even know he's wearing them. They fit like a glove and are allow for full range of motion. Only caveat with Renegades is, if riding on any potentially wet surfaces, grass or leaves, get the ones with studs on the bottoms.
Awesome! I've been trying to read as much as I can about them. How long have you had them? How do you think they would fair on slightly rocky terrain and hills? Is your horse comfortable at all gaits (walk, trot, canter, gallop) in them? Have they ever come off while riding?

Sorry for the questions I really like the boots just trying to figure out how other's experiences with them are.
     

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