I haven't used them for very long. I just pulled my horse's shoes two months ago. They really are like an extension of the hoof. There's some traction on the inside of the boot so the hoof doesn't slide around in there. I haven't galloped yet since I don't have studs on mine, but the other gaits are fine. I don't have rocky terrain in my area, but I can't imagine that being a problem. Not a hint of a boot coming yet. That being said, proper sizing is a must. Take your measurements after a fresh trim. If you have any doubts, email Kirt at renegade your pics with measurements so you get the correct size. I goofed and had to return my first pair.
You just have to see your distance...you don't have to like it.