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        12-18-2011, 10:16 PM
      #11
    Trained
    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.
         
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        12-18-2011, 10:18 PM
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    Originally Posted by Phantomcolt18    
    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.
    I'm about an hour east of Bloomsburg, I've been there twice I think, I went to the bloomsburg fair once a few years ago, It's really nice over there! I kinda live in the middle of all the bigish cities about an hour from all of them! East of bloomsburg, south of scranton and north of allentown lol. A friend of mine goes to bloomsburg university and keeps her horses at a big stable over there(I think)
         
        12-18-2011, 10:28 PM
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    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.

    Thanks! I think to make sure I get the measurements right I'll have myself, my farrier, and my trainer measure his hooves just to make sure I get it right. Measure three times order once haha.

    Rachel- it is extremely nice there. When I was there for a week back in June I was in Millville(that's where I'm going in April) and I had to drive into bloomsburg to get my dunkin donuts coffee fix haha. My friend and I anytime we go up there we end up stopping at the Allentown rest stop I believe it's on the PA turnpike(I am so bad with rd names I go by landmarks =P ) since it's almost exactly halfway from my house to where we go. The mountains are absolutely breath taking though, I couldn't take enough pictures.
         
        12-18-2011, 10:38 PM
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    Thanks! I think to make sure I get the measurements right I'll have myself, my farrier, and my trainer measure his hooves just to make sure I get it right. Measure three times order once haha.

    Rachel- it is extremely nice there. When I was there for a week back in June I was in Millville(that's where I'm going in April) and I had to drive into bloomsburg to get my dunkin donuts coffee fix haha. My friend and I anytime we go up there we end up stopping at the Allentown rest stop I believe it's on the PA turnpike(I am so bad with rd names I go by landmarks =P ) since it's almost exactly halfway from my house to where we go. The mountains are absolutely breath taking though, I couldn't take enough pictures.
    I'm pretty sure I know exactly the rest stop you are talking about and I've stopped there a few times on my way to philly or south NJ.
         
        12-18-2011, 10:56 PM
      #15
    Foal
    Are you going for trail riding or what? I event my horse and have to shoe him in spring but pull them in the winter. It is good for them to be without. I read an awesome article by someone at UC davis maybe about if shoes are needed and when they aren't. I'll have to see if I can find it online
         
        12-18-2011, 11:00 PM
      #16
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    Originally Posted by kevinshorses    
    Properly applied shoes do absolutely no harm to the horse.
    That is your opinion Kevin. My opinion is that I agree,*depending on a number of factors*, properly fitted shoes on a healthy horse, in the short term, aren't likely to do any substantial harm.
         
        12-18-2011, 11:03 PM
      #17
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    Originally Posted by Rachel7861    
    I read an awesome article by someone at UC davis maybe about if shoes are needed and when they aren't. I'll have to see if I can find it online
    barehoofcare.com has a section on when shoes may be the best option too, including when they're needed for competition, jumping, etc. I tend to agree with those principles personally.
         
        12-19-2011, 06:44 AM
      #18
    Weanling
    I have gone through deep sucking mud with the Easyboot glove and have cantered with absoulutely no problem. I have noticed though maybe a possibility of a little slippage on slicker hills..has anyone had this happen with boots. You can get studs to put on them though I think, not sure if that is any EB or just certain ones.
         
        12-19-2011, 10:43 AM
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    Originally Posted by Rachel7861    
    Are you going for trail riding or what? I event my horse and have to shoe him in spring but pull them in the winter. It is good for them to be without. I read an awesome article by someone at UC davis maybe about if shoes are needed and when they aren't. I'll have to see if I can find it online
    Yes it would be for trail riding and also sometimes we do small exercises along this one path at a walk, trot, and canter and it has gravel on it which TC doesn't like.
         
        12-19-2011, 10:02 PM
      #20
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    Originally Posted by Phantomcolt18    
    Yes it would be for trail riding and also sometimes we do small exercises along this one path at a walk, trot, and canter and it has gravel on it which TC doesn't like.
    I would try the boots first and if they don't stay on or you don't like them then go to the shoes. But if you're going thru so many pairs of boots then it might not be worth it ya know?
         

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