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post #11 of 25 Old 04-13-2011, 05:56 PM
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Glad I could help! I'm sure you guys will enjoy them!
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post #12 of 25 Old 04-13-2011, 06:03 PM
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I have a pair of Gloves for two of my ponies. I love them! I only use them when i'll be riding on the road or really rocky trails.

My new mare is lame in the back and I fully expect to use boots to help get her sound and working happily barefoot.

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Glad I could help! I'm sure you guys will enjoy them!
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I have a pair of Gloves for two of my ponies. I love them! I only use them when i'll be riding on the road or really rocky trails.

My new mare is lame in the back and I fully expect to use boots to help get her sound and working happily barefoot.
Great! That sounds nice.
Aww, poor one! Hope your mare will recover soon. Say hello to her from me
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post #14 of 25 Old 04-15-2011, 02:23 PM
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I am a big fan of barefoot trimming and use boots when needed. I have Boas and Easyboot Bares. The best advice I can give you is to study the Easycare site and check out the differences on each boot.. Also if you have a really good Barefoot trimmer they should be able to help you with both style and fit.. Fit is extremely important with the Gloves. I wanted them badly but my mare's feet are not quite right for a good fit. :) Enjoy the journey..

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I am a big fan of barefoot trimming and use boots when needed. I have Boas and Easyboot Bares. The best advice I can give you is to study the Easycare site and check out the differences on each boot.. Also if you have a really good Barefoot trimmer they should be able to help you with both style and fit.. Fit is extremely important with the Gloves. I wanted them badly but my mare's feet are not quite right for a good fit. :) Enjoy the journey..
Thanks for your advice, it sounds sensible! :)

I should try to consult a barefoot trimmer, as you suggest, as I'm not an expert at hoof shapes and fitting myself.

Thank you again!!
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What boots will work for your horse depends quite a bit on your horses feet. What fits wonderfully on one horse does not stay on the next horse.

Do you have any friend with boots you can try?



Side note - I would think that if she is so sore on asphalt that she will not move that she is actually sore every where but is willing to work for you because it does not hurt that much. If you were saying she was that sore on pointy gravel and rocks I would say OK. Asphalt roads are not pointy, just hard.
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What boots will work for your horse depends quite a bit on your horses feet. What fits wonderfully on one horse does not stay on the next horse.

Do you have any friend with boots you can try?

Side note - I would think that if she is so sore on asphalt that she will not move that she is actually sore every where but is willing to work for you because it does not hurt that much. If you were saying she was that sore on pointy gravel and rocks I would say OK. Asphalt roads are not pointy, just hard.
I know. I have a friend with boots (Easyboot Glove), but she lives too far away for me to be able to try them on my horse.

Oh really, you think so? :/
Well, I can't really tell because the asphalt road I've been trying to get her to walk on is mostly covered with gravel. Not very coarse gravel everywhere, but..
But oh, that just proves the point, doesn't it? I have to get some boots which I can use everywhere; on grass, on roads, and etc..!
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You don't normally need them on grass of course, but some grass areas are also rocky.. For instance where I sometimes ride in the Kansas Flinthills there is rock everywhere. Other places it's a mix, some rock, some grass, some road.. My horses can be gimpy/tender on pavement where there is loose bits of gravel as well. It could be the trim too. Is any sole being removed, especially near the wall area? That can make them more tender.

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She said her horse is recovering from a laminitic experience. It does make sense that she might be a little foot sore.

Plus, each horse is different. Blanket statements about things like this do not really work.
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You don't normally need them on grass of course, but some grass areas are also rocky.. For instance where I sometimes ride in the Kansas Flinthills there is rock everywhere. Other places it's a mix, some rock, some grass, some road.. My horses can be gimpy/tender on pavement where there is loose bits of gravel as well. It could be the trim too. Is any sole being removed, especially near the wall area? That can make them more tender.
Exactly. :)
Well, no, it isn't the trim, I think, because her hooves have been trimmed the "natural" way just a little over a week ago.

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She said her horse is recovering from a laminitic experience. It does make sense that she might be a little foot sore.

Plus, each horse is different. Blanket statements about things like this do not really work.
You're right. She's always been sore on gravel, though. But as you say, she is recovering from laminitis and is perhaps a little bit more sore than usual.
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