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    02-11-2013, 02:10 PM
Vettec Sole-Guard

Has anyone used sole guard before? I am wondering if it would be good to use instead of hoof boots on rocky trails. I have a horse that will go lame after a long trail ride. He is barefoot and the trimmer says he has very good hard hooves, but he always goes sore and sometimes lame. So if anybody has used this product before any input would be great.
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    02-11-2013, 05:41 PM
Please don't ride the horse bare if/where you know he'll be sore from it! Possibly he doesn't have as 'very good' feet as your trimmer says, or possibly they're good for his living environment but he doesn't live on rocky trails, or you're just asking far too much of him.

Anyway, Vettec, I'm interested to hear other's answers on this, as it's meant for this sort of protection, but I have heard from a few that it doesn't stick/last well. I'd be inclined to use it *with* boots, for padding/prevention of peripheral loading.
    02-11-2013, 05:56 PM
Yep its good when it sticks and bad when it doesnt. I have noticed its inconsistent depending on the weather. When it lasts, its awesome. When it doesnt, its a disappointment. The main thing is to be sure the hoof is very dry before applying and trimmed spotlessly clean. I like to use it under casting and you can ride in it although it will wear out at the toe pretty quick depending on the conditions.

So, in closing, it depends. Its great inside boots. I works great on some horses in dry conditions for a couple weeks. Its a great rehab material, but when push comes to shove, I like my renegade boots for dependability.
    02-12-2013, 11:52 AM
Originally Posted by loosie    
Please don't ride the horse bare if/where you know he'll be sore from it! Possibly he doesn't have as 'very good' feet as your trimmer says, or possibly they're good for his living environment but he doesn't live on rocky trails, or you're just asking far too much of him.loading.
I don't like to ride him on those types of trails, but sometimes I don't know about the terrain before hand. Usually he is just the trail horse for my little cousin or if I need a solid mount for somebody who doesn't know what to do.

I've been talking to my mom about going on trails with me this summer because I hate going alone . I don't really want to put shoes on him because It will make him arthritis flare up again. So I guess I might try the sole guard once and if it works great if not ill try some boots.

So what kind of boots do you guys like or suggest. I've never had any experience with them but I've rode with people who have them.
    02-12-2013, 01:30 PM
I like Renegade boots for ahorse with a proper hoof form.

You also might look into these shoes. They are good for arthritic horses.
    02-12-2013, 04:49 PM
Green Broke
Vettec isnt going to protect the hoof walls, for an occasional rider like that Id just get some boots. However it sounds like he has other issues going on and might not be suitable for rough terrain at all.
I found ground control shoes to be very bad for use anywhere there is small gravel.
    02-12-2013, 05:44 PM
IME the walls don't usually need much, if any, protection. Its the soles and the frogs or the lack of adequate development for the back of the foot that need protected. If the farrier is trimming off wall in between trims and you are already riding barefoot, you have adequate wall growth but the foot is lacking in either solar depth/concavity or frog/back of the foot development if the horse becomes or is sore.

Joe had a bad experience with the GC shoes but I and many other clients around my area had a completely different experience, even over rocky and gravely mountain terrain. (The park here tends to gravel everything) It depends on the horse and the person but they do help a great deal with impact reduction over hard surfaces for arthritic animals. Use bell boots if the horse overreaches just as if they overreached with a steel shoe. They also must be reset at about 5 weeks due to the flexibility of them and the growth they tend to help the hoof spit out.

I would agree with using boots if your riding is minimal and spaced out. You will be able to get the most use and adjustment from them in between riding periods. Its usually the best bang for the buck.
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    02-12-2013, 11:00 PM
Tried it several times and couldn't even get it to harden correctly. Found it to be a great idea on paper but a PITA to use.
    02-12-2013, 11:03 PM
What type of boots? The ones that fit/suit your horse best. If you look at the info on the Easycare site, there is a lot of info on boot fitting & choosing the appropriate boot for horse/situation. Eg. If you're going to do endurance type miles, stick with the low profile types such as Gloves, Epics, Renegades. If you're only doing occasional riding, or decent rides but little/occasional on ground that your horse requires protection, Old Macs, Trails, etc are good. You can also stick them in a saddle bag & just put them on if/when needed if you get to rough going.
    02-14-2013, 02:24 AM
I've used it on my gelding when he had a pretty decent stone bruise. My farrier came out and accessed why my horse was sore and wanted me to try the sole pack while the bruise healed. It stayed in for about 3 weeks, and when the pack fell out, my horse was 100% back from his bruise. Great stuff, but it is tricky to put on. From my understanding, you really should apply right after the farrier trims and reshoes your horse. I'm not sure sole pack will work on an unshod hoof? Seems to adhere better when it has a shoe to bind to.

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