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    06-07-2012, 06:12 AM
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Weanling
What type of hoof boots?

So I'm planning on buying some hoof boots soon for Flash, and was just wondering what the best type to get would be, and what the pros and cons are to each type. I've looked at the easy boot, renegade, and cavello(sp?) Ones, but cannot decide which one to get. We will just be doing trail riding.
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    06-07-2012, 07:46 AM
  #2
Green Broke
First and most important, find the STYLE of boots that best fits your horse.

Gloves fit one of my horses, "like a glove" but they won't begin to stay on the other one.

Secondly, both my "boot horses" have one size smaller hooves in the back than in the front. Since they always wore the same size metal shoes on all fours, I would've never realized that, had it not been for the Trimmer who sized them.

I would recommend having an experience Trimmer help you fit your horse to the appropriate boots as the boots you mention all seem to have favorable reviews from the folks that use them.

If boots come off a horse, it's most likely because they weren't put on tight enough, don't fit right, or the horse was in so much muck and mire nothing was going to keep the boots from getting pulled off in the mud
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    06-07-2012, 07:49 AM
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Green Broke
If they fit the shape of your horse, renegades are hands down the best all around boots. Easy to get on and they stay on. Saying that. I am going back to steel shoes. Although people claim to be getting hundreds of miles out of them I don't believe it, or I don't believe it will happen with my horse. Maybe at a walk they hold up better.
There are actually hoof boot exchanges out there with lots of "only used a couple times" boots. I think alot of people get fed up with them. Kinda wishing I hadnt spent the money on them now.
     
    06-07-2012, 08:09 AM
  #4
Green Broke
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If they fit the shape of your horse, renegades are hands down the best all around boots. Easy to get on and they stay on. Saying that. I am going back to steel shoes. Although people claim to be getting hundreds of miles out of them I don't believe it, or I don't believe it will happen with my horse. Maybe at a walk they hold up better.
There are actually hoof boot exchanges out there with lots of "only used a couple times" boots. I think alot of people get fed up with them. Kinda wishing I hadnt spent the money on them now.
This will probably set off a fire storm but I'm with you on the steel shoes, if I were still hard trail riding. I am a huge huge fan of rim shoes and borium head nails, as opposed to glops of uneven borium. Keg shoes probably work just as well but I never used them on any of my TWH's.

I can't ride like I used to, so boots work fine for all the more sissy hacking I am relegated to these days.
     
    06-07-2012, 09:16 AM
  #5
Foal
I need to subscribe to this thread as I've been wondering the same thing. I was looking at boots, but the trainers at the barn said "you don't need horsey tennis shoes, you need real horse shoes!" But I've seen great reviews on the boots. My horse is getting standard shoes on Monday, but I'd love to hear how the boots wear versus standard horse shoes.
     
    06-07-2012, 10:45 AM
  #6
Weanling
Thanks for the replies. I was on the Renegade website, and it said there that they're more for low heel, short toed hooves with a mustang roll, and that they only fit really good for the first few weeks after a trim (mind you mine is done every 4 week, so I can't see that being a problem). My boys heels are slightly underrun and his toes are a tad long, so I'm not sure how well they will fit. My farrier sells Easyboots and measures a horse for them, so I may talk to her about that, but I've heard not so great things about the Easyboots years ago- not sure if they're still the same design as they were back then though. The tack store here sells the Cavello's so if they don't fit, I can return them, which is a bonus. I love the look of the renegades, so maybe I'll talk to my farrier about them and see if she thinks they'll fit my horse. She may have dealt with them before. I'll try to get some photos of his feet, which may help.
I don't want to put shoes on, as he's only lightly ridden, and the farrier said he doesn't need them (she only does barefoot, but is ready to recommend a good shoe farrier if a horse needs it). She's fantastic and always puts the horse before the money.
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    06-07-2012, 11:15 AM
  #7
Yearling
Im a fan of renegades. Mine have been several hundred miles and stuill have many to go. We don't walk ( I ride gaited horses) and I ride in the Appalachian mnts where it is rough rocky terrain.

My other mare fits into Easyboot Edges like a glove so I use those for her since I already had them. No rubbing issues there but they are hotter than then Renegades. Those have also been MANY miles. Probably more than the Renegades and are still in great shape.

If you need to shoe, I love these GROUND CONTROL HORSESHOES (877) TRACTION they wear harder than iron and that is a fact. They also have a money back guarentee on that. (Ive had fun teaching farriers who poo poo them at first and think they will wear out in two weeks just how tough they are and make them eat their words) Horses really seem to do well in them and stay fresher longer over hard ground than in a metal shoe.

They flex, stay put and can be applied with normal farrier tools. You can use equipak in them. If I needed to have something on my horses feet at all times, Id go with them till I wasnt riding as much and then remove them again. I've tried many of the alternative types of hoof protection out there and these are still one of my favorites. Since the nails can be set anywhere in the nail channel, we have reset the same pair up to 4 times before and probably could have gotten a couple more.

Note: they are very wide webbed so they are not for horses with dropped soles or significant toe flair with flat/thin soles. Just fyi.
     
    06-07-2012, 11:16 AM
  #8
Started
It really depends on the horse but of all the boots i've used and tried, I prefer the cavallo sport boots, really any cavallo. I've used boas and easy boots and easyboot epics, but the cavallo boots last the longest, stay on the best, have drain holes to let out water and sand, and were awesome even when we crossed the hudson river!
     
    06-07-2012, 05:07 PM
  #9
Trained
While I do love my Renegades when they stay on, I am having problems with that. My horse gets so comfy in those things, he's actually been overreaching and stepping them off. If you do go the Renegade route, get the smallest ones that will still fit in terms of width. There is some play with the length, but don't get larger than needed width.

I'm selling a pair of size 2's if that turns out to be your horse's size.

I have Cavallo's too, but found them to be very clunky, not great for trail riding. My friend has the gloves which also come off if they don't fit perfectly. I just told my trimmer today, if in a year's time my horse still needs boots, I'm not playing that game. It's bare or shoes.
     
    06-07-2012, 05:15 PM
  #10
Yearling
I hope Gothicangle doesn't mind if I ask something. I was thinking of getting boots, because metal shoes tear apart our soft ground destroying our grazing, and the best conditioning hills and most places have mostly small gravel but some larger stuff, so she needs some protection, would boots be okay for that type of thing? I wouldn't be using them for miles, just for a half an hour of going up and down hills at walk and trot, maybe a little canter. Thanks and sorry for off topic.
     

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