I see... I was asking because last weekend I went to the local guy (he helps horsey people just for the sake of it :) VERY nice guy!), and he basically shown me different kind of boots: how they look like, problems, and how to put them on horse. Old Mac's OMG! They look horrible! (comparable to the pics on the Internet). And take 5 mins to put one boot on... Anyway... He's very much into easyboot. However the old model and epic indeed have problems with strings. But the endurance riders told him about recent model easyboot bare, and it doesn't have strings and it's thicker on bottom and different bottom design (more look like hoof). I plan on trying a pair later in Spring (valleyvet.com has good deals on it). BTW, he also said boa are even worse than Old macs, and Swiss is great but EXTREMELY hard to fit the right size.