Join Date: Mar 2012
Location: Whidbey Island Washington
I have experience with Old Mac's, Boa's, and Easyboot gloves. I prefer Easyboot gloves, but they do NOT provide complete sole protection. They do offer some protection to the entire sole, but as the boot is made of a softish (not metal) material, horses can still feel rocks and such under their soles. Kind of like walking on a sharp gravel road in a pair of flip-flops. You can still feel the rocks, but they're not so sharp feeling anymore. For most horses this seems to be enough, but for horses with particularly flat soles, it can be much less than enough. Old Mac's and Boa's both seem to offer a bit more sole protection, but because both fasten above the coronet band with materials that are not super giving, they can rub sores if you're not careful, or if they do not fit correctly. Boa's have seemed to me to be the worst of the three that I've used for rubbing sores on a horse's leg. One thing to remember is that boots are generally designed for a 'normal' hoof and leg bone structure. If your horse is too upright, they will rub in the front, heels too low, and they'll rub in the back. Boots are a good tool, but may not be a true fix. As long as you are aware of that starting out, they're definitely worth trying!