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    10-30-2013, 03:48 PM
Renegade hoofboots Questions

I am looking at purchasing hoof boots. We are thinking to go barefoot with a farrier coming to give a trim every 6 weeks. We are looking to cut cost in the long run.

We ride in very rocky rough trails. We have always had to use shoes. Once I tried to ride without shoes and the horse became lame fairly quick.

My question.... Of all the hoof boots out there I like the look of the renegade best. I have heard/read about the renegade viper but cannot find any place on-line that has info/sales on them.

Can you give me info on going from shoes to hoof boots, and can you give me an address for the vipers?? Also.... can I just use front boots or do I need them on all 4 feet??? When it comes to the hoof boots we are totally clueless!

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    10-30-2013, 03:56 PM
Vipers are still in "pre release". You can buy them if you contact the company directly. Instructions on how to measure are on their site but vipers run differently so you will need to consult with them about sizing too.

If you're using hoof boots because the horse goes lame on the terrain then the horse should get boots on all four feet. Otherwise he'll just go lame in the hooves without boots.

First find out if your horse can go barefoot and stay comfortable. If he can't then the rest is moot.

Good luck! I just got a set of four studded original renegades a week ago.
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    10-30-2013, 04:04 PM
Thanks Dancing, We don't ride in the summer (heat/Flys) so the horses are barefoot all summer long usually 3-4 months. They are fine then.. I guess the question of 2 verses 4 boots is something we will just have to figure out as we go.. right now I just am trying to figure out which boots!!

I went to the Renegade site and could not find any info on the vipers at all. Where would I find it???

    10-30-2013, 05:19 PM
All I have on them is this one link: Old Dominion ride report - RenegadeŽ Hoof Boots | Horse Boots

The factory might have more info.
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    10-31-2013, 08:15 AM
Hey great question,
First you should know that I'm a graduate of Ok state Horseshoeing school and a member of the AFA. I get this question a lot. A lot of farriers are recommending these boots for light trail riding for their barefoot clients an even putting vettec pads under them for added protection in the pasture depending on their pasture environment. Horses put 70% of their body weight on their front feet and only 30% on the hinds. Boots like this are usually worn in pairs on the front. Make sure you know what size shoe your horse wears because the good boots come in shoe sizes..00,0,1,2..etc. make sure they are snug but not tight and know that if you ride a lot of concrete or gravel they will have to be replaced. Make sure your horses feet are clear of any debris and water before applying. Vet wrap around the top will prevent sand from entering and irritating on the ride :) Happy trails
    10-31-2013, 08:17 AM
Foal has some nice boots. Just don't get the wire draw ones , they collect debris.
    10-31-2013, 08:17 AM
    10-31-2013, 08:27 AM
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What do you feed your horse as this is crucial when considering going barefoot? Just a tiny bit too much spring grass and my rock crunching tb is suddenly footie. Boots are very good to help transition. But having used Renegades I now prefer easyboot Gloves by far (but you need a perfect fit), Renegades are just too slippy in uk wet conditions.

So get the diet right (low sugar, low starch and balanced minerals), create movement with the help of boots to allow the hoof to strengthen in comfort, and don't allow anyone to trim the sole or frog if possible. I personally would not be trimming every six weeks ut that would depend on how much you can do without boots and how fat your horses hooves grow.
    10-31-2013, 06:51 PM
There's a flaw in the idea of trimming every 6 weeks. If you go barefoot and will need hoof boots that will fit well enough to ride, you will need to maintain the trim more frequently. If you want boots that don't pop off every time you want to ride above a walk, the hoof needs to stay the same size. If you wait 6 weeks, you will most likely need 2 pairs of boots. Also, most farriers charge more for the trim than the shoes, so you might not be saving as much money as you think considering the cost of purchasing hoof boots. If you are unlucky enough to have a farrier who doesn't trim well, it will create far more problems barefoot than with a shoe on.

Transitioning to barefoot is entirely different from horse to horse. You can do all the right things and still end up with an ouchy horse. I tried for a full year and ended up back in shoes. You will need to learn how to do touch up trims, have the time to hand walk your horse daily on hard surfaces to help him acclimate his feet, apply hoof boots as needed, and possibly have to modify his turnout area in case he is ouchy there too. There will be times when you cannot ride because the soles have shed and the new ones need time to toughen up. Rainy weather can bring out sensitivity. If you're like me, you will spend most of your rides looking for hoof boots you lost on other rides. I like the idea of barefoot, but it certainly did not work for me. I spent more money, not less.
    10-31-2013, 08:26 PM
Why would your farrier charge more for the trim than the shoes? Does not compute.
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