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    10-18-2008, 07:41 PM
  #1
Foal
Question Anyone on here ever used Horse Boots?


Has anyone ever used boots like these? Or something similar like Old Mac boots?



Did you like them? Did your horse like them?? Would you recommend them? Are they good on pavement?
     
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    10-18-2008, 09:44 PM
  #2
Foal
I'm using Boa boots, and really like them. The traction is good, and they are a cinch to put on. They seem to be really well made. At the time I bought them, I believe the boots were expected to last approx 400 miles, depending on conditions and care. For me that would be 5 or 6 years, easy. My mare's hooves are in much better condition without shoes. She does still have tender soles, even with the boots, but she's only been barefoot about 6 months and we had a very wet year. Hooves need to be dry to really toughen up.
But, back to the boots: I thought they were the easiest on and off, better than Old Macs or Easy Boots. Only one ever came off was when she stepped in a hole. My mare had no trouble getting used to them either, she seemed fine with them on the first ride.
I do need to use the gaiters with my mare, but they fit in the boot and don't hinder putting the boot on the horse.
     
    10-19-2008, 05:43 PM
  #3
Foal
Wow I couldn't ask for a better response, you covered it all Thanks so much!

Amigo had shoes (just the front) before we got him,and when came to us he had just lost one. Our old horses were always barefoot and we planned to have Amigo barefoot too so we removed the remaining shoe. He has cracks, mainly on the front feet. We've had a farrier come out and take a look/trim and he claims they are just 'surface cracks' but I'm not sure I buy it. His left hoof has a crack going right up the middle and just yesterday I clipped a big chip off that was hanging on the side. I plan on getting a different farrier over to take a second look.. I was hoping to keep him barefoot and was wondering if these 'boots' would help at all.
BUT I just got back from seeing Amigo a little while ago... We were working in the round pen and now he's limping when asked to do a quick trot and/or canter. So needless to say I'm super worried and now wonder if these boots are even worth it.
     
    10-19-2008, 06:26 PM
  #4
Green Broke
I've used Old Mac's. All of these boots, except for Easy Boots, are really only good for short rides on not-too-tough of terrain. The Old Mac's rubbed my mare's pasterns bad, and the gaiters wouldn't fit right. I wrapped her pasterns with vet wrap and that helped, but the boots still weren't as secure as I'd like.

For the cracks, I would suggest finding a natural trimmer and have him do a severe mustang roll. Have him show you how to do one, so you can touch it up between trimmings. If you keep the walls rolled well, that will prevent any more cracks and chips, and his walls will grow out better.

I would also suggest putting him on a hoof supplement like Next Level Hoof Liquid or Glanzen 3 (from horsetech.com). Keep him on a supplement until his hooves grow out, then you can think about weaning him off of it. Once his feet are in good shape, she shouldn't need a supplement to keep him there (as long as his overall diet is good for a barefoot horse).
     
    10-19-2008, 07:19 PM
  #5
Foal
Thanks luvs2ride,
I will definitely look into getting a mustang roll done. The farrier I'm looking at supposedly "focuses on corrective and reconstruction procedures" If it turns out he really thinks Amigo needs shoes again then I guess I'll have to cave and do it. As long has it helps him in the end. I've just never been much for shoes.

I had Amigo on a supplement from Statelinetack.com - Hoof and Coat. He just finished off the last of that about a week ago. I've also been using HooFlex and painting that on his feet every couple days. I'm not sure if its improved his feet or just maintained where he was at. It's definitely worth giving another supplement a shot though.
I think the mustang roll will help. I wasn't there when the last farrier came (couldn't get the time off of work!) He cleaned them up a bit, but it really didn't look like he did all that much. I will Make Sure I am there this time.
     
    10-19-2008, 08:13 PM
  #6
Green Broke
It can take 3 months to see new hoof growth coming in. There's not much you can do to what his feet look like now, except maintain and avoid more cracking. The supplements help grow good foot from the top, so you can start over with good feet. He'll need 6-8 months to grow out his feet completely, so just keep on going!

Also, unless you're in the desert or other really dry area, you don't need any topical products. Over-moisturizing is just as bad as a dry foot. A natural barefoot hoof needs to be balanced in moisture. Too much topicals and you will weaken the feet. Putting on a topical will make the foot LOOK better, because it swells the hoof wall, making the cracks look smaller, but it doesn't actually do anything to really improve the wall. There's nothing you can do to improve what's already there. You just have to be patient and wait while new foot grows out.

It's like people's hair. Once you have split ends and damaged hair, there's nothing you can do to really fix it. You can put "stuff" on your hair to make it look better, but without product, it still looks damaged. You just have to wait until it grows out and keep trimming it .
     
    10-19-2008, 10:11 PM
  #7
Foal
Congratulations luvs2ride, I have just printed out your replies hahaha
The damaged/split end hair analogy is a PERFECT way of describing it. I was talking to my father today about the topical stuff and how I wasn't sure it was even helping. And I mentioned out how it has been wet and how the dampness may not be helping his feet either. I'm in the New England area and it has been a Very rainy summer/fall. I am bringing a printout of this thread for my father to read tomorrow. It'll be a nice back up since I wasn't sure how he liked his 26yr old daughter telling HIM about horses when he's been around them his whole life
Everything you've said makes perfect sense. I think I will try out a pair of boots and see how Amigo does with them and if they help at all. Thanks so much!
     
    10-19-2008, 10:39 PM
  #8
Green Broke
Lol, well, hopefully hearing it from someone else will help. I know it took me a while to believe it, but the more research I do on barefeet and the more I practice it at home, the better results I get. I've been trimming my horses myself for nearly 2 years and it's been a long but fruitful education . My mare is prone to surface cracks and splitting, and had shoes on for a long while, so I know exactly what you're going through with this guy. You WANT to DO something for those tootsies, but it's best to bite your lip and just leave them be, lol.
     
    10-20-2008, 07:55 AM
  #9
Showing
I use Easyboot Bare on my qh for 6 months already and Easyboot Epic on my paint. I prefer Bares, but Epic is easier to put on and my paint isn't very patient.

I tried Cavallo (the pic you posted) and HATED it: I couldn't even tie it enough around my horse leg, so I just returned them back to the store next day. Also I found Old Macs are horribly bulky and hard to put on.
     
    10-20-2008, 01:03 PM
  #10
Green Broke
I ran into a couple of folks on the trail ride this saturday - their horses were in Boas. They had nothing but nice things to say about them, and stated that they were super easy to put on
     

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