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post #1 of 23 Old 09-29-2009, 07:07 PM Thread Starter
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Question BOA vs SIMPLE boot

I'm thinking about getting one of these type of boots for riding my barefoot horse on the nearby crushed limestone bridle trails. They tear up her feet without some form of protection, but other than this particular set of trails she doesn't need shoes.

Here are the two types of boots I'm looking at...does anyone have either of these, or know about either and what are the pro's and con's in your opinion? Thanks!

SIMPLE boot:

BOA boot:

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post #2 of 23 Old 09-29-2009, 07:51 PM
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I just got my newly barefoot horse Easy Boot Epics and love them.

As for the simple boots, during my research, i read that they tend to rub the coronet band. A women at my barn used to to use the Boas. She said they never seemed to fit right, and were slick on grass.

Sorry I can't be of much help!

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I just bought the simple boot love them!

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post #4 of 23 Old 09-29-2009, 09:19 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input so far...I have some more specific questions as well...

1. Has anyone ever had either of these fall off while trail riding (when galloping, when going through the mud, etc)?

2. Has anyone ever had any parts on the boots (like the laces of the BOA boot) break?

3. Do either of them rub spots into the horse's hooves or rub on their leg anywhere at all?

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post #5 of 23 Old 09-29-2009, 09:34 PM
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I never tried Boa, but heard nice things about it. I personally got Simple boots and returned it back to the store very next day. It was horribly loose on top and we couldn't make it more tight at all. I myself use Easyboots for the 2nd year in row and my friends do too (Epics, Bare, or I just got the Edge).
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post #6 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 06:28 PM
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I have Boas and I've had them fall off and the lace broke on one of them and they were less than a year old and not used heavily at all.
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post #7 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 06:35 PM
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Hoofprints, I am so glad you asked this! I basically posted the same question earlier today in the trail riding section because I didn't realize you had posted...

I liked the looks of Easy boots from what I looked at online...the construction makes more sense. But I can't judge on looks, because I've never used boots at all.

I have heard from so many people that these things are hard to fit. Is that true? I spoke with a lady yesterday who said she didn't think that was true at ALL. She said she had no trouble.

Those of you who use boots, do you just measure your horse's hoof and order online, or do you recommend trying them out? I don't even know of a place around where I live that carries them, since nobody is very "barefoot friendly."
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post #8 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 06:49 PM
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I am actually interested in learning more about boots too, my paint gets ouchy when we ride on rocky trails but is other wise fine and I really don't want to do shoes if I dont have too. I was considering boots for his front hooves and have no idea where to start , I was thinking about getting some in the spring but I would like to know what to look for so I dont go through the expense of trying several different ones, if that is possible.

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post #9 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 07:46 PM
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Id get the Epic Easy Boot with the gator attachement. I have a pair for my 2 year old and she does really well with them. They are easy to get on when your horse has just been trimmed and a little harder when they grow out but they fit really good and ive never had them rub her anywhere. We go through deep water and some pretty stick mud and have never had any problems with them. I rinse them off after every ride and they look good as new. We have pretty good size rocks on our trails here in Ohio so they do good on them to. I do wish I would have gotten the ones with better grip in the mud though. Sometimes she slides in them when on muddy hills. Shes never fallen or anything just know her own hooves have better traction. I know they make a more aggressive traction but I didnt think I would need it. Just something to think about if you were to get a pair and ride in any large amount of mud dealing with hills. Ive also raod in Old mac boots. THey are nice but seem a bit heavy and the velcro doesnt hold up as well. I almost got a pair of the Simple boots. Was affraid of them rubbing because I had read reviews on them about rubbing. I also read that they are redesigning them for flaws they had but it really wouldnt say what the flaws were so i was apprehensive about getting them. Good luck in whatever you chose. Ever boot is going to have its good points and bad points. Just depends on what you like!
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post #10 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 09:04 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for all the feedback everyone

Lori -- I'd love to let you know more but I've never used them before either, which is why I started the thread...I haven't heard any complaints yet about not being able to fit them though, since you measure and then they adjust also in addition for those in between hooves.

RadHenry -- I am SO with you on that! My horse has always been barefoot and has no need for shoes (she has tough little tootsies!!) but I just want the extra support to avoid chipping/wearing down if we do ever go on rocky trails. I'm not going to put shoes on her unless she ever were to need them for day to day riding (which she doesn't). Both you and Lori, nice to see some barefoot horses having success and yes, I know most are not "barefoot friendly" unfortunately...they should be!

GandRPaints -- Thanks for the info! I know what you mean about the rocks in OH...we ride at Hinckley (not sure where you're located) in northeastern OH and that trail is all crushed limestone, I hate it for that but it's such a nice trail I hate to avoid it altogether!! I know there are some in the Cuyahoga Valley that are dirt that I'm just going to go on in the meantime until I figure out this boot thing!

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