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post #11 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 11:14 PM
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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."
It actually depends a lot on boot. I know Easyboots are designed more towards the horses with oval hoofs. My paint has perfectly round hoofs, but the Easyboots still sit very tight on her (I went by her width to determine the size, not the length + width). (oh, yes, and I tried Easyboot Epic, Bare, and Edge (the newest and best one IMO).

I actually measured and then ordered on-line. However (and now I'm talking about Easyboots only as I have experience only with them) I measured right in middle between the trims (4 weeks after the trim for me, I go with 8 weeks schedule). The reason is my horses grow hoofs really fast, so if I'd go with the measurements right after the trim (how it's advised on Easyboot site) in couple weeks boots will be way too tight. Now Easyboot site has VERY helpful sizing drawing: http://www.easycareinc.com/_System/L...t-template.pdf . I actually printed it out, cut it, and compared against the bottom of my horses feet. I could tell right away what size I need.

If you want to buy something like Easyboot Glove then you REALLY want to order the measuring kit before as they need to be perfectly sized. EasyCare Fit Kit | Glue-On & Glove Fitting Tool | EasyCare Inc.

And, btw, the best (and cheapest) place to order boots is valleyvet.com - and delivery is free. Easyboot site (easycareinc.com) is the WORST one: they often have boots on backorder (meaning you have to wait months), charges LOTS of money for delivery, plus they messed up my size and tried to make me pay delivery twice for their mistake.

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post #12 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 11:46 PM
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Oh wow, thank you so much kitten Val. Lots of really good info there ^. The sizing chart, especially. My horses were just trimmed about 3 weeks ago, so I'll size them soon. My quarter horse has nice round feet, but Annie (TWH) definitely has ovular hooves. I think that may be kinda typical for walkers. Thanks again!
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post #13 of 23 Old 10-04-2009, 11:51 PM
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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!

LoL, yay for barefoot!

I'm not trying to bash people who ride shod, btw! I know that there are certainly situations where it's the best choice.

But still...yay for barefoot!
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Oh wow, thank you so much kitten Val. Lots of really good info there ^. The sizing chart, especially. My horses were just trimmed about 3 weeks ago, so I'll size them soon. My quarter horse has nice round feet, but Annie (TWH) definitely has ovular hooves. I think that may be kinda typical for walkers. Thanks again!
Any time!

BTW. my horses go barefoot 99% time, but in rocky parks I like to have some protection.
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post #15 of 23 Old 10-05-2009, 09:01 AM
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I have used both and due to a miss sizing problem with the Simple boot, I do prefer the Boas. Simple boots tend to run very large, imo.. Never had them come off and to minimize any rubbing issues you should use the gators that are available for both. I find the Simple boot is very round so wont' fit an oval foot as well as the Boa will.

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LoL, yay for barefoot!

I'm not trying to bash people who ride shod, btw! I know that there are certainly situations where it's the best choice.

But still...yay for barefoot!
Oh absolutely! Most of my friends' horses are shod, and need to be, based on their hooves. I think in their case it was the best thing to do. I have 100% NOTHING against shoes when horses need them, I think it's great that we have that option to save their tootsies! I just hate when people think that ALL horses need them, esp if they're doing a particular event (like jumping), and they don't go by the individual horse. Drives me nuts

Several have told me I need shoes on my horse for the support, but from what I've read, I've found that the shock absorption is better when barefoot, because the hoof can expand and contract naturally and take the shock much better. Some have also said they need them for traction, but I've also read that they get better traction barefoot. Overally, my horse doesn't slip or trip barefoot and has no foot issues so there is no reason in my mind (or my farrier's for that matter!) to get shoes on her yet. Not ruling it out EVER but not necessary at this point in time.

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post #17 of 23 Old 10-05-2009, 01:48 PM
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I have used the boa boots on my TWH and they rubbed his coranary ban. Other than that I like them but it seems were the button is to tighten them up seems to rub...I quit using them.

I talked to a lady that was using the simple boots and she was riding in the mountains I asked her if they ever fell off and she told me that she has used them for 2yrs now without any problems.She did say that they rubbed some. So she uses nylon socks with them..Puts the socks on then the boot. And said that took care of the rubbing...I think most of the boots out there will rub. I have used the easy boots and have never had a problem with them..

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If you know the Randolph Fairgrounds we are really close to that. Otherwise we are located by Akron/Canton area. On the line of Portage and Stark. We havent ridden at the cuyahoga valley yet. People tell us they are nice trails but we dont want to go by ourselves so we are trying to find someone to trail ride with on the weekends. I know trail riding is just about done for the year now so we will be going in the spring. My horse will be at the trainers then but Im hoping we can go pick her up and go trail riding. Good to see an Ohio person on here. Good luck with your boots!
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GandRPaints -- WOW you are close to me! My mailing address is Akron (Copley township technically) Copley is a suberb west of Akron...and my horse is at a barn 5 mins west of my house, in Medina (on Rt 18). I'm technically Summit County, but very close to Medina County...I drive through Portage all the time though to go to one of the call centers the company I work for has in Austintown (off 76).

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yah we are close to each other. at most maybe 30 to 40 minutes. I know where Copley is. We used to go up there when Comp USA was still in buisness. Maybe we will see each other sometime on the trails. We want to go to the Cuyahoga Valley but probably wont be till next year.
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