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.