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    08-02-2011, 06:05 PM

My mare has problems with her hooves. I'm trying to solve it but it'll take few months and during them walking will be problably hard for her. I'm considering buying her boots. I tried Turf King and she was walking with ease, finally! I think about Easyboots
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But I heard some opininons that they fall easily from hooves. Is it true? I am really afraid of buying them from the internet without testing them.
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    08-02-2011, 06:21 PM
There are so many different styles of hoof boots now.. Easyboot company has a great selection.. Fitting depends on your horses hoof conformation.. Narrow or wide and the type of riding/footing you do.. May I ask if you are talking about booting her only when you ride or are you wanting to boot her all the time? When doing the latter there is a great need to clean and air both the boot and hoof and to use something like gold bond powder in the boot as well..

Back to your question about Easyboots coming off easily. The old original ones were pretty notorious for that(mine always flew off once at least). Newer styles are much less apt to do so if fitted properly.. It boils down to hoof shape and the right boot usually.
    08-02-2011, 08:10 PM
I tried easyboots and hated then. They were nearly impossible to put on and fell off almost immediately. I returned them and bought cavallos. I love them! They're so easy to put on (Velcro) and never fall off. I would highly recommend them. They also seem to fit all or most hoof shapes.
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    08-02-2011, 08:50 PM
I have the easyboot epics. They can be pretty tough to get on and sometimes even tho it looks like they are on all the way its not always the case(i can tell now) the 3rd time I used then I took my mare on a 2hr trail ride and they fell off 4 times. I'm pretty sure now that the boot wasn't on all the way, but I was pretty aggervated.
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    08-03-2011, 03:48 AM
Yeah the easyboots irked me as well when I used them on Sally. I heard the newer editions were nicer though.
    08-03-2011, 09:22 AM
Thanks for opinions:) I'll read about cavallos more
In the pasture my mare can walk normally so then I wouldn't boot her. She has problems with the way from pasture to stable but it is not long fortunately. On the grass, sand and other soft terrain she can walk, but with trotting she has problems. On asphalt and tough terrain with pebbles she can't even walk, she's stiff and move slowly and carefully.
I thought about booting her while riding and leading her on roads or something.
    08-03-2011, 09:26 AM
Originally Posted by Appyt    
It boils down to hoof shape and the right boot usually.
Yes, exactly.

You have to buy what fits your horse. Easy boot even says (somewhere) that if your horse's hooves do not fit with in the ranges for the size (width versus length) then they are not the right boot for your horse.

Measure your horse and shop around looking at all that is out there and pick what will work best for your horse.

My experience with easy boots (epic and plain easy boots) has not been good. Took a huge struggle to get them on and then would not stay on. The gator ripped off one of my epic boots the second time I tried it.
    08-03-2011, 10:52 AM
"Always", That is why I like the above the hoof boots IF they fit correctly. I like the low profile of the easyboot(Glove especially) but they don't always stay on.. I have bares and one did get knocked off due to a rocky area(I think) and the gator got a slight rip by the time I realized it.. Otherwise they are just hard to get on and the hoof has to be trimmed pretty close to trim time with my mare as she likes to grow wide.
    08-07-2011, 02:20 PM
I just bought a pair of these. They are JT International. A bit of a pain to get on, but Emma hasn't managed to get them off within the last 2 hours, and I wasn't even able to tighten the strap. I'm not good with those things. ANYWAY, I'll let you know how is pans out!
We are having to boot miss Emma while she's out right now because her hoof walls are above the soles. She foundered YEARS ago, and we have always stayed on top of her feet. Then with this HORRIBLE drought we are having in Texas, all the hoof conditioner in the world isn't enough to keep her hooves moist. It started with throwing a shoe and losing a bunch of hoof wall, so we went barefoot under close supervision, but it just keeps breaking off. Grrrr! We will get back to normal soon enough! :0)
    08-07-2011, 05:06 PM
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My cousin, two stable buddies and I, all bought Easy Boot Gloves to go on a rocky ride with our barefoot horses. We are not in a rocky area so they weren't too used to that! LeAnn's horse pulled one off on that ride ONCE. None of the rest of us had a problem. The following month I rode Biscuit in an area that had rock on roads we went down and chipped his hoof as I didn't have the boots on. Boots went on and I have been riding with them every week except for the last two weekends. Twice he has kicked off a boot walking - He ripped the gator strap. But, I am more than happy with these boots. They are easy to get off and on and fit Biscuit well. I do trim him myself so he is not over growing his shoes! He has put approximately 90 miles on the boots during that time.

I think you may have to try different kinds until you find the ones that work with your horse. I am glad I have them and have saved me on a few rides. Once we went where it was sandy but my hubby horse seemed a little tender for some reason and he is generally rock solid no matter what. We popped the boots on Sarge (thank God they are the same size) and away we went. If I hadn't had them in Louisiana when we went down rocks it wouldn't have been fun for The Biscuit. They go on every ride now whether I need them or not!

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