I used easyboot bares (recommended by friends) all last year in mud, stream, sand, gravel. You name it. They were just great. Gator prevent it from being lost even in deepest mud. What I really like about easyboot is the fact that boot sits below the top part of the hoof (with gator wrapped around the leg). If the boot is fitted correctly it's very tight around the hoof, so stones/gravel won't get in. And because it's below the the hoof hairline horse doesn't care if sand gets in. All you have to do is just to wash it off after the use. No need to break in or anything: I just ordered, received and placed on my horse very next day. In fact I do trailer my qh in boots sometime.