Well, first off, my horse has really nice feet. They usually never chip, but with all the riding I do on asphalt and rocky areas her feet naturally wear down a lot. I toyed with the idea of putting shoes on, but that was going to be way too expensive and I wasn't to thrilled about the idea of having to adjust her back to barefoot for the winter. Several days before a trip to the mountains I decided to try Easyboots. They are identical to the epics, but do not have the gaiters.
I love them! At first we did not use the optional covers over the cleats because I wanted to make sure they would stay on. We went through belly deep rivers, mid-canon deep mud bogs, cantering up hills, and over large slick boulders. They definitely passed the test! I regret not putting the covers on though, because they did chew up their feet a little. They were not too difficult to use though, just carry a hoofpick and they come of well-enough. I like this though, because if they came off too easily, that means they would probably come off while riding as well.
I use them a couple of times a week trail riding, just so her feet don't wear down too much. I have had no problems up until two nights ago. I think she pulled one off with either an overstep or it may have been pulled off in one of the animal holes. I'm going back to look for it tomorrow, I wish they made them in colors so that they would be easier to find! Haha Either way, I will be buying gaiters to keep them on and will even buy another boot if I have to. I am definitely a huge fan of the Easycare products. The company is very helpful and the products are well-made.
I hope I was of some help!
Good luck with whatever boot you choose.