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    09-11-2011, 07:41 PM
Hoof Boots for Trail Riding Question

I am contemplating hoof boots for my gelding. He has relatively flat feet, and he doesn't like walking on rocks at all, but I think hoof boots might be a better option because we don't always go somewhere rocky, and a lot of times we are on the beach or sandy roads. However, when we DO go on rocky trails, I know he is uncomfortable!

If anyone owns hoof boots for trail riding, please help me by answering a few questions:

How often do you use hoof boots?
What brand do you use and do you like them?
Are they easy to put on?
Do you use them for 2 or 4 feet?
Do you need to trim hooves more often if you use boots so they fit, or do they expand?

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    09-11-2011, 07:52 PM
I have a pair of Easyboot Edge for front feet for both my mares (one has oval hoofs, other one round). So far those stayed the best through the mud and different terrains (and I personally put them on in couple minutes ). I used them on every ride when I did trail riding in rocky parks (I don't trail riding much since I started ring work with them).
    09-11-2011, 09:35 PM
Green Broke
Different brands will fit different shapes, Cavellos work well for round hoofs, Easyboots for longer,, get a really good measurement and get the boot that fits exact on both length and width. Ignore the advice to , "just go up to the next size" if the width isnt in the same range as the length. If they are tight enough to stay on they are going to be a little effort to put on, read the directions, after a time or two it wont be hard. 2 or 4 depends on the horse. Usually I front shoe, so only the back gets boots on the rocky trail days, Nothing wrong with going boots all the way around. Trimming schedule is the same normally 8 weeks.
    09-14-2011, 10:37 PM
Thank you for the responses. I am thinking I will go with the Cavallos as he has rather round hooves. My next question is: He is right between sizes! Should I go up or down??
    09-14-2011, 10:43 PM
The usual recommendation is to go up. When did you measure? Right after the trim or between the trims? If right after - no doubt. If between - well... It depends. If it's, say, 2 right after the trim and between 2 & 3 3 weeks later, you can touch-up yourself to bring it back to 2. I did it in past.

BTW, I tried Cavallos and didn't like them: were too loose on my paint (with round hoofs). NOT talking you away from them, just sharing my own experience. :)
    09-14-2011, 10:49 PM
How often do you use hoof boots?
3-4 times per month, on very long or rocky rides
What brand do you use and do you like them?
Easyboot epics, I like them very much! Next time however I will get the "bares"
Are they easy to put on?
They took quite a bit of convincing at first, but they do stretch out a little bit and become easier to put on over tiime. Easy on, Easy off though ;) and you certainly don't want them coming off on the trail.
Do you use them for 2 or 4 feet?
2, the fronts
Do you need to trim hooves more often if you use boots so they fit, or do they expand?
I like trimming them more often because I feel that it makes them more secure on her feet
    09-14-2011, 10:56 PM
Wanted to share my experience with hoof boots. I was skeptical and thought they would be alot of trouble, but to my surprise, they were great and my horse adjusted easily. He was happy to travel over rocks and whatever we came upon with the boots on. He does not have a very round hoof..more narrow, so the Cavallo Sport boot fit him well. Definitely go a half size or size bigger rather than smaller. Use a pad of some kind to cushion the hoof and fill the extra space. Good luck!
    09-15-2011, 12:25 AM
Wow! Thanks for the advice. :)

He was just trimmed on Saturday and I measured him this morning, so I think I will go up. His front hooves are fairly round and FLAT, so I hope this will help him on the rockier terrain around here.
    09-15-2011, 02:39 AM
Green Broke
I have a pair of easyboot bares. It has a bungee contraption thing and you can adjust it to your horses feet once and then put them on.They are a bit tricky at first but I love them and my horse does too! I go on some rough terrain sometimes. She doesn't have flat feet but they are sensitive. I would defiently go look around at different boots. If you go on the easyboot website you can see what boot will fit your horse's hoof shape.
    09-15-2011, 07:28 AM
Originally Posted by 2SCHorses    
Wow! Thanks for the advice. :)

He was just trimmed on Saturday and I measured him this morning, so I think I will go up. His front hooves are fairly round and FLAT, so I hope this will help him on the rockier terrain around here.
Go with bigger size - no doubt. Because it'll fill up quickly between the trims.

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