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post #1 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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Protective boots for feet, help

Ok, farrier wants me to shoe Flicka if I'm gonna ride her on pavement, and I will NOT put shoes on her perfect feet.
So...I will buy her boots to ride in so I can ride pavement, but I've never done this before, and need some help and suggestions.
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post #2 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 02:28 PM
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There's tons of brands out there. If you're able to trace around the outside of her hoof on a piece of thin cardboard then cut it out, bring that to a tack store with you. The fit of hoof boots is about shape as much as size.
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post #3 of 9 Old 02-24-2011, 02:33 PM Thread Starter
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That I can do. I didn't think of that.
What brands are recommended? I have ridden all my life, but always had acres of nature preserve without pavement to ride my barefooted babes in.
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I don't know of any that are 'bad' per se, so perhaps just avoid 'no-name brands'? For example, easyboots don't work for my horse because his hoof is the wrong shape, but many people swear by that brand.

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Thanks!!
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post #6 of 9 Old 02-28-2011, 05:00 PM
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I use the Cavallo Simple boots on my horses and we LOVE them! Of all the boots I have tried they are the easiest to use and the most comfortable for my horses. They have 2 types of boots now, the Simple boot for round hooves and the Sport boot for narrower hooves. If you need help with sizing their customer service is really helpful. Using these boots has enabled me to keep my horses barefoot al year, I just boot them when we ride on hard terrain.

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post #7 of 9 Old 02-28-2011, 08:11 PM
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i love my ezboot epics a little better than my boa boots. ive used the epics on trails for 8+h and through water, even into the hudson river and they have stayed on w/o issue and never gave my horse rubs!

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post #8 of 9 Old 03-01-2011, 01:02 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks so much everyone. She's due a trim this week, then I'll trace and order.
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post #9 of 9 Old 03-01-2011, 01:57 PM
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Why do you need shoes for pavement? My barefoot horses do really well on pavement. It's rocks that they need boots for.
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