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post #1 of 9 Old 10-07-2012, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Shopping for hoof boots, recommendations?

I am planning a looooong trail ride for 2015. It will be about 2,000 miles on the Great Western Trail from Mexico to Canada. I like my horses barefoot, but there's no way a horse will make that trip barefoot, going all day every day with a load on his back. I'm looking into hoof boots as an alternative to shoes. My thinking is that when they need shoes, I use the boots. The rest of the time they go barefoot. I'm wanting to buy a set fairly soon so I can start using them and testing them out.

I am specifically looking at the Renegade hoof boot and the Easy Boot Epic as my two top choices. I would certainly like to hear from anyone who has experience of any kind with either or both of these boots.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-07-2012, 01:39 PM
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Wow - This sounds like a truly epic trip!! I would be so excited!!
I can imagine that being hard, though. I would be a little chicken to do it, out of fear of injury. I have heard great things about the Easyboot. My farrier herself told us that it was the boot to get, should you get one. So I'd go that route :)

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I have a pair of easyboot epics, and they are all right. They come off fairly easily, and harder to put on, just a pain in general really. Thats probably same with all hoofboots, I only have epics and the originals. I love the look of those renegade boots tho, I wish I could try a pair out.

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A fellow rode an app from Calgary to Montreal which is a great distance. Horse was shod in the conventional manner and not a lame day.
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A fellow rode an app from Calgary to Montreal which is a great distance. Horse was shod in the conventional manner and not a lame day.
I want to try the boots. I am a believer in barefoot hoof health, besides that, I handle my own trimming. I haven't yet learned to shoe a horse. If the boots can handle what the advertisements say they can, I'd rather go that way than shoes. I have enough time between now and my trip to evaluate them and decide whether to go shod or not. If I'm not satisfied with the boots, I'll certainly go shod.
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That ride sounds like so much fun :) That is something I want to do someday! I have gone through several different types of boots. The first boots I have tried were the Easyboot Edge and those gave us a lot of trouble. Sometimes the metal straps get bent and become difficult when tightening the boots. Another problem I have had is that if I tightened the boots too much it would cause my horse to limp after being out on the trails for a while. Also whenever we went through some really deep mud or if my horse would over reach, the gaiters would begin to tear apart from the boot itself. The boots were even very difficult to put on.
The second kind of boot we tried were the Easyboot Glove. Those are the ones we currently have and we have been satisfied with how well they have worked. They are very easy to put on and stay on very well most of the time. The only problems that we have encountered are the gaiters ripping away from the boot and sometimes the washer and screw that holds the bottom of the gaiter to the heel of the boot rips through the back. We have found a way to keep the washer and screw from ripping through and has worked very well. I have had the Gloves for about 2 years now and have only had to replace the gaiters about 4 times or so and we ride through really muddy areas.
We are looking at the Easyboot Trail boot for another horse because he oversteps and keeps tearing the gaiter from the boot. The Easyboot trails slips on like the Glove but doesn't have gaiters. The straps are around the hoof itself and my farrier who has been through many boots herself have found these boots to be very good! We are hoping to order a pair sometime soon and I will let you know how well they work :)
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Renegades, hands down!

I have tried just about every hoof boot out there (part of my job is to review horse products for magazines), and the Renegade has a number of advantages over the Epics. I wrote about why I prefer them on my blog, if you are interested to see it. That post is here:

The Equinist: Articles and Commentary by Susan Kauffmann: Favorite Products: Renegade Hoof Boots

I used to use Old Macs and then Epics until I discovered the Renegades -- so much better! I do have a pair of virtually new size 1, black Renegades I could sell if you are interested. Got them for a new horse, used them on his hinds for a couple of short rides, then decided he didn't need his hinds booted so they're just sitting around. I tend to keep those things "just in case", but the horse doesn't even need his fronts booted anymore in most places, so I doubt the size ones are ever going to get used again.

Anyway, I hope you have a great time on your amazing adventure!

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I am totally in awe of anyone attempting a ride like that. We have tried several different boots (not the ones you are considering, however). They work.
I would imagine by 2015 there will be some super wonderful new product on the market that will be more light weight, durable and easier to use than anything we now have available. It seems to be that as soon as you buy something an "improved" product pops up in an advertisement in Trail Rider Magazine, and there you are...outdated!

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Update: my Renegades sold

Hi again,

Just wanted to let you know that my Renegades are sold. I posted them on Craigslist and they were gone within half an hour. These boots are VERY easy to resell -- a testament to how good they are.
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