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post #1 of 10 Old 09-25-2007, 08:05 AM Thread Starter
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Swiss hoof boots

Have anyone tried it? What is your opinion on that?

I'm thinking about getting hoof boots for trail riding. Heard Old Mac's are not a good design, so looking for some other brand...
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post #2 of 10 Old 09-26-2007, 08:57 PM
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I read an article that rated the swiss boots #1 I have never used them but I was thinking of the easy boot bare model since you dont have to have them professionaly fitted like the swiss.
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Well.. In fact I used easyboot on my mare when she had hoof abscess. All I can say she was loosing it in matter of hours. And they also have metallic strips inside(!) the boot, so they scratch the hoof wall, which is not good at all. I did put pieces of the tape on those strips to prevent it damaging. The only really good thing about the easyboots is the price. Lol! If you really looking at the price look at Cavallo Simple boot. The design is much nicer (however I heard some complaints that it rubs horse's skin).
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Thanks for the info. Unfortuantely the closest swiss boot fitter is 300 miles away. We are going on a trip in a few weeks to the the Ouachita NF. The web site recommended horses be shod but our girls have never had shoes. We were thinking of getting them some boots but many of the ones I looked at do just as much damage to the hoof as shoe nails. I am leaning toward just letting them go barefoot, they are used to pretty rocky terrain anyway and have good healthy hard feet.
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Oh, I didn't know that swiss needs to be fitted. I though you just buy it on-line. Than it's not for me either. I heard boa boots are really good. Havn't heard any bad feedback about it (except the fact you have to buy the gators as well). The only reason kinda holding me is the price - they are most expensive ones I know. :(
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I was really sold on Swiss boots too till I found out I couldnt just order them. If anyone knows someplace to get them online let me know. Maybe I should try to become a dealer
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My feeling from this website http://www.swisshorseboot.de/com/html4/index.html
was just you order there after measuring the hoofs. I may be wrong though.

It's funny, but I always thought Old Macs are the best. But natural hoof practitioners don't recommend Old Macs because of design. Weird! :)
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Thanks kitten, I think you have to measure the hoof after a fresh trim so will have to wait a couple of weeks. We are going horse camping next week to a place that recommends shoes. The girls will be due for a trim when we get home so the they will be long hooved. I think that helps when on rough terrain. I'm for sure taking my file and nippers with me in case we get some chipped hooves while there. I think I am going to go with the swiss boots.
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Have fun riding! You mentioned your girls have good hoofs, so I don't think you should have any problems. Let us know how your trip go when come back. :)
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Have fun riding! You mentioned your girls have good hoofs, so I don't think you should have any problems. Let us know how your trip go when come back. :)
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