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post #1 of 3 Old 09-14-2012, 10:57 AM Thread Starter
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Switching to boots - Would Appreciate any and all Feedback

I have a mare that was roughly treated before. She will stand for a trim, but as soon as she hears the sound of anything metal being hit near her foot, she goes into crazy survival mode, and will do anything to get away, for as long as it takes. I have two opptions : sedate her for every set of shoes or buy boots.

I do endurance/compeditive trail type riding, fairly fast over rough terrain, through rivers, mud, etc. I need a boot that stays put(#1 concern) and lasts a while.

Any suggestions would be great, I'm thinking of the easy boot glove and easyboot back country glove. Any experiences with boots at all would be much appreciated.
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post #2 of 3 Old 09-14-2012, 11:14 PM
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It is up to you to desensitize her to that. Drop anything that clanks near hooves. Keep doing it until she stops reacting. Don't tie her but hold her lead and let her dance around you. She'll give up as long as you don't. Do this every day for 3 days. That repetition is important. I have one that went thro this so I dropped everything I could find that would make a noise. It took about 20 min. The near front was the worst and it took about a dozen repetitions. Once he'd stopped reacting I clucked and gave him a treat. He knows how c/t works so he knew what he had to do to get a treat.
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post #3 of 3 Old 09-15-2012, 01:23 AM
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thats just a training issue you need to work on, every day. every ride. Pick her feet tap with the hoof pick etc.

As far as boots, Renegades or easy boot gloves are by far the most popular choice of endurance folks for training. For actual rides most that I have seen go glue on.
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