Join Date: Nov 2011
Location: Beautiful Pacific Northwest
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I don't think comparing shoes to boots is as simple as saying one is better than the other.
It comes down to the type of riding you will be doing and your philosophy on the care of your horse's hooves.
If you subscribe to the school of thought that barefoot is best for horses, then you'll be asking for peoples' opinions on one brand boot vs another or whether you need boots at all.
If you subscribe to the shod is better school of thought, or if you do something that really requires shoes for safety (cross country jumping on grass), or if your horse has a hoof-problem that requires shoes, then you need shoes.
You should have a serious talk with your farrier and discuss your horse's hooves, your terrain, and the type of riding you need to be doing and decide whether you want your horse to be barefoot and natural or not. If you decide on barefoot, you're going to be looking for boots, if she needs it. I trail ride just fine on barefoot horses without boots, but they have nice, healthy, hard hooves, and I don't take them on a wild gallop across rocky outcroppings or anything.
Barefoot is best in muddy conditions, since the mud doesn't ball up. Also best if the horse is standing in mud or snow in the field/paddock.