First our horse Gus had really long really overgrown feet when we first got him in June and he had shoes on. I am a HUGE fan of the barefoot hoof ( I am a farrier / barefoot trimmer.) So begins the transition to barefoot. Gus has transitioned very nicely he never was soar or touchy until we got a week of massive rain and he had to stand in standing water and mud for 10+ days. Then he was really really soar, I think the water really messed us up. Regardless I knew I would have to get him hoof boots to make him more comfortable on trail rides. I was trying to hold off as long as possible because his feet are still changing shape and are still more upright than I would like to see them.
I looked over all the available options from the manufactures and decided that the easyboot had the best chance of working with his hoof shape. I looked at their measuring guide and measured Gus's feet (If you are in the US remember that you measure in Millimeters and not Inches!). After looking over the size chart I was really confused and I really didn't want to order the wrong size boots. Luckily Easyboot offers a "Fit Kit." I ordered two of them. The way the kit works is if you think your horse wears a size 2 boot they will send you three boots, one half size bigger (2.5) the size you think (2) and one half size smaller (1.5). Gus's front feet are bigger than his backs (very typical) so I needed to order two kits. The kits are free as long as you return them within 30 days you just pay shipping. They arrived very very quickly. In the fit kit is a paper brochure that gives you more details on how the boots should fit, there is colored pictures of the boots on horse's feet which is really helpful. I am so glad I ordered the fit kit because I would have ordered a size too big! He needs three different size boots so I was able to put on three out of four boots on and see how he reacted on the gravel road. WHAT A DIFFERENCE! He was practically dancing.
I have our order for the boots in and I am thinking they will be here either tomorrow or on Monday! When they arrive I will tell you how they work - so excited!!
These are the boots if you are interested: The Easyboot Glove Back Country | Our Best boots Combined | EasyCare Inc.
I can also post pictures of Gus's feet if you are interested to see what I am working with at the moment!
Hopefully someone might find this helpful!