Got the boots in and tried them out on a brief walk! Overall I am very very impressed.
First, each boot comes all wrapped up in its own little box. It is all really nice. The boots appear really sturdy and look to be of high quality.
So I got the boots out and read the instructions on how to put them on etc. I pick up Gus's foot clean it out and go to put the boot on- WOW it is so hard to get them on! I am hoping that they will stretch to his foot shape a little in the future. At this rate my mom will have no hope of putting them by herself so hopefully we can work on that. Once I got the hang of how to do it the other front and the left back went on smoothly. I had a heck of a time trying to get the right rear on. I think Gus's foot chipped a little and flared causing the hoof to be a little larger than when I measured. It has been 3 weeks since I have trimmed him so he is due anyway.
Anyway I got them all on and strapped on. I feel like the Velcro could be a little bit longer but they work as is and again I do think they will loosen up and stretch after a few uses.
In the booklets it is suggested you see how your horse reacts to boots before you just hop on and ride so we walked Gus on the ROCKY gravel road to see how he would react. WOW such a huge difference. He didn't trip even once, was happy to trot and kept pace with me and my horse without difficulty. It looked like he was extending his movement and was also stepping heel toe, I thought that was great. No sign of tenderness at all.
The boots were as hard to get off as they were to get on. I think that is probally a good thing though because it means they won't fall off!
It didn't look like there would be any significant rubbing as the boot is sewn in such a way that the parts that touch the leg are smooth rolled over fabric, but I won't know for sure until we do a longer ride.
I am hoping to use the boots soon on some trail rides to see how they do later this week. I will come back and let you know how they do.
Other then walking nicer Gus didn't even seem to notice he had them on. He let me put them on and off with out a fuss!
Ok so it is not the best photo and I will try to take better ones soon but I think they are kind of cute!