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post #1 of 9 Old 08-30-2013, 12:25 AM Thread Starter
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Has anyone bought used hoof boots?

Has anyone purchased used hoof boots before? I'm thinking of getting a set of easyboot gloves for my horse to get better traction in wet and snowy conditions (I'd be using them with studs). Is there anything you need to look out for when buying used? Is there any difference in sizing due to them being used?

Any experiences both good or bad are welcome!
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Has anyone purchased used hoof boots before? I'm thinking of getting a set of easyboot gloves for my horse to get better traction in wet and snowy conditions (I'd be using them with studs). Is there anything you need to look out for when buying used? Is there any difference in sizing due to them being used?

Any experiences both good or bad are welcome!
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I bought the easy boot gloves once, albeit not used. They lasted for a few months before completely falling to shreds. I would stress the thought that if you get them, they need to fit *exactly* right. And after a while the rubber will stretch abit. I wasn't to thrilled with their gloves, they just weren't THAT amazing. I had them for about... Say 6 months, and in that time replaced the screws twice, and the gator part ripped off and I didn't want to spend more on them. Not worth it. Every time I rode they came off, always when we were cantering/galloping... uhh, dangerous? They didnt come off all the way, the boot itself somehow would slip off and flap behind his leg while the gator held it on...Some boots, regardless of size just aren't going to fit your horse. And maybe I had bad experiences because the boots didn't fit correctly? I don't know. I would buy used boots depending on how used they actually were... I rode about 5 days a week, about 5-10 miles a ride on rocky dirt roads, and as previously stated they lasted me about 6 months, bought brand new. Snow nay be allot easier on them then rocky roads, you might get a longer life spam out of them. I will personally not get another pair of the gloves... Too much falling off and breaking and money for only 6 months of life.

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I would be very careful, barely used would be ok but not a half gone set.

Hoof boots need to be a good fit, and some do stretch a bit with use,
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Thanks guys.

I will be ordering the fit kit before the farrier comes to trim him next to hopefully ensure the best possible fit. I have not decided on which boot to get yet, but I do want some I can stick studs in.

I've heard that foot shape matters. My horses feet are rather oval shaped - wider fronts and longer rears. To explain it better, his fronts are kind of like sideways oval shaped with the side part left to right and his rears are forwards oval shaped with the widest part being back to front. I may need different front and rear sizes so I may even order two kits depending on how the measurements come out.

Suggestions all around are appreciated! The boots are mostly because he will sometimes slip in the grass or snow and then will get nervous about giving a lot of impulsion because it can make him slip. It doesn't happen when it's dry or in all weather footing but sometimes those arenas are in use so I can't depend on them.
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I bought the easy boot gloves once, albeit not used. They lasted for a few months before completely falling to shreds. I would stress the thought that if you get them, they need to fit *exactly* right. And after a while the rubber will stretch abit. I wasn't to thrilled with their gloves, they just weren't THAT amazing. I had them for about... Say 6 months, and in that time replaced the screws twice, and the gator part ripped off and I didn't want to spend more on them. Not worth it. Every time I rode they came off, always when we were cantering/galloping... uhh, dangerous? They didnt come off all the way, the boot itself somehow would slip off and flap behind his leg while the gator held it on...Some boots, regardless of size just aren't going to fit your horse. And maybe I had bad experiences because the boots didn't fit correctly? I don't know. I would buy used boots depending on how used they actually were... I rode about 5 days a week, about 5-10 miles a ride on rocky dirt roads, and as previously stated they lasted me about 6 months, bought brand new. Snow nay be allot easier on them then rocky roads, you might get a longer life spam out of them. I will personally not get another pair of the gloves... Too much falling off and breaking and money for only 6 months of life.

Did you end up with different ones? Do tell!
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Yes, I 've bought a few second hand pairs of Gloves, some very cheap as quite well used (but still useful) and others barely used and brilliant.
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I've never tried gloves, but Epics generally serve me well. They don't come off unless the buckle or cable snaps as long as they are a half-way decent fit. They are pretty forgiving as far as fit goes. I am looking forward to trying the Renegades, when my ship comes in.
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I've SOLD a lot of boots with very little use. : (

If you have all the correct measurements buying used is a good way to try them out without spending as much as new would be. Wish I had done that....
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Did you end up with different ones? Do tell!
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No, I was abit bitter to EB after that. But, I finally sealed the deal on deciding to get a new pair of boots after rusty slipped on a paved road last month (caused a broken leg for me. Fun times) and am on the search for a boot that hopefully lasts longer, fits better, and is good on slick surfaces. I have been eyeing the easy boot epic... I don't know yet.

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