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  • renegade brand hoof boots
  • Different brand hoof boots on front and rear

 
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    12-15-2011, 09:42 AM
  #11
Foal
I think I'm leaning towards the Easyboot Edge. I'm not too sure about the Epics because of the wire cables out in front. We ride up in the hills and I can just envision something snagging the wire. The Gloves look good, too. Decisions...decisions....

Do the Edge or Gloves have any water drainage holes?
     
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    12-15-2011, 06:45 PM
  #12
Trained
Renegade Hoof Boots. The Real Leader in Hoof Boot Technology!

What?? I haven't sold you on the Renegade boots? Come over to the dark side. They are so cool.
     
    12-15-2011, 07:56 PM
  #13
Foal
LOL...actually, I was just looking at their website and the Renegades do indeed look cool. Do they have some flexible give to them? Good traction?
     
    12-15-2011, 08:07 PM
  #14
Trained
What I like about the Renegades, is the heel bulb part is separate from the part the hoof sits inside, so it allows the pastern to flex naturally. The heel bulb part holds the boot on, not the pastern strap, so there's nothing tugging on the horse's ankles with each step.

As for traction, the endurance riders use these things for 100 mile rides, so I'm assuming it's no worse than any other rubber boot. I would think they would be slippery on wet leaves or grass, but you can get them with studs already on them. (wish they made a version where you could add them as needed)

The only downside I can see with these it that small particles can get into the boot since they are a mostly open boot. It's kind of like walking on the beach in sneakers. Lots of emptying out to do later. Other than that, I really love these boots.
     
    12-15-2011, 08:09 PM
  #15
Trained
I forgot to add. My horse hates anything on his back legs. He walks like a cat with wet feet in other boots, particularly the brands that cover the whole hoof. When I put the Renegades on, I don't think he knew there was anything on back there. From the first step, we walked completely normal. They truly do become part of the foot.
     
    12-15-2011, 08:11 PM
  #16
Foal
Do folks usually buy boots for both the front and the back?
     
    12-15-2011, 08:15 PM
  #17
Trained
I have them for backs only since that's where I pulled my horse's shoes. A lot of horses only need them on the fronts unless you're on some seriously rocky ground. I'm hoping to not need them at all once my horse completely adjusts to being barefoot back there. It's always good to have a pair on hand. Whatever brand you decide to go with, don't do what I did and assume you measured correctly. Send pics of your horse's freshly trimmed feet with a ruler or tape measure showing their length and width dimensions to the seller so they can send you the correct size. I just had to send mine back for another size and am eagerly awaiting the replacements.
     
    12-15-2011, 08:26 PM
  #18
Foal
Thanks for the advice on sizing. You are probably right. My luck I'd get the wrong size. Our horses are barefoot most of the time, but I'd like to use boots rather than shoes when we go up into the mountains. I think it will work out great once they are used to them.
     
    12-16-2011, 10:14 AM
  #19
Showing
You have to be very precise with Renegades adjustments. I've heard those are very nice boots, but I came across several people who lost them in mud. I have no experience myself though.

I use boots just on front (most people I know do). It's recommended for all 4 if you go on very rocky terrain.
     

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