Easyboot Trail or Cavallo Simple/Sport boot?
I'm looking for a boot for my horse to take him on some rockier trails. I don't do any long trails, nothing more than two hours. I was deciding between the Easyboot Trail, the Cavallo Simple hoof boot, and the Cavallo Sport hoof boot. I was wondering if anyone has any of these boots, how do you like him? do you recommend one over the other? do you have a problem with them staying on?
I have had them all, and all of my costumers have a set of Davallo.
The Easy Boot Trail is a good boot for a good price. But it’s not the best if the terrain is tough. And because the closing thing is on the backside it is a great risk your horse will open it, stepping on it with his hind feet (if it’s on the front feet). And often horses have a low heel in the hind feet, so that will put a lot of pressure on the boot in the bulb area. It also has a slow break-over, so you should not use this on a horse that is already breaking over to slow.
The Cavallo Sport is a great boot. A lot of my costumers have a pair of these and they love the light weight, the easy and quick apply. I love the combination of synthetic and leather, the synthetic keeps the weigh and price down, and the leather allows the boot too fit the hoof perfect if put in hot water before the first time you use them. This is a boot that will be perfect for hoofs with a long hoof base, since it is narrower than both the Easy Boot Trail and the Cavallo Simple. And with an early break-over point this will help a horse with a slow break-over to walk more correct. If the horse already has a early break-over, this is maybe not the best alternative.
The Cavallo Simple is the first boot I ever felt in love with! And 75% of my costumers have them, and love them. I still use the first pair I got 5-6 years ago, they don’t look that nice anymore, but they are still working as good as new, maybe even better now that they fit the horse perfect (both the inside and the outside of the sole). You can have almost any hoof shape and these will still fit and stay on, as long as you have the right size. I have never lost one, even when I have had to use too big ones, and my horse does not have a perfect hoof shape. The Simple boot does have a higher weight than the others, and some people feel they are too big and clumsy. This boot fits horses with a wider hoof than the Sport, but it can be used on a narrower hoof too, it will stay on. The break-over is normal on this boot, so it fits horses with a normal break-over and good break-over.
So what you should think of is the hoofs you are putting these on, not necessarily what you think is the best. Find out where your horse has its break-over (at all feet), is it perfect, too slow, or too early? Does he have a long and narrow hoof base? A round hoof base?
I have Easyboot Edge myself (as well as had Bares in past) and it works nicely. I'm not as positive about Easyboot Trail, because it doesn't come with gators, so I'm not positive it'll stay in place in mud. As for Cavallos they didn't work for me at all.
Borkus thanks for the information I will have to check with my trimmer next time she comes and ask her when his break-over is, also I'm pretty sure his hoofs are a little longer and narrow as oppose to round.
kitten why didn't the cavallos work for you?
where* not when, sorry.
I'm also looking into boots for my horses for this riding season. I've ridden with a few people that have used the Cavallo boot, only to lose them in the mud, or to have to stop and reattach them during a ride. Haven't been on a ride when they are being used without something happening. Not impressed with them at all.
My farrier have recommended the easy boot, edge or epic. I've seen these used without any problems on a variety of terrains.
If you lose the Cavallo the size isn’t right ;) When the boot is new you should not be able to put it on, if you can do so the boot is too big and will never work properly. None of my costumers (or me) has had that problem, or at least not the ones I have fitted the boots for. :)
Another alternative is the Renegade boot, it looks weaker, but it isn’t (as long as the horse walks normal). It’s especially good for horses that get friction soreness from the other types.
BTW, IF your horse has oval hoofs look into Easyboot Gloves. I've heard very nice reviews and they are easy to put on and on cheaper side. The only limitation they should be a perfect fit for the hoof to work.
Borkus, every person I know who had Renegades really liked them. But everyone lost at least one. :lol:
I also use the Cavallo boots on all of my horses. I tried the Cavallo's after having nothing but problems with other boots on the market. I have never had a boot come off and they are by far the easiest to fit and take on and off. If you horse has narrower hooves than they have the new Sport boot which is a great fit for a more oval shaped hoof. If you need help choosing the right size they are very helpful if you contact their customer service deparment.
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