Hoof Booties - Which Brand To Buy?
I am interested in getting hoof boots (or horse booties) for my horses. Not only for snow and ice (which we get too much of up here ;)), but for the ruddy paths and such around here. I just want the horses to by comfy and happy -- and booties are just too cute! :D
I've found some brands. Which do you use, and why? Pros, cons? I need all the information I can get -- it isn't cheap for 10 pair of boots. Note, I do have my horses shod.
Easyboot® by Easycare, Inc.
Easyboot® Epic also by Easycare, Inc.
Boa Horse Boot™ by Easycare, Inc.
Swiss Hoof Boot
Marquis Hoof Boot
Old Mac's yet again, by Easycare, Inc.
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If you keep your horses shod why would you want hoof boots? Are going to transition to barefoot?
The easycare site has a very nicely done page for figuring out which boot would work best for your riding habits. There are also Cavallo Simple Boots which are very easy to put on and made for a very round hoof. Also Boa's..
You would not need 10 pair of boots unless all your horses would be using them at the same time or have vastly differing needs. Start with one pair and see what works for which horse.
Once your horses have transitioned to barefoot not all will need the boots. I only use them on the front hooves as my horses don't seem to need them for the hinds.
Easycare epics are a favorite of many, I use Boa's as they seem to stay on well and fit my horses. I have one pair and they work on both of my riding horses at this time. I also have a pair of old fashioned easyboots which do fit my old retired appy. They don't stay on as well as the boa's. I also have a pair of cavallo simple boots but they are too large for any of my horses.
Going barefoot is better for the horse's legs, so transitioning to a boot and not using shoes is a good idea.
Not to mention that a set of 2 costs about $150, and lasts quite a while.... a set of 4 shoes costs $120 ish and that only lasts for up to 8 weeks... what's the better deal? ;)
Anyways... there are pros and cons to each boot.... they all have a slightly different shape, so finding a boot to match the horse is your best bet.
Thanks, both of you!
I've decided on the Easycare Epic for my old ponies, each with their own pair (oh, it's only three... :lol:). I'll keep the others shod, though, because their work often calls for them. Maybe I'll get some boots for the horses at our stable? ;)
I took a closer look at all the boots that we carry at the tack shop I work at, and my favorite was the Cavallo Simple Boot. It was the easiest to open and close (without looking like it would fall off) and looked to be the most comfortable.
Next I would place the Boa boots, then last the Old Macs. They didn't look as pleasant to put on, although I would choose the Boa over the Old Mac.
I'm also thinking about getting some for Cooper, my Quarter Pony (would that be QP? ;)), and I think buying some for the stable for boarders to use would be fun...
Maggie, where do you run a boarding business out of? You sound just lovely to be around!! I'm sure your boarders must be VERY happy with you!
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