Easyboot Gloves fell off :(
So, I called up the store I bought from (Knickers Saddlery in BC -AWESOME support!), and asked some questions. In a nutshell, here are the three main points that we discussed:
1. Yes, the boots do soften up after use and this can cause the "v" at the top to be too flexible.
2. The "fix" to that is a powerstrap as long as the boots definitely fit well otherwise.
3. Comfort pads can help too -- or go to the home reno store and buy a roll of 6 mm cushion flooring. A pair of pads will last only about 5 or 6 rides.
I am confident that the gloves do actually fit my horse, so I ordered the powerstraps and will get the cushioning as well. I sure hope it works, otherwise the gloves are up for sale and I'm going to buy renegades instead.
No secure straps was the reason I went with Edge instead while back (although Gloves was not the perfect fit anyway). There you can tighten it all you want.
I'd like to hear how the straps work for you. I am contemplating buying boots for my mare. Just starting the research before I buy.
I'm hoping to try the straps this weekend... waiting anxiously for the mail! If I forget to post here, remind me in a couple of weeks. Work is getting busy already and I'm starting, just starting mind you, to lose my mind!
If your horse has normal shaped feet, I strongly reccommend the renegades. Personally I dont really care for any of the boots, but of what is available seems renegagades are best.
Update on the Powerstraps
Well, I finally managed to get the straps on and go out for a ride. I was very careful to put the straps on according to instruction. I even tried one boot first and put it on the horse before I did the other boot. So results were: not good. One boot came off after only a short trot. 50 feet in long grass, uneven ground.
I'm not a happy camper. There has been a decent amount of money put out now - between getting the right size (3 boots), shipping twice and now the power straps.
According to everything I am told by the website and the very highly recommended store that sold me the boots, these boots do fit my horse. Hrumph. Ya? Well, then why do they fall off. In desperation, the next time I get time to try again, I will try the athletic tape suggested solution. Honestly though, I'm not impressed that I have to fiddle to get the dang things to work.
If the tape doesn't work then I just put out a few hundred bucks for naught. These things must work for somebody or the company wouldn't be sellilng them, right? <sigh>
I will post the results of the next test hopefully in a few days.
Im very upset that the boots started falling apart 6 months into owning them... >.< And, no returns can be made. I think all the parts on the easyboots are replaceable?
Anyway, what does the cushioning do? And looking at the renegade... god thats allot of money...
I'm not sure your experience will be applicable to me. I don't do any galloping on the trail. The rides I go on aren't conducive to that sort of thing. I can see where any boot might tend to slip off when a horse is galloping uphill, just thinking about the mechanics of the action and the configuration of the boot. I can see where six months of that would be hard on any boot. What I'm looking for is mileage at a walk on hard and/or rough ground. Thanks for your post, though. Made me wonder what I'd do on the trail if a screw came loose and was lost. I'd have to carry a bag of spare parts for sure.
You indicated on another thread that you have used the Easy Boots and that you were going to try the Renegades. Have you had the chance to try the Renegades yet? I'm tending in that direction after some of the posts and threads I've read. Getting ready to order, probably this week.
I used the easy boots with the cables in the front, only used em a couple times. Royal pain to put on. But they stayed, If you are gettign your easy boot gloves on without a mallet then they are to big., Renegades are a much better mouse trap, You have to play with them a bit to get them adjusted but once adjusted the adjustments stay put and you can put em on and off in less than a minute... However nothing beats a nailed on steel shoe. just so much simpler and easier to not have to mess with.
I have gloves for both my horses and I hasn't had any issues with them. They are tight enough I have to wrestle and twist them on, but once on they haven't come off during trails including trot/canter/gallop. Perhaps your horse has the wrong shape feet for gloves?
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