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I'm thinking about getting easy boots for my horse. He's bare foot, and we ride on gravel a lot, which really hurts him. What do you guys think of easy boots? Has anyone tried them? Is there other brands of protective boots I should try?
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I use EasyBoot Gloves, they are excellent.
EasyCare has a several choices of trail riding boots.
Most important is to find the style of boot that best fits the shape of your horses heels and hoof; they are NOT all the same.
I don't ride anymore but I do have EasyCare's Boa boots for my foundered horse. He has been wearing those boots with partial pads nearly every day since last March, out to pasture.
He is in them 8 - 11 hours every day without issue. As long as I keep him trimmed, his heels don't rub, wearing them that many hours.
Point being, even though the Boa's are a heavier boot and on the clunky side, they have held up to torture, every day.
My horse is 15.3H so the fact they are heavier doesn't bother him, even with the founder.
Oftentimes farriers and/or barefoot trimmers carry an assortment of boots with them and will help fit the horse (that is what I did and it was a good thing because I'd've gotten it all wrong).
If you aren't trimming your own horse, you might ask your trimmer to help you out on this, so you get the correct boots for your horse:-)
Ok thank you!:)
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The problem that you will soon discover with hoof boots, is that, unless you trim your horse's feet regularly, you will experience fit problems one way or another. The boots are sized in 5mm increments which leaves very little room for fitting mistakes. (gloves come to mind) The boots that are more lenient on fit ususally sacrifice something such as being clunky. (cavallos come to mind) Some horses just have feet that don't fit the type of boot. (my horse has twisted off so many different size Renegades I stopped using them).
Definitely get lots of help with measuring. Send your pics into the company you want to buy from and let them suggest a type and size of boot. Let them know what type of riding you do, so you get a boot with sufficient traction. I wanted to go with Boas for the ease of use, but the Easyboot folks said they are not good for trail riding since they have poor tread.
Just do your homework so you don't waste your money.
I love easy boots...they trully are e-a-s-y to put on. I use to use old macs which are not easy to put on. I use easyboots on the fronts only, and my mare can go up and down arroyos, gullies, what not w/o slipping, tripping, what not. I might get some of the back countries...I did the "fit kit" for those. I highly recommend that. It is 8.50 to have them sent both ways. Worth it!!
The pic is the type of ground she has to travel over, and she does so w ease in the boots (barefoot on the hinds). Obviousely, I accidently took the photo.
Missy, which ones do you have?
Good to know you like them. I'm fitting hind feet which are also round, so maybe they will actually stay on.
I've used them for over a decade. LOVE them, have several pairs (I remember when they were $20 each - LOL!).
My favs, the epics. Hint on boot longevity, don't share your boot with other horses - every horse wears his boots (and feet) down differently. You will soon end up with a stretched out mess that won't stay on - I actually mark my boots and use the same four on one horse, each having its own foot and I never change it. I've ridden many distance rides and never have lost one, and swear this is the reason why.
There is a pic of my arab in epic under my 'horses' tab - the bay horse - look at his front feet - those are easyboot epics. I LOVE LOVE LOVE mine.:D
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