Renegade Hoof Boots--Traction studs???
So, I'm preparing to start working with my horse for competitive trails next summer. Up until I bought her, she had been shod for trail riding. She's a quarter horse and her hooves are pretty small for her size. I know that the idea behind natural barefood hooves is to let them get a little wider, in order to distribute the weight of the horse a little more. For this reason, and since she's in her 3 months of no shoes, I've been looking into hoof boots to use for trails. I think it would be nice because I would only use them when we trail ride, and in the long run, it would save me some money on shoes every 6-8 weeks.
My question is, should I get the ones with the traction studs?
The place I usually trail ride has a few slippery creek beds that we have to cross and I've seen horses do the splits on these rocks before. I feel like rubber boots + slippery rocks =disaster. Would these traction studs be bad for the rest of the trail?
These look interesting. My horse's are barefoot for the winter & since we have not had much snow, when the ground freezes it is like cement & slippery. I hope someone has used these, do they stay on well, provide good traction without hindering the horse's forward movement?
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Me too! Come on people who use these, we need your input!
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I use Renegades without the traction studs.....I can't say that I've needed them.
Also, I think the boots are not nearly as slippery on rocks as shoes.
I also don't think the studs would damage the trail any more than shoes.
By the way, a ranger in the Smoky's commented on how much easier the boots are on trails than shoes.....
I personally would go without them unless you find that you need them. I am not sure about these boots but others I have used, they are replaceable so you can take them in and out if you decide you do or don't need them.
I have ran horses on packtrips and hunting trips that have Boreum cleats on their shoes and they works great for grabbing onto rocks, ice etc. The drawback was that you couldn't do any kind of speed work with them on. I really didn't even like to lope with them on as if the horse doesn't stop properly (or if he is cued wrong) the cleats can grab and cause an injury. I would suspect the same from a cleat on a boot...maybe even more so by the look of them. Personally, I would either go without or get a shoe where they are replaceable. Just my $.02.
I know alot of endurance riders that run boots on rocky terrain. The most common are easy boot glue ons, easyboot gloves and renegades. None of them use studs. Id probably only consider them if I was road riding in the winter on hard pack snow/ice.
Thanks LesandLily, you gave me the answer I was looking for.
I use Easyboot gloves regularly. I don't see the need for studs in the shoe unless you are riding in snow and ice. The gloves do well in water, rocks, mud without studs. I have many friends who use Renegades, none of them have studs.
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