Would like recommendations for hoof boot
I will have different kinds of roads that I will be riding on: small gravel, large stone size gravel, dirt, and blacktop.
I don't want to ride on rocks and gravel with no protection on my horses' hooves, but I don't want to slip around on blacktop with horse shoes on my horses.
Since I have two horses, I won't use borium, because I have been told by equine vets, farriers, and stable owners, that if a horse kicks another horse with borium on their shoes or the borium nails used, it is dangerous and can cut up the other horse really bad.:-|
I am thinking of getting riding boots. I only do calm, slow riding. Nothing over trot and trot is only for short distance. Mainly walk and only go out for hour or two. No sharp tall hills or trails. So the boots don't have to be for extreme conditions.
They do need to be very easy to put on. I tried Boa boots and I just could not do all the twisting and pushing it took to get them on. They were fit correctly, but just too hard to get slipped onto the hoof.
I am considering Cavallo Simple Boots (they are bit wider than the sport Cavallo) and the EasyCare Old Mac G2 or EasyCare Back Country.
I would like to hear people's experiences with any of those boots. Good? Bad? And generally how the boots did and if you like them. Which of those three would you suggest for the kind of riding I do?
I have the Cavallo Simple Boots and LOVE them. I've had them for 2 years now and they are in great shape. They've stood up to the hard rocky ground here, lots of mountain riding, and even quite a bit of galloping (I know you said you do lighter riding but its always good to know they are durable). The only problem I've found is my mare's front feet are inbetween 2 sizes so I bought the bigger ones. If I gallop with them on right after a trim they sometimes fall off, but this has only happened twice in two years and only at a gallop. I tried the easy boots before these and hated them. They were very difficult to put on unlike the cavallo boots which are extremely easy.
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I also like Cavello Boots. I have the Simple Boots for the front and the Sport Boots for the back. I had trouble with the front like the velcro coming undone in sand and mud. I had started putting the plastic cable keepers around one of them but that means you have to have a knife handy at all times if need to take them off. I stopped using the fronts because my horse was stepping on them from the back (now think that was a farrier fault) and he tripped and went to his knees. So I have gone back to shoes on the front and boots on the back. It seems to be working well. 2 weeks ago, I was riding through some really marshy land and they never came off.
I use Epic easy boots on my mare. I carry 6 and 12 mil. pads w/me on the trail. My husband keeps the screws/wires maintained and snug on her but conditions can change on a long day on the trails, I will swap out the pads depending on how they fit. The wide velcro seems to do the trick too. I've never had one come off and she goes right thru water or mud and never checks up.
Been using them 2+ years. (orig. pr.)
Thanks for the replies. They have helped me.
Lee007: I wouldn't be able to use the epic ones. I can not get on and off repeated times. I have to use a mounting stand (about the size of a small table and about 3-4 feet tall) to get on my horses and off. Because of my severe arthritis and other bad health issues. If the pads needed changed while riding, I couldn't do it.
These were pricey but maybe what you want.
I bought a pair of blue vinyl or vinyl-like Davis medicine boots, for when Patches' scratches -- or Pastern Dermatitis -- was bad and I wanted to keep her pasterns dry. Patches kicked them right off! But I'd been afraid to tighten them too much since the velcrove tightening place was right at the pastern dermatitis. But they do work for protecting the hoof and keeping it clean. The bottom is padded and soft inside, like a thick grey wool blanket or pad, and yet it doesn't ever get soggy. Plus the bottom on the outside has big rubber dots across it to help with traction. They are expensive but pretty indestructable, and easy to clean. She seems to like them now. Especially when I rub coconut oil into her hooves after I've picked 'em out and washed 'em.
Davis says all this:
Davis Horse Boot
Price: From $29.95 to $46.95
Horse boot for soaking the hoof. No more duct tape and vet wrap with the Davis soaking boot.
But I am looking for boots for when riding the horses. They fit over the hoof and protect the hooves, frog, and all else of the horse's foot.
Like the Cavallo Simple Boot or EasyCare kind of riding/trail boots.
I have easy boot gloves, and contrary to what most on here say, I find them really easy to put on/off, and my mare has never lost one while riding. I even took a video to show how easily I put them on her. Ill see if I can post it.
I personally don't like the wrap around boots as they are so much heavier and bulkier. The only time I tried a friends pair my horse moved really awkwardly.
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See if this worked.
Putting on Easyboot Glove - YouTube
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I saw the video and they look interesting.
I do have one thing I am wondering about, and that is how they attach. I use the Classic Legacy support boots and they usually come down to where the EasyBoot Gloves look like they wrap around to hold them on.
Has anyone used these boots and the Classic Legacy support boots? Or even tried to use them together? :?:
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