BOA boot, EasyBoot, Old Mac, etc.....
I keep my horses barefoot, but I am looking for a set or two of those all-purpose type boots for trail riding on rough or slick terrain. I really don't like to have shoes on my horses if I can help it. Does anyone use these boots? Equine Supplies at Jeffers Equine: Horse Supply, Horse Supplies, Horse Vaccines, Discount Horse Supply, Discount Horse Supplies, Horse Product, Equine Product, Equine Supply, Horse Care Product, Tack Supplies, and Equestrian Supplies
What do you think about them? Any opinions on brand names? Thanks!
Tried all of them.
Cavallo's - Best
Old Mac's II - Good
Boa - Fair, but hard to get on
Easy Boot - Junk
I use Boa boots on my TB. He had terrible feet from the farrier he had before I got him. The boa boots are great, i use them and the gaiters. They dont come off and he doesnt act like he even realizes they are there. i got mine brand new on ebay for 1/2 the normal price.
I returned Cavallos back to the store very next day. VERY bulky, moves on hoof, very rigid, etc. Junk...
I've seen Old Mac's and they are very bulky too AND very hard to put on.
I've been using Easyboot Bare all last summer everywhere: rocks, mud, sand, and they did perfect (still like new). The gator keeps them in place even in worst muddy conditions. Takes me 1 min to put on, very light and small. Happy overall. I also got a pair of Easyboot Epic (for my other horse). OK, but I don't like much that wire-clip combo on front.
Never tried Boa, but heard they are good.
Maureen has been using Easy Boot Epics, with great success.:D Mud, rocks, gravel roads. They are working great. I have a pair if Easy Boot Edge on back order they should ship in a week or two. :shock: they better!:twisted:
LOVE the Boa Boots. Work great, stay on well, easy to get on and off if sized right, gaiters prevent chaffing and they will stay on and have good traction for all kinds of riding. Have jumped my TB barefoot in them up to 4', have used them on my Clyde cross on trails and INTO a pond (we swam!) and they stayed on, and they last forever if you take care of them imo.
Old Mac's I've had a hard time with staying on in wet/muddy terrain and have had them turn on horses as well as not last nearly as long as the Boas. They are made by the same company as Boa Boots however.
Easy Boots are great for around the barn but never stay on for riding imo. Also made by the same company as Boas and Macs.
Have not used the Cavallos b/c I have no reason to change from the Boas. My whole barn uses them for when a horse is bruised or we're doing a lot of trail riding. I can even use them OVER my super-sensitive TBs shod feet when he's tender soled from an abscess or rocky terrain.
Actually one have to be careful about FITTING the boot too. It should be tight, so taking it off would require some effort. I didn't tie Epics on my paint when tried them for 1st time and she went just nuts (eventually was able to shake them off :shock: )
Haven't tried the others, but went on the advice of my barefoot trimmer, who has. A girl at my paddock has Cavallo's for her horse, but they seem to be quite loose and move alot as he walks.
I have tried Boa Boots, Easy Boots, Easyboot Epics and Renegade Boots. Make sure, if you buy any boots, to make sure your farrier gets you exact measurements of your horses hooves all round - so that you know what sizes to get.
Then go to Calculator to find out what size you need, to what boot you want.
Boa Boots: Great boots! The time I used them, was when I was a working studenent at a large Event/Fox Hunting barn. The horse I was riding for a client had lost a shoe, and a Fox Hunter lent me his Boa Boots.
FABULOUS BOOTS! I was able to Fox Hunt in them. I was able to go through mud, water, pavement, go over obsticles - walk, trot, canter, hand gallop in them and never had an issue!
Never lost a boot, never had any complications. Easy to get on, easy to get off.
EasyBoots, origional model: These are alright. I used them at a lesson, wasn't happy. They rubbed on my horses bulbus area and the front left kept coming off. They filled with pebbles, dirt, mud.
Easyboot Epics:These boots work great for what they were meant for. I love the Gator built in idea, which prevents rubbing and protects. BUT these boots are difficult to get on...oh my gosh.......so hard to get on *for me*
I was able to Fox Hunt in them and school XC - the great thing is that you can put studs into them - yay for better traction on the cc course.
Never come off, stay put - they better with how struggling it is to get them on ROFL - aside from that, these are great boots.
I currently own 4 pairs.
Renegade Boots: These are top of the line, so I hear. I LOVE THESE BOOTS! If I could sell all my Easyboot Epics, I would get these as replacements.
They slide on so easily and tighten up around the hoof the same. I love how they hug the whole hoof and protect the bulbus at the same time.
These boots have become the #1 boot I've seen out on the CC course with barefoot competators and I have seen Endurance Racers in them as well.
I hear nothing but good news from these boots.
The downfall - you can only get them through your Farrier or Barefoot Trimmer who has to order them for you and they are very pricey.
Just check the Easyboot website, and noticed that Edge ones. Looks very interesting, so I may try them too instead of Epics...
BTW, when I was buying Epics for my paint I found this chert very helpful:
I actually printed it, cut it off to the approximate size I needed and then compared with hoof. The size I needed was obvious right away (she was somewhere between 1 and 2, so I wasn't sure).
Also when you buy boots the best measurement is in middle between trims (say at 4 weeks if you go with 8 weeks trims). If you get the pair measured RIGHT after the trim, there is a good possibility you won't be able to fit it on after 4-6 weeks, because it'll grow too much. It's especially important if the size is on edge (between 1 and 2, or 2 and 3...).
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