Im interested in getting a pair of hoof boots for my horse, since she's barefoot and she's fine being barefoot, but I have been considering getting boots for when we go out and do trail rides and other things...but I want to know what brands people reccomend and also if any of them are good to use for jumping and doing eventing?? I've looked on hoof boot sites but of course they aren't going to criticise their own product.
So please tell me your opinion and what you use/.
You may want to check this one too: http://www.horseforum.com/horse-tack...y-boots-71348/
Here is my response there:
I tried pretty much everything besides the Renegades.
Easyboot bares or edge worked best for me, epics are nice too, but that wiring system always makes me concerned if it'll break or the clamp opened (had it happened once on trail).
Cavallo were the worst (I returned them next day I bought).
Old Macs are very bulky IMHO.
Easyboot Gloves are very nice, BUT they have to be a perfect fit to be used on horse. Unfortunately my horses were not good for them.
As far as I know people use easyboots for jumping and even eventing. I never tried though (only on trails).
Crossposting what I wrote on the other thread :)
I personally prefer the Easy Boot Epics. I used them this summer on my Appy mare who is recovering from a bad case of founder from her previous owner. The Epic's are easy to get on and off BUT they stay on amazingly well through deep sticky mud and other various terrain.
There is a group on Yahoo Groups called hoofbootexchange. You can find pretty much any size of any brand hoof boot for VERY reasonable prices. That's where I bought my Epics from.
ETA: kitten_val - which clips did you have? They have revised the clips on them and there are also various ways that you can adjust the clip to keep it from opening! They also have a new buckle system as well!
New Easyup Buckle- http://www.easycareinc.com/Other_Pro...syup_tips.aspx
I like Easyboot Epics.
I've tried Easyboot Bares, Gloves, Epics and the original Old Macs. The Epics seem to work the best for me. :-)
Easyboot gloves are great, and the original easyboots aren't bad- I've not tried any others. . .
I use Epics. They are a perfect fit for my horse so I do not have to clamp them down very tightly, hopefully that creates less chance of the wire breaking. My sister's horse uses the epics too. His feet are longer than normal and the boots do not fit that well. To keep them on his feet I have to tighten the clamp more and take off the little cleat covers. I don't like to make him wear them because the cleats chew up the sides of his feet.
Just make sure that before you buy them your horses feet fit the measurements well. There are also different treads on different boots, so if you do events on grass where you need more traction you may want to go with boots like the Grips.
Overall I really like them. They've lasted through a year of hard trail riding and still have life left.
I have jumped with the Easyboot Edge boots several times without any issues.
Thanks guys :D I like the easy boots aswell.. I've sorta narrowed it down to the Epic and Bare easyboots since the site says they're both good for longd distance and ok for jumping and eventing also... You all say that the Epics are nice, have any of you used the bare one? I'd like to know which would be more preferable now epics or bares?
I have used the Bares. I HATE them. Your horse can have NO flare to it's hoof or you won't be able to fit it in the top. They are also much more difficult to tighten as you will need a screwdriver or other flat edge to adjust the screws. I will only use the Epics now due to their ease of getting them on and off.
Also, please make sure you have the right size. AQHA13, please don't ride your sisters horse in the ones that are too small. You will only hurt the horse more. Please get him proper fitting ones as ones that don't fit correctly are more of a hazard than a help.
Also, please use caution using the Easyboot Grip. Those are solely made for use on snow, ice, or rain slicked conditions. They clearly state NOT to use them on dry footing of any kind.
Kris, if I were you, I would get the fit kit from Easycare to ensure you get the right size. Then check the hoof boot exchange group on Yahoo. You will be able to pay close to half of what they would cost new and most of them are just barely used!
P.S. I used this template to find out my horse's size: http://easycareinc.com/App_System/Li...t-template.pdf
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