cavallo simple boots?
I am planning to purchase some hoof boots for my hore. He is barefoot now, and I dont want to put him into shoes. He isnt overly sensitive, per se, but he is kept on moist soft ground, go his hooves are not all that hard. I rode him last fall on trails without boots, he is a little ouchy over gravel. Plus he has an old injury to his rt. rear where the cornanary band is injured and there is about 1/4 inch line of hoof that does not get outter hoof wall far back on his outter quarter. He is 100% sound on it and never had any problems--just looks ugly. I want to be able to put the boots on if the groud gets rocky (the terrain around here verys ALOT) on all fours, just to prevent anything happening to his bummed hind. I get the farrier out about every 8 weeks to basically check on the job that I am doing. I wrasp every two weeks, so the hoof should be able to fit the boot all the time. I have looked at several types of boots, the ones that are carried locally include old macs, easyboots, and cavallos. I like the cavallo cause they look very easy to put on. But they do up with velcro...
Has anyone had any expereince with these? Do they rub, fall off, etc.?
My horse has fretty round/flat feet, so Im not sure if they fit a certain type. Thanks in advance, and sorry about the length.
I had a bad luck with them - moved a lot and I wasn't able to tie them up. Returned next day I purchased (from our local store). My best experience was with Easyboots so far (Bare and Edge).
I love Cavallo boots. I've used them a few times in emergencies. I found them very easy to get onto the hoof and they stay on unlike a lot of other boots. Just know that their sizing chart is very poor. Their size 4 is more like a 2. Also, the Cavallo boot is for a rounder hoof. They also make a Cavallo sport boot for more oval shaped hooves.
BAD experience with the Cavallos. Hard to put on. The socks ripped. And even using socks and the right size boots, after a 45-minute ride, my mare was raw and bloody on all four pasterns. I never used them again....
But hey, I've got a set for sale cheap, barely used, size 0! ;)
Seriously...if someone wants them....
Socks? Are we talking about the same boots? Maybe there are different types.
MBP, in my understanding you can use a "wrap" if the boot is not tight enough Pastern Wraps : Cavallo Horse and Rider Inc. (I never tried one though). I think that's what she means by "socks".
i have used boas and easyboot epics, and prefer the epics. they seem to work great for my horse for trails and he really likes them. the only issue i had is now after 2 full seasons of camping trips and trail riding he did gallop right out of them on a dirt road haha! but i think it's more the massive amount of miles on the boots as he's never had an issue before and they've stayed on through tons of gallops!
Huh. That's odd. Cavallo used to make actual "socks" to go with the boots--like the pastern wraps, but smaller, and they just went around the pastern, not the whole hoof. Looks like they may have discontinued them.
I absolutely LOVE my Cavallo boots! I have tried almost all of the hoof boots out here trying and these boots are HANDS DOWN the easiest to use. They are perfect for what you need them for, extra protection on terrain he isn't used to such as gravel roads when he is "ouchy" and picking his way to the softer part of the trail. I have never experienced rubbing with these boots and I have never lost or broken a boot which is the trouble with the other brands I have tried in the past. They are very helpful if you contact them to determine the best size for your horse.
It's actually better to help your horse toughen his hooves. I just ride with a loose rein and let the horse pick it's own way. Because my land is all clay I had a load of sandy gravel brought in and dumped in one area to help toughen hooves.
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