hoof boots reccomendations please
Hi again everyone, I feel like I've been posting a ton lately lol.
Since the weather has been nice I have been riding Bella(my 14 year old OTTB mare) in the outdoor arena which is pretty rocky and she is a tad tender-footed when riding over the rocks and will pull to walk on the grassier areas. I got her last may, she came with front shoes(nothing special) which i had pulled the next day. Her hooves were a bit weak and chipped a lot(never lame at all, mostly it was the nail holes growing out i think) so i put her on biotin 20. She has not had any problems at all, but where I live we only rode on grass(I moved her to my lesson barn in April). She was just trimmed on may 10th by the farrier there(mine won't travel that far for one horse) and I'm not satisfied with the trim, her hooves are flaring slightly and she has surfaces cracks(see my previous post here ). I'm wondeing if the poor trim could result in her being ouchy on the rocks(she has been ridden down there before, but it wasn't by me so i don't know if she felt ouchy then too) or if it's just the fact that she is not used to walking on them. Either way I would like opinions. I do not want to put shoes back on her as I don't feel she would benefit from them, but i don't want my horse to be sore so I am looking into getting her boots. I've looked(online) at the easyboot brand and they seem promising. Are there other brands i should be considering as well? I'm going to have my instructor help me measure her tomorrow, because i know that plays a part in determining which boot would be best for her. Also, can they jump with boots? I don't jump, but two of the girls who ride her for me do jump her over low cross rails. I think that is all the questions I have.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to reading your replies.
ETA: one more question. Do you need to boot all 4 or can you just do the front like with shoes?
I have heard the easyboot epic is a good one i was thinking of going with boots for one of mine.Ended up doing front shoes but yes you can just put boots on the front feet. I would think you could jump her with boots on. Doesnt sound like your jumping high jumps. As far as measuring it needs to be done after a fresh trim.Hope this helps you spirit88
I currently use easy-boot epics and have been very happy with them. I found the easyboot bares were not to my liking, too hard to readily adjust. I have heard good things about the easyboot gloves but haven't tried them.
I only boot on the front. You can boot all the way around on a horse that needs them, but if your horse does fine shod only on the front, she should be fine booted only on the front.
I have read some really good reviews about Cavallos, too. I have not tried them personally yet, but am considering getting a pair.
Cavallos are amazing! I use them when I trail ride my barefoot mare on the hard rocky ground here. She loves them too! I tried easy boots and hated them. They certainly aren't easy! Cavallo boots cost about $120 for a pair, so a bit pricey but worth it in my opinion. Also, in my experience they run large. My my mare measured for a size 3 but actually needed a 2.
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Thanks guys, I'm going to go out and hopefully measure her feet tomorrow(if weather allows) and do more research on the boots you guys suggest so i can get a better idea of what boot will fit her better. I have also been in contact on facebook with a natural balance hoof trimmer that will go out there. She seems very nice and willing to help, hopefully she will also be able to give me some direction when it comes to boots also
I use Cavalo sport boots and love them.
Your mare might be ouchy because her feet have not been trimmed recently. If they have flared out, it's likely the hoof wall is meeting the ground before the sole/frog area which you don't want with a barefoot horse. Just do a little google searching on barefoot mustang trim and you'll see what I'm talking about.
The trimmer i'm looking into is a cavalo boot dealer. Hopefully I can have her out soon, i'm just worried about the cost since she is about an hour away and said "I do not have any clients in that area as of yet but I am willing to travel there. I am going to have to charge a small travel fee because of mileage" So i'm not sure how small small is lol the price on the website is Horses - $55 1st Trim, $40 thereafter so i'm sure they will charge the first trim price, even tho her hooves have been kept up with, I'm paying 40 for my normal guy(who still does my other 2 horses) and the crappy farrier charges 30...It'd be nice if i could get 4 other horses lined up as she give discounts for 5 or more horses lol
ETA: this is the website of the trimmer i'm looking into, any opinions? http://www.naturalbalancetrim.com/Home_Page.html
I've noticed there's a big difference between farriers who also do barefoot trims and people who specialize in barefoot trimming in terms of the results you get. I'm planning on trying my horse barefoot in the fall and plan on using a barefoot only guy.
You could probaby buy a rasp online and just do a mustang roll yourself. My friend's horse is barefoot. Any time he has some rough edges, she just trims them back herself. Seems to work fine and keeps things good between trimmings.
I was going to buy a rasp at TSC, but they were out of stock, I don't have anything else I really need to order, so it's not worth it to order online and pay a freaking $8 S&H charge lol...mhmm I wonder if smartpak sells them, they are shipping me my supplements soon, so if they do I can add it to that order, why didn't I think of looking there sooner lol
Firstly, without more info, can't say why she's tender sorry. However, it could be the trim, could be that she's not conditioned for rocks, her feet aren't healthy & strong enough, could be diet, lifestyle, etc. With pics & further info we may get a better idea, but even then, don't think it's fair to question a farrier's work if they're chipping when they're due for a trim - if not maintained frequently, by 4-6 weeks most horses have at least a little deformation of the hoof walls.
What does sound a good idea tho is getting boots for her, as it's important to provide enough support & protection to allow a horse to exercise in comfort, aside from avoiding possible injuries through lack of protection. Again tho, I would not bother measuring her when she's due for a trim, but immediately after a *well balanced* trim. The biggest question when choosing boots is the best fit for the horse in question, I reckon. Therefore having them first would be helpful, because it may rule out some options.
The Easyboot range are generally pretty good, and while Gloves are great, hooves need to be in very good form for them to suit & fit properly. I also would be cautious about buying before trying them, as the sizes are more precise than other boots(you can order a 'fit kit' to try before buying). This also means that for good fit, you'd also probably need to trim more than 4-6 weekly - brush ups in between for eg. Epics or such are more adjustable so a bit more leeway size-wise and having a fastening system like other types, don't need hoof form to be so perfect to fit well. High profile boots such as Old Macs, the new Easycare Trails, etc tend to be better/more secure for jumping. I'm not sure that any boot is actually designed for activities such as jumping though.
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