Cavallo Simple Boot (or Sport) or Easyboot Trail???
I'm thinking about getting hoof boots for my gelding and mare. I'm look at three choices... The Cavallo Simple Boots or Sport Boots or the Easyboot Trail. The boss man has already agreed to these leaning slightly more to the need side of the need/want scale and has consented to 4 boots for each horse (although most riding will probably done with just the front feet booted he did recognise that for the back feet it's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them). I <3 that man! :)
So...what are your opinions on these boots? I know the Easyboot Trails are new. I've also considered the Easyboot Gloves, but until I learn how to trim the kiddos myself I don't think those will work so well for us. At the moment we're grounded until I get some hooves worked on so our mileage right now is 0, but I would expect our peak to be maybe 15 to 20 miles a week...with a rare 25 - 30 mile week if we go camping or something. That's months away though, but it is something I want to consider while deciding on the boots.
Maybe a different approach? If you use boots on the trail which ones do you use?
Maybe get one set and see how well you like them before you get a second set of the same boots.
I really like the Easyboot Epics. I have to repair gaiters and cables once in a while, but the boot material itself is almost indestructable.
I found Old Macs rather cumbersome and the soles started to crack after just a few rides in the rocks so I sent them back.
I thought the Easyboot Bares were a bear to get on and off.
And I tried the "fit kit" with the Gloves and they didn't seem to match my Mustang's hoof shape so I didn't order the gloves. I think the Epics are the same or similar shape, but because they have the cable tightening system you can get them locked on pretty good even if the shape isn't perfect.
Those are the only ones I have tried.
I was afraid to try the Easyboot Trails because they look like Old Macs, but maybe they if they are the same material as they Easyboots they are fine. Easycare makes all of the boots you mentioned (except Cavallos) so I don't know if the materials are the same or not. I have not heard of anyone else having the old Macs cracking though, so maybe I just got a bad set. But at the price of the Old Macs, they should be wayyyy more durable than that. Epics are harder to kill, for me anyway. :lol:
I think boots are kind of like saddles in that everyone has a preference of features they like and dislike and some work better for some people/horses than others. I don't think there is a right or wrong answer, just finding the boots with the features that work the best for you. That's why I said try one set before you buy two sets, just in case you say "boot xyz is a bear, maybe I will try boot y." :wink:
That is a good idea. I'm not afraid to try something for awhile...sell it on ebay...and try something else. I love the idea of how easy the velcro sounds. So far I've heard only one or two people complain about mud getting in the velcro and stopping it from working. I'm thinking a good hose down should fix that? The horses were trimmed today and I measured them...I'm comparing measurements to size charts right now. :)
My friend just got the new EasyBoot glove and they both slipped off within minutes despite a tight fit.
I have Cavallo Sport Boots. They do spin around a little because my horse is between sizes, but they do stay on. The sport boot is for a move oval shaped hoof while the simple boot is for rounder hooves. Both work great. Just get the snuggest fit you can if you buy Cavallos. Most horses wear size 2.
If they are still muddy when I get home, I usually soak them in a bucket for a few minutes and then hose them off and they come out nice and clean.
PS. I've never lost an Easyboot Epic that even remotely fit well. I have been surprised at how much I can get away with- using a size for one horse on another, etc. But both of my horse's front feet take about a size 2 Easyboot, so I got lucky with that. The only time I have one slip off was when I was using the size 2's that I bought for the fronts on the rears, and they were probably 2 sizes too big so they slipped off going up a hill. But even then the gaiter kept them on my horse's pasterns so I never actually "lost" the boot. I noticed it came off when my horse started walking funny!
My trimmer recommends either the easyboot epic or the cavallo sport. My horse was 100% sound on anything until I had a new farrier trim her(I moved her from my house to my lesson barn and had the farrier there trim her) after watching him do other horses the other day I saw him rasping their soles, which is probably why she is sore on rocks now. So I got a barefoot trimmer to do her hoping that would fix the problem, but i guess only time will help her build that callous up again so I'm buying a pair of epics until then, I will let you know how I like them when I get them!
With cavalo it depends on the shape of your hoof on which boot will fit. If the hoof is wider than long than the sport will not fit
I have Easyboot gloves - One pair each for my two Arabs. They don't 'need' them - I bought them as there are rides I want to go on where barefoot is not allowed, and I refuse to shoe my horses for one ride.
But I love them. Easy to use, light, not bulky. Neither horse even noticed they were there.
But valid concern regarding trimming - I trim my own.
I have Easy Boot Gloves but I do trim my own horse. I was riding today and walked Biscuit over rocks and he shied away from, of all things, a cinderblock on the ground. We went about 25 yards and he started acting goofy like he was shying from something. I got him to settle down and went into the woods where he stumbled. I looked down and his Easy Boot Glove was around his fetlock twisted backwards. He has gone over some really rocky areas in these boots without any trouble and bam! It came off today. First time I have had any trouble. I like the EBG. They work nicely for me. Biscuit wears a 1.5 size and they fit fairly well.
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