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    12-10-2011, 06:25 PM
I quit using the Epics when the Bares came out, I've since converted to Glove. Which has held up just as well as any of the buckled or cabled boots.

I seriously got tired of fixing cables and buckles. A trip up some of out rocky trailers destroyed the buckles in fast order.

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    12-10-2011, 08:26 PM
Green Broke
I thought the Bares were too hard to get on and off. I converted my pair to the buckle system.

I would have loved to have loved the Gloves, but they didn't fit the shape of my Mustang's hooves very well. He kind of rolls his toes and that left a funny gap in the front of the boot.

When I need another pair for my Fox Trotter I might try the Gloves again. She has more normal shaped hooves.

I have broken two buckles as well. I replaced them with a buckles from old boots and used cotter pins to hold them on.

That is why I save the old broken down boots. They might be good for parts.

Painted Horse, in the terrain you ride in, do you loose horseshoes as well? I know back when my horses where shod, I dreaded that sound of a shoe being stepped on and wrenched off. Ugh!
    12-10-2011, 08:46 PM
Green Broke
Trailhorse Rider - you get my vote as the chick to get the most out of her boots!!!! Wow!!!

I have had Biscuit's boot come off 3 times but the gaiter held. I did rip a gator but it was under warranty and they shipped me a new one.

I used my boots pretty much all summer long but we have had a drought here in Texas so not much mud to ride through.

I do know that everyone has different needs, terrain, hoof shapes, etc. so there is not one fix for everyone but I sure am glad that the option of boots is out there. They work like magic for me.
    12-10-2011, 11:33 PM
Rarely ever lost a shoe. Since I learned to trim my horses when I kept them barefoot, I have ventured into shoeing them myself. I put two sets of shoes on myself this year. Each set was left on for 8 weeks and I had one mare loose one shoe at 7 weeks. So I felt pretty good about my success. You are bound to wedge a shoe between some rocks and pry it off if you ride that rough stuff enough.

I'm fortunate that I ride with numerous folks who are very knowledgeable about hooves. One gal used to shoe for a living and now only does barefoot trims for her clients. A second fellow I ride with several times a year is a Vet and paid for his college by shoeing horses. He also has transitioned all his horses to barefoot and boots. A 3rd fellow that I see every fall up hunting is a farrier and has written several books and produced DVDs on shoeing. A 4th fellow joins me for 2-3 rides a summer, So I get some good advice from both barefoot experts and farriers during the riding season. At least they are looking at my horses feet and making sure I'm not ruining them.
    12-10-2011, 11:46 PM
Green Broke
Wow Painted Horse - that is terrific to have that kind of knowledge from riding buddies. Our vet is also a farrier and his son is a fireman and a farrier! My friend's hubby shoes their horses - been doing it for years but just his own horses. LOL I got him to do my former horse that I bought from them because he gripped every time I had Red shod. He fussed that it wasn't right...blah blah blah so I said " shoe him then and then if it is wrong you will be kvetching at yourself!!"

It is terrific that you have learned to shoe. One horse won't break the bank but if one has several horse - yikes!!! It gets expensive. My cousin shells out a fortune on her horses - she has 5. Some are shod - some are not.
    12-11-2011, 08:39 AM
Green Broke
I don't shoe my horse and ride my mare with easy boot epics.

They aren't perfect, and yes I've had a few problems. We usually day ride 10 to 15 miles a weekend. I've had the boots over a year and always ride with her in boots.

I've had a boot come off twice, but one time I had the boots on the wrong feet, so, I'll take the hit for that one. That time I tore off a gaiter.

Both times they came off while galloping. I've never lost one due to mud or trail conditions, and both times we were galloping on good flat trails. I haven't tried a pin through the buckles, but I think that might prevent the problem.

They're not the easiest to put on, and because of that I'm usually the last man up, something my military mind has a hard time dealing with. I don't like people waiting on me.

I find boots a very good alternative to shoes for the amount of riding I do. If I were riding every day then I'd have to think more about shoes.

I'm going to try a pair of Renegades next as I hear they're quicker and easier to get on and off.
    12-11-2011, 09:33 AM
Green Broke
Gunslinger, I am often the last person up - I am a little slow at tacking up so I know what you mean. I generally now put his boots on first! We sometimes haul to a local park and I have put them on before leaving so his boots are already on before I tack up which helps shave a little time.
    12-11-2011, 10:21 PM
I recently pulled my horse's hind shoes and am using boots for some surfaces until he's transitioned. I just got my Renegade boots this week and absolutely love them. They stay on via a flexible heel bulb area, not a velco ankle strap, so there's nothing tugging and rubbing on the horse's legs. Time will tell how well they last, but so far so good.
    12-13-2011, 03:01 AM
Green Broke
You know, I have seen several people mention/recommend Renegade Hoof Boots. I went and looked at their website and I kind of like the looks of them.

Are they as durable as the Epics/Easyboots?

Any downside to using them (besides cost)?

They look really simple to put on. That is appealing to me since I often have to use a mallet (or if I am out on the trail a rock) to tap the Epics into position.
    12-13-2011, 11:53 AM
The renegades are a good boot. Just a little expense and not as easy to buy. The EasyCare Easyboots are available online, at the local feed store, and most the local tack shops.

If you find the epics a little hard to put on, Buy some Easyboot Gloves. Much Much easier to put on, and they have stayed on just as if not better than the Epics I have used. IF you keep your horses trimmed up. The Gloves are not as tolerant of 8 week trimming cycles as the Epics are.

A trick I learned long ago. Push any of the boots on as far as they will go, Set the foot down and make the horse move his opposite feet. The Weight and twisting will push the toe down into the boot. In fact I usuallly slip one boot on as far as it will go. Set it down and pick up the other foot and slip it on as far as it will go. Set it down and push the hind quarters over so the front feet twist a little, maybe even ask the horse to step forward. Then pick up the fronts again and finish fastening the gaiters.

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