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    07-07-2010, 04:42 PM
Hoof boots

For those that use them, what kind? Would you recommend them? Why or why not? Any other tips about buying or fitting?

I'm thinking I may buy some and not sure what to go w/.
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    07-07-2010, 04:49 PM
Are those the same thing as bell boots? If they are, horses wear them who clip the back of their front "heels". People put them on in the pasture and when working them.
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    07-07-2010, 06:38 PM
No, I'm talking like EasyBoots.
    07-07-2010, 09:35 PM
I like Easyboot Epics the very best out of the ones I've tried. I've put lots and lots of mileage on them and have worn out a couple of sets. I occasionally have to replace a cable or patch a "gaiter" (the thing that wraps around the pastern) but really I have been very happy with them.

Others I have tried:

Old Macs (the original style). I bought them from Easycare and the soles started cracking after only two rides in the rocks (I only boot for rocky rides). So I sent them back and got them replaced with Epics.

Easyboot Bare- I thought they were difficult to get on and off, so I replaced the bungee system with cables, essentially turning them into Epics. I also think they have less traction than the Epics and I feel like my horse is more likely to slide in loose rocks.

Easyboot Gloves- I've tried the "fit kit" and they didn't fit my horse's front hooves well at all, so I returned the fit kit and bought Epics instead. My horse has wide feet, and he wears a breakover pattern in the toes. The gloves are made for a round toe, not one with a squarish breakover like my Mustang.

So yeah, I like the Epics!

I've never tried the Cavallos Simple boots, but they looks A LOT like Old Macs, and after trying Old Macs, I figure I would break them, lol!

If you haven't already been to EasyCare's website, go there. They make nearly every boot available on the market, so there is info and comparisons of all the boots there.

I usually only boot the fronts on my horses, and I usually only boot for riding in rocks. But when I do use them, they are a Godsend for barefoot horses.
    07-07-2010, 11:10 PM
I just use plain easyboots occasionally. They work well for me.
    07-07-2010, 11:28 PM
My friend has recently started using the SimpleBoots, and thinks they are great. There must be some other users locally, as I've several times come across bootprints while hiking (some miles from trailheads).
    07-07-2010, 11:34 PM
Well, I don't have them, but started looking into them recently. I was all about getting the Easyboot Gloves, after reading some great reviews on another post here. But, my BO and anoother friend had seen the Cavallos, and read very good reviews on them. I had heard they wear pretty quickly, and for the price, they shouldn't! So, after looking to see what the warranty was, and finding NOTHING, I called the company-twice, lefft messages.......no returned call. If they cannot even call back when they don't even HAVE my $$ yet, what will it be like when they do? Think I will stick to the Easyboots, altho I do understand they can be difficult to fit properly.
    07-08-2010, 12:13 AM
I've used the regular easyboot. The Epics, The Bares, and now the Gloves.

I've tore off buckles, broke cables, broke bungies, and tore gaiters If you are going to ride in mountains, You will need to occassionally repair these boots.

I found the gloves are the easiest to put on. They stay on pretty well. But I still lose a boot occassional at a canter or gallop. Especially if there is any twisting or turning involved.

I don't ride in arenas. So I can't speak for that kind if riding. I try not to use them any more than I have to. But sometimes 2-3 days in the rocks require some boots.
    07-08-2010, 12:33 AM
Thanks for all the feedback! Very helpful, I was actually leaning towards the Easyboot Epics, but will look into the Gloves to. I will be using them ALOT!

What is the EasyCare's website?
    07-08-2010, 03:02 AM
My trainer uses Easycare Easyboots. They're really simply fit and put on. She only uses them when horses have lost a shoe or when their hooves are cracked.

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