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    01-29-2013, 02:04 AM
I'll take them tomorrow lol.
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    01-29-2013, 09:38 AM
Green Broke
My experience with glue on rubber shoes was they were a huge pain in the butt. Now some of that could have been the horse in question (rescue with horrible feet and the glue ons were an attempt to help protect the walls, which chipped and cracked if you so much as looked at them), but those shoes were always coming off. The owner eventually started using boots as they would at least stay on some of the time!

There are some people who endurance around here using the glue-on gloves and they seem to have more success, but the application process is certainly complicated and the boot is then on all the time.

I have uses Easyboot epics and more recently the gaitered gloves as my just-in-case flat tire fix on trail. The epics are entertaining to get on, thus my changing to the gloves. Haven't lost a shoe on trail yet with Dream since changing (*knock on wood*), but George lost one and happily went another 6 miles over rocky trail and it stayed put beautifully.

And just as a side question, you keep talking about aluminum shoes.. Is there a reason you would use aluminum versus the normal steel shoe? Aluminum is pretty soft and is going to wear a lot more than steel would over any sort of rough terrain.
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    01-29-2013, 09:57 AM
Yeah I figured the glue on ones come off easy. And it seems like a pain in the butt because don't you have to completely clean the hoof so the glue will stick? Well I know aluminum is a lot lighter than steel. Does that matter when conditioning? The flexible shoes seem like they'd absorb the most shock but as someone said, rocks can still find their way in. :/. Would shoes be a good temporary thing until I can find the right boots?
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    01-29-2013, 10:21 AM
You have to trim differently for boots and shoes.... I'm not sure if there would be a period where you'd have to let the hoof change shape in between pulling the shoes and being able to fit the boots properly.
    01-29-2013, 10:25 AM
I wish there was just an easy answer! Lol. His feet grow nice barefoot so with boots I would be insane to not buy a rasp and have my farrier teach me how to do it. Would probably save me time and money that way. How long does it usually take horses to get used to boots?
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    01-29-2013, 10:40 AM
What about these? Order Soft-Ride Boots
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    01-29-2013, 10:51 AM
Wait ignore that those are rehab boots. Oops.
Cavallo boots look really easy and I read good reviews. Anyone here use them?
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    01-29-2013, 10:59 AM
I reommend starting a new thread for that
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    01-29-2013, 12:31 PM
Green Broke
Originally Posted by hisangelonly    
I wish there was just an easy answer! Lol. His feet grow nice barefoot so with boots I would be insane to not buy a rasp and have my farrier teach me how to do it. Would probably save me time and money that way. How long does it usually take horses to get used to boots?
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Other than having the boot on for 3 seconds for fitting, Dream never wore a boot until the first time she pulled a shoe on-trail (about 5 miles into our first 100 - go figure!). I applied the boot and on we went. I never noticed her have any issue with it, and we did about 9 miles to the hold.

Maybe if your horse doesn't deal well with its feet normally (are they weird about mud or anything like that?) s/he might need some time to adjust.. But assuming the boots fit, I would just slap them on and go.
    01-29-2013, 12:35 PM
My Arab, "Corporal" (1982-2009, RIP) was the same way--shoes were wasted on his feet. I would also suggest studs or borium. Your farrier can melt the borium directly on the shoes before nailing them on. The only horses that shouldn't, IMO, have borium are those QH's who like to plant their feet and turn on them bc they might pull a tendon. Shouldn't be a problem for your Arab, and his "happy feet."

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