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post #1 of 22 Old 09-08-2019, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Talking boots or glue-ons

Hi there.
My name is Will and this is my first post here on this forum.
We (my wife and I) live in the middle of British Columbia, Canada and we are working on our idea/dream to crisscross Canada, (make it a ten year during trip as we think now) with a team of draft (draught) horses pulling a modified caravan. We are in our mid fifties now and hope to get going when I hit early sixty.
Anyway, that is the story in short.
Now, obviously I have a question about boots and/or glue on shoes.
I'm not a farrier nor do I have the training for it. (So, think about this when you answer my question or comment about it)
The reason I would like to know more about these things is that I think using either one of these type of footwear instead of the nailed on shoes, would be handier and maybe even better in the long run.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not against shoeing, (hot or cold) of horses. I've worked with drafts back in the day when I was a few years younger (lol) so I'm not one of the few that think it hurts a horse when you nail the shoes on.
Anyway, to come back to the reason I'm posting this, is there anyone that have any experience with the "take-on/take-off" boots or the ones you can glue on?
What I would like to know how durable either one of them would be with our little trip in mind.

Cheers, Will.
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post #2 of 22 Old 09-08-2019, 03:58 PM
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I have not used glue on shoes, and everybody who has has not had good experience with them staying on. I would start trying out boots now, because some work better for some horses than others, some are just no good. Your horses feet do have to be trimmed regularly though for boots to fit properly. Most folks that have done what you have done, plan their stops where a farrier was to get their horses feet done. Where in BC are you? I am in the southern interior, Cariboo.
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The lady who does our barefoot trimming also trims the police horses here. She says that to prevent excess hoof wear (because they are ridden on pavement all the time) they use boots. I don't know about glue-on shoes, but apparently regular shoes can be quite slick on pavement.
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post #4 of 22 Old 09-08-2019, 04:15 PM
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Will you be trimming/balancing as you go?
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post #5 of 22 Old 09-08-2019, 04:40 PM Thread Starter
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Will you be trimming/balancing as you go?
Yep, that is the plan. Have no trouble doing that on the horses we have now, so with our future draft horses should not be a problem either.
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I have not used glue on shoes, and everybody who has has not had good experience with them staying on. I would start trying out boots now, because some work better for some horses than others, some are just no good. Your horses feet do have to be trimmed regularly though for boots to fit properly. Most folks that have done what you have done, plan their stops where a farrier was to get their horses feet done. Where in BC are you? I am in the southern interior, Cariboo.
We live in Vanderhoof, so just a few hours north of you then.
As far as "planning" the stops when there is a farrier, that sounds nice, but that wouldn't work because that means you still have to have some sort of a travel schedule and that is just one thing we don't want.
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Glue on shoes are a pain to put on and you'd have to get lucky enough to find a farrier where ever you are stopped that has the skill and experience to put them on. If you don't prep the foot right and apply them well, they won't stay on.
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post #8 of 22 Old 09-08-2019, 05:42 PM
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You are 420 km north of me! I am in 100 Mile House. If I were you, I would be fitting the drafts boots now and see their sizes are readily available in suitable styles. Plus you will need spares as well. I'm sure you will be conditioning horses to do a trip like that, condition them with boots. I have one horse I trail ride, after a trim I will boot him until he toughens up in a day or two as I live on a gravel road and have travel on it to the trailhead. As for working my show horses in an arena, nope, impedes their movement, a novice probably wouldn't notice but I do.
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post #9 of 22 Old 09-09-2019, 02:58 AM
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I found this link recently which details several different type of hoof boots used on a 32 day trip. It might be helpful information for you.
https://riverearth.com/the-hoof-boot...I#.XSbbaOtKh0x
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post #10 of 22 Old 09-09-2019, 08:51 AM
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I have not used glue on's but have used full coverage Steward Clogs and near full coverage Ground Control. I personally have not liked what I've seen after pulling the shoes in 4 weeks or less. And that was with using various strategies to combat thrush.


I would go with boots. The horses can be kept trimmed and balanced without waiting four weeks when doing the trimming oneself.


As far as wear, that could add up, but the expense and inconvenience of meeting a farrier schedule would be avoided.


If I were planning a trip like that, and it sure sounds like an adventure, I would use Ground Control plastic shoes attached to the bottom of boots. They outwear steel at least 2:1 and only costs about $11 each.


My horse has been in boots on the fores 24/7 for almost a year with Steward Clogs attached to the bottom. Ground Controls could be attached jut as well.


I have used 4 different brands of boots. The two favorite, both of which I currently use, are Scoot Boots and Renegades. I'm not sure if either of those have a size for a draft foot. Most brands would probably stay on well with a draft horse just walking.


The next boots I buy will be Easyboot Fury Heart. Similar to Scootboots but look to be an improvement. But again, doubting either have a draft size.


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