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post #11 of 22 Old 09-09-2019, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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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
Thanks for the link. I've read this article too, sorry, forgot to mention it. I found it because of another guy that (used?) to travel through the US with his team (wagonteamster.com) and he mentioned this in one of his blogs.
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post #12 of 22 Old 09-09-2019, 10:00 AM Thread Starter
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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.


What a plan!!
Thanks also for your reply. I will have a "look-see" about these boots.
And yeah, we are already enthusiastic about our plan. We have a little sheepfarm which our oldest daughter decided she wanted to take over
and that was one problem solved. Now we can start working towards a clearer picture of our plan.
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I'm not sure what time of year you'll be traveling but I know if it's cold the glue on's have issues setting. A few friends tried to use them for our fall endurance rides (they are experienced with glue ons) and lost all of them within the first few miles because the glue couldn't set right in the cold. (I'm in MN). I would worry about that if you plan on traveling during the spring or fall.
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post #14 of 22 Old 09-09-2019, 11:35 AM
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Cant answer to the boots or glue on shoes. However when you get your drafts, make sure that they don't have to have a shoeing stock to work on their feet. You don't want to be on the road and need to pick out a foot and cant get them to hold it up, cause they are trained to stocks. Im sure your aware since you said you had previous experience with drafts, just food for thought.
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post #15 of 22 Old 09-09-2019, 12:21 PM Thread Starter
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Cant answer to the boots or glue on shoes. However when you get your drafts, make sure that they don't have to have a shoeing stock to work on their feet. You don't want to be on the road and need to pick out a foot and cant get them to hold it up, cause they are trained to stocks. Im sure your aware since you said you had previous experience with drafts, just food for thought.
I'll make sure that, when I buy these puppies, I can pick up their feet and hold them there without having to use some big clumsy holder in order to put on the boots. Have to do it every day anyway when using a hoofpick to see if they are free of debris and things. But thanks for the advice.
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post #16 of 22 Old 09-09-2019, 12:24 PM Thread Starter
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I'm not sure what time of year you'll be traveling but I know if it's cold the glue on's have issues setting. A few friends tried to use them for our fall endurance rides (they are experienced with glue ons) and lost all of them within the first few miles because the glue couldn't set right in the cold. (I'm in MN). I would worry about that if you plan on traveling during the spring or fall.
We are planning on travelling about nine months of the year, maybe be stationary during the colder part of the year like December through February. (Yes, I know, it can be a bit nippy at times up here, rofl.)
But already leaning towards the boots more then glue-ons.
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post #17 of 22 Old 09-13-2019, 02:48 PM
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Glue on do have a bad wrap for not staying on. I've only used them on very young horses I show in halter, and I have had the fall off with not much wear or use. I have driven teams for years both just personal because I love it and for commercial carriage rides. It is law to use nail on rubber shoes in my area of Southern California. However they do not last long with regular walking and pulling a wagon or carriage.
I think your trip sounds amazing would love to see a picture of you team and caravan. If I were lucky enough to do what your doing I would have them shod regular with boreum( I may have spelled that wrong) . I would get a couple boots in case I lost a shoe so I could get to an area that I could find a farrier. It would also help you in case you couldn't find a draft shoe, the boreum will make your shoes last for a bunch of resets. And prevents them from being slick they will have a good grip on cement and assault.
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post #18 of 22 Old 09-16-2019, 11:56 AM
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I'd look into the traction a boot could provide. If I am not mistaken there are those that have used them in endurance races like the Tevis Cup so to me that would say something to explore that could free you from having a shoe. Borium would be something to consider though if you go that route as it would help with traction on certain surfaces.
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post #19 of 22 Old 09-16-2019, 12:33 PM
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The OP's planned trip is to start in10 years. From the constant improvements I've seen in just the last 5 years, no telling what will be available in 10 years.
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post #20 of 22 Old 09-17-2019, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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The OP's planned trip is to start in10 years. From the constant improvements I've seen in just the last 5 years, no telling what will be available in 10 years.
Nope, just a little correction, we want to start in about 4 to 5 years and make the trip last about 10 years, at least. Hope I haven't broken a hip by then.
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