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post #1 of 8 Old 07-06-2020, 03:45 AM Thread Starter
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Flared Hoof and Boots

Hi all,

I’ve just sent photos away to a manufacturer for sizing on my Standardbred’s hooves, only to be told they do not recommend boots for flared feet.

Has anyone had similar experiences or had issues with boots and flared hooves before?

My farrier did say she is flat footed and recommended boots for further traction so I’m unsure of the next steps.
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Hi, depends which boots, to a degree. Some are more or less problematic. Typically 'high profile' ones like easyboot Trails are better for this, as you can fasten the top to the contour of the wall. Some, like easyboot gloves, are just not suitable at all for distorted feet.

Depends also what sort of riding you do and whether you care the boots will likely be too big shortly, when the flares are dealt with. If you're 'only' trail riding at slow paces, imperfect for isn't a huge issue.

Depends whether your horse is sore in the paddock, on grass & arena, or just on rough ground, as to whether you might want boots now, or wait 2 - a few trims for flares to be well enough addressed.

So, if you could answer those Q's, then could give you some more specific advice.
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Thanks @loosie .

The pics show her hooves 14 days after her last trim. We are looking at doing some multi day hikes on the BNT and are looking at boots as an alternate to traditional shoeing. We have Scoot Boots for our other gelding and this was the manufacturer who could not size her.

She is fine in the paddock and it isn't until we reach rocky ground that she shows a little discomfort. She is a OTT rescue who has 'pancake' feet too so our farrier recommended boots for a little more stick on the trail.

I've just found Hoof Boots Australia who allow movement for growth with a new adjustable system that might work.
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What manufacturer did you send pics to?

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If I read right it was whomever makes ScootBoots.

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We had no luck with Scootboots. Flared feet or not. We had test boots sent and our mare is extremely flat footed from years of chronic founder and the boots just never fit. We use easyboot epics with great success
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I missed that they were Scootboots.


The USA Scootboot person said they could be returned if absolutely new--no scratches at all. She said to put the foot in a plastic shopping bag with the horses hoof on a piece of carpet.


That was good advice as the sizes recommended to me were really off. I returned for what I 'eyeballed' should fit based on what I received. I was lucky, they did fit.


With a flared hoof, I would think the flare would extend a little at the side openings and help the boot to stay on.


If I had followed the advice of the rep in Australia, I'd have had to send another pair back.


I would measure the horse's feet that use Scootboots and check the size and make an informed guess at what the other horse needed and order and check fit.


I've had great luck with Scootboots. My foundered horse has been wearing them 24/7 for 1 1/2 years and never lost a boot.

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Yeah Scoots, while good for many, are ones that, due to little ability for adjustment/fastening, don't tend to work well for feet that aren't well shaped & maintained.

Hoof Boots Australia have many different types & info on the boots they sell, to get a good idea. Also Easycare Downunder have a large range, and there's a section with info on comparing different boots for different applications/hoof form. You can use this info to help you work out whether other brand boots will work, not just Easycare ones. But I think the ones you're talking about on the Hoofboots Aus. site that are really adjustable may be the new Easycare Furies. Look great, haven't tried them myself yet, so can't tell you first hand tho.

If you're looking at full day(or more) hikes, something like Trails, Cavello, Fusion etc probably won't work, as the 'high profile' ones, esp if not perfectly fit, have a tendency to rub, if on for long periods - they're more for your 'low mileage' rider. Also, depending which area of the BNT, much of it is rather... precipitous and gnarly country, so while you might be going slow, you'll want decent boots to hold up. I'd strongly consider Epics, as another good possibility - you can buy them to fit the flared feets now, do the wire/clasp up tightly, and there should also be room enough that while not ideal, when the flares have been dealt with, you can put thicker pads in the boots to keep them tighter, so they should still do for easier riding. Renegades are another which I think would work well, though I haven't actually used them on flared hooves, but I think they should tighten well enough. Just not sure how they'd go if much too big, as for when the flares are dealt with.
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