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post #1 of 10 Old 07-06-2020, 10:57 PM Thread Starter
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Regular easyboot reviews?

Has anyone used just regular old easyboots? Not the gloves or the epics, but the ones that clamp down on the hoof wall.

I'd like a boot just to protect his feet from driveway gravel the first week after a trim. Most of the time it's not an issue, but I might be doing some trail riding soon on flat ground, with occasional rocky stretches.

His feet are very healthy with a good slightly longer than wide shape, no flares or asymmetry to be found. I'm sure he'd fit into a lot of commercially available boots, but the lack of pastern fastenings on the regular easyboots means I don't have to worry about rubbing. Not that he's particularly prone to rubs, but it's one less thing for me to worry about.
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I've been afraid to try plain old Easyboots because I wouldn't want to loose a $50 boot. I've tried some of the old, old easyboots (where the rubber goes over the hoof bulbs) and they were so hard to get off, I swear I was going to have to cut them off each time I used them. I ended up trimming the rubber down with scissors. Those type aren't even available anymore, I found them used at a swapmeet.

Don't worry about the "gaiters" on the easyboot epics rubbing. They don't rub, they are pretty good. But I got tired of using a mallet to get them on (2's are apparently a little small, 3's too large for my mare).

So I now used Easyboot trails. I actually LOVE them. So easy to get on and off! But they do get a little gravel in them without the sock-like apparatus they want you to buy with them. I just improvised some thin leather with velcro to keep the rocks out and that works great for me. It's worth it not to have to deal with cables, hoof-picks and mallets. They say there is about a 20 or 25 mile a week limit due to possible rubbing, but I have not personally had a problem with it. I really don't ride over that amount a week anyway.
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They may work if you are only booting the front hooves. The issue with the regular easyboots is that they come off more easily than the other ones. However, if a horse has a normal hoof shape they can stay on fronts pretty well. For hind hooves I've never had luck keeping them on. If you're going faster than a walk or slow jog, you'll likely lose the regular easyboots on trail rides. They come off fairly easily if the terrain changes or the horse changes gaits.
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^I have used Epic shells(what you're calling 'regular' Easyboots). They have to have the... grippy strip(forget what it's called, with teeth) and be pretty firm to stay on well enough. And like above, I thought I'd have to cut them off, or the horses would live in them for ever after! Never did that again - took the grippy straps out, got some Epic gaiters and Bob's your aunt! I don't have a prob getting Epics on/off, don't find they're a prob staying on either, though I have them on the loose side. They're tight enough that I can't easily just put them on properly, without getting the horse to step down into the heel. My pony's hinds were a tad small for his Pony size boots - at the time, smallest on the market - and on a couple of occasions(between many, many rides), a hind came off when cantering because of it. And recently, Darcy's horse had a front Epic come off, because the cable broke(cost $6 to replace). In both cases, the boots weren't lost, because the gaiter kept them hanging around the pastern.

Why are you thinking of Easy's without gaiters OP? Cost or something else?
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Hate them. I did about 2-3 months trying to troubleshoot them with 3 of my horses for some basic trail riding at the walk occasional trot fitting them up and I lost so many boots. I talked with the company, did grip tricks and trims were perfect.

The easy boot trail is a bit better, but not super stable.

I like the easy boot cloud for slightly sore feet right after a trim for QUIET turnout.

But they really shouldn’t be sore after a trim.
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We use easy boot epics and love them. Scoot boots would not work for our mare and the Easy boot trails were too clumsy to gait in. The tighter the fit the better so we love it when they are hard to wedge off. We only use them on the fronts though
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These are the old, old style Easyboots like the ones I thought I would have to cut off my horse.........I ended up cutting mine down and they work okay:





Those are different from the Epic shells:




I think the Epic shells would work fine to get on and off except that I would be afraid of loosing a $50 boot.

But those top ones, I thought the horse would have to wear them off his feet. Those have metal "teeth" inside the boot, and man, they mean business. The new Easyboots (Epics and the like) have the rubber strap with ribbing, but not the aggressive metal teeth.

I just go so tired of cables and gaiters and mallets........moved on to Easyboot Trails. They have their imperfections too, but at least they are easy on/off. I needed a change.
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Another voice in agreement that the old school easyboots were almost impossible to get off once you got them on. They would not be my boot of choice unless I had no other option.

I have used epics and gloves and not had any issues with the rubbing, even on my super sensitive gelding (he wore one during a competition for almost 30 miles after losing a shoe and didn't so much as break a hair).
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Ah thanks for that clarification Trailhorse. I am under the assumption that old, original Easyboots have not been available for a long time, so we were talking of the Epic shells. And it's Epic shells that I had a prob with. Mind you, that was before I'd done a lot of experimenting with boots, when I bought them sized 'by the book', so they were also plurry tight fit!
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Ah thanks for that clarification Trailhorse. I am under the assumption that old, original Easyboots have not been available for a long time, so we were talking of the Epic shells. And it's Epic shells that I had a prob with. Mind you, that was before I'd done a lot of experimenting with boots, when I bought them sized 'by the book', so they were also plurry tight fit!

Yes, I think they are long discontinued. I guess I just felt like I would mention them. They are still around in people's tack rooms and old boxes of tack they are selling because I don't think they saw much use.


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