Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Kirkland, Arizona
• Horses: 0
I did the measurements right off the chart. When they were too large, I sent pictures with the boots on (hooves wrapped in shopping bag).
Was told if they were 5 regular to go to 5 slim. If 5 slim go to 4 regular. I went to 4 slim and they fit perfectly.
Figure on paying at least one extra shipping. With pads it would depend. The loops that go over the top of the bulbs should not be too too tight. Not really tight at all is best, just contact. So with pads the bulbs would be raised up. If the loops were too high already, the pads would make it better. I would like to use pads to tighten up the toe but his bulbs are fitting so well I fear pads might be a problem back there.
We are just walking on mostly soft ground and he's comfortable without pads. However, today we did try some rocks and I noticed just a few instances of gimpy. Not much, just a little. So I may try some pads yet just to see how the bulbs work out.
I did have the bottoms configured similar to Steward Clogs but have switched to Ramey's protocol where all hoof wall contact in the front half of the foot is removed with the sole bearing 100% of the weight. His past theory was that the repeated pressure/release in front of the pivot point pushed P3 back up into the hoof wall an infinitesimal amount with each step.
His theory was recently proved by independent research. He even returned a penetration to sound.
I want to recommend a book if you've not already heard of it. Any owner with a real interest in hooves will delight in it. Essential Hoof. It's my most prized book of all.
I think it important to always be mindful that the horse actually owes us nothing at all and it is we who owe the horse. "It's a goal"