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post #1 of 13 Old 03-10-2020, 12:38 AM Thread Starter
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Horse boot recommendations

Looking for advice on horse boots- never used them but I have a situation where Im probably going to have to take my mares front shoes off(shes only had fronts on since I got her) and I dont know much about them. She has pretty small feet for a quarter horse and other than some arena tune up when I first get on shes used only for trails. Trails are your average woodsy paths, some areas of mud after rain, and a little bit of hard surface road riding in between these.....She will be very ouchy on the harder surface and forget about any areas of gravel or rocks( think barn driveway) so I really need to know what yall use and like.
Its not my choice to pull her shoes, but if anyone has seen my threads before you know Im dealing with a nightmare fencing issue in the pastures where I board and Im not willing to take any more chances of her pawing a shoe and getting caught( happened twice in 4 months) because so far Ive been lucky that shes avoided serious injury with only losing the shoe both times. Thanks for your help!
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I've heard really good things about renegades and I loved both the easyboot originals and trail boots for my quarter horse mare.

I'd probably recommend the originals or renegades for any mud and better traction.

Here's a pic of my girl in her easyboot trails which are probably the clunkiest of the three but they worked really well for walk trot.

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post #3 of 13 Old 03-10-2020, 02:32 AM
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There are a fair few brands & types of boot out there these days, which are great, depending on your horse, your management, etc. So first & foremost, you need to measure your horse's newly trimmed hooves, before looking at which brands/types will suit her hoof form & size - some suit different conformations. Then look at how much riding you do, how often you trim etc, as some are not so suitable for say, endurance miles, but are perfectly fine for 20+kms a week riding for eg. Some, like Gloves are GREAT IMO, but only if you're trimming frequently/can 'brush up' between farrier visits, because without a fastening system, they need to fit tightly & pretty near perfectly.
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loosie gives great advice, again.
Fit is paramount to using and not soring the horse or losing the boots.


I have Easyboot Back Country and the Easyboot Trail.
Luckily my horses wear the same size boot so I can choose if only taking one horse out to ride which boot to use.
Both have a similar base, but the height of the "sock" is different on mine and that means a bit different in coverage of the hoof and surrounding structures.
I like both boots equally and have ridden through sand, dirt, mud, water both ankle deep and chest deep {no idea what bottom was like to step on} and not lost a boot.
I find they are easy to put on as they open wide..

They are not cheap as price is for each individual item, but...that also allows me to order different sizes if I need to for optimum fit too.
For me, to purchase my boots was not as ridiculous as for others.

Front shoes, trim behind is $165 every 5 weeks ...
Now with boots my horse is comfortable no matter the trail surface with just a trim of his hooves done which is $35 per horse...
After one "no-shoes needed cycle" my boots are paid for.


I have not used or tried any other brand.
My farrier recommended this brand for the fit, shape of my horses hooves and the style of riding we do he said would be a great choice.

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post #5 of 13 Old 04-07-2020, 01:17 PM Thread Starter
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Ok shoes are off my girl and it’s evident she is not comfortable.....so I’m ready to bite the bullet. I am a low mileage trail rider, some arena work to keep her pleasure gaits tuned up, but basically on-site light riding 3, 4 hours a week. I’m finding so many mixed reviews on some of the boots mentioned- great, not so great, slip off, Velcro didn’t last etc.
I had my farrier measure her last week and she’s falling under a size 2 in easy boot sizing. Will need to order something soon, I miss riding and I know she’s not happy! Thank you all for your suggestions and comments, just have to figure out what would do best under for our needs.
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Is she uncomfortable all of the time or just when riding?

I have horses in shoes, I have horses that do boots. My horses who are used the most/have sensitive feet get shoes. My horses who have great feet get boots if it is really rocky or they're riding on gravel or other things that might make them hurt.

I usually like Renegades the best but I have Easyboot gloves for my mare (she has super dinky feet and I came across tiny sizes for her for cheap) that she likes a lot. I tried Scoot Boots and I wasn't a fan of the quality or the fit although @egrogan has had success with them.
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I had written on another post my issue with my horse pawing the fence. I’m at a boarding barn and she kept pulling her shoes off so rather than risk a bad outcome I had her shoes pulled last week. Not my choice really, she’s had shoes for 20 years, but I can’t get out of my barn until summer so I’m having to make the best of it. Yes, very ouchy. Even in her paddock/pasture which has some dirt clods from all the dried mud leftover from the weeks of rain we had. She does have what I would call a small hoof for an average sized horse.... I looked online at the glove boot and I kept coming back to the easy rides. There’s the trail and there’s the original, I’m not sure what the difference is unless the trail is just an updated version. I was all ready to buy but you know, you read a couple of neg. reviews about a piece of tack and it makes me go look at another option. One thing I don’t have is a lot of $$$- I can spring for something basic and comfortable for the horse that will do the job, just reviews about material and Velcro that made me hold off. Of course, I really only do light riding so I won’t be scaling any rough terrain, but there are low areas where I ride, which means mud, and I just wondered if being exposed to muddy trails every time wears out the stitching. Would always wash them off after a ride so I’m probably overthinking things!
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If you plan on letting her wear them in the pasture I would not get the easy boot trails/original, make sure you're taking them off and cleaning out her foot and letting it dry out though if you plan to leave them on. They're not very sturdy and they're very bulky. If it was just for real casual riding they would probably be okay but I would definitely get something of better quality if you wanted her to wear them more often. I've left Renegades and gloves on in the pasture when a horse throws a shoe and not had an issue. The Fury would also be an option but I haven't heard great things about their quality yet (they're new). If you're on Facebook there's used hoof boot groups where you might be able to save some money on a slightly used pair, I've bought most of my boots used. Ebay occasionally has options as well.
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I use Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots and they work really well for my TB mare. They did rub ever so slightly so I use the Cavallo socks with them and they fit perfectly and dont rub

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Is she uncomfortable all of the time or just when riding?

I have horses in shoes, I have horses that do boots. My horses who are used the most/have sensitive feet get shoes.
Good question. That also can matter, as some boots are more or less appropriate for wearing long term &/or adding padding, should you need it.

And while I'm not dead against fixed shoes, if they have sensitive feet, something's not right, so I'd be LESS inclined to put shoes on them. I'd not generally use conventional steel rims, esp if they're on often/long term or ridden on hard ground, but something like Eponas or Easyshoes are good.
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