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post #1 of 19 Old 04-01-2014, 10:34 AM Thread Starter
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Hoof boots??

My horse doesn't need shoes. She does have really hard feet but occasionally I would like to ride her down dirt roads that are a little rocky. I saw hoof boots online and saw that had Trail hoof boots. Does any one use these or know anything about them? I am wondering if they would be a good option for us.
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post #2 of 19 Old 04-01-2014, 10:42 AM
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Most of my friends and I use hoofboots on our barefooted horses when we ride on rocky trails. There are lots of brands available,and like anything else, you will find pros and cons of every brand. I have the Renegade boots that my farrier sized for me and showed me the techniques to put them on and fasten them correctly after I had trouble with them coming off while riding. My friends trailed thru deep mud and creeks without any problems, and one of them was using Renegade, with no problems. Now that I know how to put them on right, I hope to have better success with them. Here in Tn. , a lot of trails are too rocky for going barefoot if your horse lives on soft pasture, it can bruise their feet.

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post #3 of 19 Old 04-01-2014, 10:47 AM
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We use Cavallo Sport boots on our horses when we go trail riding. I show Fiona and while she has tough hooves, I learned after a couple of unexpected rocky terrain and many chipped hooves later... They're a great investment :)

Fiona is right on the edge of a size 5 and a size 6 is too large, so I have to carry a rasp with me to trail rides "just" in case she's flared out some since her trim.

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post #4 of 19 Old 04-01-2014, 03:15 PM
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I like the easy boot gloves with the gators and power straps. Im looking at getting new ones now. Im interested in the renegades but don't know much about them.
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post #5 of 19 Old 04-01-2014, 03:25 PM
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I second Renegades. LOVE THEM.
Whatever brand you go with make sure you follow their measuring guidelines. Each company is different and you can of go by horse shoe size.
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post #6 of 19 Old 04-01-2014, 03:30 PM
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I have EasyBoots Trail for my TB mare. I don't use her for hard rides, but they've worked well for our trail rides so far and that includes bogging through mud. Easy to get on and off. Not sure if I would trust them to stay on for more extreme rides, but a couple hour ride they are great.

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I looked into hoof boots for my mare when she started chipping her hooves. She has soft feet, but we're always out riding somewhere rocky or hard (We're surrounded by lava rocks and sagebrush where I live)
After pricing a set of four hoof boots (ouch!) I decided to look into alternatives: all I usually end up doing is keeping her hooves conditioned and filing down cracks and minor chips before they get worse. It works fine for pretty much all everyday and rough trail riding.

If keeping her hooves conditioned and strong is enough, you should be fine without boots if you don't want to spend that much money for something you won't use very often. The only change I would make is aiming her for less rocky parts when you go trail riding. Works fine for my mare, with a few exceptions :)

However, if you do feel that you want to purchase boots for your horse, you can also get just front or just back boots if she's worse on a certain side (my mare is always worse on the front).
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I use Easyboot Epics all summer long for rocky trail rides. (I want to try Renegades though).

But just as important, as someone else mentioned, is keeping their feet rasped. If you round the edges, chipping rarely ever happens and small chips do no harm. I don't boot because of chipping. Rasping the edges (look up "Mustang roll") takes care of that.

I boot so my horses don't get gimpy in the rocks. And for my guys, the boots work GREAT. I only have to boot the front feet. The backs are usually fine. I basically never boot the backs, I don't even have boots for my horses back feet. So really, I would venture to guess, that most people only need to buy boots for the fronts, unless you have a super sensitive horse or are doing endurance or something like that.


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I looked into hoof boots for my mare when she started chipping her hooves. She has soft feet, but we're always out riding somewhere rocky or hard (We're surrounded by lava rocks and sagebrush where I live)
After pricing a set of four hoof boots (ouch!) I decided to look into alternatives: all I usually end up doing is keeping her hooves conditioned and filing down cracks and minor chips before they get worse. It works fine for pretty much all everyday and rough trail riding.

If keeping her hooves conditioned and strong is enough, you should be fine without boots if you don't want to spend that much money for something you won't use very often. The only change I would make is aiming her for less rocky parts when you go trail riding. Works fine for my mare, with a few exceptions :)

However, if you do feel that you want to purchase boots for your horse, you can also get just front or just back boots if she's worse on a certain side (my mare is always worse on the front).
You can buy hoof boots used. If you want the name of an email list, PM me for it (not allowed to post that kind of thing publically).
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