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post #11 of 19 Old 04-01-2014, 11:58 PM
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I love my easy boot trails. They are inexpensive, easy to get on and off, fit nicely and I have ridden miles and miles in mine with little wear to the tread.

I considered going with renegades but they seemed a little expensive and harder to fit for my needs. I also wanted something that would still for at the end of my horses trimming cycle with little effort on my part. Seems with the renegades they are such a tight fit you have to rasp practically every time you use them.

The one and only issue I have had with the trails is one did turn a very minimal amount after a very hard gallop through a wet field. Other then that they have worked great for my needs.
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I considered going with renegades but they seemed a little expensive and harder to fit for my needs. I also wanted something that would still for at the end of my horses trimming cycle with little effort on my part. Seems with the renegades they are such a tight fit you have to rasp practically every time you use them.
I don't have that problem at all with Renegades, but Renegades will not suit horses whose feet aren't trimmed correctly (long toes, overgrown heels etc). I trim every 4-5 weeks. Also unlike the EZboots I had at first, they don't ever come off my horse, no matter how much mud or speed or water. Also find the Renegades much easier to put on, take off, and clean, and all the straps and wires are fully replaceable when they start to wear out. I've had my Renegades for three years and the shells are still excellent despite rough terrain. I think the joint in the boots that allows for movement with the horse's pastern is a piece of designing genius - it's where a lot of other boots that don't have it wear out.

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post #13 of 19 Old 04-02-2014, 07:36 AM
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There are a wide variety of good boots on the market now, namely Renegade & the Easycare range. No personal experience with Renegades but heard good stuff, *generally*. As Sue says, they - & virtually every other boot type - don't suit every hoof confo.

Renegades, Epics often don't work too well on seriously run forward feet, for eg. Gloves are great & easy, but as they have no fastening system, designed to stay on by a tight, perfect fit, they are a boot that will require you to trim more frequently(not per ride tho unless you only ride fortnightly or so!) and also horses hooves need to be in pretty good shape. Trails, Old Macs, etc, and the new Easycare Transition are designed to be much more 'forgiving' re hoof confo & also easier to use, but that's at the sacrifice of some 'pros' like low profile, etc. Fit is by far the major consideration in choosing, though most boots are a bit forgiving on that note. If your horse's hooves are wider than they are long, this can narrow your choices a fair bit, but Renegades, being able to be cut down, sound(no exp) like the most accommodating in that regard.

It's important therefore to look at the fit & the pros & cons of different boots before you rush in & buy. Easycare has lots of good info on the pros & cons & suitability of their different boots. Measure hooves fresh after a good trim, choose the closest fit/size of the boot/boots you're considering.
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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).

Rasping doesn't help if the issue ends up being tenderness in the sole, which is my mare's problem. And in the scheme of things boots aren't that expensive in terms of hoof care. Depending on what the farrier costs are where you live, one set of front boots is the equivalent of one or two shoeings, and the boots will last much longer.
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Rasping doesn't help if the issue ends up being tenderness in the sole, which is my mare's problem. And in the scheme of things boots aren't that expensive in terms of hoof care. Depending on what the farrier costs are where you live, one set of front boots is the equivalent of one or two shoeings, and the boots will last much longer.
Tenderness isn't a problem so much, like I said we ride on a lot of rough ground so her hooves are pretty resilient. The only time I had a problem with tenderness was when we were riding roadside a lot and the gravel was wearing her feet down too short.
I just have to watch for the cracking and chipping if/when she hits wrong--usually when we're galloping and she lands on a rock I didn't see.

The kind that are meant for rocky trail riding are anywhere between $60-100+ for one, and a full set of shoes where I live is only about $55-$75. A full set of hoof boots would be the equivalent cost of 2-4 riding seasons of full shoes.
Plus they are only meant to last a few hundred miles, where I ride at least 20 miles each trail ride, so I would wear them out in about 1-1 1/2 trail riding seasons.
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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).
That would be great :)
If I could find a set her size, it would probably be worth it :)
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I just have to watch for the cracking and chipping if/when she hits wrong--usually when we're galloping and she lands on a rock I didn't see.
You have to look out for rocks? And you can see them at a gallop?? If her feet are strong & healthy enough, if they're cracking, she's likely not being trimmed well, or appropriately for your environment. The walls may be too long for eg. 'Conditioning' if you mean topical, does nothing for health, but can effect cracks negatively, by encouraging infection, which is usually the reason if cracks won't go away despite appropriate trimming.

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The kind that are meant for rocky trail riding are anywhere between $60-100+ for one, and a full set of shoes where I live is only about $55-$75. A full set of hoof boots would be the equivalent cost of 2-4 riding seasons of full shoes.
Plus they are only meant to last a few hundred miles,
Of course, hoof boots aren't suitable or practical for every situation or horse. Boots generally should last MUCH longer than shoes & don't know what type you were looking at, but generally substantially more than a few 100 miles! If boots would cost the same as 2-4 riding seasons, based on 6 weekly shoeing(IMO generally too detrimental to go longer than that in shoes), that means you only ride for about 12 weeks of the year? I'm guessing if that's the case a set of boots would last for a decade or more. Depends on what sort of riding you do than miles too.
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Tenderness isn't a problem so much, like I said we ride on a lot of rough ground so her hooves are pretty resilient.
Sure SC, but people whose horses are paddocked on soft ground - especially moist, soft ground - and who then go riding in rocky areas, especially with pointy rocks, and go at more than a walk or jog, often get sole bruising issues with their horses, and therefore quite sensibly boot them for such trails. In such scenarios, rough ground can lead to (avoidable) damage, rather than just toughening up hooves.


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The kind that are meant for rocky trail riding are anywhere between $60-100+ for one, and a full set of shoes where I live is only about $55-$75. A full set of hoof boots would be the equivalent cost of 2-4 riding seasons of full shoes.
Plus they are only meant to last a few hundred miles, where I ride at least 20 miles each trail ride, so I would wear them out in about 1-1 1/2 trail riding seasons.
Now I really am confused. Say you pay $60 for a shoeing. Then your horse needs trimming and re-shoeing every 4-6 weeks - say 5, that makes it $600 a year for shoeing. Say you pay half that for trimming, if you don't trim yourself. You save $300 a year, which gets you a set of four new hoof boots, so that means you have parity even if your boots only last one season. Personally, mine have lasted three seasons and the shells are still good, I'm just replacing straps and wires.

Where I live we pay $100 for shoeing, and I can trim myself, so I'm way up with boots.
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Anyone try Cavallo Simple boots?

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