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Self-trimming: 3 years ago if anyone had suggested that I trim my own horses hooves, I would have looked at him/her wide-eyed. Say what? However, necessity makes us grow. :) If you ever find yourself needing to go down this road, know that, although you have to use your brain, it's not hard and can be done! There are Youtube videos and books, etc. Also, if you do weekly maintenance after a nice trim, it's not hard at all. You're mainly just rasping a small bit each time and following what the trimmer did. Over time you get more confident. Then, you can deal with issues like when they roll a bit chunk off of their hoof and you have to get the knife and rasp and even it up. Anyway, it is something that a mere mortal can do -- especially if done in conjunction with a good trimmer.

Reading all of this good advice is taking me back to when I went through this same process. Oh looking at boots after boots on the web gave me such headaches! What to do? Which one is right? Etc. I ended up with Renegades, because this is the one that the other barefoot-types around here ended up with. (I like them, but I won't pretend that I shopped around and tried others.)

I'm thinking that you may want to try a different brand/model than the Renegades for this round. I also think that you may want to go cheap(er) right now. My guy's feet really did change in size/shape as they went through the process of getting healthy. (And they changed again in weird ways during recovery from a lower limb injury.) I'm thinking that what you end up with right now, may not be what you end up with long-term. Therefore, I'm thinking that you should go less expensive and have fun trying some new model.
 

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Oh no. Gloves are not discontinued and never will be. They are easycare owner's and the public's favorite easycare boot.

I used the powerstrap in the past. It is only needed with a long toe or the wrong size boot.

Nice picture of the buckles on the Renegades. I considered doing that when I had Renegades. I have put D-Ring buckles on the gloves when the Velcro becomes shaky.

Agreed that boots are for good on trail footing. Hondo was so much better with the Ground Controls in confidence. He studies the ground much more closely when negotiating difficult obstacles with boots. The Ground Controls really helped get Hondo's foot in better balance with a set back break over. But they just cover a lot of the foot and until he is 100% free any and all possible infections no matter how slight he will be barefoot.

That said, he is getting stronger and stronger barefoot and may still become a barefoot rock crusher. Hope hope.
Well, this is what I come up with, and no plain gloves

The Easyboot Glove Back Country | Our Best boots Combined | EasyCare Inc.
 

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Not wanting to see an "are they" or "are they not" discontinued debate, I just now called EasyCare.

They are, indeed, still making the original Gloves but they have upgraded the gator insert.
Can you provide alink to those boots? I do use them for Smilie, around home at times, as easy to put of, so would like to know if they still can be purchased. I do know that the shell, without the gator is also sold as a glue on, so I guess, yes, they make the original shell, but did not realize that they also up dated them to be used as a removable riding boot, with anew gator, versus just as either glue ons, without gator, or as foundation of the Backcountry Gloves
 

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Can you provide alink to those boots? I do use them for Smilie, around home at times, as easy to put of, so would like to know if they still can be purchased. I do know that the shell, without the gator is also sold as a glue on, so I guess, yes, they make the original shell, but did not realize that they also up dated them to be used as a removable riding boot, with anew gator, versus just as either glue ons, without gator, or as foundation of the Backcountry Gloves
No I can't but the girl at EasyCare who said they still make the original Gloves, was named "Devon" . If their 800# works in Canada, call them and hold their feet to the fire. They have new help since I was getting help from them with Joker, meaning I hope they know what they're talking about:)
 

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Important for the gloves to stay on they should be heat fitted. It really improves how well they stay on. Also I like them because they aren't bulky.
 

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Important for the gloves to stay on they should be heat fitted. It really improves how well they stay on. Also I like them because they aren't bulky.
Interesting. Can you explain more about heat fitting please? I also like the less bulky look of them. Not that Dutch would care, but he's a clod and less to clomp about in would be good.
 

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No I can't but the girl at EasyCare who said they still make the original Gloves, was named "Devon" . If their 800# works in Canada, call them and hold their feet to the fire. They have new help since I was getting help from them with Joker, meaning I hope they know what they're talking about:)
I know where I got confused! I did not think of the shell alone, as being the gloves, as I always bought them, complete with that gator.
I know they kept making that shell itself, but guess just considered it the glue on version, and not the actual boot, per say, as they then brought out the Backcountry glove, built on the glove original shell,which to HOndo, is the boot, since he attached his own gators.
Thus< I guess it is the original gator that is gone, not not the boot shell it came with, and I considered that shell and gator, one unit,as in boot!
 

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Can anyone tell me if the Easy Glove has any type of drainage for water and debris? I know I'm driving y'all crazy with this, but I really need to make a decision soon, and I'm stuck on either the Gloves or the Cavalo Simple boot.

But, the only info I can find on the Cavalo's is from endurance riders. Dutch won't be ridden that hard, at least not for another year or more

Oiye! I wish I didn't like him so much and I'd just sell him and be done with it!

Going to try to get some good pics of his feet now. I'll post them when I'm done. Maybe that will help
 

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Important for the gloves to stay on they should be heat fitted. It really improves how well they stay on. Also I like them because they aren't bulky.
I do like the non bulky aspect of the Gloves, but for me, they just did not stay on well enough, in really tough terrain. I re-call having the gloves on both fronts and hinds on Smilie, one ride, and with the power strap.
On a really tough climb, where she had to dig in, those back boots came flying off, right into the horses behind me
The barefoot specialist, that I used to use, whose wife does endurance riding, and who himself does extensive pack trips in wilderness, uses that glove shell, but glues it on for those trips
They failed any test I gave them,beyond just riding down the road and in forestry.
 

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I do like the non bulky aspect of the Gloves, but for me, they just did not stay on well enough, in really tough terrain. I re-call having the gloves on both fronts and hinds on Smilie, one ride, and with the power strap.
On a really tough climb, where she had to dig in, those back boots came flying off, right into the horses behind me
The barefoot specialist, that I used to use, whose wife does endurance riding, and who himself does extensive pack trips in wilderness, uses that glove shell, but glues it on for those trips
They failed any test I gave them,beyond just riding down the road and in forestry.
Of necessity, we do a lot of hill and mountain climbing and usually rocky. I have a visual of a horse being smacked in the face with a rubber boot! lmao! Never saw that coming did he?
 

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Just to add my 2 cents worth. My horses went barefoot about 2 years ago. Mostly due to a farrier that could not/would not show up for any type of regular appt. We had underrun heels and crazy thrush!

We all ride (4 different horses) in Easy Boot Epics. We ride some steep, rocky trails as well as through water and some mud. A paperclip has been used when riding in brushy or really muddy terrain to keep the clip down. For the most part these have been extremely good boots to ride in for our stock horses and gaited horses.

Late this summer I purchased a new horse and went on a poker run in WI. Very muddy and rocky with deep sand pits. I did not have boots to fit my new horse and borrowed some Cavallos from a friend. They fit my new mare perfectly - However we found them to be clunky and she refused to gait in them.

We had also purchased a foundered mare and she wore Easy Boot Trails in the pasture - with extra pads in - they worked really well -when we started riding her she wore Epics. She is now in front shoes as some therapeutic trimming was done and her feet were sore. Since wearing shoes (8 weeks now) she is no longer her sore and her running walk is great. her shoes will be pulled in Dec and we plan on riding with boots again next year as long as her break over stays good and she develops some toe Callous.

Long story short - we love our Easy Boot Epics and have ridden many many miles in them
 

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@Blue There is of course always a little debris in the boot, sub sand sized, but less than the Rengades which are open in the back. In both cases the accumulation was at the toe where the boot did not fit well enough for the toe to be completely against the front.

Some glove users cut a hole in the center of the boot. About 2.5 inches in diameter if I remember. I did a pair that way and they worked fine but the hole tended to get packed in with dirt so they didn't really drain all that well. Plus I can't add disinfectant to them with the hole so I quit doing the hole.

But they worked fine and I believe had better traction with the extra edges presented both uphill and downhill.

If I ever erase all signs of any dirt lines in Hondo's sole, frog, and laminae I may cut holes again as I do cross a lot of water.

I have a system that works very well for cutting the hole if you ever decide to go that route. I think I still have my old ones somewhere.

Just got back from about a 4 mile ride with all three horses barefoot and no one complained except Rimmey about the last 1/2 mile. Dragon was following without a halter and just running around where ever he wanted so he was fine.

I just bought a new pair of 2016 gloves for Hondo's hinds about 2 weeks ago with the new gators. That's how I knew they were not discontinued. I'm subscribed and get a bunch of blogs and articles every month. The new gators look like they are going to hold up much better than the old ones.

In order to get as many miles as possible out of the old gators so I could use the $22 shells I have done a lot of stitching with the hand awl sewing thingie. In fact I've still got my original gators I bought a couple of years ago. But I wanted to try the new gators.

Distance Depot and Valley Vet has the best deal on the gloves but the fit kit has to come from easycare.
 

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Carshon, I was only able to find one really good video about the Epics. Most of them were very old. Can you tell me why you prefer the Epics over the others?

Hondo, thanks for that. I can see what you mean about more debris getting trapped in the Renegades because of the open back and that probably won't happen as badly with the Gloves.
 

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Hi, im entrigued to see his feet, how/how much they are likely to change. Check out the link in my signature for taking good hoof pics.

I love Glove boots. So easy to put on. But without a fastening system, they must fit pretty well perfectly to stay on. A fit kit is highly advised before choosing the sizes, as its so specific with these boots. Theyre really not built for pads, theyre also for people who can trim very regularly, to keep the boot fitting. As your horses feet are likely to change significantly, whatever glove fits him now will probably not for long. For those reasons i dont think gloves would be a great option. Glove Back Country with the upper, which are very similar to the Trails are an 'easier' fit tho & Trails can be used with pads if needed.

Epics are a great boot still, imo. I think theyre more a 'general purpose' boot, being a hardy trail boot, but being 'low profile' also suitable for wearing in the paddock if needed for rehab. The fastening system means it can get away with being a tad big & still be pretty secure. So pads and distorted feet can better be accommodated.

The new Transitions from Easycare sound like a good option for you. Havent tried them myself.
 

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Oh & havent heard of 'stereotypical bad paint feet' altho you hear it of most other breeds too. While of course genetics plays a part - arabs being more 'prone' to developing upright, high heels if left, TBs prone to 'splatty feet'... For the most part, a hoofs a hoof, whatever the breed and its environmental factors (amount of exercise & living environment, nutrition, hoof management, etc) that governs how strong & healthy... or otherwise, a horses feet are.

White feet are also no weaker than pigmented horn.
 

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Oh & havent heard of 'stereotypical bad paint feet' altho you hear it of most other breeds too. While of course genetics plays a part - arabs being more 'prone' to developing upright, high heels if left, TBs prone to 'splatty feet'... For the most part, a hoofs a hoof, whatever the breed and its environmental factors (amount of exercise & living environment, nutrition, hoof management, etc) that governs how strong & healthy... or otherwise, a horses feet are.

White feet are also no weaker than pigmented horn.
Lol, Not sure exactly why it's such an expression around here, but it is. I may have to research that..... after I find boots of course! Loosie, your information is great, thank you. Now I have to research the Easy Care Trails.

Just to be clear, it seems that Easy Care and Easy Boot are one in the same, correct?
 

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And I'm trying to upload my pics, but for some reason it's not working. I have a feeling its our crumby internet. I'll keep at it.
 

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easycare is the name of the company. Easyboot was I think their first product. Some just refer to all as easy boots. Otherwise they have to spit out easycare boots to questioning looks. If they name the boot, gloves for instance, gloves for horses? Huh?

So yes, anything with easy in front is one and the same company, but not necessarily boot.

Have I successfully confused you yet?

RE: Glove Back Country with the upper, which are very similar to the Trails are an 'easier' fit tho & Trails can be used with pads if needed.

Comment: But with the Glove Back Country the shell only can be replaced for $22 each. With my grip on the almighty dollar, that would send me over to the Back Country rather than the Trail which looks to be easier to install.
 

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easycare is the name of the company. Easyboot was I think their first product. Some just refer to all as easy boots. Otherwise they have to spit out easycare boots to questioning looks. If they name the boot, gloves for instance, gloves for horses? Huh?

So yes, anything with easy in front is one and the same company, but not necessarily boot.

Have I successfully confused you yet?

RE: Glove Back Country with the upper, which are very similar to the Trails are an 'easier' fit tho & Trails can be used with pads if needed.

Comment: But with the Glove Back Country the shell only can be replaced for $22 each. With my grip on the almighty dollar, that would send me over to the Back Country rather than the Trail which looks to be easier to install.

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Hi, Check out the link here
Applying Easyboots Using the Heat Fitting Method | EasyCare


With the heat fitting you can't use a pad. So, if you need to use a pad the epics would be better I think.


The easy boot trail fastens in the back over the heel bulb with Velcro. With my horses low heels it never stayed on.


The Easy Boot transition looks nice, but I have never used it.


Check out the boots on the web site as they go into a bit of detail about each one with pictures and they also have video
 
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