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  1. #1
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    Default Soft ride boots...

    Can you use these as an alternative to shoes? Can you ride in them on a daily basis? Thanks!



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    I have used them very sucessfully with laminitic horses on stall rest and supervised turnout. I can't imagine riding in them though. Have you considered Boa Boots? We use them for lost shoes and I know endurance riders that do ride in them.
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    In my experience, soft ride boots are only used during stall rest - we used them for Willie during and after his laminitis episodes before we could get shoes back on him. In my opinion, they are not to be used at all for riding, but for rehab and comfort during injury.
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    I use mine for hauling my barefoot horse. Also, at schooling shows, I leave them on while he is tied to the trailer, for when he paws at the dirt. They are not suitable for riding.
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    Definitely agree they are NOT a riding boot, or even appropriate for "normal" turnout. There's a mare at my barn in them 24/7 but she is an older Cushings mare who foundered. She doesn't go above a walk.

    I would look at Easycare's line, Cavallos, Renegades, etc.



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    Already gotten great advice. Definitely not a riding boot, but a great choice for stall rest, or short periods of slow movement (like walking across a gravel driveway or as someone said above a trailer ride). If your horse is going to be active, you'll want a different boot.
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    My mare lived in them in dry lot/pasture for a few months without them ever coming off. She is very inactive I should mention. They would be far too clunky and heavy for riding. Wonderful, wonderful boots for laminitis rehab.



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