Hi, I'm not actually an "endurance person" per say, but I do love hacking out my barefoot dressage horse on packed gravel and dirt roads/trails near my house. Also, I know you guys are the ones "in the know" when it comes to barefoot and booting. This horse has been barefoot all his life and he was never even trimmed until he was 7 yrs. old. He is a draft x WB and has a front foot that measures (freshly trimmed) a hair over 6" wide and a hair under 6" long. His foot has the wide, low heel shape. I beval the edges and use a "mustang roll". His feet have a nice concave shape and great frog and true sole. I don't think they will change very much because they seem "happy". He is pretty comfortable walking over gravel and has never been sore, but I would really like to get him a set of hoof boots because I am always worried, even though it's never happened, he's going to step on a big rock and end up with a bruise right before a show.
I've been looking at a few different boots and have gathered that the easyboots are not going to work for this shape, with the exception of maybe the Boa? Old Mac's G1, but the largest size isn't big enough.... Cavallo Simple? Renegades? I have used Old Mac's G2 and Cavallo Simple in the past on other horses and have been pleased with them. Renegades look super nice, but are they worth it for the price difference? The largest size is supposed to fit 6" x 6", so I'm wondering if they will really fit him if he's a hair over (like an 1/8-1/4")His back feet are a more normal shape, so I'm pretty sure I can find something to fit them easily.
Hmmmmm.....yes. I was wondering if it was a very close fit when I read on their website how the hoof must be beveled in order for it to fit. His hooves are beveled and as small as they are going to get.....
Easyboot gloves do come in wide sizes now but none big enough for your horse. I just checked on their site.
Looks like their Easyboot Trail boot does come big enough for him. That would be my choice over a Cavallo only because Easycare has such a good return policy. 30 day full refund if the boots don't fit or are defective. Hard to beat that.
While I recommend Renegades (I use them but my horse has much smaller feet!) they did today just release new Easy Boots in Huge sizes, so maybe now they'll fit! There is a blog about it, not sure if they're on the site yet.