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  • easy boot bare review

    OK....lots of questions re: boots, so I will give you what I've learned about the easyboot bares. I use them usually on all 4 hooves. I have ridden thru sand, up/down steep hills, grass, etc. Walked thru mud....no problems. No slipping beyond what we would do barefoot or with shoes. I do not run thru slick mud.

    She is a paso fino and gaits well in them. No tripping, etc with any gait....even gallop.

    They are hard at first. The trick is to start with a well-trimmed hoof and keep it there. I file her hooves every 2-3 weeks or if the boots seem hard to get on. I first put them on in a "loose" position. Just so they go on easy but are not easily twisting by hand. I ride, ride, ride. I tighten the bugee system one hole at a time....not both side, just one. You don't need them super tight as even "loose" they stay in place. I was worried at first....but they stay. If there is a gap at the top I use plumbers putty to fill it in and then no debri gets in (I ride in sand/loose gravel at times). I don't use it on an everyday basis.

    The trick to getting them on is to start them over the toe and on the sides and then use a rubber mallet to get the toe further in. I then have her step down and pull the gaiter up. If the gaiter is stuck, I just walk a little. It takes some practice but now is a piece of cake ....AS LONG AS SHE IS TRIMMED. Maybe other horses would be fine but the mare tends to flare which makes it harder.

    It may sound hard, but it is not. If I get frustrated it is because I need to file.Once on (takes 15 min. for all four) they stay. I ride 4 hours at a good gait. No soreness, etc. Plus I like the cusioning effect as I ride rock hard dirt roads at times. I use comfort pads on front feet.

    To me this is easier then hoping a farrier is available when I want to ride and a shoe is coming loose. It was great over the winter when I rode once a month but needed hoof protection.

    I know this is long but hopefully helpful.

  • #2
    Thanks for the input. I've been considering these for my gelding. He's barefoot behind but can get ouchy in certain conditions. I like the Epics but have been leaning toward the Bares because I think they'll stay on better.
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    • #3
      i love my bares!

      so far used them only in the front but a new pair for the hinds just arrived.
      winona describe the 'installation' well. mine are snug. just like the instructions say, i can only get a tip of a hoof pick between the boot and the front of the hoof. and i agree, when the hoof needs trimming, you'll know it!

      for a while there i though that they were slicker than epics but i have since done a 25 mile endurance ride in MD in them on a very dewy morning, on wet grassy hills after a whole day of rain and we were fine. just as if we were barefoot. at that ride i also met a woman who said that she finds them less slick than epics and prefers them over epics. however, she did say that one of her horses is in epics b/c they offer more fitting adjustments than bares (those little notches allow you to make finer adjustments).

      these are by far my favorite and i've tried ez boots, old macs, epics, and boas before moving onto to bares. my current pair has been in use since may 2006. we do distance riding so they have lots of miles on them and still look great.
      TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


      • #4
        Thanks for the review. I used to detest Easyboots, and now I like them. Getting them on is a real *&^%$$#$%%^ !! But once they're on, they can't be beat as far as performance goes.


        • #5
          Does anyone have opinions on if there is less chance of the Bare's gaiters rubbing as opposed to the Epics? I cant decide if I should spend the money to try the Bares or just put shoes back on. Epics are rubbing.


          • #6
            I use Bares on my mare's front feet when I am doing a long trail/road ride. So far, so good! No rubs.

            I might someday do a competitive trail ride with her, and unfortunately would have to remove the gaitors to be legal. Has anyone done this yet with Bares? if so, have they stayed on?


            • Original Poster

              To me it seems that the gaitors would rub either way....I really don't know. They say to get them real snug. I think there are other tips on Karens blogs that you can enter thru the easycare site.

              Someone asked how long they last. I have heard of a pair lasting 1000 miles, but would assume the gaitors wore out before that.

              Also, If someone gets one pair and dislikes the cable/buckle mechanism I believe they are interchangeable. Check with easycare.

              Mine do not seem to fit snug at the top on her front....just funky shaped feet. They still stay on very well tho. No slipping what-so-ever.


              • #8
                it's the same gaiter so if epics rub bares probably will too

                but why do they rub? are you putting them on snug?
                you can vet wrap underneath the gaiter (easy care website shows you how) to prevent rubs.
                TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                • #9
                  This is all great information, Thanks guys! So is there a process in taking them off as well?

                  And why are the gaiters not allowed in certain instances?


                  • #10
                    they come off much easier

                    usually i can just wiggle them off. but you can also slide a hoof pick between the hoof and the boot to help you pull it off.

                    ECTRA doesn't allow any protection above the coronary band so since the gaiters on these boots go above the coronary band, you can't use them for ECTRA rides. other CTR organizations are not as stringent, so rules vary. in endurance you can use the protection, so there is no issue.
                    TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by marta View Post
                      but why do they rub? are you putting them on snug?
                      you can vet wrap underneath the gaiter (easy care website shows you how) to prevent rubs.

                      The gaiters are very snug, don't think I could get them any more snug, and the boots appear to fit very well. This didn't happen until I did a 30 mile LD. I will try the vet wrap.


                      • #12

                        when i did my 25 mile LD, i had one new gaiter on (the other one tore before the ride) so i wrapped that leg. the vet wrap held up well and i had no rubbing. i did follow the easy care instructions for wrapping.
                        TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                        • #13
                          wow, I'm crossing those off my list of boots to try. Fifteen minutes to get on?


                          • #14

                            she said it takes her 15 minutes to get 4 of them on, not one.

                            i never timed myself. some days they go on faster some times it takes longer (depending on how much hoof growth we've had). i'm betting this includes putting a boot on, going to get another, moving to the next leg, etc.

                            i never heard that you shouldn't put vetwrap on horse's skin. i do it all the time. i put it on my own skin too. it works great and i know a lot of people compete that way. i don't understand why you'd expect it to affect the tendons? you're stretching it but you're not applying max pressure when wrapping.
                            TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                            • #15
                              I have found that my big moving horses slip in the Bares. My average or "normal" moving horses do not. But the more extravagant the mover the more likely we are to have a near death experience, even in good footing. So I use Old Macs on those horses.
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                              • Original Poster

                                RedPonyRider....OK, I timed myself today. 8 minutes for all 4 boots. That was after the hooves were cleaned. And, the more I use them the happier I am. Finally went on a long trail that I haven't done since last fall. All she wanted to do was go....The rocks littering the trail didn't bother her like they did with shoes last year.


                                • #17
                                  Now that my Bares are a bit broken in, they go on pretty easily. My biggest problem is getting the nylon strap out from the Comfort Strap once the boot is on. THAT is what takes me the longest and makes me sweat (and use some very choice language!)
                                  Is it essential to use that nylon strap when putting the boot on, or can I dispense with it as an unnecessary step?

                                  Getting the boot off is easy - I keep a long flat-head screwdriver with me and I can pry the boot off. I don't need to use a screwdriver every time.


                                  • #18
                                    How long does it take for your horses to adjust to the boots? Also,
                                    any preferences as to whether you put them on first or last?

                                    I put the ez boots on last night, and didn't seem to have a problem getting them on, just a problem getting the strap out also.
                                    Arab Dressage Riders Clique


                                    • #19

                                      first thing i do with bares (or epics) is cut the heel strap out.
                                      unnecessary and a PITA in my opinion.
                                      TQ(Trail Queen) \"Learn How to Ride or Move Over!!\" Clique


                                      • #20
                                        I read that you are to measure the hoof right after a trim, is that correct? My mare is not quite ready for a trim, being barefoot she has been pacing all around the pasture on some firm ground and keeps her feet in fairly good shape, not too long. Is it okay to take a measurement anyway? What if you measure right after a trim, after a few weeks will the boots be too small? I guess I should find a farrier willing to teach me to trim so I can keep up. Are the measurement guides pretty accurate? I'm going to go with the Boas, I think (that's what they have at my local TS)