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    Has anyone found a boot that works well for their native breed ponies? I've got a pair of Fells and they have great feet, but they go better with some protection from the rocks and pavement we encounter on the trails. My boys have round hooves. One of them has feet just about wider than they are long. I'm looking at having to boot at least 6 of the total eight hooves. Pony number 1 goes much better with all 4 feet protected, he apparently missed the memo on how tough Fell ponies are supposed to be. I'm a fairly casual rider, but the terrain can vary from soft to rough.

    The Easyboot Trails fall off just about instantly.

    The Easyboot Epics are ok, but I've had them come during a canter/gallop.

    I'm concerned the Easyboot Gloves will be too much of a hassle to put on.

    I'm mostly considering Renegades or Scootboots at this point. Any help or suggestions is appreciated!



  • #2
    Renegade Vipers, maybe. I just got a Scoot boot trial in the mail Friday. So far, I love them, but I haven't given much of a test yet. My guy's fronts are nearly perfectly round.

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      I have Section B Welsh ponies of varying heights, and so have tried all of the "endurance type" boots - Gloves, Renegades, and now Scoots. All come in the round "front hoof shape", but both Scoot and Renegade have boots now for the hind hoof as well.

      I use the regular round Scoots (as I got them before the slims came out) on the rear of my large Welsh (who is shod in front). He goes great in them, much better than he did in Renegades (which sadly kept twisting on one hind hoof no matter what I did to try to mitigate it). Yesterday we did a couple of deep mud crossing - the kind that make me pause first and ask if I think it is worth it (possibly losing a $100 boot in ankle deep muck) - yet those Scoots stayed on beautifully, much to my breath-holding relief. We also do some uphill cantering and lots of trotting on our rides, and the Scoots have always performed flawlessly. Stay on straight and tight. Not once (and I hope I don't jink myself saying this!) have they ever fallen off his feet. Ever. And are SO easy to take off and put on. I'm frankly surprised at how well they are holding up to usage. When they finally start to wear, I'm going to invest in the Scoot slims designed for the narrower hind foot. But as of now they haven't shown even the slighted sign of wear.

      That said, a neighbor was so impressed by my guy's Scoots that he got a pair of regular Scoots for his Thoroughbred (for the back hooves) but ended up returning them because they twisted. Fortunately, he used the new Scoot dealer who will ship you boots to actually use and try out first before you commit to buying a set. Unfortunately, he should have ordered the Scoot slims (for back hooves). So keep in mind what works for one might not for another.

      I do like my Renegades, but now only use them on my Morab. Rear only as I keep her shod in front. But they are now sidelined while I have her back in nail-on shoes front and rear. Our workouts had gotten too strenuous as spring moved into summer, and the boots were having a hard time staying on. I got tired of backtracking to pick them back up, and having to do "boot checks" every other minute during my training rides. Plus the cables and the velcro are annoying. I've cut my finger on a frayed piece of cable, and had those cables break while in use. NOT a fan of wire in a boot!

      That said, I wish Renegades came in smaller sizes for my medium Welsh. But only the Scoots and Easyboot do.

      I've given up on the Easyboot Gloves. The old style ones did OK, but the new style ones have gaiters that seem to rip apart just looking at them. They simply don't hold up in the long run, warp out of shape easily, the stitching comes out, the rubber on the gaiter tears, and the boots fly off too easily while in use. I now only use them for the paddocks (when I want to protect a bare foot at home) and for my Welsh pair for easy slow pleasure drives. I purchased a lot of the Gloves in various sizes for my wide range of hoof sized Welsh, but as the Gloves wear out (or get ripped and torn) I'm now tossing them in the trash and replacing them with Scoots instead. Yes, the Scoots are more expensive, but they are more reliable as well.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by gothedistance View Post
        I have Section B Welsh ponies of varying heights, and so have tried all of the "endurance type" boots - Gloves, Renegades, and now Scoots. All come in the round "front hoof shape", but both Scoot and Renegade have boots now for the hind hoof as well.

        I use the regular round Scoots (as I got them before the slims came out) on the rear of my large Welsh (who is shod in front). He goes great in them, much better than he did in Renegades (which sadly kept twisting on one hind hoof no matter what I did to try to mitigate it). Yesterday we did a couple of deep mud crossing - the kind that make me pause first and ask if I think it is worth it (possibly losing a $100 boot in ankle deep muck) - yet those Scoots stayed on beautifully, much to my breath-holding relief. We also do some uphill cantering and lots of trotting on our rides, and the Scoots have always performed flawlessly. Stay on straight and tight. Not once (and I hope I don't jink myself saying this!) have they ever fallen off his feet. Ever. And are SO easy to take off and put on. I'm frankly surprised at how well they are holding up to usage. When they finally start to wear, I'm going to invest in the Scoot slims designed for the narrower hind foot. But as of now they haven't shown even the slighted sign of wear.

        That said, a neighbor was so impressed by my guy's Scoots that he got a pair of regular Scoots for his Thoroughbred (for the back hooves) but ended up returning them because they twisted. Fortunately, he used the new Scoot dealer who will ship you boots to actually use and try out first before you commit to buying a set. Unfortunately, he should have ordered the Scoot slims (for back hooves). So keep in mind what works for one might not for another.

        I do like my Renegades, but now only use them on my Morab. Rear only as I keep her shod in front. But they are now sidelined while I have her back in nail-on shoes front and rear. Our workouts had gotten too strenuous as spring moved into summer, and the boots were having a hard time staying on. I got tired of backtracking to pick them back up, and having to do "boot checks" every other minute during my training rides. Plus the cables and the velcro are annoying. I've cut my finger on a frayed piece of cable, and had those cables break while in use. NOT a fan of wire in a boot!

        That said, I wish Renegades came in smaller sizes for my medium Welsh. But only the Scoots and Easyboot do.

        I've given up on the Easyboot Gloves. The old style ones did OK, but the new style ones have gaiters that seem to rip apart just looking at them. They simply don't hold up in the long run, warp out of shape easily, the stitching comes out, the rubber on the gaiter tears, and the boots fly off too easily while in use. I now only use them for the paddocks (when I want to protect a bare foot at home) and for my Welsh pair for easy slow pleasure drives. I purchased a lot of the Gloves in various sizes for my wide range of hoof sized Welsh, but as the Gloves wear out (or get ripped and torn) I'm now tossing them in the trash and replacing them with Scoots instead. Yes, the Scoots are more expensive, but they are more reliable as well.
        How tight is your strap across the back? I'm concerned mine is too tight - just interested in experiences.

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        • #5
          Renegades, as long as the sizing runs small enough, will likely work well.

          The one thing my friend with gypsies says is to make sure any feathers are pulled out from under the neck of the boot. She undercuts her one mare's feathers at the coronet band to make it easier (the outer layer still looks lovely and full, but the hair right at the coronet is nice and short and stays out of the boot when putting it on).


          Do Boa boots still exist? The ones with the dial on the front? I used to ride a morgan/welsh cross who wore them all around, and they were pretty user friendly and seemed to fit well, even on muddy winter rides and sandy beach rides.
          Curious about Trans* issues? Feel free to ask!
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          • #6
            Originally posted by katyb View Post

            How tight is your strap across the back? I'm concerned mine is too tight - just interested in experiences.
            You mean the heel captivator for the Renegade? Not tight at all. Not supposed to be. It is designed to keep the foot from moving too far back in the boot. It works really well for WTC on the flat for my endurance horse, but when my mare does a super strong power "push" going up the mountain, she rockets the Renegades right off the foot. Annoying.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by gothedistance View Post

              You mean the heel captivator for the Renegade? Not tight at all. Not supposed to be. It is designed to keep the foot from moving too far back in the boot. It works really well for WTC on the flat for my endurance horse, but when my mare does a super strong power "push" going up the mountain, she rockets the Renegades right off the foot. Annoying.
              No, sorry. I meant on the Scoots.

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                #8
                Thanks for the responses!

                I think I'm going to try the Scoots. It sounds like I've got a good chance of them working out and I like their low profile much more than the look of the Renegades.

                Boas...I think they can still be purchased, but I had s horse once that managed to destroy several and I'm shy of trying them again.

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                • #9
                  Oh, you mean the Scoots! Sorry, I saw "strap" and thought "Renegades" since the Scoot only has one strap and that rests loosely across the front of the pattern. If you mean the part of the Scoot that goes across the back of the pastern and has the openings for the heel bulbs, that should be snug but not super tight. If you really struggle to close the front, then the back will be too tight. You should be able - if you've correctly sized the boot to the hoof - to close the front with just your fingers. I know they said you can use a hoof pick, but in my experience if you have to use the pick to pull the front closed, then the boot is too small. And by default the back section will end up being too tight.

                  Hopefully that helps!

                  BTW - you'll love the range of colors of the pastern straps that come with each boot. So bright and so eye catching.

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