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    Okay my SO's horse has come to live with me from the "other place" he was at for about a year and a half supposedly in event training. My SO is in NM for a year for work. His horse gets to my place and I immediately take out the camera so I could gocument what he looks like...rainrot, lacking muscle, feet way too long (looks to be like 6 weeks overdue) and send them to him. My farrier was due at the neighbors house in two days so I hacked him down to get trimmed. When my farrier starts working on him he asks me when he had laminitis. I say never that I know of...and get on the phone. We call the vet and he is correct he had laminitis about 6 months ago with very little rotation. We have decided to leave him barefooted and trim him every 3 to 4 weeks to try to help his angles as his tows were very long and he had worn off most of his heel. Well the vet and the farrier want me to ride him lightly as he isn't lame on the dirt as that will increase the blood flow to his feet and quicken the healing. But he is very ouchy when I take him out on the trail as we have some gravel and I know it hurts him.

    I'm wondering what boots would be best for him to help keep him comfortable while he is under saddle? I have no experience with boots as my horses are either barefooted or have shoes if they get ouchy.

    I'm sure that this has been discussed but I can't seem to put the correct info into hte search to get what I'm looking for.
    Member of the Standardbreds with Saddles Clique!
    Sophie 11 yo Iberian Warmblood mare
    Seadog Man 11 yo STB gelding
    Our New Jet 7 yo STB Gelding

  • #2
    just want to say i love my Easyboot EDGE. Easy to get on and off and STAY on, and no rubs. good luck deciding


    • #3
      Depends on the shape of his foot. Not all boots fit the same; round hooves, especially, can be difficult to fit.

      IME the best way to get info from the COTH search for boots is to search the names of the individual boot companies: Easyboot, Hoofwings, Renegade, Boa, etc. A lot of the good info is on the Endurance forum.
      Head Geek at The Saddle Geek Blog http://www.thesaddlegeek.com/


      • #4
        Originally posted by jn4jenny View Post
        Depends on the shape of his foot. Not all boots fit the same; round hooves, especially, can be difficult to fit.
        Agree 100%. I researched all types of boots and thought that I'd like to buy Old Macs but there was no way they'd fit my mare's feet. Looked into Cavallos (and took some on trial from a local dealer) but they were way too round; they fit lengthwise but had tons of extra space on the sides. In the end, Boas were the perfect shape and fit.

        Take a tracing of your horse's foot and measure it as well. One site (I'm guessing Easycare.com) had hoof shape pictures and recommended boots for that shape. Obviously it only has the Easy care brands but it's a starting point.

        PS I love Boas. However, they do not work well in very icy conditions, so be aware of this if you're in the north.


        • #5
          Cavallo Simple boots are easy to put on if you want a boot for light riding. As others have said, some boots work better than others, depending on the hoof shape. I think Cavallo's are one of the cheaper boot options.

          I don't own a pair of Cavallo's, because they are not a particularly tough boot, and I do a lot of trail riding. Quite a few tack stores carry Cavallo's, so you might find them locally rather than having to order a pair.

          I have Old Mac Generation 2's, Original Old Macs, Epics, and plain Easyboots. I'd love to try Easyboot Gloves and the Easyboot Edge--will be looking into those options when I need to replace boots. Original Old Macs are designed for feet that are as wide or wider than they are long. It doesn't sound like your guy has this shape hoof. Boas are okay, but I don't like them much. Other people I talk to love them. Different strokes, I guess. Check out the selections on www.easycareinc.com. They don't have the best prices, but you can see the sizes and order them from another vendor, such as Valley Vet or Jeffers.

          Oblong feet have the most options. If the horse has foundered, he might actually have feet that are too long and narrow to fit boots very well. If the boot is too wide, you can glue shims (pieces of foam) to the sides of the boots to snug them up. It isn't ideal, but it'll get you down the trail. You'd have to check for interference problems in this case (he could hit himself as he moves).

          Also, for a horse who has foundered, it is a very good idea to use pads for riding. The horse's soles may be thin, and pads will help him be comfortable. If your farrier recommends pads, then it might be better to go with Epics or Edge boots, since they are less likely to turn on the hoof with pads.

          If this seems confusing, do a search in the Endurance/Trail forum. We've had numerous discussions about boots there. The Gloves and Edge styles are fairly new.
          "Passion without knowledge is a runaway horse."


          • Original Poster

            Thanks guys. This guy definately needs something and we are trying not to haveto lock him into a shoe just yet. He isn't lame really just ouchy on the harder ground. In the ring he is fine but I hate to keep him in the ring when he really loves gettign out and doing stuff. He is getting alittle depressed having to stay in the ring as the one time I tried to take him out he was miserable on the way to the trails as there is some gravel there. The trails are nice it is just getting to them that isn't fun.

            I'm really upset about all this as the SO will be in town for a long weekend at the end of the month and I don't think he will even really be able to ride his own horse. But I guess it culd be alot worse than it is. I will try the search in the Endurance/trail forum.
            Member of the Standardbreds with Saddles Clique!
            Sophie 11 yo Iberian Warmblood mare
            Seadog Man 11 yo STB gelding
            Our New Jet 7 yo STB Gelding