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Offline the doctor

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Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
« on: December 07, 2013, 12:12:50 PM »
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  • Following on from my lameness advice thread & Sue W very kindly viewing the video footage & offering advice, it would appear Rel is very foot sore on her fronts.
    We also have arthritis in her hocks.
    She is being rested at the moment & we are taking all the advice needed to try & get her right again.

    Sue mentioned hoof boots & pads being something to consider once she's right again & recommended the Easyboot Transitions.

    If anyone else can offer advice on these & other boots that may be suitable I would be really grateful :D

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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #1 on: December 07, 2013, 03:38:03 PM »
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  • Only boots I have used are the Equine Fusion hoof boots. Mine seem good in them, but as said, only ever tried these ones.
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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #2 on: December 07, 2013, 05:59:58 PM »
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  • I haven't tried those. We are getting on very well with the Cavallo simples. They are a bit clumpy but I like them the most compared to the others I have tried (Old Macs, Equine Fusion, Boa, Marquis). A lot depends on the shape of the horse's foot, it is vital that you get the one that fits best, otherwise you end up with them rotating or rubbing.
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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #3 on: December 07, 2013, 07:02:42 PM »
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  • Another vote for simples, and sports. Can't abide Trails though.
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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #4 on: December 07, 2013, 07:45:42 PM »
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  • I tend to use Old Mac G2's the most because they're the most forgiving of funny shaped feet and they're the most flexible in terms of therapeutic use (e.g. easy to put thick therapeutic pads in, easy to adjust for narrow feet, better than most other boots at surviving 24/7 turnout in mud, etc.). I'm not saying there aren't other boots that might not work as well or better on a specific horse, just that if you don't have enough experience to judge what's right in a specific situation, the Old Mac G2's are the most likely to work.

    The Easyboot Trails are also good - the same basic shell as the Old Mac but without the outer strap. They're great for most purposes but not as good in muddy conditions.

    Cavallos are also good, but slightly less forgiving of odd-shaped feet in my experience and they ideally should do more sizes as some horses seem to fall between sizes.

    If you're in the UK and anywhere near a member of the EPA, we're all trained in boot advice and fitting and that can be a good way to get face-to-face advice on what's the best way to go with an individual horse.

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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #5 on: December 08, 2013, 05:16:51 PM »
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  • I don't wish to disagree with a boot expert but I wouldn't touch trails with a long barge pole! I have wasted so much money on them and they have all fallen apart. I thought it was me but Easyboot say they are not designed for the wet condition in the UK. That is direct from the US manufacturers.
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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #6 on: December 08, 2013, 06:44:30 PM »
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  • I have used Old Mac G2's for a few years now, they last us around 12 months or so, before the sole starts to wear down and loose its grip. We have never lost one (touch wood) and have ridden through some deep mud in them although they are a bit clunky pony soon got used to wearing them and we can canter fine in them. They are slippy on frosty morning though. That is the only down side. They can be worn with padded insoles and gaiters, neither of which we need. They are easy to put on and take off, and you don't have to be overly accurate when measuring feet as you don't need a really snug fit that some boots need. My pony has round hooves and based on measurements alone, these are the best ones for us.

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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #7 on: December 10, 2013, 02:05:39 PM »
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  • used boots for first six months of transitioning to barefoot - cavallo simples good and easy, old macs OK but hugely fiddly;  easyboot trails OK and reasonably to use.  lady at hoofbootique very helpful with advice;  thesaddleryshop good for purchasing them

    All boots had pros and cons - and danger of twisting with unpredicatble 5-y-o spookster!.  am glad to say am fully barefoot now

    hope this helps

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    « Reply #8 on: December 12, 2013, 02:08:06 PM »
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  • I'm using the easiboot epics with the gater and so far so good. he's only worn them on short rides and my big concern is if they would rub round the heels...so far not, but he's not gone far in them.
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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #9 on: December 12, 2013, 02:19:46 PM »
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  • Woollen walking socks Mandeigh  ;)
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    « Reply #10 on: December 12, 2013, 02:23:33 PM »
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  • For him or me  :bag: :bag: :bag: :bag:
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    « Reply #11 on: December 12, 2013, 02:28:19 PM »
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  •  :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl:

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    « Reply #12 on: December 12, 2013, 02:43:54 PM »
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  •  ;) ;) ;)

    Seriously though, that will prevent rubbing?
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    « Reply #13 on: December 12, 2013, 03:02:33 PM »
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  • Helps an awful lot ..
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    Re: Hoof Boot Recommendations/Experiences please
    « Reply #14 on: December 13, 2013, 01:53:34 PM »
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  • depends on the horse-with Vico he liked Gloves but his action made them twist.later we tried easyboot back countries, fab boots that never moved, rubbed and coped with all terrain. Nods has G1s because his feet are still a bit wider than long but they are a little clumpy on such a wee pony-although it doesn't seem to affect him. Vico hated the cavallos and have to say, I did too. Druid had different shaped feet again so if he needs them, we'll see but very much liked the gloves/back countries and would probably try them first.