I conducted a mini-test of Easyboot Gloves with athletic tape versus boots without. Each horse had one front and one hind foot with tape, and one front and one hind without tape.
The left front has athletic tape applied and the right front has no tape.
Neither horse lost any boots over the 16-mile loop. The pace was fast, and the footing ranged from extremely rocky, to hard-packed to deep sand. The only perceivable difference was when it came time to remove the boots: the boots applied with athletic tape were more difficult to remove than those without.
As you can see from the video, cantering in the boots caused no problems. You can see there was very little sand in the boots at the end of the ride. That also was my experience at the Moab Canyons multi-day ride last year. I rode two days back-to-back with Easyboot Gloves in the sand.
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Director of Marketing
I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your horse.