Front Pastern Gaiter Rubbing: A Simple Solution

Submitted by Natalie Herman, Team Easyboot 2011 Member

Now that the new, cotoured, double layered gaiters are on all the Easycare hoof boots, pastern rubs should be a thing of the past, right? Well, not on all horses. Some still get rubs, and almost all of them seem to be in a different spot than where the old gaiters were rubbing. They are no longer on the sides of the pastern, but on the front. Why? My theory is the rolled and sewn edge.

This seemed to be the cause in the old gaiters, and the new gaiters addressed that by double layers and no rolls. So I figured, why not do that to the fronts of my gaiters too? At least, until we get even better gaiters that have this option built in. Here is what I do, and you can do as well, to solve the little problem. So far it has worked great, and no more rubs!

old gaiter

Rolled and sewn edge of gaiter.
  1. Using a sharp knife or scissors, cut and pull out the stitches all along the edge of the gaiter and around the bottom 'corner'. Then peel apart - the layers are also glued together.
  2. Cut only the 'top' layer (leaving a bottom layer sticking out past the top, just like the new gaiters do all around the top of the gaiter edges.
  3. Cut a tiny bit of the 'bottom' layer if needed (from the rolled stitching, it tends to bunch up and not lay flat: cut off this 1-2mm.
That's it: you are done. Simple, huh? If you are worried about stitching coming undone, then you can glue the threads down. I have yet to have the rest of the gaiter come apart, since it is glued as well as sewn together.

cut edge

This shows how I cut the top layer to near the velcro, leaving a bottom layer sticking out.
cut gaiter
    
And from the inside: nice and smooth.
gaiter edges

Both sides finished. Smooth and easy to overlap if needed for small pasterns, nothing to rub on now. Works great! The left on is the same width as the right one, just a bad angle in the picture. I did not cut anything off the bottom, except right at the corner as you can see in the right one.

I hope this helps those of you still getting a few rubs. Even on my white-pasterned horse this does great.

Natalie Herman

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