When fitting the main webbing strap on the Old Mac’s G2, make sure the strap is snug but don’t over tighten. You should be able to comfortably slip a finger between the strap and the pastern. Fastening the main webbing strap in this manner will prevent rubbing.
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Some ‘SOUND’ advice
- Old Mac’s G2 should be fitted as the boots are marked – ‘LEFT’ and ‘RIGHT’, with the securing buckle placed on the outside of each barefoot hoof.
- After you have placed your horse’s barefoot hoof into the protective horse boot you need to ensure that there is firm contact between the heel of the hoof and the sole of the hoof boot. To avoid part of the rear of the barefoot hoof sitting up on the wall of the Old Mac’s G2 sole you may need to remove 1-2 mm of the hoof wall. This will allow the hoof to correctly slip into the boot, while also ensuring there is room for hoof growth.
- It is very important to ensure the entire ‘horny hoof’ sits within the Old Mac’s G2 outsole. Only the bulbs of the barefoot hoof should make contact with the leather rear of the boot. If the heels of the hoof extend past the outsole and are standing on the rear of the boot you have selected a size too small.
- Ensure Old Mac’s G2’s are put on straight. (Refer to picture in Step Five of fitting instructions).
- After securing the main webbing strap if you cannot comfortably slip a finger between the horse’s pastern and the webbing strap you have secured it too tightly.
- After the cover has been secured ensure Velcro® ends are overlapped in the correct position
- Working your horse in incorrect sized Old Mac’s G2’s can lead to the horse hoof problem chafing. Correct size selection will ensure maximum performance.
- It is recommended you give your horse time to adjust to wearing Old Mac’s G2’s. The first time you fit your horse with Old Mac’s just walk him out. Gradually increasing the duration and length of rides wearing Old Mac’s G2’s will ensure your equine friend has become accustomed to his new ‘hoofwear’. Too much too soon can once again lead to the horse hoof problem chafing.
- If after fitting your Old Mac G2 hoof boots you find the inside pastern strap has insufficient length to properly secure, then you have selected hoof boots too small for your horse . This is the result of the barefoot hoof being too long for the EasyCare boot which means the horse is standing on the soft rear of the boot instead of being completely on the TPU outsole and this will lead to premature wear to the outside soft leather rear of the boot as well as giving the indication the pastern strap has insufficient length to secure properly . The correct size hoof boots should have a minimum of 80mm or 3 ” of strap passed through the metal loop and secured over on itself. If you have less than 60mm or 2″ of pastern strap Velcoed over on itself we recommend you try boots at least two sizes larger.