A Holistic Approach to Connecting the Pieces
Here’s a summary of the five basics to successful hoof booting. Each of the sub-headings below links to the detailed blog on the subject.
#5: A Healthy Barefoot Trim
You’ve got to have the right foundation for almost every boot to work properly. While there are a few exceptions to this (such as the Easyboot Trail), the key to a successful booting strategy is a well-maintained barefoot hoof.
#4: Make Sure The Fit Is Right
Resist taking shortcuts on getting the fit right. Popular boots like the Easyboot Glove will perform poorly if the fit is not correct. Long toes, high heels and hoof wall flare are the enemy of almost all boots on the market. Take the time to measure the feet properly. Follow the fitting instructions of your boot fastidiously.
#3: Use Accessories As Needed
Horses’ hooves are not created equally – the shapes and sizes are infinite and sometimes, you just need to add accessories in order to improve your booting success. If you’re having challenges, consider one of the tips and tricks to modify boot fit.
#2: Use Up-To-Date Equipment
The older the boot, the more risk you take in losing a boot. Keep your older boots for casual rides, but pull out the new stuff for high speed rides or competitive events. Gaiters will eventually wear (probably before the boot shells themselves); boot shells can stretch a little, and hardware will expire over the miles. All of these factors will reduce the likelihood of booted success.
#1: Choose The Right Boot For The Job
Use a long-distance boot for long distances. For hooves at the end of their trim cycle, use a boot that can be adjusted. Whether you’re looking for trail riding boots, aggressive distance riding boots or therapy boots, EasyCare can probably accommodate your needs.
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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 equine partner.