Hoof boots are a great alternative to shoeing and can be used as a “spare tire” if your horse loses a shoe on the trail. The special boots can also be used when transitioning a horse from shod to unshod riding. Here a few tips to ensure you have the right size and boot to enjoy the perfect fall trail ride!
1. Why Hoof Boots?
Hoof boots provide a variety of uses that help to maintain hoof wellness. Depending on the type of need for your horse (therapeutic, cross-country, dressage, etc.) there are several choices of boots to choose from. In the event of trail-riding, hoof boots help to reduce shock when barefoot and offer traction in slippery conditions.
2. Consider Trail Terrain
Has it rained in the last couple of days where you will be riding? Will you cross over muddy terrain or sandy areas? These are the questions you should ask yourself in preparation to buying your boots. Narrowing down the specifics will save time and money in the search for the perfect pair of boots for your horse.
3. Measure the Hoof
Improper fitting of the boot can cause chafing, injury, or loss of a boot on the ride. Knowing the proper way to measure your horse’s shoe is critical. Here is a detailed explanation to determine the correct size boot for your horse.
3. Cavallo Boots
Cavallo boots are known for their value, flexibility and comfortable fit for a comfortable ride. Kim, our Jeffers Equine specialist LOVES the Cavallo boot as they are easy to use and have superb quality. The line offers 4 different hoof boot styles in which you can choose from two sole choices (slim and regular) to create the perfect custom shoe for your beloved horse.
4. How to Measure and Put on Your Cavallo Boots
Cavallo Boots are Simple to Measure.
Measure the hoof length carefully just after a fresh trim. Do NOT include heel bulbs. Stay within the hoof size range as room growth has already been allowed for between regular trims.
Simple to Size.
Cavallo Boots are lightweight and durable made with real leather uppers, has waterproof thread, rust-proof metal and abrasion-resistant TPU outsoles. A raised inner rim takes pressure off sole, bar and frog. All-terrain tread minimizes build-up of mud, sand, and debris. The boots also feature built-in drainage.
Simple to Put On – Simple to Remove.
Easy front fastening with industrial Velcro closure. Excellent hoof protection for the barefoot horse, pain management for sensitive hooves, rehabilitation from abscesses, navicular disease, founder and injuries to the hoof. And just like that, you’re ready to ride!
5. Haven’t decided yet? No Problem.
Take your time and decide what’s best for your horse. Make sure that you have all necessary essentials when preparing for the perfect trail ride. Jeffers also offers a variety of saddle pads, hoof boots, protective boots and hoof care supplies that your horse is sure to love!
A little preparation and common sense will ensure you and your horse have a great trail ride! We always enjoy seeing and hearing about your adventures. Share them with us at our JeffersEquine Facebook fan page or use #JeffersPet on Instagram. Happy Trail Riding!
If you have more questions about boots or trail riding, feel free to contact our Equine Specialist, Kim Cahill. She can be reached Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm CST at 1-800-533-3377 x 355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information given here is meant to be helpful and educational. It is in no way intended to supersede, challenge or supplant the diagnosis, treatment or advice of a licensed veterinarian.