This is a subject that I’ve wrestled with for many years now. I have 5 five-gallon buckets of broken boots in my barn. It has been a very wet spring here, and the boots I use now, Renegades, have Velcro straps that don’t like getting wet. Yet I do love the Renegade boots! Don’t get me wrong with my moaning and groaning. These boots go on the horse so easy, and under dry conditions they work great. I have one pair that has way over 800 miles on them. BUT…… I dislike getting on and off to fix boots no matter what brand they are. When I’m competing in an endurance ride I don’t want to even have to think about having a busted or unhooked boot. So this brings me to wondering if I still want to use boots. I know the hoof is way healthier when the horse is barefoot. Where I ride the terrain is very rocky, and the boots do protect the sole. But wouldn’t it be nice just to pick out your horse’s hoof and climb on and ride without the worry of:
• Lost boots
• Unhooked boots
• Boots hanging off the hoof
• Boots that climb up the pastern at a canter… (this happened at the VA Highlands ride…)
• Boots with broken cables
• Boots with gaiters that get ripped off
• Boots that rub some part of the heel or pastern area raw
Oh my, I can go on and on.
Love to have some feed back on this.