#3: Accessories: Don't Let Them Scare You If you subscribe to this blog via RSS and you can't see the videos below, view the original post.
Using a two-dimensional measuring system for a three-dimensional object is going to be flawed at best. Once you've got the optimum fit worked out, there may still be some tweaks to get things working properly.
The infinitely variable shapes between hooves affect boot dependability. Strap-on boots and boots with cables are more adjustable to the various hoof shapes and sizes, but the additional hardware increases boot weight and the number of components that need to be maintained. So pick your potion.
If a naked Easyboot Glove
presents you with staying-on problems, there are a couple of methods you can use that will increase the dependability. Really.
I rarely use a mallet for putting on Gloves (although I do in the video above). Some people I speak to say they don't want to subject their horse's foot to the pounding of the mallet, but in my opinion, a few strikes with a rubber mallet pale in comparison to a few steps at a trot or a canter over rough ground. Use a mallet if the boot is a tight fit, or if you have weak hand or wrist strength. Most of the time, I can get a boot on easily without by gripping the pastern joint between my knees and twisting the boot over the hoof capsule.
I don't use all the accessories all the time on all the horses I ride. But if I'm going to a challenging 50-mile ride where I plan to ride fast, I'll do it all.
To see the accessories available for any of the boots in our product line, click on our Accessories Page
If you'd like to challenge Garrett to a power strap installation dual, drop us a line.
Next week: #2: Is Your Equipment Up To Date?
- how to assess if you need to replace your boots.
Director of Marketing
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.