Hoof Boots

13_hoofbootsEquine boots can do most everything a steel shoe does and much more. Boots also protect the entire sole, heel bulbs and the rest of the foot from injury, all without compromising the general health of the foot! When the horse or mule isn't ridden in an environment that requires protection, they are barefoot, as nature intended. It is not "failure" to boot your equines hooves. You should not be embarrassed to ride in boots. Booting your horse or mules when you go for a ride on tough terrain is the safest, most humane way to protect their feet. Boots are used for hoof therapy in addition to riding. Hoof boots, if fitted properly, are easy to put on and remove. MYTH - horses need shoes for traction. Nothing could be further from the truth.  

A hoof is designed to carry a horse or mule over all types of terrain, be it rocks, dirt, gravel, snow or ice. What about that bald faced rock you rode over, the shoes slid & your butt puckered! A bare hoof with a proper barefoot trim, a healthy frog and a deep concave sole will provide all the traction needed and as God intended it to be. You might worry about the animal’s hooves being chipped, broken or otherwise ruined if you ride that animal over rocky terrain without shoes. Once a horse’s feet have healed from the damage done by shoes or neglect, the hooves will harden to meet their everyday environment

Note: if your horse or mule lives on pasture or other soft ground and you want to take your horse or mule for a trail ride on rocky ground, you may have to boot the hooves for protection. Read more about how you can condition the hooves in the section on "Diet & Environment". A healthy bare hoof adapts to its environment.

Equine boots today come with gaiters or pastern wraps that wrap around the pastern to prevent loosing a boot, while also protecting the lower leg and helping to keep out debris.


When hoof boots are called for:

-- During transition or with any flared foot, when you ride on gravel roads, rocky trails, or frozen ground; protects the inflamed sole corium.

-- If the old hoof walls are thin or brittle; prevents the wall from wearing too fast.

-- For a horse working on a very abrasive surface that wears the feet faster than they are growing. May only be needed part of the time (such as alternate days).

-- For foundered horses that are too sore to move around much on their own; protects the sole corium and the tip of the rotated coffin bone.

Usually boots are only needed on the front feet; a horse working on abrasive pavement might need boots on all four.


Easy Care, Incorporated

We are an authorized dealer for Easy Care, Inc. and can offer discounts off retail prices. This includes the Original EasyBoot, EasyBoot Epic, EasyBoot Bare, Old Mac (original and G2), Boa, Grip and Soaker boots.

Please visit the EasyCare website for detailed information on each boot. 

No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle.  ~ Winston Churchill