Trail Test: Hoof Boots

Does EasyCare’s Easyboot Glove Back Country hoof boot stand up to the rigors of trail riding? Find out, with our on-trail test.
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Does EasyCare’s Easyboot Glove Back Country hoof boot stand up to the rigors of trail riding? Find out, with our on-trail test.

Description: The Easyboot Glove Back Country is a medium to high mileage hoof boot (25 to 50 miles per week) designed to be lightweight, breathable, and easy to put on and remove. The boot incorporates a Comfort Cup Gaiter for protection of soft tissues, while a lightweight upper stabilizes the boot on the hoof. The anatomically designed sole is designed to be flexible and resist wear. The secure closure system is intended to keep the boot locked on in the toughest of trail conditions. This boot can also be converted into the Easyboot Glue-On or Easyboot Glove (additional accessories required). It’s sold in singles.

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The tester: Cate Lamm, The Trail Rider editorial assistant, and longtime horse owner and rescue-horse trainer.

Test results: I tested the boots on Vinnie, a horse from Colorado Horse Rescue who was transitioning from shoes to barefoot.

Hoof boots require exact sizing, so first, I carefully measured Vinnie’s hooves. His hoof measurements fell between two boot sizes, according to the EasyCare website, so I contacted the company’s customer-service span>department. The agent sent me a Fit Kit with three boot shells to test on Vinnie. When the boots arrived, I was impressed with their lightweight feel and tough, rugged sole. I also liked their attractive black-and-tan design. The hook-and-loop closure felt strong, but still opened easily. I had no trouble sliding the right boot over Vinnie’s hoof and fastening the closure. On his left hoof, which is a little larger than the right one, I had to wiggle the boot vigorously to get it on; but when I put his foot down, the boot slid all the way into place, and I was able to close the strap. Vinnie adjusted to the boots immediately, trotting and cantering smoothly around a round pen. When I mounted up, I first kept him at a walk, as the manufacturer advises. He seemed to stride out a little more confidently than usual, with the boots protecting his tender front feet.

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On subsequent trail rides, Vinnie moved out willingly at the trot and lope, and had no issues. On varied terrain over rocks and hills, the boots stayed on snugly. In mud, the boots stayed secure, and Vinnie kept his footing.

At first, removing the boots was a little difficult, particularly with the

tighter-fitting left boot. This did get a little easier with continued use of the boots.

Overall, the Easyboot Glove Back Country lived up to its promise of being a quality, easy-to-use boot for protection and support on the trail. I was pleasantly surprised at how well the boots performed, and would definitely

recommend them for trail riding.

Contact: EasyCare Inc., (800) 447-8836; www.easycareinc.com.