Should You Choose Horse Boots Instead of Shoes?

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Should You Use Horse Boots for Hooves Instead of Shoes?

If this is your first time buying horse boots, it can be a little confusing as to what size, style, and material you should go with. Another thing that you might want to consider is with hooves or without hooves? There are numerous reasons as to why someone might choose to use horse boots with hooves over using horse boots without hooves.

From afar, they will look exactly the same. However, the major differences between the two is the material and the protection that they provide. Horse boots with hooves offer more protection in that they help to protect the tendons, blood vessels and the bones in the horse’s leg.

There are many different types of horse boots with hooves but one of the most popular types is the type that has the horse boot attached to a hoof boots.

Horse hoof boots come in many different sizes so that you can get the perfect fit for your horse. They are easy to put on and take off and they are inexpensive to replace, if you need to.

With the horse boots with hooves, you can offer your horse added protection to help keep them from getting any injuries. They also help protect your horse's legs and hooves during extreme weather conditions.

Using Boots Instead of Shoes for Your Horses

When it’s time to get your horse ready for spring or summer, one of the first things many horse owners do is make sure their horse’s hooves are healthy and well maintained. Even horses that are stabled within a barn environment are subject to mud, manure, stones, and other flooring irritants that can cause hoof cracks.

Even though your horse may wear shoes for safety, you may choose to leave your horse’s hooves bare.

This is when you choose to use hoof boots instead of shoes around the barn to provide the protection you need.

Horse boots are actually just common hoof boots used for everyday use. They can be found in different colors and sizes, similar to shoe sizes. Horse boots are usually not the heavy-duty types used in fencing or ranching. They have a much lighter and thinner design that you can find in local tack stores.

Myths About Shoes vs. Boots for Horses

Measuring for a Hoof Boot

Before you purchase horse boots, you will need to know how to take measurements for the propeller shoes. For measuring purposes, horse hoofs are measured from the coronet band to the end of the toe. The coronet band is the bony growth located above the hoof. The measurement is from the front of the coronet band to the joint on the underside of the toe.

When measuring, you want to keep in mind that horses have slightly different measurements on each hoof. The size difference is typically a half shoe size on each hoof. For example, one hoof may be a size seven shoe while the other hoof measures for a size eight shoe. These measurements will often vary depending on external factors such as the nature of the surface your horse is walking on, the type of footing, the type of shoe, and the age of the horse.

If you’re trying to determine if you should order a size 3, size 4, or size 5 horse boot, you may want to measure several times and consider two different sizes if you have the option. The measurement itself isn’t used when ordering horse hoof boots. You will need to select a size based on the hoof wall circumference and how wide the hoof is overall.

Putting Horse Boots On

Step 1 – Before you put the horse boots on your horse, be sure to make sure the boots are the correct size. Make sure the boots are not too big or too small. If they are too big or too small, the horse boots will not protect your horses' hooves.

Step 2 – Once you have made sure the horse boots are the correct size, you are ready to put them on your horse. When putting them on, be sure to watch carefully for any on-coming body language signs that your horse doesn’t like something. If your horse moves away from you, don’t force him to keep his feet still, which could cause a shoe or nail injury. Instead, back off a little and try again later. If the horse is well-trained, he should be used to these procedures. If he is not, make sure to either sedate the horse to get him used to the procedure, or distract him with something else, such as an apple or a carrot.

Step 3 – Once you have successfully put the horse boots on your horse, you should be prepared to keep the horse boots on for a few hours. Keep him calm and comfortable. Bouncing around, moving him around, or doing anything that will stress him out could cause him to kick the horse boots off with a foot.

Benefits of Using Horse Boots

It's often difficult for a horse owner to decide which protection should be used on their horse's feet. Given the nature of the damage that can happen to a horse's feet, the question of horse boots or normal shoes should be a major consideration.

One factor to take into consideration is the difference in the two products. While a horse's hoof is comprised of several boney sections which function to protect the sensitive foot and ankle areas as well as to affect the horse's stance and energy consumption, normal horse shoes are put on similar to how one would put on a human shoe. Horse boots are supported by the hoof instead of the outside, are crafted from a softer material, and are designed to fit a horse's foot comfortably and closely.

Other advantages of horse boots include:

'¢' They are soft and flexible so they stay on your horse longer, instead of falling off among the grass and brush.

'¢' They even out the pressure across the entire hoof when the horse is moving forward.

'¢' The different types of horse boots allow for the type of support appropriate for the activity the horse is engaged in as well as the area he's competing in.

'¢' Boots are used for recovery from injuries, injuries, and deformed feet.

'¢' Horse boots protect a horse's feet from being strong enough to grow back more solid and healthy than it previously was.

Deciding on a Hoof Boot

There are many reasons why you might prefer to give your horse a hoof boot instead of traditional shoes.

Boots can be easier to apply, and if you have a horse with hooves that split or crack when shoes are applied, have poor quality hoof walls, or have super tender hooves, boots may be the way to go.

Since you can't trim the sole of a horse's hoof as you can a human's, the boot can also be an advantage. It allows you to trim the hoof wall while leaving the sole untouched. Most importantly though, you must make sure that your horse does not have painful hoof cracks before you consider putting it in a boot. For hoof cracks, you will need to visit a hoof specialist and have some healing hoof boots applied.

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Using Hoof Boots

Hoof boots are often used to treat hoof or foot injuries or problems. They’re also used more frequently than horseshoes to prevent, treatment, and manage hoof and foot conditions.

As well as being used to treat an issue or injury, hoof boots are also used as a preventative measure. If your horse is known to be at risk for a hoof or foot injury or acts up during shoeing or trimming, you can use hoof boots.

This helps against those pesky hoof injuries that happen at inopportune moments. For instance, if your horse tends to get a hoof injury during shoeing, you’re less likely to be caught off guard if you’ve invested in a pair of hoof boots.

Hoof boots also help when you want to protect your horse’s hooves from damage. For instance, if you’re planning to transport your horse by trailer, having a pair of hoof boots is a great idea to save your horses hooves from the bumps and bangs that occur during transport.

Hoof boots may also be used as paddock boots or just simply to look cool on your horse.