Frequently Asked Questions
Here are some of the most asked questions about hoof boots. If your question isn’t here please contact me.
Only for boots that will be worn over boots or that will be used for a temporary replacement.
Not all barefoot horses need boots. In fact we want to help owners support their horses to be barefoot for most or all of the time.
Most horses will need some form of support when transitioning from shod to barefoot.
This isn’t quite as straight an answer as most would like. It heavily depends on the amount of riding, the terrain, the horse’s movement and landing and how regularly they are trimmed. Long toes can split some designs, and some soles are softer than others.
Typically we expect boots to last 1,000km or 600 miles, although some riders may find they last even longer.
Shoeing every 6 weeks at a cost of approx. €100 per set is roughly €900 per year.
Boots require a 6 weekly trim. Sometimes owners may get involved with the maintenance between farrier visits which will significantly lower the cost. But if we compare like for like with a 6 weekly farrier visit the cost for trimming is €360 (based on €40 trim) plus the cost of a set of boots (95% of horses I fit only require front boots) is on average €200.
So the saving over a year is around €340.
If you decide to manage hooves and only have 2-3 visits per year means savings of up to €550 per year, per horse.
Yes, however these aren’t the studs you will be used to using with shoes. They are smaller, ice studs.
There is a large range in tread depth and designs, I can help you find the most suitable for the activities you plan to do.
Due to a combination of riding travel costs and last minute cancellations I have taken the decision to offer online only fitting.
This is a great opportunity for owners to learn more about how to fit their own boots with guidance and support.
I can come to your venue, bringing some learning materials and offer an interactive talk on the function of the hoof, shoes, barefoot and boots.
I can then demonstrate the different boot designs while fitting 1 or 2 horses.
Would you like me to talk about the barefoot trim? I can share a talk on hoof mapping, natural hoof function and the basics of supporting the hoof in barefoot transitioning through trimming and how this differs from a shoe trim (I do not demo or teach trimming).
If you would like me to come out to a yard for a talk and fitting demonstration there is a minimum of 8 attendees.