WHY WE LOVE IT
* They stay on securely in every thinkable condition
* They keep your horse on his feet in snow
* The stud kit makes them even better in icy conditions
WHAT WE WOULD FIX
* Initially we did struggle to get them fastened properly. The first weeks we probably used about 5 minutes to get them on. After that it takes us about 30 seconds each. Maybe numbering the different velcros in the order they are to be layered?
* We would like to see some bigger reflective bands on them
WHEN WE USE IT
* In winter when the snow and ice arrives
* Protection against sore hoofs year round.
* We have tried to use them in the arena, expected to find the boots full of sand, but they where not
* We have seen them used in eventing
* Perfect for rehab after hoof issues
We must admit, we were pretty sceptical to these boots.
Then, when the snow came. After some pretty scary barefoot rides out in the forest, we decided to test them. We did struggle to get them on in the beginning, wishing we had seen the videos on youtube explaining what we later found out by trail and error. Without the studs they are secure in all terrain except for solid ice. The studs are easy to screw in and makes them perfect for those dark icy conditions of the winter here up north.
We have bathed in rivers with them, walked knee deep in mud, walked in a river of rocks, galloped through fields of snow and they just sit securely. And the best thing: The horse never seems to notice them. They put down there fet as strong as ever. Even when the boots fill with water, they quickly empty and work properly again straightaway.
Taking them off takes a few seconds each.
After the initial scare, we have learned to trust and love these boots, and will recommend them highly!
LETS GET TECHINCAL
The boots have a thick yet flexible rubber sole (7mm (9/32″) depth). They fasten with layers of strong double sided velcro, so there is no loose straps or buckles flopping around.
I have read that they are expected to last about a year if used almost daily.
HOW WE CLEAN IT
After a normal day hacking out, we will just rinse them under luke warm water.
We have never experienced any rubs from these, but do take extra care when washing out, so that there are no sand or debris in them.
They take a while to dry completely, so we keep them stored in a heated room in winter.
We would suggest you actually do take great care about measuring the hoof before ordering these boots. They actually cope fine with the hoof growing as they do between the farriers visits, but the perfect fit will make them easier to take on and off.
This brand has different boots for different uses, make sure you find one that fits your needs.
The Ultimate comes in black with blue or red detailing.
There is a stud kit available, and we would then use an extra sole inside the boot with them.
There is also available a dampening pad for added cushioning, and felt pads for wicking properties when in rehab situations.
See this video to learn how to put them on: