Manufacturer: Exselle (View all products by Exselle)
Model: The Natural Hoof Shoe (View all The Natural Hoof Shoe reviews)
Category: Horse Boots and Wraps
Purchase: I bought these from 'Bitten' online. The price was $37.95 per boot which is about $10 less than anyone else. Service was GREAT and they arrived within 2 or 3 days. I have two mares I'm shifting to barefoot. One mare wears Mediums, the other wears a Medium and a Large so I had to order 3 boots - 2 Mediums and one Large. Easy Boots are a pain to put on and the Simple Boots don't fit perfectly and acquire lots of sand during rides, even with socks or Pastern Wraps. These sounded like just what I needed.
Likes: They go on much more easily than wrestling with Easy Boots and don't rub my horses heel bulbs like Simple Boots. According to one of the ads "Without clamps or dials, The Natural Hoof Shoe by Exselle is easy to use. If a regular shoe is lost you can continue to school, condition or turn out for days or even weeks until the farrier arrives. If you prefer to keep your horses barefoot but need protection periodically, the Natural Hoof Shoe is the solution." My horse moved well and happily in them.
Dislikes: The boots were used twice. Once for about a half hour in the arena (sand footing) and once on a trail ride for about an hour in a sandy wash. Already the foot of one is developing a hole! At nearly $76 a pair I expected them to last at least a bit longer than this.
Quality: Construction seemed fine and probably quality is fine if they were being advertised as turn-out boots for horses on grass. But they are advertised as suitable for 'conditioning' for 'days or even weeks'. Clearly what they are made of isn't tough enough to hold up to even minimal use.
Summary: I might get another two or three rides from these boots before they are unusable. I'm trying to switch to barefoot riding to save money. At this rate it would be a lot cheaper to pay the farrier $90 every 7 weeks to shoe them.
Usefulness Rating: 4.24 out of 5.
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