Manufacturer: Cavallo (View all products by Cavallo)
Model: Simple Boot (View all Simple Hoof Boot reviews)
Category: Horse Boots and Wraps
Purchase: I acquired these at Lammles in Calgary, AB for approximately $125.00 per pair. My 4 year old gelding has very good feet and has never been shod. My aim is to keep him barefoot as long as I have him. I need something on his feet for traction on ice and for protection in summer from rock (I usually ride him barefoot as most areas where I ride have soil, not rock).
Likes: Good quality leather, nice tread pattern with thick sole. Works well that the boot comes up as high as it does, stays on even in thick mud and heavy snow drifts. I am using the boot in winter with the longer Easy Boot boot stud for traction (can order them from Easy Care). On my last ride, after a big melt (chinook) the foothills were covered in ice. The boot with boot stud worked great (just as well as my friends with nailed on winter shoes). Worked even on the rather lethal combination of mud over ice. Am impressed! So were my skeptical riding friends.
Dislikes: Hard to fit, the sizes on the chart are too large. The chart showed my gelding as a size 5 when a size 3 fits him well. Took a few tries to get the right size. The velcro keepers on the outside get fuzzy quite fast. My horse stumbled a little bit at first, but is used to them now. Could be because he has never had anything on his feet(shoes or otherwise) so could be more of an adjustment for him than for other horses.
Quality: Very nicely made, no exposed seams to rub him, everything is very sturdy and durable (so far, anyway). Treads fairly aggressive, like a decent hiking boot, should provide good traction in soft earth and mud. Snow does not ball in the foot, pops right out with each stride, which helps keep the boot studs in contact with the ice and doing their job.
Summary: As mentioned, my aim is to keep my horse barefoot. However, I ride in the foothills of the Rockies and need something for traction when there is ice in winter and for rides in the mountains (on the rock) in summer. So far, with the help of the boot studs, the boot provides excellent traction in really icy conditions. Cannot speak to how well they would work with Cavallo boot studs, I am using the Easy Boot boot studs (long version). Easy to install and easy to use. I plan on removing the studs in the early summer and siliconing the holes so I can used them in the mountains on rocky stream beds and so forth in the summer months.
Usefulness Rating: 2.5 out of 5.
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