Model: Old Mac G2
Category: Horse Boots and Wraps
Purchase: I purchased these hoof boots from Valley Vet for $140. My barefoot horse is tender on gravel and rocks, and I wanted something to protect her feet as she made the transition to "natural hooves". I decided that the Old Mac boots were best suited for my horse's rather round feet.
Likes: The boots are very easy to put on, and stay on well. No shifting or rotating, and they don't come off. The boots secure around both the pastern and hoof itself, so you can really get them tight on the horse's foot. While wearing them, my horse is sound on gravel roads and strides out much more confidently than she does fully barefoot. We rode for two hours down a gravel road and she didn't take one sore step. The tread is good, but not too good, if you know what I mean. It's very grippy, but not so much that the horse's hoof is "stuck" to the ground with no give. So far no slips on grass, mud, gravel, or hills.
Dislikes: They are absolutely hideous! Seriously, my horse looks like she's wearing Frankenstein's hand-me-downs. The boots are labeled "right" and "left", but it took me (and 2 friends) about 10 minutes to find said labels. They're on the end of the buckle strap, if you want to save yourself the hunt. Would be nice if that was more obvious. Though my horse does not normally over-reach and clip herself, she does catch a hind hoof on the tread every now and then. Not enough to impede her stride or pull the boot off, but she does clip the boot. If your horse over-reaches, this might be an issue. The gaiters that come with this boot are terrible! Difficult to get on, they like to bunch around the heel when you put the boot on over them. Also, they change the fit of the boot, making them much wider, something my horse did not appreciate. I rode with the gaiters once and never again.
Quality: The boots are very well made and very durable. A two hour ride down a gravel road hardly even left a mark on the tread. The straps are heavy duty and the stitching is excellent. These boots will last a long time.
Summary: I'm giving these boots a 4 out of 5 because they're great boots, but they're ugly as hell and the clipping issue is rather annoying. If you want a slick looking boot, don't buy these. If your horse over-reaches by a long shot, don't buy these. He'll just trip himself up. If you're looking for a good, durable hoof boot for a round-ish hoof that's easy to put on, these are the boots for you.
Usefulness Rating: 2.75 out of 5.
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