Model: Boa Boot
Category: Horse Boots and Wraps
Purchase: My cushings horse couldn't keep shoes on and constant calls to the farrier was getting really expensive. I bought my first pair of boots when they first started selling them in the catalogs. I think the summer of 2004. I purchased them through Jeffers. I believe the pair ran about $130. Since then I have purchased too more pairs once directly from the manufacturer.
Likes: I love that I can make my horse comfortable if he's dealing with sore feet as a result of what was chronic founder. As I've improved his diet, meds, and working with a barefoot trimmer now we can use them just for work. I love feeling confident that I can canter without worrying about my horse overreaching and popping a shoe. They are easy to put on and take off. The dial allows you to really snug them up.
Dislikes: I had a hard time sizing them. At first I was going to put them over metal shoes but that didn't work for us. I am not comfortable putting them on the back feet. I think I need a half size. I have had some rubbing issues if the feet get damp. The shoes fit nice and snug so I have a hard time using the gaiters. Before switching to a barefoot trimmer the toes would get overgrown and the boot would become very hard to put on. My first pair has come unstitched in the back but it's considerably cheaper than metal shoes. I would like them to drain better. My horse has actually gotten a founder like ridge only at upper front of foot and I don't know if this a result of pressure from the dial. I've found the best thing for me is a neoprene triangular pad under dial and the pads that the company sells that can be cut to fit the shoe.
Quality: They look to me like giant cabbage patch shoes. They are a sturdy durable material with a tough sole. Like hiking boots for a horse. I have found them to be very well made and as I've beaten them up overtime I don't mind that I've paid for 3 pairs because I've more than made that money back when I can tell my farrier just to trim. I can get a trim for $45 instead of a full set of metal shoes.
Summary: I highly recommend these boots. I especially encourage all to use them in partnership with a natural horse trim. If you find they are rubbing there are many ways to add proper padding for your horses comfort. I do think some people make the mistake of not letting the horse adjust to wearing them before going on an endurance ride. Of course it can rub. Let your horse callus up a bit. I believe they are well worth the money. I've tried the old macs and hated them. These are in a totally different class.
Author: Amy Jean and her happy saddlebred
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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