Model: Easy Boot Epic
Category: Horse Boots and Wraps
Purchase: I purchased a pair of easyboot epics from the local farm supply store for $120. I didn't want to have to shoe my horse this year, but she is tender on gravel, so I needed some protection for her. I had read reviews about easyboots, and they sounded the best. I also already had one easyboot as an emergency shoe, but it did not have the gator and I frequently found myself backtracking to find it when it was pulled off.
Likes: I did not find the easy boot as hard to apply as some people had made it out to be (although, I think my horses feet are on the small side of the size shoe they fit in, so might be easier to put on). So, basically, I found them easy to put on, a little bit of playing around with a hoof pick to move the cables to the right position for tightening (a hoof pick is an essential tool for applying and removing easyboots!). Once on, my horse was completely comfortable over gravel which she previously tried to avoid, and if made to walk on, limped across it. I have only used these boots on three long rides now, but I can already tell they are worth every cent, and I have not lost a single boot thanks to the gator! I have been very hard on these boots, and they stayed put, not even twisting. We rode through knee-deep crusty snow, angle deep shoe-sucking mud, crossed a raging spring creek that was knee deep (twice), cantered across a moist field, trotted down a gravel road, traversed a trail strewn with bowling ball sized rocks, and ascended a super steep bank on a trail made by a moose. And all through this, the boots stayed put! I am so impressed with them and glad for my purchase! These boots are super easy to clean off after a ride (I would recommend washing them after each ride, rather than being lazy and waiting until before the next ride to scrape off hardened mud).
Dislikes: There is nothing that I don't like about these boots, although I do worry that I might break the cables one of these days when I am tightening them. But I think that I can order replacement cables and replace them myself if they ever do break.
Quality: These boots are excellent quality. The rubber is durable and the neoprene gator is soft around the pastern.
Summary: I love these boots and will definitely be purchasing a back-up pair just in case I need them. Good bye to metal shoes!
Author: Kara G.
Usefulness Rating: 3 out of 5.
4 reader(s) voted.
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