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Getting the Boot

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What are the two most important things you want in a hoof boot to replace a lost shoe or treat injury?
(Check only two)

Relatively inexpensive (less than $40.00/boot)
9%
245
Easy to put on
21%
562
Stays on
35%
914
Has a cushioned sole
7%
185
Allows the hoof to breathe
11%
301
Relatively durable
13%
352
Other (share your comments below)
3%
75

Total votes cast: 2634

Comments & Write-in Answers

Allows debris that gets in the boot to get out

6/30/2008 11:58:54 AM

does not rub horses ankle or cause damage to horse in any way

6/29/2008 10:47:10 PM

largger sizes are needed to fit warmbloods and drafts

6/29/2008 2:57:18 PM

Not irritable to foot

6/29/2008 2:24:34 PM

Likked them when I saw them and would like to try them

6/29/2008 1:56:40 PM

does not dig into the back of the heel

6/28/2008 3:38:37 PM

and relatively easy to take off (by me not the horse) Easy boot is excellent

6/28/2008 2:47:54 PM

I've used this boot for my horse. The boot consistently stays on and is very easy to put on.

6/28/2008 2:06:09 PM

I have never used boots of any type. Either shoes or stall rest

6/28/2008 12:35:29 AM

Sfe for the hoof

6/27/2008 10:11:24 PM

They either fall off or ware out too soon

6/27/2008 6:15:47 PM

It should not rub the coronary band. or heel.

6/27/2008 5:53:03 PM

easyboot epics are the best

6/27/2008 4:09:56 PM

It should be durable. I recently purchased some boots that were very nice. They were easy to put on

6/27/2008 2:07:41 PM

must not further damage the hoof. and stays on. and is easy to get on wb hoof.

6/27/2008 1:57:16 PM

I had a horse that lived in an easyboot for nine months while a huge abcess grew out-

6/27/2008 12:36:05 PM

Fits well

6/27/2008 10:19:38 AM

The most important thing is a boot also needs to fit properly and be comfortable for the horse.

6/27/2008 10:01:24 AM

Can't really just choose two

6/27/2008 8:50:45 AM

Wonder about the rubbing factor of the straps that secure it

6/27/2008 7:48:03 AM

Doesn't cause rubs or further injury to hoof or leg by spinning or twisting

6/27/2008 5:55:26 AM

must not damage the hoof or coronary band

6/27/2008 1:06:27 AM

shoes? what shoes? to treat an injury I want it to be easy to put on and know it will STAY on

6/27/2008 12:24:36 AM

I liked the old mac boots because the local tack repair could fix any broken straps/buckels

6/26/2008 11:07:56 PM

Needs to be durable too - endurance racing, trail riding

6/26/2008 11:00:26 PM

lost shoe replacement would be nice

6/26/2008 10:58:51 PM

doesn't rub coronary band or heels

6/26/2008 9:37:54 PM

I want to not shoe at all, use only the boots when needed.

6/26/2008 6:36:55 PM

All of the above, plus comfortable for my horse.

6/26/2008 6:04:12 PM

non chafing

6/26/2008 5:49:46 PM

No Velcro!

6/26/2008 5:18:02 PM

I've moved to vettec sole pak for my hoof protection

6/26/2008 5:02:24 PM

Stays on would be a given don't you think?

6/26/2008 4:59:38 PM

dont dig into the hoof and cause damage on removal

6/26/2008 4:56:26 PM

is healthy and appropriatley supportive

6/26/2008 4:27:29 PM

does not rub

6/26/2008 4:20:34 PM

The boot should fit well and not rub the soft tissue.

6/26/2008 3:33:06 PM

size specific

6/26/2008 3:31:22 PM

fits well

6/26/2008 2:14:00 PM

Don't believe in shoes, horse should be natural then you don't have to worry about a lost shoe.

6/26/2008 11:42:42 AM

It must not irritate!

6/26/2008 10:38:55 AM

doesn't rub foot

6/26/2008 10:19:56 AM

I use them in leiu of steel shoes.

6/26/2008 9:52:37 AM

no rubs

6/26/2008 7:45:43 AM

I would have checked all, but having it stay on and let the hoof breathe are critical.

6/26/2008 7:40:42 AM

doesn't allow rocks, etc., to enter boot

6/26/2008 1:22:30 AM

i want a bell boot that is soft inside creates sweat for inflamation/swelling.(ringbone ect.)

6/26/2008 12:27:27 AM

very durable at the toe. but they are all important to me

6/25/2008 11:47:54 PM

duct tape & hoof pads, works great-cheap

6/25/2008 10:05:18 PM

all of the above are important! Tough to prioritize this one.

6/25/2008 8:57:54 PM

Something that can be strong enought o protect the hoof and keep it clean and dry, with soul support

6/25/2008 7:37:40 PM

want inexpensive also!

6/25/2008 5:38:29 PM

can be cleaned and disinfected, can be cushioned if desired (removable pads)

6/25/2008 4:34:11 PM

And to make sure the hoof dosen't chip so the showe can be replaced relatively easy.

6/25/2008 4:12:17 PM

Does not harm any surrounding tissue plus easy to size

6/25/2008 3:52:31 PM

I would love one that is a one size fits all easy to put on for injuries

6/25/2008 2:51:21 PM

I need a boot my horse can wear 24/7 as he transitions from shoes to bare hooves.

6/25/2008 2:42:00 PM

Really depends on if for long term or short term use, and type of mishap.

6/25/2008 2:39:05 PM

boots need to fit properly so that they don't do more damage than good.

6/25/2008 1:11:38 PM

Hard to choose only 2!

6/25/2008 1:06:32 PM

I use easyboot epics. they stay on, relatively easy to put on, and i can get parts for them.

6/25/2008 12:30:52 PM

A boot that stays on and will last!

6/25/2008 11:59:06 AM

all of the above seem important to me and hoof health if treating for anything

6/25/2008 11:51:10 AM

Since a boot is a temporary fix, my drafts need a BIG, DURABLE boot en route to the farrier!

6/25/2008 10:56:35 AM

All are important.

6/25/2008 10:37:41 AM

less than 40.00 per boot and is easy to put on.

6/25/2008 10:35:33 AM

I own 3 different styles and each are hard to put on, even though the advertise easiness.

6/25/2008 10:25:23 AM

Horses are barefoot, coming from shoes and sometimes needs boots, til they can walk on rocks

6/25/2008 10:04:31 AM

Does nfot damage the hoof or horse in any way

6/25/2008 9:55:04 AM

don't use them, my horse is gently riden on hoof-friendly surface

6/25/2008 9:42:47 AM

replace shoes so the hoof can function like it should

6/25/2008 9:27:34 AM

I have never used them

6/25/2008 9:26:20 AM

good fit

6/25/2008 9:06:30 AM

All of the above are desireable to replace styrofoam & duct tape

6/25/2008 8:56:37 AM

At our barn we have a horse that had a laminitic attack who wears them for tender soles in the mud

6/25/2008 7:41:59 AM

does not abrade the coronet band

6/25/2008 6:03:49 AM

comfort with no chaffing are vitally important

6/25/2008 3:37:07 AM

important that the boot does not rub horse's foot anywhere

6/25/2008 3:01:32 AM

does not rub and cause blisters and sores

6/25/2008 2:42:45 AM

also easy to get off but not by the horse

6/25/2008 12:38:41 AM

Am using barrier boots to protect rear feet w/chronic white line; they need to stay dry & clean

6/25/2008 12:22:14 AM

Choosing 2 was hard, so I've added 2 more. I also like easy put on & stay on, very improtant!

6/25/2008 12:04:28 AM

It would be nice to find a boots that stays on properly is very durable for a decent price.

6/24/2008 11:27:45 PM

Days of diapers and tape should be long gone. I want one that will hold medicine and or ice.

6/24/2008 11:10:29 PM

Won't use them because of problems that can occur from wearing the boot.

6/24/2008 11:05:28 PM

Correct fit is tricky and I've had trouble keeping emergency boots on my horse.

6/24/2008 10:57:01 PM

I've even lost a newer Epic, that gets frustrating

6/24/2008 10:51:16 PM

Been using hoof boots for front hooves since 2002 - use instead of shoes for riding.

6/24/2008 10:35:02 PM

Needs to stay on, but not damage the hoof like easyboots do

6/24/2008 10:11:30 PM

Fits the foot properly

6/24/2008 9:59:40 PM

I would want it to fit properly & not fall off.

6/24/2008 9:57:53 PM

Works with the movement of the hoof with out rubbing and stays on

6/24/2008 9:34:50 PM

all of the above

6/24/2008 9:30:53 PM

doesn't allow dirt and debris into the boot, in case you are using for an abcess

6/24/2008 9:30:20 PM

ALL of these

6/24/2008 9:30:14 PM

one that a horse cannot rip off or chew off or pull off standing on

6/24/2008 9:26:00 PM

Doesn't rub--tried them all--they all rub--not for horses with low heels

6/24/2008 9:18:56 PM

I've been using the Hoof Sock from Penn Equine on my foundered pony. Reusable and durable.

6/24/2008 8:42:22 PM

I use boots instead of shoes, better for the horse

6/24/2008 8:40:17 PM

easy to care in saddle bag

6/24/2008 8:36:55 PM

some traction -not a smooth bottom

6/24/2008 8:30:23 PM

I haven't found a boot yet that my T-Bred won't get rid of

6/24/2008 8:09:25 PM

price is the 3rd most important consideration.

6/24/2008 8:05:26 PM

my horse alwats gets them off

6/24/2008 7:35:45 PM

i use my ole macs instead of putting shoes on my horses

6/24/2008 7:29:06 PM

I'd like to see more boots being used by barefoot horses so that shoes are not needed.

6/24/2008 7:28:00 PM

All of the above, and designed to fit a naturally bare foot!

6/24/2008 7:07:24 PM

durable, low profile, not clunky

6/24/2008 7:05:33 PM

Able to find the size for the dinner plate size hoofs of a big Belgian!

6/24/2008 6:59:16 PM

Doesn't rub

6/24/2008 6:49:53 PM

I don't use shoes on my horse. She does great "going natural."

6/24/2008 6:49:19 PM

flexible to fit mule/donkey feet??

6/24/2008 6:48:47 PM

Fits the horse well enough to be comfortable and not collect mud or sand, etc.

6/24/2008 6:39:43 PM

thru experience, the easier to put on the better for injuries

6/24/2008 6:37:07 PM

I use the new "old mac's" and love them.

6/24/2008 6:32:23 PM

All of the above would be great. I use old mac boots and find them easy on and stay on.

6/24/2008 6:32:09 PM

It must not damage the foot in any way.

6/24/2008 6:28:18 PM

Well could only pick two but the other important factor is durability.

6/24/2008 6:25:07 PM

Cost would also factor in my buying decision

6/24/2008 6:19:08 PM

If I can't get it on easily then I won't use it. Might as well wait for the farrier to fix it.

6/24/2008 6:13:12 PM

Fits the hoof & foot well so doesn't rub.

6/24/2008 6:11:06 PM

All of the above.

6/24/2008 6:01:53 PM

Currently there are none (that I can find) that will fit a draft horse!!

6/24/2008 5:56:49 PM

Size - Draft sizes are nearly impossible to find

6/24/2008 5:54:33 PM

I would like to see all the listed factors in hoof boots as well as a non-chafing design.

6/24/2008 5:43:05 PM

Also easy to get off

6/24/2008 5:42:59 PM

Fits well; rubs and sores don't help anything!

6/24/2008 5:22:14 PM

Not injurious to hoof, hard to misapply

6/24/2008 5:21:08 PM

Does not rub or put pressure anywhere on the hoof

6/24/2008 5:20:03 PM

All are important. The only reason to buy one is to save the work & supplies of making my own.

6/24/2008 5:10:03 PM

Forget Shoes! If we could just have easy to put on running shoe-like boots - no nails, better hoof!

6/24/2008 5:02:31 PM

Easy on. Allow horse to complete what s/he was doing, protect from injury/further injury

6/24/2008 4:59:42 PM

Need cushioning for my artheritic show mare's ailing knees.

6/24/2008 4:54:42 PM

easy on, stays on, and is durable all with out duct tape!

6/24/2008 4:53:00 PM

Hoof Boots are more healthful. With shoes nails are used. A bad idea.

6/24/2008 4:35:47 PM

I don't think I'd ever feel the need to use a boot. I don't shoe my horses and bandages work fine

6/24/2008 4:35:40 PM

It needs to be easy to remove also.

6/24/2008 4:29:37 PM

some with the nubs(?) to keep the boot on actually hurt our horse

6/24/2008 4:28:46 PM

It should not cause further damage to the hoof

6/24/2008 4:28:06 PM

Two items didn't do it for me - it should be easy-on, easy-stay AND cushion the foot!

6/24/2008 4:27:22 PM

i don't treat injuries

6/24/2008 4:17:19 PM

i have been using the Old Mac's G2's with my barefoot trim and I just love them and so does my horse

6/24/2008 4:14:44 PM

Needs to fit well so it doesn't irritate the horse

6/24/2008 4:14:44 PM

Boots are also fabulous for barefoot trail riding! I use them every trail ride and love them

6/24/2008 4:06:50 PM

affordable and effective!!!

6/24/2008 4:05:03 PM

Preferably ALL!! LOL!!

6/24/2008 4:04:23 PM

If it isn't easy to put on, then stay on, it won't be used at all.

6/24/2008 3:58:48 PM

assistance for people who are unfamilar with boots

6/24/2008 3:56:54 PM

Comfortable

6/24/2008 3:56:24 PM

it needs to FIT. I have mules and most are built for HORSE feet.) mule feet are differently shaped:

6/24/2008 3:55:05 PM

anatomically correct

6/24/2008 3:51:08 PM

does not rub or make sores where it touches skin

6/24/2008 3:42:14 PM

Has a non slip sole

6/24/2008 3:35:33 PM

Doesnt chafe bulbs of heel and coronary bands

6/24/2008 3:34:30 PM

Does not damage the hairline

6/24/2008 3:34:17 PM

ALL THE ABOVE

6/24/2008 3:27:18 PM

does this include boots worn in PLACE OF all shoeing?

6/24/2008 3:22:49 PM

it has to withhold turnouts

6/24/2008 3:22:30 PM

Should not rub or create more problems

6/24/2008 3:22:27 PM

Boot criteria for lost shoe and treatment are different

6/24/2008 3:21:50 PM

It's tough to pick just 2. All are important.

6/24/2008 3:20:53 PM

works like a bare hoof

6/24/2008 3:18:07 PM

The horse has been around for almost 50 millon years. Their feet are not meant to be in a shoe.

6/24/2008 3:16:42 PM

I boot for endurance and I don't want to get off I do a boot to last.

6/24/2008 3:15:27 PM

It would be hard to improve on the Old Mac G2 that I use now.

6/24/2008 3:14:38 PM

does not rub anywhere and protects the foot and allows the horse to get good traction always

6/24/2008 3:14:25 PM

emmulates natural foot movement. i.e. supports a breakover. Protect sore feet.

6/24/2008 3:14:01 PM

doesn't cause lameness

6/24/2008 3:08:05 PM

I keep my horses barefoot and ride endurance (50-100 miles). I need a boot to last at least 250 mi

6/24/2008 2:52:35 PM

fits well

6/24/2008 2:47:37 PM

easy breakover style. not so bulky as most on market.

6/24/2008 2:35:05 PM

Mine are barefoot, always use easy boots

6/24/2008 2:34:51 PM

all of these are important when buying a boot.

6/24/2008 2:31:42 PM

Can't narrow down to two

6/24/2008 1:36:47 PM

Old Mac's G2 boots work best for me!

6/24/2008 12:43:04 PM

All of the above would help

6/24/2008 11:46:29 AM

good traction and fits securely without rubbing coronary band

6/24/2008 11:22:16 AM

Neat looking, non irritating to the horse,

6/24/2008 11:07:34 AM

Comfort for the horse

6/24/2008 8:34:38 AM