My pal Cal is a recent convert to hoof boots – her Mum Laura Pyke looked to hoof boots when Cal was recuperating after laminitis. Here is their story –
“Cal’s laminitis was caused from the concussion of having horse shoes nailed into her feet. With my vet and farrier’s support as we rehabilitated her, I was thrilled to be invited to test some Easyboot wide fit ‘Glove’ hoof boot, which are slightly wider than long.
After discussing my aims for the mare’s rehab, Lucy Nicholas of Trelawne Equine recommended the Glove, as it sits below the hairline, is lightweight, and should fit well.
Lucy knew I had a yard full of horses, so suggested using a fit kit, which includes various boot ‘shells’. The kit arrived, I watched the fitting videos online, and I ascertained the size required.
The next day, I popped her Gloves on and led Cal up the lane the short distance to the lunge arena. She was careful, but eager to move. With each day, she seemed a little happier. We started road walks in hand, only up the road and back, but she was always flowing on better as we returned to the yard. The odd days I led her on the road barefoot, she was noticeably more wary and heading for the grass verges.
The boots have made a big change to her outlook. I began leading her out with company to see if she could keep up, which she did; we’ve been long-reining solo and in company for three-to-four weeks now, increasing the distance, frequency and pace each week. She’s taking on hills and bridleways with a very positive attitude.
We’re just beginning to start lunging again, on grass which she can do barefoot and still show me her big, elastic Arabian trot. She is turned out a little each day, initially with her boots on. Her Gloves haven’t caused any rubs, even on her sensitive white foot, although they have been wet for almost every use.
Hoof boots have helped Cal’s feet and her mind get over the laminitis.
The Easyboot wide fit ‘glove’ hoof boot offers a seamless fit and hugs the hoof; it responds like a natural foot and is flexible and tough, giving the horse added traction and protection to the sole, while allowing a free stride and breakover. RRP is around £68.50 per individual boot. The Wide Glove is available in seven sizes, including half sizes, to buy or hire. Contact Trelawne Equine to locate your nearest stockist on 0844 2578585 or visit www.trelawneequine.co.uk.