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Subject: [RC] hoof protection at Tevis - Dream Weaver

Just wondering if any of the horses at Tevis were wearing some kind
of hoof boot, specifically, the Epics or Bares.

Yes, lots of them were. I did get some photos which are in my blog: http://easycareinc.typepad.com/karen/ A lot of horses seemed to be losing shoes and the riders usually use Easyboots, or Epics to get them to the next check where they can get a shoe nailed back on. A few riders did of course use boots the entire way. It did seem that a lot of riders had to borrow boots because they weren't carrying their own. The two times I completed the Tevis I used Easyboots, and still carried extras (which I lent out to others). It's always a good idea on a ride like that to be extra prepared which means not just carrying an extra boot (and having an extra one or two in your crewbag) but it's also important to have already fit it to the horse you are riding and know how to get them on and off. Especially after seeing how many horses lost shoes this year. The first time to be doing that isn't on the side of the trail with horses going by.



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