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Re: [RC] How to fit boots? - Beth Walker

Thanks Karen.  I'll look at the links as soon as I can.  I'm having trouble with my desktop email at the moment.  Had to check mail using my phone. :)

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On Jul 31, 2007, at 11:24 PM, Karen <kchaton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

My horse wears shoes, but I want to make sure I have an Easyboot for 
emergencies.  Since he is normally shod, how do I make sure that the 
boot will fit?  Can I fit it over his shoe at home and assume that it 
is 'close enough'?  I don't think my shoer would want to wait while I 
dink around fitting an easyboot after he pulls the shoe and does the 
trim....

One other thing -- when fitting a boot over shoes -- is there 
anything to watch out for when taking it off, so I don't end up with 
a loose shoe?

Hi Beth:  Check out these articles on using Easyboots.  They are a few years old, but it's still useful information:

Easyboot 101 Part 1
Easyboot 101 Part 2 (using Easyfoam)

Newer updated version

Advanced Easyboot tips
Links to lots of Easyboot tips

When you are using newer boots (2005 and newer) the trick is to remove the cable out of the groove, that allows the boot to open up wider both for putting it on, and for removing it.  See option b in this graphic for an example on how to do that.  Measure your horses hooves with and without shoes and see what the difference is and where it falls in the size chart.  You should probably go with a boot that will fit over a shoe, that way you can use it that way before (hopefully) the shoe comes off.  If using a boot over shoes, especially on the fronts be sure to trim the back of the boot down to lessen the chance of the horse stepping them off. 

And for those of you who are experiencing problems with your boots - please use this form, photos are appreciated.  We are working to fix any problem that is occurring and actually many of the problems have already been fixed on the current boots.  I'm really sorry for those of you who have had problems with cables or buckles breaking. 

Karen

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