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[RC] Hoof Armor - k s swigart

I tried the stuff out on the ground around here (mostly DG).  It didn't
last more than a day on the front hooves of either of two of my horses
when they were turned out (not ridden) in a ~100x200 pen.

It lasted longer but less than a week on the horse that was confined
(not ridden) in a 24'x48' pen.

With this experience, I didn't have any expectations that it would hold
up for any mileage on a ridden horse so didn't bother to try.  I put
EasyBoots on the horses when they are ridden.

It may hold up better on something that is not as hard and abrasive as
packed DG (which is about as hard and abrasive as footing comes).
Consequently, I would consider it inadequate hoof protection for doing
the Main Divide 100 (and wouldn't allow somebody to start with it).

I think it is probably inadequate hoof protection for the Big Bear 100
too even though the footing is not 100 miles of packed DG like the Main
Divide it is still pretty abrasive and there are some sections that can
only be described as "rocky as all hell"; however, since the vet checks
are much more accessible I may be willing to let people start with
it...and probably get pulled.

Orange County, Calif.


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