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Re: [RC] A Little Experimentation Pays Off - wrecksduke

Sooooo, would you recommend the boots without gaiters??
I was thinking of changing from shoes to boots.

---- Lori Bertolucci <loribertolucci@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote: 
Elizabeth, this wasn't the first post about the gaiters rubbing. There have 
been posts in the past that talked about how bad they rubbed. I was one of 

--- On Wed, 7/8/09, Elizabeth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Elizabeth Walker <bwalker2@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [RC] A Little Experimentation Pays Off
To: "Ridecamp" <ridecamp@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 9:45 AM

Thanks Angie!  I think it is important to hear stories when things don't 
work.  Yours is the first post where someone reported problems with the 
gaiters, which is important to people like me, since I would need to use 
gaiters rather than glue-ons if I decided to go the barefoot route.   

On Jul 8, 2009, at 5:49 AM, Angie Mikkelson wrote:
I was convinced by all the stories about how great the new easyboots were and 
after doing many miles on my mare in steel shoes decided to try the Gloves.  
My experience was not as great as most the emails, blogs etc that I've seen 
posted recently on various forums and websites.  I trained only a few rides 
with the Gloves and things seemed good, my mares hooves are shaped well for 
the boots and the stay on very nicely, which is usually the #1 concern with 
boots (will they stay on?).  Other than the stress of just not fully 
trusting the boots I had problems with rubs from the gaitors.  Also, 
although my horse finished the 2 day 100 in them, her attitude sucked and 
her quality of movement was much different than usual.  She is very 
sensitive, I don't know if it was just having them on her feet that bugged 
her or she was having a crabby weekend or what.  The final straw for me 
was on the last 10 mile loop of the 2nd day it poured rain for about an
 hour, the trail turned muddy and slick, my other horse that had steel shoes 
on (my husband was riding him with me), was not sliping and sliding nearly as 
much as I was, my mare was sliding so much that she was actually difficult to 
get to move forward as she knew she was going to slide.  After one really 
bad uphill that we slipped all the way up, I decided there was no way I was 
going down it with the boots on.  I got off at the top and pulled all four 
boots, they were caked with mud about 1-2" thick on the bottom and had to 
weigh a pound each.  I finished the rest of the loop barefoot.  I am just 
really skeptical at this point about moving forward with using the boots...I 
think for ME, they will be nice to use for training rides in the spring and 
for in between shoeings if the horse has a lay off after a 100 or 
something.  I don't condemn the boots or think that no one can use them, 
just thought I'd share my one small experience.
Angie Mikkelson

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Re: [RC] A Little Experimentation Pays Off, Lori Bertolucci