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Re: [RC] A Little Experimentation Pays Off - Truman Prevatt

I thing the Achilles' heel of any of the hoof protections where there the ground interface is a surface of rubber or plastic substance - wet conditions. That's true of boots of all sorts, ground control shoes, equithotic horse shoes, etc. Probably why they are much more useful in the arid and semi-arid (and maybe sandy) parts of the country than on good old Eastern red clay mud or even wet grass.

That I think is just the nature of the beast. I've had luck with EZ boots in the West - none whatsoever and only aggravation in trying to duplicated it in the East.


sherman wrote:
Problems with gaiter rubs are common with the Epics. Some users of the Gloves are finding the new gaiter does not cause quite as many problems, but still causes rub sores on some horses. And the traction in mud is also a known problem. I'll only use boots in dry conditions, but I do still use them whenever hoof protection is needed.
If anyone needs to know more about boots and booting, there is a yahoo group, barefootendurancehorses, where you can get all the info you need from riders that are making barefoot work for their horses...or not (:>)

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[RC] A Little Experimentation Pays Off, sherman