With boots, fit is everything. Dave can measure your horse and provide recommendations for boots. For those of you who like to know more, here is some information about fitting and choosing the right boots for you.

The right fit 

Firstly have a good look at your horse's sole shape after a fresh trim. The saying that best describes hoof boot success is "fit, fit, fit". We believe the biggest determining factor in hoof boot success is indeed fit. That said, how do you know if a boot will fit?

 

1. Use the EasyCare measuring and sizing instructions for that boot style to determine boot size. Do your measurements correspond to the size charts? If your measurements are similar to the size charts, your chances of a snug fit are good. If your measurements do not correspond (foot is wider than long, length and width measurements fit into different sizes), chances are you will not have a snug fit and EasyCare hoof boots are not right for your horse. 

2. Before a boot is tightened the boot should be snug. If you lift the leg and hold the fetlock you should not be able to turn or twist the boot withyour other hand.

3. After tightening, the boot should be a close fit around the hoof wall. Horse boots should not have large gaps or voids between the hoof wall and the boot. If you have then look at a different boot that might be similar to your horse's hoof capsule shape.

4. You know when running shoes or hiking boots fit your own feet. Use the same type of logic when selecting a hoof boot for your horse.

EasyCare hoof boots are not recommended for some types and shapes of feet. Most hoof problems can be remedied over time with correct barefoot trimming. They are the result of hoof distortion due to shoeing and hoof imbalances.

 

1. A hoof with excessive flare. Flare is a clear indication of hoof capsule distortion that needs to be addressed. With proper trimming flare can be eliminated over time.

2. A hoof that is wider than long. A very round hoof that has a length that equals the width is also hard to fit but depending on the measurements, it is often possible to add pads and make other adjustments to achieve good results. Talk to us about how to do this.

3. A hoof with long heels (high in the heels) or one who is extremely low in the heels. Talk to us about what styles are sold as single boots and would work for you.

4. A hoof that is clubbed or irregular in shape due to injury, scarring, etc. Club footed horses will also have upper shoulder musculature assymetry which causes saddle fit issues too. These horses will certainly need a style that is sold as a single boot as they have two very different hoof shapes.

How to Measure for Boots

1. After a fresh trim, measure the width of the hoof across the bottom at the widest point.

2. Measure the length of the hoof from the toe to the buttress line of the heel. The buttress line is the farthest weight bearing point of the heel where the hoof wall ends. Do not include the heel bulbs in the measurement.

  

3. Compare your measurement with the appropriate size chart. Please note that each boot style has its own unique size chart.

4. Ideally, the length and width measurement will fit into the same size. If the length and width measurements indicate different sizes, select the larger size. If the width and length measurements are different by more than one size, your selected boot style is not recommended.

Be sure to check your measurements against an alternative boot in the EasyCare line - another style may accommodate your horse's hoof shape better.

Different boot styles have different fastening systems. Some are very simple but the boot shell has to be very tight fitting to work well. Others are designed to suit horses who don't have perfect hoof form so the fastening systems have to allow for a wide variation in hoof capsule size and be able to draw in the top of the boots.

Keep you hoof shape in mind. Fitting becomes easier with practice and is more about technique than strength.

How Far? On what type of surface? How much traction do you need? How to Choose a Boot Style

People's shoes come in a multitude of varieties for different uses. Hoof boots are no exception. Generally, EasyCare boots fit into four categories:

1. Therapy boots.

2. Short distance/trail boots.

3. Long distance boots.

4. Multi-day boots.

Lucky for us some boots fit into more than one category so we have a wide range of choices available.

 

Therapy boots

EasySoaker: Best for soaking, poulticing and keeping bandages clean and dry. Waterproof.

Easyboot Rx: A light weight therapy boot for horses with hoof maladies,those recovering from surgery, or horses who stand on hard surfaces for long periods.

Easyboot: Great for drying out abscesses and medicating the bottom of the foot.

Short-distance / Trail boots (less than 25 miles per day)

The number one factor in boot success is FIT. Boas, Old Mac's Originals, Old Mac's G-2s and the Easyboot line all have different sizing. Choose the boot that fits most closely to your horse's dimensions.

Easyboot Glove: A slim, form-fitting boot that is easy to apply.

Boa Boot: Full coverage boot with an easy on and off dial system. Perfect for the casual rider. Not recommended for deep mud or sand.

Old Mac's Original: Made for horses with very short, wide feet. Hook and loop system makes them easy to apply. Great long-lasting tread and excellent traction.

Old Mac's G-2: Similar to originals but made for horses with more elongated feet. Our most popular trail boot.

Easyboot Edge: Designed as a distance boot, but easy to apply and great for short rides, too. A semi-aggressive tread and padded interior make this boot tough and comfortable. Note: Any long distance boot can be used for short distances as well.

Long-distance/endurance and high performance competition boots

Easyboot Glove: A slim, form-fitting boot that is easy to apply. No adjustments.

Easyboot Edge: Numerous micro adjustments and a smooth interior for aclose fit. Aggressive tread.

Easyboot Epic: Our most popular long-distance boot. Versatile tread. »» Easyboot Bare: Choose this boot if you are an experienced boot user and don't want to tinker with adjustments.

Easyboot Glue-On: Although trickier to apply, these boots are perfect for pack trips, multi-day rides and any situation where you need a hoof boot for longer than a day.

Easyboot with EasyFoam: When mixed and poured into an Easyboot,EasyFoam sets up as a flexible liner and keeps your boots on for days. Hoof protection in case of a lost shoe

Easyboot Epic: Easier to get on than the Easyboot and the gaiter helps keep the boot on if they don't fit perfect. Boot of choice for a spare. Easyboots have inside cleats, Epics do not. Boots specifically designed for snow/mud (sold individually)

Easyboot Grip: Very aggressive tread. Boot of choice, unless you areplanning to use studs. Studs fit into all of our boots except the Soaker.

Driving

A variety of boots have been used for this purpose. The big determining factor here will be FIT. Boas and Old Mac's are used for short distances, Epic and Bares for longer distances.