I ordered the size 1 kit which gave me a 0.5, 1, and 1.5 to try.
One disclaimer: it has been 3 weeks, (maybe even 4 I would have to go back and look) since her trim and you really are supposed to do it right after a fresh trim. I knew this going in, so figured her feet might be a bit too big for the right size, but again things prevented me from getting there any sooner so I was left with what I had.
I pulled her in and man she is looking gorgeous this spring!! It had just finished raining yet again and so I used the cross ties in the barn.
From my previous measurements, I was pretty confident that the 0.5 would fit on her hinds, so I started there. I began with the 1.0 figuring they would be too big, but since this was my first time using these I wanted an easier fit to practice with. As I figured, it slid right on without any effort and the front wedge didn't form the V it needed to.
|Right hind in the Easyboot Glove #1.You can see the front wedge hasn't sprung open at all and there is a gap along the upper hoof wall. Much too big.|
|Right hind in the #1. You can see from his angle the gap between the boot and the hoof wall. Too big.|
I wasn't concerned about this lack of fit knowing I had measured her as a solid 0.5 and so I grabbed that boot next. It was a little more snug to get on, but with a small amount of twisting it slid onto the hoof. I had watched all the videos and they didn't use a mallet on any of the demo horses and just twisted, so I thought maybe this was ok.
|Right hind in the 0.5. A little more of a V shape to the front and less gap to the side wall, but still too big.|
|Right hind in the 0.5. A little better fit, but still too big.|
Huh? Seriously, when I measured she was a solid 0.5. If anything these should have been too snug given 3 weeks of hoof growth. Apparently, I can't measured with a darn.
A bit sullen, I moved to the front. From my, now fairly meaningless, prior measurements the front right hoof should be my biggest pain in the rear. I started there and grabbed the #1 boot again. I had been worried that she would need a 1.5 or 2 for the length of this hoof. Well, the #1 slid on easily and looked a bit large. I ditched it without snapping any shots and moved on to the 0.5 on the right front.
It fit perfectly. It took a little muscle and twisting to get it on and the front formed the perfect V with no gap on the side walls and the rear coming to the perfect hight on her heel bulbs.
|From right in the 0.5. Side wall is nice and tight. Should the rear come up higher on her heel bulbs??|
|Front right in the 0.5. Tight side walls, but should it come up higher?|
|Front right in the 0.5. Nice front V and no gap at the side walls.|
I tried to pry it off and it was on there super tight. As I fought to get the darn thing off, I had an idea. Why not give her a run through in the muddy round pen to see how it stays on? We headed off and I let her loose and ran her through her gaits both direction. She was being an absolute pistol and gave several massive bucking fits letting me know that it had been way too long since I rode her last.
The boot stayed put through it all and was still exceptionally difficult to get back off. I used the hoof pick to pry it off and thanks to advice from Karen, I made sure to check her heel bulbs for rubs. She had none. At her current foot shape and size, I think the 0.5 is a pretty good fit for her front right unless others see any glaring issues?
Once I got that one off, I moved to the front left and began again with the #1.
It slid on with twisting and a bit of a push, so I was hopeful it would fit. I noticed that the hoof is much steeper in angle than her other 3 and that the overall fit wasn't as nice as on the right front. Overall though, there were not any side gaps and the back came up to a nice level.
|Left front in the #1. No gaps in the side wall|
|Left front in #1. Notice the nice V in the front.|
|Front left in the #1.|
I tried to take it back off and it wasn't near as hard as the front right had been, but it still didn't come off easily. I decided to take her back to the round pen and give the #1 a try. It failed. It flew off her when she transitioned from a trot to a canter.
Back in the barn we went and the 0.5 was tried. Holy crap was it hard to get on! Her toe would not seat into the boot very well given the steep angle of her hoof wall and I needed a mallet to get it on. It still seemed excessively snug, but we headed out to the round pen one last time. It stayed on through all her antics just fine.
|Front left 0.5|
|Front left 0.5. No gaps.|
|Front left 0.5. Nice V and no gapping.|
The problem? When I went to remove them she had already had her heel bulbs mangled a bit from the boot being so tight. Now, her heels are very wet right now from the rain, but still this was after 5 minutes of work in the round pen. Imagine what would happen after 50 miles on varied terrain.
So....after all of that.....
- Her hind feet are definitely better shaped for hoof boots in general, but I already knew that. I know her fronts are too vertical, but if I can get boots to fit well enough to not hurt her and stay on it is a win.
- I completely messed up my measurements some how and none of the boots I ordered are small enough for her hinds. She will need either a 0 or 0.05 back there. Next time I will get a 0 fit kit to have the 0.05, 0 and 0.5.
- The front right fit the 0.5 near perfect and that is 3 weeks out from a trim. Question is will it still work so nice right after a trim? Probably not, but I think the 0 will be way too tight on her. I'm thinking 0.5 with a powerstrap on the front right should be just about right.
- The front left at this length is too large for the 0.5 and too small for the 1. I'm thinking that right after a trim the 0.5 may fit just right and not need the powerstrap. This should allow the boot to fit without rubbing her raw. Also, I can have the farrier try to fix that high angle some as well.
- Renegades would probably actually fit her rears just fine, but honestly I would rather her be in the same boot for all 4 if possible.
Figure out when the farrier is coming out next. Probably in another 3-4 weeks. Once I have him scheduled, I will order the Fit Kit size 0 which will allow me to have smaller sizes to try on her hinds and still keep the 0.5 for her front. I will try them on her immediately after the trim and see the difference it makes on the fit on the front. If I can't get the Gloves to work well on her fronts without causing issues, I will then try the Epics on those and keep gloves for her hinds.
Thoughts, advice, suggestions etc...are all welcomed and needed please!!!!!