Hoof boots – for what reason….?

Hoof boots provide comfort for horses new to barefoot.  Imagine yourself going without your shoes for the first time – not too bad when your in your house, but when going outside on the footpaths and roads, it can be pretty uncomfortable.

It’s no different for your horse.  While in his paddock he is comfortable, but then we ask him to go over terrain that his hooves are not accustomed to, whether carrying our weight or not he is likely to be tender over the harder surfaces and rocks and be uncomfortable.  His hooves simply aren’t accustomed to the harder terrain. It’s not about making the horse ‘tough it out’.

This is where hoof boots come in, they help your horse to move easily over terrain he would otherwise be reluctant to travel on.  The key here is that the horse will be more comfortable and use his hooves correctly – landing heel first, flexing the hoof at the frog and rolling over at the toe.  This promotes good blood flow circulation, helping improve the whole hoof.  Over time naturally trimmed hooves will grow thicker walls and soles, build calloused frogs and hoof boots may only be needed occasionally.  The more riding you do the quicker the hooves will become like steel, and the faster they will grow.

Riding a horse that is un-comfortble will encourage a toe first landing, and this has an adverse effect on the mechanics of the hoof.  Boots should be used during the transition period after shoeing, and when riding is not regular enough to keep them hardened and calloused.

Usually boots are only needed on the fronts, however on longer rides or rides over several days that your horse is not accustomed to, he will likely become sore or uncomfortable on his hinds.  So if you are going to do anything out of the usual, consider booting all 4 hooves.

Boots are really coming into their own now, there are more designs available, some are easier to use than others, some are high performance and some have spare parts available.  As a guide only, trail riding once a fortnight for a couple hours you can expect to get a years wear from one pair of boots – so while they may seem pricey at first, when compared with shoeing over the same period of time they work out extremely cheap, even more so if you undertake a course to learn to trim and maintain the hooves yourself, getting a professional in occasionally to check your work.

Don’t hesitate to contact us if you  have any questions.

JB’s story – Laminitis rehab story

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2015 Trimming Clinics

Get a group of 20 together and we will come to you.  Contact [email protected] talk about possible dates.

Saturday 11th April Trimming Workshop at Kersbrook Equestrian Centre

Sunday 12th April Advanced Workshop at Kersbrook Equestrian Centre



Horses and Climate Change

Have you thought about the impact of Climate Change on your  horse and his environment?  HorseSA facilitated a very informative workshop 2012, this was published (link is below). There was also an article about it in the RIRDC Newsletter (link below also).  As time goes on there will be much more to come on the subject – some links are below.

HorseSA – and climate change workshop Jun 12

Check this link for further workshops/developments  HorseSA – Future Proof your Horse

RIRDC Newsletter Dec 2012

Rebecca Cassell – Climate Change and the Horse Nov 2013

Rural Industries Fact Sheet 2012

Impact of Climate Change on Horses – Melissa Rebbeck 2012

Host a trimming workshop in your area

Workshops are held where the demand is. Get a group of interested people together and host one in your area.  We can provide you with posters and flyers to assist you in getting enough people together to hold the workshop.

This is what we need to run a workshop:-

  • 12 – 20 people
  • Room large enough for participants for theory presentation (powerpoint presentation)
  • Access to tea and coffee making facilities and toilets
  • Covered outside area (in case weather turns bad when we are trimming cadaver legs)
  • Up to 8 horses for demonstrations
  • Cadaver legs (We can arrange these if needed)

Email us if you would like further information.

Two wonderful little books with heaps of info – In the shop for just $14

Two fantastic publications by Marg Richardson (www.thefunctionalhoof.com) and Jen Clingly (www.wildabouthooves.com.au).

The Bare Facts – is packed with information on the horse, the environment and feed – as we know unless the movement, feed and environment is right, your horse will struggle to get the hoof he needs.  This little book gives you ideas and suggestions to help you get the balance right.

Founder Facts – is helpful for the owner/carer of suffering horses.  This book needed to happen.  So enlighten yourself with the information packed in this little book.

The books are just $14 for the pair from the shop.  Proceeds from the sale of the books will be directed back to the authors so they can continue to bring us informative helpful information! Purchase here