KAAREN’S PRODUCT PICK OF THE MONTH FOR AUGUST 2011…EQUINE SLIPPER’S, a “spare tire” for the trail.
With all the wonderful summer weather and longer days, most of us trail riders are taking longer and more frequent trail rides. The inevitable lost shoe can really put a wrench into the ride and can damage the hoof, possibly sidelining you for weeks if you don’t have appropriate back up on hand.
My favorite “spare tire” is Equine Slipper’s cordura, breathable, padded top, 1/4″ leather sole hoof boot. It comes in 4 sizes to fit wide range of hooves and folds into an easy to carry, light weight flat disc. Although the company states it is not for use during exercise, I have used them several times for a 1 hour hand walk/walk home.
I also carry a small roll of duct tape & Vet Wrap to first wrap the hoof and then tape the hoof before putting the boot on. Make sure to wrap it thick enough to both protect the hoof/sole and allow the hoof to fit snuggly inside the boot preventing turning.
Before I pack the Equine Slipper into my trail emergency bag, I cut to fit an EZ Boot rubber hoof boot insert to further cushion the sole.
The best pricing I have found is through: www.doversaddlery.com at $39.90 per single boot.