Hoof Boot FAQs

HOOF BOOT FAQS – SIZING

The width of my horse’s hoof falls within one size, and length in the next size up/down, which size should I choose?
You have to choose the larger size hoof boot.

My horse’s measurements are right on the borderline between sizes – which size should I choose?
Generally, if the hoof has just been trimmed the width and length are right on the borderline between sizes you should choose the larger size. If the hooves are at the point where they are due for a trim then you can choose the smaller size. However, I would recommend you use the Equine Fusion Fit Kit to ensure that you get the best fit in this instance.

Should I go up a size if I am going to use dampening pads?
In most cases, no, the pad will not affect the size of Equine Jogging Shoes needed. However, if your horse is right on the borderline between sizes then you may need to go to the next size up.

How do I know if the Equine Fusion Jogging Shoes fit properly?
Once the shoe is on the hoof and fastened up, it should not be able to turn more than 5 degrees either way.

My horse has different size front (or rear) hooves – it is possible to use two different sizes to make a ‘pair’?
The Ultra and Performance models of the Equine Fusion Jogging Shoes are only sold in matching pairs. However, the Ultimates and All Terrains are sold as singles so you can order 2 different sizes to make a pair.

What if my horses’ measurements don’t fit in any of the Jogging Shoes?
Please contact us if you need a size that we don’t currently cater to as Equine Fusion have increased their size range in the past, when they get enough demand. If you don’t already have a hoof care professional involved with your horse, you should make it a priority – many feet improve and change shape under regular trimming performed by a competent hoof care professional. I am always happy to take a look at photos of your horse’s hooves to see if there is room for improvement with the trim.

HOOF BOOT FAQS – RIDING

Can you jump and do all the things you can with a shod horse when wearing hoof boots?
Yes, with the correctly fitted hoof boots your horse can gallop, jump, splash through rivers and everything else that you would do with him shod.

My horse is “ouchie” on stoney ground – which model is best for him?
Either the Ultra or All Terrain Jogging Shoes are a good options for hooves that are sensitive.

Which model is best for off-road, and slippery terrain?
The Performance Jogging Shoe model or the All Terrain as they have greater grip in tough terrain. Alternatively you can add studs to the Ultras and Ultimates for additional grip.

Can I use studs with hoof boots?
Yes you can add a stud kit to the Ultra, Performance and Ultimate models.

Will these boots stay on in really wet and muddy conditions?
Yes, the Equine Jogging Shoes are almost impossible to loose when fitted correctly and have the added benefit of being able to throw the Ultra and Performance models in the washing machine afterwards to clean them off.

HOOF BOOT FAQS – REHAB/TURNOUT

Can I use the Jogging Shoes for turnout/rehab?
Yes, the Ultra Jogging Shoes are great for turnout/rehab as the uppers are softer and more breathable and the sole has more stability. You may want to choose a larger size if you need to add medication/padding. However, there is a greater chance of the boot getting damaged or pulled off when used for turnout, particularly when rolling so I would recommend the choosing the red ones as they are very easy to spot should your horse loose one (which is pretty rare!).

How long can I leave the boots on for?
The Ultra Jogging Shoes can be left on 23.5/7 (ideally, they should be taken off to let the hoof air out for a minimum of 30 minutes per day). However, in my personal experience I have found that because they are so breathable, in drier climates they can be left on for 2-3 days at a time without any undue detriment.

HOOF BOOT FAQS – GENERAL

How can I tell if I need to boot all four hooves, or just the front/hind?
This depends upon the health of the hooves in question, the sort of terrain you ride upon, the speed you travel, and the time you spend out riding. A horse with hooves that are not in optimal barefoot health, or going through a barefoot transition, might need boots on all fours for most terrain, distance and speed. It is common that only the front hooves need protection, and the hinds are comfortable without. However, a healthy-footed horse going for a long ride on super rough terrain, especially stony tracks, might also need boots on all four.

It is perfectly acceptable to boot just a pair of feet (but never one hoof of a pair, or one front and one back) as the fronts and hinds serve different purposes to the horse. With driving horses it is often the hinds that need booting as they do so much pushing they need more protection than the fronts! As a rule if your horse is feeling his feet boot them, if not don’t. Some people choose to boot their horse all round for more testing riding conditions as it ensures that the horse is as comfortable as possible in front and behind, and therefore moving correctly at all times.

Do I have to use the same size of hoof boots on all four feet?
No, you boot the horse’s feet as pairs. The front feet are usually more round in shape and slightly larger than the hinds.

Should I use the pads in the boots?
If your horse is sore, is susceptible to concussion or has hooves that need to improve internally/externally, you will find that generally your horse will be more comfortable with Equine Fusion Dampening Pads in the boot. The pads also extend the life of the boot, so are very beneficial if you do a lot of riding.

How long do hoof boots last?
The EF Jogging Shoes are quite durable, and on average will outlast steel shoes 3:1. Add to that the fact that most horses will not be wearing them 24hrs a day and they really can be a significantly cheaper option than shoeing in the long term! Some horses are very hard on their boots (as they are with horse shoes) and action, conformation and terrain all play a part but the average is around 6 months to 1 year (400-1000 km), with some lasting much longer.

How do they wear compared to the rigid-sole boots
The flexible sole of the EF Jogging Shoes provides many benefits to the horse but the downside is that they may not last as long as the thicker, rigid-soled boots.

HOOF BOOT FAQS – SHOD HORSES

Can I use the Equine Fusion Jogging Shoes over shoes for a shod horse?
No, the Jogging Shoes are not designed to be used over shoes.

HOOF BOOT FAQS – USED HOOF BOOTS

Do you sell used hoof boots?
Yes, we do have a limited supply of used Equine Jogging Shoes. Click here to see the current selection. If we don’t have the particular size/style you wanted in stock, please let us know and we will try to source a pair for you. Please note that a special returns policy applies to any second-hand hoof boots – we are unable to offer a trail period or refund for any used hoof boots.

Do you buy used Equine Fusion Jogging Shoes?
No, we do not buy back used boots, however we can list them on the used hoof boots page if you send us all the details.

HOOF BOOT FAQS – RETURNS

Can I return the Equine Jogging Shoes if I buy them and they do not fit or I don’t like them for any reason?
Yes, you get a full refund (less the actual cost of shipping and handling) as long as they are returned to us in an as-new condition (clean and in their original packaging). If any hoof boots are returned to us and it is apparent they have been extensively used, or if they are dirty or damaged, we will be unable to refund the full purchase price. We are unable to accept returns of used hoof boots purchased from us. Please see our Returns Policy for further information.

Do the Jogging Shoes come with a warranty?
Yes, they have a 60 day manufacturer’s warranty. In most cases you will be asked to email photos of the problem to enable a quick resolution. Click here for more information.

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