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Hoof Boots: The How & Why

Posted on 09 September 2016


One of the most popular products we sell on the horse care side of our business is hoof boots and their accessories. We receive a fair few questions about them too, so this article is here to explain what hoof boots are, why they are used, and how to use them along with the pads and wraps.

You may have considered hoof boots before whilst nursing a minor pain or injury for your horse but it never got to a point of using them. Or you are now seriously looking for anything that’ll offer some sort of relief to your horse’s hoof, whether it’s chronic pain or hoof sensitivity after an injury.

You may have also considered hoof boots after simply seeing a picture of them, as wrapping the hoof in something protective – a barrier between the painful area and the ground – seems like the logical answer.


Cavello Simple Hoof Boots


The hoof boot pictured above is the Cavello Simple Boot. This lightweight Multi-Purpose boot is designed to provide the hoof maximum protection whilst traversing hard and rough terrain.

This is an extremely robust boot, its upper section made from real leather, its straps using industrial grade Velcro. Because Cavello use waterproof thread, rustproof metal and high-performance TPU outsole, you can count on it being very durable.

It’s thick and chunky sole is superb for hoof sensitivity, whether it’s sole bruising or something serious like laminitus/founder, navicular disease, punctures and abscesses. Although more popular with barefoot owners, this boot can be carried as a “spare-tire” should a horse throw a shoe on a trail.


Capello Simple Hoof Boot


Shown in the image above, the Cavello Simple Boot opens to allow the hoof. Once in place, the two sides simply close and are held in place via the Velcro toe and the two outer Velcro straps. The collar is filled with foam to add protection once the boot is held firmly in place. There are pastern wraps for that added extra protection, but I’ll mention them in a minute.


Cavello Trek Hoof Boot


Cavello offer a range of hoof boots, from their Simple Hoof Boot to Sports Boots. Just to give you an idea of differences across the range, catering for different disciplines, I’ll show you the Cavello Trek Hoof Boot.

Like all of their boots, the Trek boot is tough and stays securely on the horse’s hoof. One of the big differences is the use of Cavello’s flexible and Tough Pro Mesh Upper, its benefits too long to list so take a look at the infographic below.


Cavello Pro Mesh


One aspect I haven’t mentioned is Cavello’s Regular or Slim shaped boots. Once you select the correct hoof size, Cavello offer the boots in either Regular or Slim, depending on your horse’s hoof.


Cavello Hoof Boot Sole


Shown in Cavello’s useful infographic above are all the differences between a regular and slim hoof boot, each difference made with all aspects of hoof movement considered.


Cavello Gel Pads


As I previously mentioned in the first paragraph, we receive questions about the accessories too. The orange product above is Cavello’s Enhanced Protection Gel Pad. As you can see, once cut to size, it sits snugly inside of the boot’s base, providing extra comfort.


Cavello Gel Pad


If you take a closer look, you can see the outer cut lines that correspond with the size of the hoof. Simply cut and follow the line so the pad fits correctly with your hoof boot. Although not very clear, the arrow points to one side being “Slim” and the flip side “Regular”.


Cavello Pastern Wrap


Along with the gel pads, these Cavello Pastern Wraps are another addition to the hoof boot in adding that extra comfort and protection.

I’ve pulled back the Velcro straps and opened the wrap to show both the wrap opened and closed. These are sold as a pair and the extra comfort when you ride.

To apply the wrap, first Velcro it around the hoof, keeping it low to the ground around the bottom of the bulb and drawing the elastic diagonally upward from back to front.

Once in place, grab the boot and place it on the hoof, toe first, ensuring that the wrap lies flat. Velcro the red tab from the pastern wrap onto the red Velcro on the tongue of the boot.

Interested in more Cavello hoof boot lines or products?

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