Older Horses Face Unique Issues
Ageing equines often suffer from arthritis, as well as age-related metabolic disorders that can affect their bones, joints, and hooves. All styles of Cavallo Boots offer senior equines enhanced comfort as they move. The thick Cavallo soles absorb shock, re-distribute weight and pressure, and help encourage blood circulation—all essential ingredients for health and longevity. While some older horses can be ridden lightly, others are retired earlier than their owners would like. With extra support, these horses may have a chance to move freely again.
One thing I know for certain is that bodies feel better when they move. And, yes, this goes for horses too. Movement lubricates joints, increases blood circulation and aids in the distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. The more horses move, the greater the opportunity to extend their working active lives. Older horses are more willing when movement doesn’t cause pain.
Our boots, combined with optional cushioned pads, offer support for your horse’s hooves, as well as joints. Cavallo Boots are also easy on ageing riders’ hands! If arthritis or bending down is an issue, these boots fasten simply, quickly and securely. Read on to find out how hoof boots helped three ageing equines move easily and get back on the trails!
Back Out of Retirement
Riding with Trek boots helps older horses—and any horses—feel cushioned support while riding on any trail terrain.
Marie Reimer rides with the Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia. Having Trek Boots helped her rekindle her riding relationship with her 26-year-old quarter horse, Ricky.
“I ended up taking Ricky on a four-day camping trip,” she says. “My five-year-old horse wouldn’t load, so Ricky was pressed into service.”
Reimer says Ricky stepped out nicely and moved better than he has in recent days while wearing the Trek Boots.
“I’m going to take him out more, based on this trip,” she says. “We did some steep terrain at one point, and he had no trouble with grip. I am really impressed. Plus, we did trot some, went into the lake for him to drink and I didn’t worry about the boots coming off.”
A Bonded Horse & Rider
Kim Fish rides the California trails with her 25-year-old horse, Josie. Fish credits Cavallo Hoof Boots with keeping her horse soundly on the trail for their beloved Summer rides.
“We rode a small bit of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail in the lower foothills of Calaveras County, California,” Fish says. “Josie is now breaking in her Trek Boots that I will be using from here on out on our adventures. Josie will be 26 years old next April, and with her boots, she is still going strong and loves going out on the trail with me!”
Mature Minis on the Move!
Ageing miniature horses also walk out with more confidence and drive when wearing their CLB Hoof Boots for mini horses and very small equines.
A 19-year-old Shetland Pony named Tigger (registered name Janpau Josh) has chronically tender hooves. Watch his fast-paced walk with his new boots in place HERE!
“He normally has to be so cautious,” his owner reports on her Moses Carriage Driving Diary Instagram account, @mosesdrives. “I haven’t seen him move out on the road like this for some time. He normally pulls to be on the grass. He’s always so tentative and worried about ouchies. These are amazing. I was so skeptical and worried that boots wouldn’t make a significant difference but I’m over the moon to have been proven wrong!”
– Becky Seabury, Shrewsbury, Shropshire UK
Share Your Aging Equine’s Story
Tell us about your older horse and how Cavallo Boots have revitalized his movements or work life. Send us a message at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook!
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Wishing you your horse very happy trails,
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