Measuring and Fitting
Cavallo Boots are SIMPLE to MEASURE. Learn How to Measure and Fit your Cavallo Hoof Boots with this Easy Video!
IMPORTANT: OUR MEASURING TOOL MAY NOT PRINT TO SCALE (which could result in incorrect sizing). Please check measurements against a ruler before proceeding to measure. Download our measuring tool HERE!
Make sure to measure after a fresh trim
The weight-bearing LENGTH indicates the size necessary. Take width measurements as well, since that helps to confirm you have chosen the correct size and sole width
Please measure each hoof, as they may differ – requiring different sized boots
Only new, UNUSED boots can be exchanged. To keep the boot clean, we suggest covering the hoof with thin plastic and checking fit on a non-scuff (not gravel), clean, dry surface. To be certain about your fit, please follow the test shown in the video below BEFORE using your boots
- Make sure to place the ‘zero’ point of your tape measure at the tip of the toe when measuring your length
Fitting Finer-Boned Horses
The Trek and ELB (Entry Level Boots) are the best choices for finer-boned horses. Both styles have a unique front-closure system that allows for an extra-snug fit on the upper portion of the boot – creating a very secure fit.
On a finer-boned animal, the wrap-around Velcro closures can be drawn to the front on an angle downward when the boot is being fastened, creating an almost “V” neck at the boot collar, and tightening the fit.
How to Measure When Using Cavallo Boots Over Metal Shoes
Many people do indeed use Cavallo Boots in combination with metal shoes, with great results. The Cavallo Boot TPU (thermoplastic urethane) sole can assist in absorbing shock, which causes vibration up the horse’s structure. Boots also prevent sole bruising in rough terrain, on hard ground and asphalt. Boots are also used for shod horses for hoof rehabilitation and to provide increased comfort and protection during riding, training, transport, and turnout.
To measure a shod horse, just follow the regular measuring instructions (as above) but instead, measure the length and width of the horseshoe itself (rather than the bare hoof). If you are unsure of your measurements or would like a second opinion, please feel free to send us photos of the length and width of your horseshoes (as shown):
How to Test the Fit of your Cavallo Hoof Boots Before Using:
Cavallo Hoof Boots are SIMPLE to FIT!
Simply insert hoof into boot.
Secure Velcro® closures and adjust sliding keepers on the Simple boot or secure outside closure on other boot styles.
Important Notes on Fitting:
- You should not have to force the boot on the horse’s hoof in any way. If you are having to force the boot on it is too small.
- If the boot is rotating independently from the horse’s hoof it is too big. A wiggle is okay because the hoof expands in weight-bearing and even further in movement.
- Remember that there is a break-in period like your own new boots would have when you first get them. On the first day the boots shouldn’t be worn for more than 20 minutes. You wouldn’t put on brand new boots and go walking for hours; treat your horse’s new boots (and feet!) as you would your own. You can speed up the break-in process by using a leather softener or riding through water.
Here you can see how the sole fits into the length of the boot and the heel bulbs fit into the padded heel area at the back of the boot.
Before Your First Ride:
Only new UNUSED boots can be exchanged. To keep the boot clean, we suggest covering the hoof with thin plastic and checking fit on a non-scuff (not gravel), clean, dry surface.
Like your own riding boots, it’s recommended that time is taken to gradually break in your Cavallo Boots. If your horse has sensitive skin, or if you are going on a long ride and are concerned about potential rubbing, Cavallo Pastern Wraps and/or Cavallo Comfort Sleeves are available. If your horse is fine-boned and there is excess space between the pastern and the boot collar, wraps can also prevent major debris from entering the boot.
Please see this video to find out more about how to break in your boots, and how they will shape to custom-fit YOUR horse:
Simple Fitting Tips:
- SOLE: The sole of the hoof should fit securely inside the boot sole. Ensure that the entire weight-bearing wall from the front of toe to heel buttress sits within the Simple Boot outsole. It may be helpful to compare the outside raised tread area at the bottom of the boot to the weight-bearing length of the hoof sole (toe to buttress as per the diagram on the above measuring chart).
- OUTER COVER: Ensure that the boot tongue is pushed firmly against the hoof. Draw the outer flaps firmly around the hoof, pressing the Velcro on the flaps against the Velcro on the tongue; keep taut and level.
- TWISTING: If the boot twists or moves excessively, it may be too big or the outer cover may be loosely fastened. If the sole fits well but the upper portion of the boot is too large, consider the ELB or Trek styles (with these styles, the outer flaps can be angled downward when fastening to create an extra-snug fit on the upper).
- TOO SMALL: If you have difficulty putting the boot on, it may be too small. Ideally the boot “snaps” nicely onto the hoof for a good fit. Please check your measurements against the chart above.
- CAVALLO PASTERN WRAPS and COMFORT SLEEVES may be used to assist in the breaking-in process to prevent chafing.
- ONCE THE BOOT IS FITTED, if the strap extends beyond the nylon keeper, then you can cut the strap to the preferred length, leaving a line of stitching to prevent unraveling. (Only applies to Simple Boot)
PLEASE NOTE: Boots cannot be exchanged if straps have been cut. Be sure boots are the correct size BEFORE cutting.
How to Store your Cavallo Hoof Boots:
Cavallo Hoof Boot soles are molded in industrial-grade TPU (Thermoplastic Urethane). Under certain conditions, this compound may be vulnerable to a chemical reaction known as hydrolysis. Hydrolysis is a bond breakdown that may occur at least 2 years after production. This happens only when boots are stored in unfavourable conditions and not being used.
Hydrolysis may be avoided by ensuring good air ventilation and avoiding humidity over 70%. Keep the storage environment cool and dry with good air circulation. A combination of temperatures as high as 40 Degree Celsius with high moisture content should be avoided. Hoof boots that are frequently used in very wet conditions should be allowed to dry before storage and should not be stored in the original box or in areas of poor air circulation. Follow these instructions and your hoof boots will last free of hydrolysis for many years.
Boots that are wet should be allowed to dry before placing them in storage and should not be stored in the original box or in areas of poor air circulation. It is recommended to store boots with all Velcro panels and straps closed to keep them free of hay, hair, dirt and other debris.
Which Style of Cavallo Does YOUR Horse Want?
Which Cavallo Boot is just right for Your Horse? The beauty of it is – there’s no wrong answer! Cavallo Hoof Boot CEO, Greg Giles. explains the evolution of Cavallo’s hoof boot styles and sole widths, to meet the varied needs of the horses they’re designed for – all the way from miniature horses to big draft-sized horses!