Here’s one for the long-eared crowd! Have you noticed mules rocking Cavallo Boots? We love that our Slim Sole option works so well for some mules to keep them comfortable and protected, whether packing, on trails or during turnout or in hoof rehab situations. Here’s a great question I received from a conscientious mule owner:
Q: I’m interested in hoof boots for my mule, but I know her hooves are shaped differently than horses. Will the boots fit her well?
Here’s my answer – our Cavallo Slim Soles are keeping mules happy:
A: Many mules wear Cavallo Hoof Boots well. When our Customer Service Team helps our customers to fit their mules, it’s almost always recommended to get the slim-sole option. You’re right–mules almost always have narrower hooves than horses.
We can help you size your mule. It’s great to send us a photo of your mule’s heels. We’ll need to make sure that the boots you choose will cover your horse’s heel height. When Cavallo Boots are sized correctly, they should be snug in at least one direction. This prevents movement. Correctly sized boots should not spin or twist on the hooves but remain securely in place. The Cavallo Hoof Boot Pad insoles and/or Cavallo Pastern Wraps or Comfort Sleeves are really handy to have on hand to help adjust and tighten your mule’s boots as needed.
Cavallo’s Trek and ELB Boots are top sellers for mules. These boots are the best style choices for mules and donkeys. 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. The wrap-around Velcro closures can be drawn to the front at a downward angle when the boot is being fastened, creating a “V” neck shape at the boot collar.
Don’t just take our word for it. Here’s what mule owners are telling us:
Margie Johnson’s mule is back in action on the endurance-racing courses. “Jake the mule used Cavallos in 2020 when he was quicked by a farrier and formed an abscess,” Johnson says. “I called and you all worked hard to fit him. He used the Trek Slims and was able to walk without limping. It was a long six weeks getting him back to sound. Now he will be using his Slim Treks in an endurance race next month! Thanks!”
This One Made Us Laugh! 😂
Johnson wrote again in the fall of 2021: “Cavallo, you have spoiled my mule!”
“Remember my mule, Jake? He used to be barefoot all the time. I bought the Trek for him after a bad abscess, then he wore them in an endurance ride! Today I went out at our normal state park, a place he has ridden all his life barefoot. He let me know that if I expected him to be ridden today, he needed his Treks on! He acted like he was three-legged lame. So, I put his Treks on and he marched out at 4 mph. Cavallo, you have spoiled my mule! Jake has also been wearing his Treks in endurance rides. Score = Cavallo: 2, mud slop and rocks: 0! I saw other boots along the trail, lost and alone. Jake’s have stayed on, letting us concentrate on the race and not looking for a lost boot! Thanks, Cavallo.”
Jane McKay wrote to report that the slim-soled Cavallo Hoof Boots fit her mule, as well.
“Size 0 Slim along with the Comfort Sleeves worked out PERFECTLY for the front feet of my Minna mule on our July 20 km cattle drive,” she says. It didn’t matter if I was going through a bog, climbing up a cobblestone trail or galloping down the gravel road chasing after a calf that was trying to head home—the boots stayed on, didn’t impede movement, and never caused rubs. I’m hoping the soles are hard enough to withstand long trail miles on the sharp rock of Arizona because so far I’m really liking the simplicity of these boots a lot more than the “Brand B” that I used previously.”
Mules Rocking Cavallo Boots for Laminitis
Yet another mule owner, Jan Newell, wrote to share her success with Cavallo Trek Boots to help after a bout of laminitis, and now for trail riding. “My mule had laminitis and she was measured for Trek boots after a trim,” she says. “I purchased the boots but didn’t put them on her until we got through the vetting process and another trim, which put us at the 6 or 7-week mark. Put them on her and they fit very well (I was concerned because the farrier really pushed her toe back), and rode her about 20 minutes over gravel, up and down hills, in the pasture and not a lame step! We’ll will be doing more rigorous riding in the coming months and am confident they will do well!”
Wishing many happy trails to you and your long-eared friends,
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Carole Herder is the author of the #1-bestselling books: There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven and the newly-released Hoofprints on The Journey. Her company, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc., manufactures and distributes horse products, including Cavallo Hoof Boots and Saddle Pads, to 26 countries worldwide. Herder designed and developed Cavallo Hoof Boots and Total Comfort System Saddle Pads. She’s an honoured recipient of the BCBusiness Women Innovator Award, Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award, a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, and a certified Chopra University Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Teacher.