For those who would like additional protection, we offer the Cavallo Pastern Wraps (sold in sets of two). The pastern wraps offer an extra layer of protection for your horse’s soft skin when you ride.
- Velcro the Cavallo wrap 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.
- Place the boot 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.
- Carry on your boot fastening procedure as normal.
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Remember that there is a break-in period required to soften the leather at the bulbs and around the collar of your horse’s new boots. Like your own riding boots, it is recommended that time is taken to gradually break-in your boots. The first day the boots should be worn for 20-30 minutes, during turn-out or riding. The next day, you can increase the time and so on. Horse’s hoofs, skin thickness, bulb sensitivity and conditioning can vary, so please monitor the wear and increase time in the boots as appropriate. You can speed up the break-in process by using a leather softener of your choice and/or riding through water.
Velcro the Cavallo wrap 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.
Place the boot 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.
Carry on your boot fastening procedure as normal
My horse Toby is an Australian Brumby. He was caught in the wild up in the Australian Alpine Ranges Near Benambara to the Victorian and New South Wales border. I live in a semi-rural area and I keep all my horses barefoot. Toby was getting tender in his front feet on the hard and stoney surfaces around here, so I did a little research and lashed out on a pair of Cavallo Simple Boots for him. They appeared to me to be the simplest boots to use on the market. Toby will now lift his feet on his own for me to his Simple boots on! Over Easter I took Toby back up to the high country with some Brumby runners and the boots performed perfectly. Toby was able to cover all of the territory up there better than any of the shod horses - through swamps, bogs, and up and down mountain ridges. The Cavallo Simple boots stayed on and in place through the bogs and swamps. In the rocky areas Toby was able to cover the ground without any soreness. We even jumped over fallen trees in the boots with no hesitation. I am more than happy to recommend the Cavallo Simple boots to anyone considering buying boots for their horse. They are simple to use and do the job they are designed for well!
Annie Logan, Australia
I imagine that my comments may come off like some kind of shameless endorsement but I have to thank you for your Cavallo Simple Boot design.
We're located in the high desert "Great Basin" region of Nevada. A typical ride in these parts may involve riding over prehistoric lake bed sand to footing that resembles cobblestone streets to picking our way through lava rock. All of our horses are barefoot. Barefoot horses seem to have healthier feet and they get better traction on tricky terrain. However a few of the horses need additional protection when traveling the rougher routes.
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Volunteer Sarah T. on Tucker, near Misfits Flat, NV.[/caption]
We've accumulated various makes and models of equine boots over the years but the Simple Boot is what we now reach for. We can put them on quickly and reliably without having to have a toolbox handy. The Velcro design is strong but also allows easy adjustment so that the boots will fit properly.
They provide hoof wall protection without producing sores along the coronet or heel bulbs. Plus these boots are really good at resisting sand intrusion when going through the really fluffy stuff and surprisingly the Velcro does not collect foxtails, burrs and the like.
If we do trek across our own version of the Sahara Desert, it only takes a few seconds to remove a Simple Boot to check for sand (usually not a problem) and clean out the boot if a little sand did sneak in.
To be honest, the Simple Boot actually changed my attitude about equestrian boots. Not that I didn't recognize their value, but I dreaded struggling with getting boots fitted properly before the ride, getting my fingers pinched in the mechanisms, cutting a finger on a frayed wire, or having to pull out a set of pliers to get the latches set to a proper tension... not to mention dealing with sand-caused sores on the horses after riding through really deep stuff.
I obviously recommend equine boots for horses that need hoof protection, but I would advise anyone like me who has struggled with the older boot designs to look into the newer designs and technologies before giving up on the concept. Designs such as I found with Simple Boots can be game changers.
If you decide to use my comments as a testimonial, I'd like to clarify that while I've always advocated for proper hoof care, this note about Simple Boots was completely unsolicited. I simply like equestrians to be aware of their options in order to make their experiences safer and more enjoyable for them and their mounts. Plus we equestrians tend to be traditional and we sometimes aren't aware of useful improvements in available horse equipment.
So props to Cavallo for coming up with the Simple Boot. We've now used them long enough to be confident in their functionality and durability. And please continue to develop newer and better ways to protect our equine partners. Equestrian "engineering" is a never-ending evolutionary process.
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Willis Lamm on Corey during a search on McLellan Peak, NV[/caption]
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Simple Boots in Nevada's Great Basin