Each month, beautiful letters arrive at Cavallo – messages brimming with heartfelt stories of rehabilitation, successful improvement and transformational vitality of beloved horses. Inspired to share – here’s a collection of Jenny’s Top Picks from February:
X-Ray Results Everyone Wants to See
I shall try to keep this short, but when miracles happen it needs to be written. I have been in the horse industry since 1976. And I have witnessed many founders. And unfortunately none have ended well. I myself had the devastating news that due to a thyroid problem – my horse went into a full founder. When I saw the x- rays (pictured above) I saw that only .5 mm were left before the coffin bone came through the sole. I set up a euthanasia appointment, as I just could not do it that same day. Then I hit the internet to try and find something that may help. I came across the Cavallo Hoof Boots web page. I then called my local tack shop and they had the size I needed! Off I flew to the store! The horse was on heavy pain meds and anti-inflammatories and would not leave his stall, so when I got home and put the boots on, and then asked him to come out of his stall – HE WALKED OUT SOUND…my God, I fell to the floor and wept!
I iced his feet four times a day and he was able to be turned out in a small 20′ x 20′ pen to keep his body functions working properly and keep his state of mind positive. Founder involves so many aspects – but hoof support is huge. Except for the icing, he never had the boots off – and he would lift his feet to have me put them on.
So I would now like to thank Cavallo for their OUTSTANDING product. They never wore out, the stitching and velcro never failed – they are solid made!! Thank you for saving my horse. I shall be forever grateful. That was 2 years ago and because of these boots I have a sound, happy horse.
-Shelley Hamilton, Facebook
Chester Kicks Laminitis to the Curb
“Cavallo boots have been a huge help for Chester! He’s currently coming towards the end of his recovery from laminitis but, in the earlier days, his boots were the difference between him being able to go for small walks (on vets instruction) and being stuck in his box. The comfort pads helped even further!”
-Rachel Lawrenson, Facebook
In with the Old, out with the New!
“New replacement boot vs. one that has seen 2 years of duty, literally saving my old boy’s life as he is very uncomfortable without them. Thank you Cavallo!” – Michelle Cook, Facebook
NOT Following the Crowd pays off BIG!
“In January 2018, after a 25-year hiatus, I unexpectedly returned to the horse world. To keep things short and sweet, I was intrigued by how much things had changed. Specifically, the holistic approach to horse care and going barefoot. After months of researching the topic, I decided that it was what I needed to do for the health of my horses. The farrier I was using was not able to help me accomplish my goal but, luckily, I was referred to one who was. I was told it could be up to one year before I’d see positive results. The great news is, I could see the positive results almost instantly. Of course, there were naysayers around the barn who gave me all the reasons why I should keep shoes on my horses, but I’m not one to follow the crowd. After researching several hoof boot companies, I made my choice to go with Cavallo because, not only is the information they provide top notch, the quality of their boots is the same. I recently took my mare down to our local lake with her Entry Level Cavallos. I was extremely happy with how well the boots performed. Not only did they provide protection from harsh rocks on the trail, they stayed on in deep sand and down a hill to get there. When I got her back to the trailer, I thought I’d have a big mess to clean up (especially with her excitedly pawing the water) but I was pleasantly impressed to find only a few small pebbles and a bit of sand. Thank you, Cavallo, for providing the solid information I needed to make the final decision going barefoot and for providing quality hoof boots to support that choice.”
– Shelly and Fancy, Arizona, USA.
Angie Palmer – A Fight Against Laminitis
“I emailed you in 2017 to ask about hoof boots for my pony that had laminitis and you suggested the Trek boot. I thought I would tell you about the boots.
I ordered them and put them on him as soon as arrived so could turn him out on his paradise track. They were a godsend and he still wears them now! He would not have been able to be turned out if it wasn’t for them and the laminitis came back so been a long recovery. I never put him on box rest, I let him choose if he went out or stayed in and after getting boots, he never opted for staying in, lol! So, I would not hesitate to recommend to others how excellent and well made these boots are! They are fab for turnout and easy to put on and off, I take them off when he comes into stable on softer surface. They are still in very good condition and has worn for a year now, nearly every day! He’s got them on today as it’s -5 this morning and the ground is rock hard! Thanks again for your advice to buy!”
– Angie Palmer
And Here are a few Facebook Reviews that Made us Smile…
“I used Cavallo boots (plus a pad) in the rehab of my navicular horse – I currently have a sound horse who’s back to jumping and I couldn’t have done it without the help of these boots! Currently working on rehabbing navicular horse #2 using the same set up. Hands down BEST investment I’ve ever made for my horses.”
“I used your boots to help my girl through her bout with a minor rotation and laminitis… she now has shoes on full time, but if we ever need a time give her a break I love that I have 2 sets of your boots to put on her feet… they are also used for when I travel and know that I’ll be on hard ground then they will be wearing them 24/7 unless in the competition. Thank you for making such a great product!!”🤗😎❤🤠🙏
“I’ve had a pair of these for my boy for the past year and can honestly say they are brilliant! He got diagnosed with coffin bone arthritis and could not cope without shoes. These are easy to put on, stay put when riding and easily removed. Not clumsy either. Would definitely recommend.” 👍🏻
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And now, thanks to all of you, we go into another month here at Cavallo, feeling motivated and ready to take on the world, one horse at a time!
Wishing you many happy trails,