Rated 1 out of 5 by bob Not good in the mud
These boots do okay when it is dry but the outer velcro straps come undone when going through water or mud. I had to stop three times on the last trail ride just to clean them to stop the straps from flopping.
July 22, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by Bob Not good in the mud
I have used the boots on two trail rides. They do fine if it is dry but not in the mud we have here. I had to stop twice to clean to get the velcro straps to work.
July 3, 2011
Rated 1 out of 5 by Leanne Studdard whoa, ouch!
I recently rode a 12 mileride w/friends. One was useing these on her horse. She had to remove them and walk the last 2 miles due to a large bleeding abrasion left on the pasterns of both front leggs. She claimed she used these progressivly as instructed. I also noticed the velcro failed and the boots made a flip floping sound when travling at any gate.
February 15, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Alicia Love these boots!
I will never go back to metal shoes, my horse doesn't need shoes most of the time so I use these when my horse does need shoes. They do require a break in period but never have caused my horse any rubbing, they seem to be very comfortable for her. They stay on as well even at a gallop..... and now they have them in Pink! WooHoo!
November 2, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by upstate NY trails some good, some bad
I ride where the terrain changes from rocky, sandy, and muddy all on the same trail. My mare was tippytoe-ing the entire ride. The Cavallo boots were a dream for her (happy horse)that's the good. The bad-Velcro!sure it makes ease in putting on, but the velcro is not good for all the mud. I had to use duct tape at one point and that looks awful! How can I get the life back into my velcro? They don't stay on and they make a clump sound when riding.....help
October 21, 2010
Rated 3 out of 5 by Jude Good Idea Although....
I loved the idea of keeping my horse barefooted. I had zero experience with 'alternative' ways of protecting their feet so I took a chance with these boots first. I liked the ease of putting them on. They attach securely. They stay on the hoof well. After a three hour trail ride, I noticed that the inner stiff velcro covered flap had rubbed notches in the hoof wall on both front hooves. It was just below the coronet band. Thank goodness that it wasn't higher. The next day, I put duck tape on the hoof to see if that would prevent rubbing again but it didn't. I don't think it caused my horse any pain; however, I am wondering what it will do when it grows out to the edge of the hoof.
October 19, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kathleen Need a smaller size
I ordered these for our tenderfooted pony in size 0. He needs a 00 and the catalog lists it, but 00 is not available yet. Please get them soon!! He is my 9 yr old's pony and he won't go down the drive very well, plus we want to drive him with his little cart.
September 21, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lori no more stone bruises!
I own a TB who loves trail riding but gets "ouchy" on the hard clay dirt and pebbles so common in my area. She has thin hoof walls (a common TB trait) and shoes just chew up her feet so that is not a good option. My farrier recommended the simple boots and I purchased them 3 weeks ago. At first my mare wore them while turned out in her paddock 24/7 (I check daily for irritation but found no evidence of rubbing etc). She had been almost 3 legged lame and within a couple of hours she was walking as if she had never been sore. I left the boots on for a week and now only use them when we go out. Can't believe it took me so long to discover them and now I won't be without them again!!
August 31, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Katy Great boots!!
I use these on my pro eventing Lippizaner/Haflinger cross while practicing jumping and they act as GREAT shock absorbers! Plus if he hits the rail with his toe it doesn't hurt him!! Great great product. Im a pro eventer and i reccomend them!
August 4, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by caroline Great Boots!
I dont actually own a horse, but I go riding a lot! My instructor bought these for her horses for when she takes them up to the mountains to go trail riding. The horse I rode wore them and they worked perfectly! The one thing you have t mack sure of is to try not to let them get wet and then dusty. The straps won't stay on! Also, the straps were a little to long, so we had to cut them! When you first get them, make sure they dont make any sores! I totally recommend these!
July 20, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Danielle Work well
I bought these boots about 1 year ago and really like them. My horse is barefoot and I want to protect her hooves from the hard, California terrain. They didn't hold up as well as I would have liked but all things considered, it is a 1,000 lb animal pounding down on them so keeping them new looking would be difficult. My mare (and Gelding - when he was alive R.I.P.) did just fine trotting and cantering on the trail which I thought was incredible. I thought they would be susceptible to tripping but no. And they get to canter quite fast on the trail as opposed to the ring.
June 17, 2010
Rated 4 out of 5 by Kristi & "Maddy" Happy with the Purchase
I wanted shoes for trail riding, but don't go often enough to justify the cost of shoeing year round (I do trail ride year round) I decided to get these. They are easy to put on, and easy to take off. It comes with plastic things to help hold the outside velcro down. The included booklet says that those straps don't hold the boot on; that they're just there for extra closure. I'd agree. I never bothered putting the plastic things on mine, and on our last ride, one strap came undone while my mare was playing in the creek scooting the rocks around. The boot never loosened. My ONLY complaint is that since my mares' hoof height is 'short' she gets this clopping sound when she moves. Size 1 was too small, so she's in a size 2. It fits her hoof print, but I'll be purchasing inserts to take up some of that extra 'bottom' room so she doesn't clop so loudly. I'm glad I got these shoes! I recommenced them for somebody who needs shoes on occasion, but not regularly enough to be shod every time, like my mare :)
March 23, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by Lisa B Wonderful
These boots are wonderful, I do a lot of trail riding through creeks and rivers, up the mountain side and i cover a lot of rocky areas. They stay on very well, my horse is more willing to go through the rocky spaces she is walking out and is no longer sore. Their easy to fit, to put on and take off. I wouldn't use any other boots.
December 23, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by donald wood ordering second pair.
reviewer at another site suggested ordering a size smaller than measured. i am doing that this round. i think her hoofprint may be enlarged with thick lamina from multiple laminitis over the years. a size smaller should fit tighter around the upper hoof area.
the horse seems to know the boots will protect her tender frog and steps right out without checking for rocks on the ground. works for me.
August 17, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Berkley A Great Boot
Good bye Boa's. My new pair of Simple Boots performed wonderfully on a recent extremely rough ride. Muddy,rocky,swollen,creeks,up hills and down they stayed on dispite all types of rough riding.
July 1, 2009
Rated 4 out of 5 by Barb Usset New User
Have just used twice.First experience was wonderful.So easy to put on.I checked several times on the ride for rubbing and to see if it filled with sand or rocks. No problems.My mare would go right down the middle of rocky areas where she previously would try to go around even with shoes. She had sweated on the first ride and I didn't clean the boots.Sweat and sand mixed and dried where the cuff meets the pastern. It was a much slower, shorter and easier ride and I didn't check. She did
have open areas rubbed on her pasterns. I would say be sure to
clean them carefully, especially in the cuff area. I'm waiting till
she heals before I try them again.
I believe it to be my error at this
June 21, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andrea Wow
I have a gelding with hoof deformities that the previous owner never took care of. it really hurt his legs and feet to wear shoes, but i do some trail work with him in terrain where he needed his feet protected. i love these boots. they dont slip, he walks with confidence, and they balance his weight. they relieve pressure on his legs that help prevent lameness in him. i'm very pleased with the results i've had with these. they are easy to get on, fit snuggly, and stay put! i've never lost a boot anywhere on the trails, even after loping. I totally recommend them.
June 5, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kathy Cavallo® Simple Boot
I bought the boots for my thoroughbred and my husband's QH Draft a year and a half ago. We lived in Arizona at the time. We lived in a semi rocky area and I liked keeping our guys barefoot. Every time we rode, the boots were on and they worked great. I recommend the boots over shoing any day. They slip on and off easily, protect your horse's hooves and easily cleaned. I have used on all four hooves but normally use on only on the front. Since moving, we live in Texas (the past 7 months), I haven't used the boots very often but if we were to ride in a rocky area, the boots would definitely be used.
March 9, 2009
Rated 5 out of 5 by Roxy Awesome boots. Great Value.
I love these boots. I pulled the shoes off my horse and needed some protection as he was quite tender. After much research I decided on the Simple boot for a couple of reasons ease of use and price. Ive never looked back. My horse wears them when we trail ride and he loves them. He moves more freely then he did when he had shoes on. Even at a full gallop the boots dont come off. I would recommend these boots to any horse owner!
February 18, 2009