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Re: Barefoot horses

I would say they are better for competition. Propperly glued on they wont come off at all during the ride as can happen in extreme circumstances with a boot, which I supose if you're in the middle of a timed ride can be rather annoying to track it down and put it back on. There's also no risk of rubbing (though the regular renegades should not rub at all, if a boot rubs it does not fit right). And I imagine not having that heel captivator or any other fixing mechanism would be more comfortable for the horse on a long ride.

But for reglar trail riders I'd say the boot is a better value, I mean if a boot came off every now and then it wouldn't anoy me any more than stopping to tie my own shoelace. I'm just pretty nitpicky about fit, and I'll say it a hundred times. If you buy a boot and it does not fit almost perfectly send it back. You'll get too much of a headack getting a tight boot on and you'll have too much of a headach keeping a tight or loose boot on, and in the long run your horse can get rubs or bruises from badly fitted boots. Each boot has a factory molded shape, if your horse does not conform either find another boot brand or modify the boot. Same as when I buy shoes for myself. Most people are either normal or flat footed. I'm backward, my feet are higher on the inside meaning a lot of factory shoes hurt my feet. I even have trouble with flipflops :laugh1 the straps are allways wrong and my heel falls off the inside.

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Re: Barefoot horses

Answer:

The boots are made from polyurethane, same as most other hoof boots. The finish is shiny simply because our molds are shiny but this does make them look like they are made from unusual material for hoof boots.

Average lifespan depends entirely upon how your horse moves, the terrain you ride upon and the speed you travel.

Boots will normally last from 250 to 600 miles but a badly moving horse (toe first landing) can destroy them in under a 100 miles.

One cartridge of adhere will do from four to six boots with six boots being the norm. Of course, boot fit influences the amount of glue needed.

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Kirt Lander
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Hmm, not bad really...
The wear rate sounds quite comparable to a boot, and 1/3 of the price for the regular boot. So then to calculare glue cost... it would be $10 worth of glue per application for a pair (not counting the glue gun thingy).
The breaking point where boots are cheaper would be if you apply them more than 12 times( if you compare to Renegade boots).
So if you ride more than 50 miles with one application easily or 20 miles hard per application in renegades the glue ons would be better. If you ride less than that in a day or weekend the regular boots are cheaper.

Then I supose you decide if the time it takes to put them on is worth it to you (which is you're riding that much as that I'd kind of say it's is) the other consideration for rides of that length is that the more time a boot spends on a horse at one time the more chance of thigs going wrong.

You know I had another idea, I wonder if you could get away with racing a horse in these? You could technically call it a shoe.... :lol: Nikes v. Dress shoes imo, they might kick them out for being unfair. :laugh1

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