Ben and I have been adjusting to the Renegade hoof boots. From the start I found them very easy to put on, too easy as I did not pay enough attention to positioning the heel captivator accurately which is the reason, I think, that I lost a boot when we cantered. There is a good page on the Renegade web site which has clear illustrations which of course I only looked at afterwards. The fact that Ben has a fairly generous amount of feather covering his heels makes it a bit more difficult to position accurately.
However, yesterday we cantered, walked through thick mud and into water and the boots stayed on. We also did lots of trotting and the odd excitable plunge as we passed young horses who came galloping towards us.
Ben was not very keen to stand in this stream so the photo is a bit rushed. He enjoyed the grass beside it which allowed me to take a better photo of the stream:
We went out for about an hour and 20 minutes and maintained a good pace. Ben is walking out more confidently on the road although he will still look for the grass verges when he can. I tried to make a virtue out of this necessity by leg yielding to each verge. Ben gave me some really nice leg yields, much nicer than when I have asked for them “just because”. There being a point to the exercise made the difference.