Renegade hoof boots

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.

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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:

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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.

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4 responses to “Renegade hoof boots

  1. I’ve never been able to get the hang of putting any of those boots on, no matter what the brand. I think must be challenged in that department. I sure envy those who can master them.

    • Welcome to this blog! I am hoping that using hoof boots is only an interim measure as I am not sure how keen Ben is on them. He certainly is impatient for me to take them off after our ride. They have not been severely stress tested yet either. We have not ridden over very rough terrain.

  2. Love the leg yield idea you had! It’s funny – sometimes I use Keil Bay for “work” – things like trimming tree branches that I can’t otherwise reach, opening gates, etc. It’s interesting how absolutely willing he is when there is actually a point to what I’m asking for.

    I think sometimes I really should teach them all to ground drive, at least, and buy various harnesses and farming tools like plows and harrows so they could help out with the farming chores.

    • Billie, I have often thought I should teach Ben to ground drive (although I would not be surprised if he has not already driven). It would be very useful to harrow our paddock, for example and we have too many trees, rocks and general bumpy bits to allow for even a small tractor here. I like your idea of trimming tree branches with Keil Bay. I can see Ben doing that. If there is a genuine purpose to something, he really seems to get it.