March 27, 2020
Hoof boots provide shock absorption and extra protection for unshod horses’ hooves while allowing for more natural hoof movement than shoes. Whether you’re using boots as you transition to barefoot, to protect or prevent injuries, or for rough trail riding, Corro offers a variety of styles from trusted brands.
Regardless of your boot needs, there is no substitute for a good fit. Finding the right size and fit can be difficult, so we put together this easy-to-follow guide to help ensure you find the perfect boots for your horse. Included are some sizing tips to help you provide your horse with that true Cinderella glass slipper moment.
Measure for Accuracy
Getting accurate measurements of your horse’s hooves is the key to finding the right size boot. It’s important to note that hoof boots are generally intended and sized for unshod horses.
The best time to measure a hoof is after a fresh trim. You’ll need to find the length and width of the hoof’s weight-bearing wall. Finding the width is simple, just measure across the widest part of the bottom of the hoof. To find the length, measure from the front toe line to the buttress line at the heel, which you can locate by drawing an imaginary line across the hoof between the two triangular points formed where the hoof wall begins to turn inward. The main thing to remember here is: DO NOT include the knobby heel bulbs in your measurement!
Diagram of a hoof with a line at the buttress.
Tips for finding the perfect fit
It’s a good idea to measure each hoof, as size differences are possible.
If you have trouble reading your measuring tape in the moment, mark the measurements on a piece of string, paper, or tape and compare them to a ruler later.
If visualizing the buttress line isn’t working for you, use a piece of tape as an indicator.
We provide size charts in the images of all of our hoof boots. Once you have measured your horse's hoof, compare your measurements with the sizing information provided to find the best fit. If the width and length indicate different sizes, go with the larger size. If they differ by more than one size, maybe consider another style, such as a slim boot.
Slim boots, offered by Cavallo, feature a sole width that is ¼” less than the length for narrow hooves. If the width of your horse’s foot is more than two sizes narrower than the length, a slim sole might not be suitable.
EasyCare boot sizes vary from style to style, so once you measure your horse’s hooves, we recommend having a look at different styles to find the best fit!
If the hoof boot fits, wear it!
The boot should glide on smoothly; if you have to force it on, it is probably too small. A bit of wiggle room is normal, as the hoof will expand, but if the boot is so loose that you can turn it or move it around the hoof, consider sizing down.
We accept boots back for return or exchange if they are in new or unused condition. If you are unsure on the size of your boot, we recommend trying it on your horse with a ziploc baggy covering the hoof in case you need to make an exchange.
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