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Easyboot Grips

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    We rode today in the snow and mud using Easyboot Grips on both of the horses. They did so well in them, even going up and down steep hills they never slipped. It was such fun!

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May 07, 2008

Comments

Lysane

Also wondering if the putty holds up through water and mud??

Tami Rougeau

I resorted to the jar stuff once last year and it worked ok, but not as good as the rolls. It seems to be wetter so I had to use more of it and it sort of "smooshed" out at first but then it sort of set up and seemed ok. As for holding up in water I could not tell a difference between the two. My husband says that the jar stuff is cheaper so maybe that is the off set - less money, more mess.

As for getting the boot off, maybe it was a little harder but way easier than glue!

Tami

Lysane

Well, I tried the putty in a jar this weekend in my Bares. It is true, as Tami says, that the stuff in a jar took longer to dry. Some of it would smoosh out a bit and I would push it back down. It eventually did dry and stayed put through deep mud and water, but probably should have been applied the night before to give it enough time to dry. At the end, my boots were not any harder to take off and the putty stayed stuck to the inside of the boot. Have been too busy to get to that yet, but it should come off with a soaking like the foam does.
It also seems that I might be able to get the Bares a little tighter after this last ride, so we'll see. Then I wouldn't even need the putty, although useful to have the option.

On the down side, my mare managed to find one of the only ways to get hurt on a Hi-Tie. She has been on it for one and a half seasons with no problem at all, even rolling on the ground no problem. Saturday night she scratched her head with a hind hoof and in bending her neck back towards her hoof, put enough slack in the rope and got her foot caught. She luckily did not panic too much and was laying quietly when the first person got there -we had left five minutes earlier to walk up to supper and I had just got a plate when someone yelled about a horse being caught up. Threw the plate on the chair and ran as it looked alot like the direction of my trailer. And unfortunately it was. She only freaked when they got too close and tried to help her. Go figure. It was a cotton rope, so not as bad as could have been, but she still has a burn on the pastern that may keep me from riding this weekend, just going to see how it goes. She is not lame and it is a dry ride with no mud and few rocks, but will have to see how the healing goes. Don't want to make it worse either. Leave it to a horse to figure out how to get hurt.

Lysane

Tried the plumber's putty again with my Bares this weekend. I did a 2 day 50 CTR using the Bares in front, barefoot in the back. Now that the Bares are "broken in" I was able to put them on the tightest setting, but there was still a bit of space at the front of the boot and a little at the sides above the screws. The putty stays put but this ride was mainly sandy trails and so sand got in the boots anyway. There was quite a bit under the front of the hoof when I took them off at the end of the day. I was lucky it didn't cause rubs. I was surprised also that when I took the Bares off at the end of the second day that the gaiters had small tears in them. There are some areas with large gravel, and better the gaiter than my horse's legs, but still I was surprised that I would now have to change those as well (they may hold up for a few more short training rides, but I wouldn't chance it at a competition) - I had already replaced one on the first day because half the stitching came undone.

So I guess the short answer is, the putty in a jar does work but should be done ahead of time to let it dry and requires a bit more follow up - pushing back down on the putty until it dries, and sometimes adding a bit more in.

jodi

I never liked the plumbers putty. I found that the rolls of foam for insulating around doors and such worked much better. The stuff to line a truck cab works best. It comes in a roll and as you unroll it there is a sticky side. I just cut off some and applied it to the inside of the bare boot. It squishes down so the boot still goes on.Did better than the putty for staying put and keeping sand out. Cheap too. Can find at Lowes etc

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