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The Cavallo range of horse hoof boots is renowned world wide and not without good reason. The range includes Trek, Simple, Sport, Entry Level Boots, Cute Little Boots and Big Foot Boots.

Whether you are using the boots to ride out in, aid recovery/rehabilitation from injury, or just as a ‘spare-tyre’ in case your horse throws a shoe, the key to making your horse comfortable, is getting the right fit.

Measurements are ideally taken directly after a trim. Length and width measurements should be taken to help with the selection of the right boot. The most important measurement is the length of the hoof: taken from the tip of the toe to the buttress line- where the outer hoof wall turns back towards the frog at the heel of the hoof.  Do not include the bulb of the heel in this measurement.

Also measure the width of the hoof from side to side at the widest point of the base. If the width is smaller than the length (an oval shaped hoof), then the fit of the boot will be a slim fit. If the width of the hoof is the same as the length, or up to one Cavallo hoof boot size larger than the length of the hoof, then the fit will be a regular.

It is often found that the hind hooves are narrower than the front hooves.  However, this is not a hard and fast rule.

The Trek, Simple, Sport and ELB hoof boots all come in a regular and slim fit. The original Simple were regular fit, and the original Sport were slim fit, but now these styles are both available in regular and slim fit.

It is recommended you stick to the same sole for left and right hooves on either front or hind feet. But different soles can be used for front and hind.  By this we mean that you could for example have regular boots on the front two hooves and slim boots on the hind.

Ideally measurements should be taken straight after a trim.

Sizing Chart

Length (Inches)

Length (mm)

Size

Width

Regular/ Slim?

2 3/4”-3 1/8”

72- 82

Cute Little Boot

62 – 72 mm

Only one fit.

4” – 4 ¼”

102-109

0

If the width is less than the length

Size 0 Slim

If the width is the same or up to 1 size larger than the length

Size 0 Regular

4 5/16 – 4 9/16”

110-117

1

If the width is less than the length

Size 1 Slim

If the width is the same or up to 1 size larger than the length

Size 1 Regular

4 5/8” – 4 7/8”

118-125

2

If the width is less than the length

Size 2 Slim

If the width is the same or up to 1 size larger than the length

Size 2 Regular

4 15/16” – 5 3/16”

126-133

3

If the width is less than the length

Size 3 Slim

If the width is the same or up to 1 size larger than the length

Size 3 Regular

5 ¼ “ – 5 ½ “

134-141

4

If the width is less than the length

Size 4 Slim

If the width is the same or up to 1 size larger than the length

Size 4 Regular

5 9/16 “ – 5 13/16 “

142-149

5

If the width is less than the length

Size 5 Slim

If the width is the same or up to 1 size larger than the length

Size 5 Regular

5 7/8” – 6 1/8 “

150-157

6

If the width is less than the length

Size 6 Slim

If the width is the same or up to 1 size larger than the length

Size 6 Regular

6 ½ “ – 6 ¾ “

166-173

Big Foot 8

Big Foot Boot size 8 are only available in regular fit.

7 1/8 “ – 7 ½ “

182-189

Big Foot 10

Big Foot Boot size 10 are only available in regular fit.

 

Choosing the Type of Boot

 When it comes to the decision of which boot type, there are many things to consider.

  • Do you want an all leather boot? If so you may want to look at the Simple boot.
  • Do you want to purchase single boots? If so you should be looking at either Trek or ELB boots.
  • Do you want a boot that tightens around the pastern for fine boned horses? Trek and ELB tighten best around the pastern.
  • Alternatively, do you want a wide boot to accommodate a lot of feather? You may want to look at the Simple or the Sport boots.
  • Worried about your horse's feet being too big for hoof boots? Check out the Big Foot Boots, the largest size accommodating a length of 182-189 mm.

 

Hints and Tips

  • We find that if you are on the cusp between two sizes the smaller of the two is usually the better fit.
  • Gel pads are available if you want some additional impact absorption in the base of the boot, ideal for horses recovering from hoof injury for example.
  • If you are trying boots for the first time and worried about rubbing around the collar, pastern wraps are available to provide additional protection in this area.
  • Like your own leather shoes the boots will mould to the shape of the horse’s hooves in time.  Wear the boots for limited time initially (about 20 minutes and then gradually build the time up) whilst they mould into the hoof shape and the horse becomes familiar with them.

For a free hoof boot measuring guide email liz@horseandmore.co.uk and put Cavallo Hoof Boot measuring chart as the subject line or ring 01772 870060.

Norris’s Farm, North Road, Bretherton Leyland, Lancs PR26 9AY United Kingdom 01772 870 060

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