Sunday, December 03, 2006

Easyboot Epic Trial #1

Since Tanna is barefoot (I pulled his shoes for the winter 3 weeks ago), I am experimenting using Easyboot Epics. Last time I used them, it was summer and I had the back strap completely removed. However, I kept ending up with rubs on either side of Tanna's pasterns. This time I decided to try using the straps and use boots on the front hooves.

The right front was to use a comfort strap (no metal teeth). The left front was to use the regular strap with the metal teeth. Both hooves/legs would be wrapped above the pastern to try to protect from the gaiters rubbing.

The results were encouraging, but we only went just under 8 miles in 2.5 hours. Pictures and explanations as a photo essay are on my Flickr account.

The next test will be to use the comfort strap on both boots and do an hour ride at speed.


enduranceridestuff.com said...

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April said...

Thanks, Karen. I just might do that. IF I can manage to figure out how to keep the boots from rubbing as they have in the past, I might try a ride or two with them. I'm encouraged by these results, but they're hardly representative of even a Turtle's pace in endurance.

BTW, Love your blog! I've been reading it for quite awhile now.