Hoof Boot Friday
You may not know this but today is Hoof Boot Friday. Because I say it is. In honor of this day I’m doing routine maintenance on my hoof boots. The mules have traveled 1,200 miles in them. They need a bit of love.
Brick and Cracker don’t have steel shoes on their hoofs. Instead, they rely on hoof boots to protect their feet from abrasion and sharp objects they encounter walking up the road. The mules have walked through 8 states in the last 3 1/2 months. Their boots have taken a walloping. The good news is there’s nothing major to repair – just standard ongoing maintenance like replacing a few worn out soles and broken cables.
I’ve used a variety of boots in my travels, mostly Easy Boots and Renegades but also Cavallos and Scoot Boots. I’m currently using Renegades because I find them best suited for the long voyage I’m on. They’re tough, not too bulky and pretty straightforward to maintain. No, I don’t get my boots free from Renegade. I have to buy them like everyone else.
Happy Hoof Boot Friday.
Oh, and if you’d like to learn more about hoof boots, check out this extensive field report my wife Julia and I did on 3 major brands of boots and how they performed in some pretty grueling conditions.