Measuring Pie for Hoof Boots (Part 2 of the 3 Part Series on Transitioning to Hoof Boots)
We clipped her nails and pulled her shoes. In my recent post “Off With Her Shoes” I wrote about how my wife Julia and I are transitioning her pony Pie from steel shoes to bare feet. In this update, I’ll show you how we trimmed and measured Pie’s feet for hoof boots. But first, to recap, a few pics of Pie having her shoes removed.
Barefoot Trimming 101 in Pictures
Now that Pie’s shoes are off, I can trim them so we can measure them up for hoof boots. We’ll use hoof boots on her when she needs more protection, like on gravel roads and rocky trails.
Okay. Disclosure time. I am not a farrier or professional hoof trimmer. I’m self taught. I’ve been trimming feet since 2004 and with some tweaks from my vets (Drs Hay and Santos of Tryon Equine Associates in Landrum, North Carolina) have had great results. My go to source is Pete Ramey’s “Making Natural Hoof Care Work for You”.
So now that I’ve got the disclaimer stuff covered let’s move on to some trimming photos.
Trimming and Measuring Pie’s Feet for Hoof Boots
Here are some photos of how I shaped Pies feet and measured them for hoof boots after her shoes were removed. Pie’s feet hadn’t been trimmed in about 2 months so they were ready for a tune up. Not much of one, though. Since it’s winter time, her feet aren’t growing much. Just a bit of shaping was all she needed.
In an ideal world, this is where I would have pulled a pair of 125 by 135 Renegade hoof boots off the shelf and slapped them to Pie’s hoof. No dice. Luckily I had a pair of Scoot boots handy. I tried them on. No luck. They were too tight.
Luckily I had pair of Renegade hoof boots on hand that were a bit too large but still fit. I put them on Pie’s foot and Julia and I went for a ride.
Next Step: Fitting Pie’s Boots
When Julia and I got home from our ride, I called Renegade Hoof Boots and ordered Pie the size boot she needed. A few days later, they arrived. The length and width were perfect but the heel captivator, the part that goes up over the heel, was too tight. No worries. A few minutes in the shop and I fixed that. That’ll be in the next and final post in this series.
Oh, and the Book
Of course I have to sneak in a plug for the new book I’m writing about my trip from North Carolina to Idaho with mules Brick and Cracker. Right now Julia’s editing a section called the Spaghetti Orgasm. Hmmmm….. Curious? Sign up for the RiverEarth.com newsletter and I’ll give you a heads up when the book’s fit to read.
Links That Might Interest You
In case you’re still up for some more reading, here’s some articles you might enjoy.
- “Off With Her Shoes“, Part 1 of my 3 part series on transitioning from steel shoes to bare feet
- The Hoof Boot Report where Julia and I went on a 6 week mule ramble with 3 different types of hoof boots.
- On a Southern Ocean Rock (because as a die hard reader you need to mix up your equine reading with some nautical stuff)