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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-03-2002, 06:45 AM Thread Starter
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Old Mac boots / for horses

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Does any one use Old Mac boots for their horse or pony? I started using them about 2 1/2 years ago and they're wonderful!
You can see my horse with them on in the picture I posted on ?? thread.
I had bad luck with farriers hurting my horse by driving nails in the quick, plus my horse was just starting to go lame by un-known reasons. I took off the shoes permanantly and keep him well trimmed using a special method( if any ones interested I'll post a link about it.) When ever I take him for a ride I just put on the boots, and they are VERY Easy to get on and off his hoof.
Any one interested in reading about the Old Macs check out this site:
http://www.yourhorsecare.com/

I'm apposed to metal horse shoes but I'm not writing this to preach to any one.
BTW- My horse is no longer lame at all and his hoofs have
un-contracted!
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Are old mac boots like Easy Boots? I was going to try Easy Boots years ago but they were kind of expensive and I was afraid the horses would lose them when they were out to pasture.


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Ok, I just checked out the site. They are very much like Easy Boots, only they seem a little bigger.

I haven't had my horses shod in about 5 years, since I took a break from showing. I actually think judges mark you down if you don't have shoes on your horse.


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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-03-2002, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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These are much much better than Easy boots. But also a pair of Old Macs cost $135.00 , They're very well made.
Easy boots are garbage compared to these. Your not suppose to keep them on in pasture. You only use them for riding.
I live in an area where there's alot of slate and rock , my horse is ouchy and these boots give wonderful protection. Also I know the show ring in what ever disapline doesn't really accept horses wearing boots. Hopefully that will change in time. I did do a dressage schooling show this Fall with the boots on (with permission) Got a lot of strange looks, but that's OK
I thought I'd just post them in case someone was looking for an alternative to metal shoes.
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I was going to get a pair of easy boots for a mare that had terrible front hooves. She had a huge gaping crack right in the front of the hoof, all the way up. The only thing that helped was shoes, but I wanted to try a pair of easy boots so I wouldn't have to deal with nail holes later on. That's why I had mentioned being afraid of them getting lost in the pasture. She would've needed them on 24/7 in place of regular shoes. I sold that mare and saw her a few years later, with the same HUGE crack running up the front of her hoof.


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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-04-2002, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Post OH, I see

That sounded like a very frustrating thing to deal with. I guess your glad you don't have to deal with that problem now.
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