Thursday, March 13, 2008

New Gaiter Extender




The new gaiters from Easycare with the elastic are fantastic, the only problem is they are a little less stretchy than the old ones, still the same size. On most horses, it is not an issue, but on the bigger boned horses, like mustangs (ie Feather) and QHs, the velcro doesn't quite reach. So my good buddy Stuart Porter came to the rescue yet again. He devised a Gaiter Extender. He got 1.5" velcro (loop one side, hook the other side) and cut a 6" strip. Then he folded it in half - the harder stiffer side facing, and stitched it along the fold for stability. Then you are left with a perfect gaiter extender.

I believe Easycare is busy at work correcting this problem trying to find a material that is stretchier yet still strong. I did get new gaiters in the mail that were longer and work much better - thank you very much!!!

3 comments:

Sarita said...

Hi!

I know that you use both Renegades and Easycare boots. Can you tell my why you prefer the Easycare boots for endurance rides (if you do prefer them)? Now that Renegades are available to the general public, I have to make a decision about trying them. The easycare boots don't fit my horse well (wide hooves) and I'm considering renegades.

I enjoy reading your blog! Thanks for sharing your knowlegde!

Sarita

Tracy Browne said...

Hi Sarita,

It really depends on the shape of your horse's hooves to determine which boot will work best for you. The nice thing about the Renegades is that they will return the boots within 15 days (I believe) if they don't work for you. Easycare has a similar policy. So try them out, and if they don't work after a few rides, return them. Both companies want their boots to be successful on your horse and they will help you. With round hooves, try the Renegades for sure if the Easycare boots don't work. First make sure you are working with a natural hoof care practitioner, instead of a farrier that uses steel shoes. I have seen a lot of flare on barefoot hooves with square toes and that shape won't be successful in any boot. But a good natural trim will increase your chances of the boots fitting correctly. Also consider Old Macs, Cavallos, and Deltas, even though they are not recommended for distance rides, if they fit really well, that might be the ticket for you. Old Macs have been used for years on distance rides. Round and wide hooves is the only time I recommend the above boots.

Sarita said...

Tracy,

Thanks for your suggestions! I do wish I could find a really good barefoot trimmer in my area. The only one I could find was unbearable to work with (didn't keep appointments and very, very expensive). I am now working with a farrier who is a believer in barefoot and seems to be doing a good job. I am trying to learn all I can about barefoot horses and I do shape up his hooves myself from time to time but only very minor adjustments, mostly removing flare. If you know of any barefoot trimmers in my area (near Harrisburg, PA) please let me know! I will also check out the other boots you mentioned.

Thanks!

Sarita