How to Choose the Best Hoof Boots for your Horse

What is the best boot for horse hooves?

Wondering what is the best horse hoof boot on the market? Hoof boots are an excellent alternative to traditional horse shoes. Choosing the best hoof boots for your horse can be tricky, though. There are so many different options on the market these days! In this article, we will discuss the different types of hoof boots available and help you choose the best pair for your horse. So, whether you’re looking for hoof boots for endurance riding competitions or trail riding, keep reading to learn more.  If you need help determining the best hoof boot for your horse, please contact us.

Renegade Classic Hoof Boot

Boot Shell Shape
The Renegade Classic is slightly more oval in shape, with a narrower toe area and wider heels.  A hoof that is more “spade” or triangular in shape with very wide heels may fit better into the Renegade Classic hoof boot. 

Sizing Charts
The two boot models use different sizing charts and size designations. The Classic uses traditional size designations of 0, 1, 2, etc. 

Heel Captivators
The heel captivator of the Classic is slightly taller in height and flatter in shape than the Viper, and will suit a wider range of heel bulb shapes. Heel bulbs that are flatter, or narrower, without much definition, will do better in the Classic captivator. 

Tread
The Viper tread pattern is slightly deeper and more aggressive. If slipping in mud or wet terrain is a concern, the Viper tread will often be more suitable for wet conditions.

Key Features

  • Easy to install
  • Protects on rocky terrain
  • Provides exccellent traction
  • Best for hooves that are triangular in shape
  • Guaranteed not to rub
  • Replacement parts available

 

Renegade Viper® Hoof Boot

Boot Shell Shape
The Viper® is a more rounded hoof boot for horses overall, with a wider toe and more inward curvature at the heels. A very round, symmetrical hoof will often do best in the Renegade Viper hoof boot.

Sizing Charts
The Viper® uses the metric dimensions of the boot length x width as the size designation (135×125 = 135 length and 125 width).

Heel Captivators
The Viper® captivator has more defined “pockets” for the heel bulbs to seat into, but if the heel bulbs are not well defined, or do not align well with the captivator pockets, this option would not be as suitable. Heel captivators can be changed out between boot styles – send us photos of the hooves if you have a question about captivator suitability.

Tread
The Viper® tread pattern is slightly deeper and more aggressive. If slipping in mud or wet terrain is a concern, the Viper tread will often be more suitable for wet conditions.

Key Features

  • Easy to install with Velcro straps
  • Protects on rocky terrain
  • Provides exccellent traction
  • Guaranteed not to rub
  • Best for rounded, symmetrical hooves
  • Replacement parts available
  • 15% lighter than the Classic

SUMMARY

For horse owners who prefer to have their horses go barefoot, hoof boots are an excellent way to provide extra protection for rides on rocky or rough terrain. Renegade hoof boots are easy to install and provide comfort and traction on the trial.  With two strap-on styles to choose from, you will be sure to find the best hoof boot for your horses hoof shape. 

Renegade Classic Sport Orange

The best hoof boot for horses with triangular shaped hooves is the Renegade Classic.

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Renegade Viper Hoof Boots for Horses

The best hoof boot for horses with more rounded hooves is the Renegade Viper® .