Winter Riding with Cavallo Hoof Boots and Added Studs

Studs are a simple way to increase your horse's and your safety. Apply Cavallo's studs ( to the tread of your horse’s boots to increase traction in treacherous winter conditions. Hoof-boot studs provide superior traction in slippery conditions, such as ice, slush, mud, and snow.

Health issues such as laminitis, navicular disease, and Cushings are prevalent in the horse world. Keeping your horse active all year round can help in preventative care.

Winter Hoof Care

Cavallo President Carole Herder says it’s important to keep your horse moving comfortably – no matter the terrain and weather.

“Mud, ice and snow, all packed into the bottom of the hoof inside the metal shoe – hoofs slipping and sliding on snow and ice,” she says. “Winter can be trying for shod horses and their riders. Compressed snow under the hoof – called snowballing – can cause subsolar bruising. Partially thawed snow in the hoof can re-freeze, creating ice balls, which can result in abscesses, hoof discomfort, strained tendons and ligaments, compromised balance, and injuries from falls. Frozen, jagged, and uneven ground can cause sole bruising. Painful for your horse and often slow to heal. For some, Winter riding is risky; and they forgo it altogether.

“Barefoot hooves, on the other hand, come in direct contact with the ground and are less likely to ball up with snow. The hoof wall, sole, frog, and bars adapt through circulation and growth, to work more efficiently in the harsher conditions. Better still - throw on some Cavallo boots. The Cavallo sole design leaves no space for snow or ice balls to gather. Adding studs to the boot soles gives maximum traction in winter conditions--but please use your best judgment when the ice is thick.”

Installing Studs

The Cavallo Stud Application Kit ( is perfect for those using studs for the first time. It contains the Cavallo Hoof Boot Studs and an application tool. The tool fits at the end of your drill to make installation quick. When the studs are no longer required, program the drill in reverse to remove them from the soles until they’re needed again.

Watch a full how-to video here:

An Icy Review

The Horse Trail Chicks ( independently review equine products from their Vermont farm. They approached Cavallo CEO Greg Giles at a show then produced their impartial review of Cavallo's Trek Hoof Boots used in conjunction with studs. Here's a passage from their online review, written by Monica Raymond:

"This past winter I had the opportunity to try a pair of Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots. I had pretty much written off hoof boots, having had a few experiences with boots flying off at the trot or gallop and causing bucking episodes and other unpleasantness. So, when I saw the Cavallos at Equine Affaire, I was pretty excited – they looked like they would stay put on the hoof. They can also be used with studs, which means that my horse, who is always barefoot in the winter, can safely walk out on icy roads…”

Check out Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots here: View the Cavallo Hoof Boot Stud Kit, here:

 Carole Herder is the author of the #1 International Bestseller, There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven. She has been involved in horse health since 1993. Her company, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc., develops, manufactures and distributes horse products in 26 countries. Herder designed and developed Cavallo Hoof Boots and Total Comfort System Saddle Pads. She presents trainings around the world to teach the benefits of keeping horses in a natural state. Herder is an honored recipient of the Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She is a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization, supporting female entrepreneurs in every industry.

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