Cavallo Hoof Boots: Effective Overboots for Shod Horses 

Spring means mud if you have horses. The season also prompts horse owners to look for any way to keep their horses shoes on during turnout—and to keep horses’ hooves safe when traveling on slick or rocky spring trails. Cavallo Hoof Boots can protect horses when worn over metal shoes. The boots aren’t just for barefoot horses. Read on for more reasons to place Cavallo Hoof Boots over your horses metal shoes.

 Retaining Metal Horseshoes

For those who compete or show their horses, Cavallo Boots can be used during turnout to protect shoes from coming off before an event. For any horse that’s prone to losing shoes, Cavallos can be worn to prevent costly, unplanned calls to the farrier and/or unnecessary injury. In the case of a shod horse going through hoof rehabilitation, Cavallos can be worn over metal shoes to offer additional comfort and full protection during healing.

Extra Protection on All Terrain

While metal against rock or hard ground can cause reverberation that can be harmful to your horse’s hooves, adding Cavallos over metal shoes prevents the direct contact that produces shock, and the boot soles absorb much of the shock created by impact. Cavallo Boots worn over metal shoes gives full hoof protection to your horse and prevents chipping, stone bruising or any sensitivity on gravel or stony ground. On dry, hard, summer ground, Cavallo Boots provide a cushion to protect the hoof against tenderness and/or pain. Of course, Cavallos also make a perfect “spare tire” for a shoe lost while on a trail.

Taking the Shock out of Jumping

Cavallo Boots are proven to absorb impact and minimize pressure on the hoof.  For a horse that is jumping repetitively with the additional weight of a rider, the reduction in hoof pressure offered by Cavallo soles can add up to a lot of relief in the short AND long term.  For more information, please see this video report by Dr. Jennifer Gill and Gabriella Lynn of the Western Kentucky University Equine Sciences department, citing the results of their 2019 study regarding the effect of Cavallo Hoof Boots on reducing hoof pressure:

Plus, Cavallo has designed a special pad to help protect Cavallo soles from metal shoes and keep your boots lasting for ages. The Cavallo Protection Pads are made of a Kevlar-type material:

Inspiring Stories from the Shod-and-Booted:

 Keep those Metal Shoes ON

Diane V., Ontario Canada writes, “Hello, just wanted to let you know that we are so pleased with our Cavallo Trek Boots! Our horse used to throw a front shoe at least once or twice a month. We tried every bell boot available, to no avail. Last Winter, he wound up tearing off his shoe and clipping the heel of his front foot so badly that he needed daily bandaging and stall rest for two months.

“I spoke with Krystle at Cavallo and she suggested we try Cavallo Trek Boots. They’ve worked out perfectly; he has not thrown a shoe since. We use them for turnout. He’s gone through deep snow and thick, sticky mud, yet he always comes in from the paddock with his boots and, most importantly, his SHOES ON as well. Love the quality of boots, durability through all conditions and the fantastic service we got from Cavallo. Would highly recommend the boots as an overboot for shod horses, certainly worked out well for us!”

Jamie Doup adds, “Tommy, my paint, is 24 years young and loves going places to ride. We left him at home for a year before we found these boots. He is so glad to be out riding again! Tommy has VERY tender soles. He wears metal horseshoes, but I put Treks (with pads to protect the Treks), on him to ride trails. They have been great! They stay on, and he never gets poked or becomes lame now. Thank you for a great product!” Watch Tommy run with his Cavallos during turnout in this video:

Cavallo President Carole Herder is the author of the #1 International Bestseller, There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven, and the newly released Hoofprints on The Journey. 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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