Cavallo Hoof Boots (http://cavallo-inc.com) is proud to announce Claudia Iannuccilli as a new brand ambassador. Iannuccilli is a professional eventing coach and FEI competitor. She takes a unique approach when caring for her horses—she keeps them barefoot for as long and far into their careers as possible. She has successfully competed with a barefoot horse who wears Cavallo Hoof Boots when needed. Watch her ride barefoot ion competition at: https://www.instagram.com/p/BmtUjnRAxTN and follow her at https://www.instagram.com/cieventing.
“I am really excited to be getting the full Cavallo experience—really getting to know more about the product and also getting more into fitting each horse with my super farrier Maia Chaput,” Iannuccilli says. “It’s the perfect time of year to have the horses wear boots more often as our ground is getting really hard and my barefoot horses will benefit so much from having their own personal boots. I wanted to partner with Cavallo because I wanted to get the best for my horses and to help them perform as best they can —staying barefoot as long as possible.”
Iannuccilli has outfitted her horses in Cavallo boots for over ten years. Here’s her barefoot and Cavallo Hoof Boot journey in her own words:
“My journey started with Cavallo Hoof Boots with one of the first thoroughbreds I bought,” Iannuccilli says. “Very shortly after I bought him he pulled a shoe and the endless cycle of shoes being pulled off and less and less healthy hoof being present. I couldn’t bear to try getting another shoe on and my farrier suggested he go barefoot and maybe try hoof boots for a bit. This was the beginning of my journey with giving a horse the chance to live as natural as possible a life yet still ride and compete at higher levels.
“My use of the Cavallo hoof boot went from using them for therapeutic reasons to part of everyday life and preventative uses. I have used them on school horses who didn’t really need shoes all the time just when on a hack down the road to when I take shoes off for the winter rest months and the ground is frozen and rock hard for tender newly bare feet to losing a shoe at a show or for an abscessed hoof needing protection.
“I am a professional event rider looking to ride to the top of the sport at the 5* level. I am also a professional rider who deeply believes in keeping my horses living as natural a life as possible when I can. I have evented a horse up to the 2* level barefoot and can guarantee you he was the only barefoot horse there, the FEI vet was very impressed and happy to see it! I try to keep my horses barefoot as long as they can be and these boots allow that to happen. I use them when hacking out to save their feet from wear and tear that comes along with being a hard working event horse. I also use them throughout the fall when the ground is hard and they are newly barefoot.
“I haven’t done significant jumping in the boots. I have had school horses use them when needed in lessons. I use them more for road work and conditioning so that their feet can be in better shape to be able to jump and do dressage without needing shoes. I am excited to try the Trek boots, I currently use the “Simple” boot because I needed an overall boot. So looking forward to giving the trek model a spin!
“Because my horses are in full training and on a full showing schedule, barefoot can be an issue for wear and tear on “normal” ground. But with road work and cross country having us go on all different types of terrain, these boots help preserve the foot. Even using these boots for turn out will help when the ground is hard and the horses are fly stomping. They are great for when the ground has frozen over and can be very hard– as well as when shoes are pulled for the winter.
When it comes to showing, Iannuccilli says “I want to use the boots to help preserve the hooves so that shoes aren’t needed when really working on dressage or jumping. The majority of riders show at the lower levels—pre entry to training level. These levels aren’t as demanding as others in terms of jump height, speed and need for traction. At these levels, horses will benefit from not needing traditional shoes.
Iannuccilli says she also sees a place for Cavallo boots when it comes to working “with young horses doing lower level training and shows. They are still growing and developing. Traditional metal horse shoes can be very restrictive to the development of the foot and legs, spreading all the way through the body.
“My main goal is to have a tool that keeps my horses as healthy and sound for as long as possible without the use of shoes when possible. For myself, this becomes important for the longevity of a horses soundness and comfort. Whether these boots help me keep my horses working barefoot all year long or if it allows them to go from being shod to barefoot to allow the foot to rest or for therapeutic reason, these boots will be an important tool to help me keep my horses healthy. I want to connect the horse world to a way to have horses work in a natural and healthy manner.”
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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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