Q: Carole, I drive miniature horses and want to keep them barefoot. We show and I need to know that they’ll be safe while barefoot--no matter where we train or compete. At home and on the show grounds, the terrain where we practice is rocky and too hard for them to comfortably work while barefoot. Have you had success with miniature horses wearing your boots to prepare for shows?
Cavallo (https://www.cavallo-inc.com) President Carole Herder shares her thoughts….
A: When you’re preparing for driving competition, it’s tough to have a large enough arena or track to practice on consistent terrain. If your horse doesn’t have shoes, it is best to protect his sensitive soles any time he’ll work over hard or rocky surfaces. It is a great idea to boot your horses during practice around your home--and to keep boots on at all times around your show grounds. Many times, show-ground parking lots have gravel which can poke and hurt hooves that aren’t accustomed to the terrain. You don’t want to chance a sole bruise right before a big show!
We have worked with the American Miniature Horse Association for some time and have great stories to report about how competitive showmen have used the boots to help them practice at home. Each year, we donate boots as prizes for top classes at the world championships. We developed the CLB (Cute Little Boot). It’s made for miniatures and it’s now a very popular tool used by minis while training for events and shows.
Kerri Postletheweight and her daughter, Megan, returned from the 2019 AMHA World Championships boasting a win in one of the driving events. At the 2020 AMHA World Show, she won first place prizes in shankless showmanship and in the youth reinsmanship. Among other top 10 placings, she went on to win the youth halter obstacle out of a class of 44! Kerri Postletheweight gave credit to her Cavallos for the role they played in the months before the winning shows.
“Without a big indoor arena, the only place we can teach our miniature horses to drive a cart is on a long gravel driveway. Our Cavallo hoof boots protect their hooves from the rocks while driving. Our mini, Hughie (TWFS Moonlight Playboy), would not have been able to win World Champion in a driving class this year without his Cavallo hoof boots. He moves great in them and it does not affect his action. He has never had a boot slide off while working. The boots are great for all minis from therapy visits to anywhere you want to take your minis that might be slick or rocky.”
It’s also great to outfit your horses with boots while they ride in the trailer to get to the shows. Chelsea Holt trains world champion driving horses and she recommends them for travel. “The Cavallo CLB mini hoof boots are my favorite hoof boots to use on my driving horses. My horses wear their CLBs when they ride in the trailer, as soft rides keep them happy!”
Boot your horses and go have fun traveling and driving anywhere you’d like!
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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 training sessions 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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