Cavallo Horse & Rider Takes On Performance Concerns 

Have you been thinking of outfitting your horse with hoof boots for trail rides and during high-performance events? Cavallo Hoof Boots ( stay on as your horse trots through water, gallops, and even jumps.

In Cavallo’s first “Tackling Concerns” article (, Cavallo President Carole Herder helped horse owners understand how horses’ hooves heal and recover from past injuries and how horses move naturally with the boots in place. Here, the company takes on any concerns about how hoof boots stay on or impact horses as they move out and perform in any events. Read on to erase any concerns about having your horse wear Cavallo Hoof Boots on any ride, and at any speed.

Past Worry #1: Will the boots take too long to put on? I’d rather spend time riding. 

A Cavallo boot takes literally seconds to put on! They slide right on; just place the boot on your horse then Velcro the front and you’re done!

 Past Worry #2: Are boots slippery on the pavement or when riding on grass, snow, or ice? 

The sole of Cavallo boots is naturally grippy on pavement and asphalt. For slicker surfaces such as wet grass or ice, we do offer studs that can be inserted into any of our boot models.

Past Worry #3: Will the boots move around on my horse’s feet? 

When Cavallo boots are sized correctly, they are snug in at least one direction, which prevents movement. Correctly sized boots remain securely in place. For horses with changing hoof sizes, or that have special fitting issues, our insert sole pads and/or Cavallo Pastern Wraps can help adjust and tighten fit as needed.

Past Worry #4: Will my horse stumble or interfere with boots on?

While every horse is a unique individual, the majority of horses have absolutely no problem with Cavallo boots and move effortlessly in them. Without metal shoes to restrict circulation, horses can feel their feet and know exactly where they are placing them.

Past Worry #5: Will boots be too expensive to use, as I’ll have to keep replacing them constantly?

Typically, Cavallo boots will last 1-2 years. However, we have heard from multiple boot owners that are using their Cavallo boots for far longer than that! Some customers report that they last up to 10 years!

Past Worry #6: Can my horse jump in boots?

Yes! We have many riders jumping, and even competing in jumper classes, in Cavallo boots. There are also riders using them for hunt riding and cross-country eventing.

Past Worry #7: Can my horse gallop in boots?

Yes, your horse can gallop in Cavallo boots! The key is to achieve a good fit, and your boots are secure to do just about anything.

 Past Worry #8: Can my horse wear boots in water?

Cavallo boots love the water! A great-fitting pair of Cavallos will take you through any water or mud, lakes, streams, and rivers!

 Past Worry #8: Can I compete in boots?

While we wish the answer was a resounding YES, of course! Various horse show organizations all have different rules. Some have approved hoof boots for competition. You will need to contact them directly to inquire about your exact event.

Past Worry #9: How difficult is it to make the change to barefoot? 

Transitioning to a barefoot and natural lifestyle for your horse is not difficult. In fact, in many cases, it’s simply a matter of removing the metal shoes, keeping hooves trimmed, and using Cavallo Hoof Boots for comfort and protection. It can become challenging when the shoes come off, and some more serious problems (that were already brewing in your horse’s hooves) become apparent. Because of the increase in blood circulation, your horse’s hoof can become enervated, and he may feel the discomfort more strongly. However, usually, it is just a matter of supporting him through the rough patch. Liken the shift to the discomfort felt when mild frostbite thaws. It passes with increased circulation and stimulation. During this temporary period, you can use Cavallos for turnout to make your horse more willing to move about. It’s also great to consult your veterinarian about giving MSM or a mild pain reliever if your horse seems very uncomfortable. Without metal shoes, the freer-flowing nutrients and oxygen in the blood will speed up the process of healing. This all being said, it is more often a painless transition which, when supported by Cavallos, will benefit your horse enormously.

 Want to know more? The Cavallo website is loaded with research, testimonials and FAQs to help guide you as you transition to barefoot and prepare to ride in any sport. Visit for more help or join the discussion on Facebook:

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 Carole Herder is the author of the #1-bestselling books: There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven, and the newly-released Hoofprints on The Journey. Her company, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc., manufactures and distributes horse products, including Cavallo Hoof Boots and Saddle Pads, to 26 countries worldwide. Herder designed and developed Cavallo Hoof Boots and Total Comfort System Saddle Pads. She’s an honored recipient of the BCBusiness Women Innovator Award, Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur Award, a member of the Women Presidents’ Organization, and a certified Chopra University Yoga Instructor and Ayurvedic Teacher. 

 Visit to learn about the full line of Cavallo Horse & Rider products. Call (877) 818-0037 from the USA or Canada or call direct, (604) 740-0037.

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