Cavallo Horse & Rider: Easy Hoof-Boot Measuring

Q: I want to get my horse boots but I’m feeling intimidated about measuring and ordering the correct size. What’s the best process to make sure that I get the right size the first time?  

 Cavallo President Carole Herder shares her advice (

 A: Please don’t stress! We have worked hard to make the measuring and fitting process as easy as possible. Let me walk you through what you’ll need to send in photos or videos so that we can help make sure your horse feels great in his new boots. It is helpful to go through these steps and get photos or videos right after your horse is trimmed.

Prep Time

First, gather some essentials to take with you when you measure your horse. Find a measuring tape or a standard ruler. A hoof pick with a brush will help you clean away debris so that you can see where to measure. We can help you the most when you send us photos or a video. It’s helpful to ask a friend to act as the camera operator while you hold the hoof and measuring tape. You may choose to tie your horse to a hitching post or in cross ties so that he stands still as you work.

Photo Time

Start with the horse’s front hooves. Pick up one hoof and clean it out with the pick and brush. Now, look for the weight-bearing portion of the hoof. You’ll see that the weight-bearing wall turns and goes back to the horse’s bars. That triangle where the hoof wall turns is called the buttress. The buttress line goes across the back of the hoof from one triangle to the other.

Place the tape measure in a straight line from the toe (where you’ll put the 0 measurement) to the buttress line. Have your helper take a photo (or a video that is at least 10 seconds) looking straight down onto the bottom of the hoof with your measuring tape in position. Make sure that the measuring tape is straight. If you have any questions about where to measure, you may move the tape slightly as you create a video to show us different views. It’s also helpful to say out loud which hoof you’re measuring so that we have the information documented on video.

Next, measure your horse’s hoof from side to side, following the green line on the graphic. Place the measuring tape over the widest part of the hoof from side to side and have your helper take a photograph or a 10-second video. Repeat on your horse’s right front hoof.

Front to Back

Move on to your horse’s back hooves and repeat the process. Make sure to tell us which hoof you’re capturing in your short videos or write down the hoof location and include the written note in a photograph.

Many times, horses’ back hooves are narrower than their front hooves. Your horse may wear the same size but need a Slim Sole option for his back hooves. If your horse measures the same length as width, he’ll wear a regular width in Cavallo Hoof Boots. If the horse’s length is longer than the width, he will fit best in a Slim Sole so that the boots won’t rotate and will stay put.

Send it In

Collect your photos or videos and send them to us via Facebook Messenger, or email We are always glad to talk to you on the phone (1-877-818-0037) or arrange a Messenger video chat to make sure you measure the correct places and angles.

Check out videos and our in-depth advice at:

Watch our video about how to measure:

Print the measuring guide here:

Important note: The tool may not print to scale. Please check the printed guide with a ruler before reporting your sizing.

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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 toll-free from the USA or Canada: (877) 818-0037.

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