Cavallo Horse & Rider: Hoof Boots for Dressage Performance

Cavallo Horse & Rider’s Trek hoof boots are the perfect fit for dressage riders who want to keep their horses barefoot and comfortable ( Dressage riders worldwide trust Cavallo Hoof Boots to help when horses transition to barefoot. Dressage riders trust the boots to perform when riding complex riding tests.

Cavallo Hoof Boots are made to move easily and effortlessly with your horse. In addition, Cavallos are a must-have for helping hoof ailments and adding cushion for shod or barefoot horses during trailer rides.

World-Class Dressage

English rider Ella Whatman’s mare (, Postie, is in training so she can compete in dressage shows while wearing hoof boots. The six-year-old Thoroughbred consistently lost her metal shoes, prompting Whatman to enter the Cavallo barefoot and booted world.

Before transitioning to barefoot hoof care, Whatman said Postie’s shoeing routine was problematic.

“She was a nightmare,” Whatman says. “The longest a shoe lasted was three weeks, and the shortest was walking to the field! She is still growing a lot. The combination of her being incredibly bum-high and having a slight clubfoot made it impossible to keep shoes on. My farrier and I decided to try her barefoot, and she’s doing so well!”

Whatman relies on Trek boots for her training sessions.

“I chose the Trek boots [because] they are lightweight and breathable,” she says. “My friend has a pair she uses for long-distance riding, and she swears by them, so I thought I’d try them. They’ve proven to be very durable without being too rigid. I love how flexible and durable they are. They’re incredibly easy to get on and off, but stay put when riding. They’re also very lightweight and breathable.

“At the moment, I use them for training and hacking,” Whatman says. “Once Postie is ready to compete, I’ll be using them out and about, too. Most events near me allow them, so I will definitely be using them to compete in.”

Postie approves of her new footwear. Whatman says the mare moves perfectly with the boots on.

“Postie doesn’t notice them, which is the best outcome! They work in harmony with her to provide her with the support she needs.”

Performance Grade

Spanish dressage rider and veterinarian Jessica Madueño first needed support for her new horse’s sore hoof–then began riding in the boots. She reports that the boots allow her horse to trot and canter in style.

“When Castuo arrived home, he wore horseshoes, and he was lame on his left foot because the previous owner trimmed too much,” Madueño says. “He rested until July when at last, he recovered a little bit. Meanwhile, we took this time to get to know each other better and did some light groundwork. It is very important to me to train the brain as well as much as the body. Then we started using the Trek Cavallo Hoof Boots. I will never forget the first time we used the boots. He was the happiest horse—his trot and canter were absolutely stunning! Thanks to the boots, we can do dressage, hike outside, and trick train without pain…. We cannot be happier with the boots as they fit perfectly and never lose them during our training.”

Barefoot and Competing

In Australia, HorseWyse Magazine editor (, Jenny Farthing, tried Cavallo Boots to keep her daughter’s dressage pony going.

“I had never thought about using boots on our dressage horses, as I always thought they were more for trail riding,” Farthing says. “We moved barns and found that with my daughter Emily’s pony Mistie, the sand was a bit more abrasive than what we were used to, and three out of her four hooves showed signs of cracks forming in the toes.

“The farrier was starting to talk about the need for shoes, but Mistie is 16 years old and never been shod, so we didn’t want to go down that path. We contacted Cavallo for advice and were recommended a full set of Trek Boots with Pastern Wraps.

“Mistie trains Medium level dressage, so we needed boots that would not affect her movement at all. She moves and performs well in her boots, with no change to her training at all. The Pastern Wraps are really good in the arena, as they stop any sand that may get into the boots from rubbing. I’m now thinking of transitioning my dressage horse to barefoot and using boots on him when needed, too. The results have been that good!”

Trek for Dressage

The Trek boot is designed to move ( They are the most flexible, durable, breathable, and user-friendly addition to the Cavallo Hoof Boot collection.  The honeycomb design of Trek maximizes strength and minimizes weight for the comfortable performance your horse deserves.

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: Sign up here for Cavallo’s free newsletter and special community discounts:

 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. 

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