Cavallo Horse & Rider: Cavallo Hoof Boots Help Thin-Soled Horses

Can hoof boots help thin-soled horses? Cavallo Hoof Boots help protect soles and add padding to help horses feel better immediately–and to support horses as their soles grow out. Horses with thin soles may be affected by changing weather and moisture levels or may need time for their soles to grow out to help pad and protect their inner hooves.

Here’s a look at how horses have successfully been treated for thin soles while wearing Cavallo Hoof Boots ( Does your thin soled horse need relief? Contact us to find the style and size of boots that will work best:

Back on the Trail Despite Thin Soles 

This trail rider chose Cavallo Hoof Boots to help keep her thin-soled Pinto horse on the trails.

“Just wanted to tell you about Java (16) and the boots,” says rider Stephanie Cofer. “I researched the hoof boots like crazy before choosing Cavallo, so glad I made the right choice! Java is the pinto. He is wearing his today for turnout because the ground is frozen, but he normally just wears his for trail riding. He has 3 pairs. He has thin soles and is an ‘in betweener’ size wise. He wears size two right after he has been trimmed and wears three on his left front all of the time three on his right front when it’s getting longer and close to needing to be trimmed. We absolutely love your boots. Thank you.”

Thin Soles in the Winter 

“The boots are great, but I’m even more impressed by the company,” says rider Mallory McKewen. “I have one mare who is barefoot that seems to be much happier to move around on the hard winter ground when turned out in her Cavallo Treks. My gelding is shod, but plays pretty hard so has a tendency to pull shoes, and he likes to take bell boots off with his teeth. The Cavallos are not only the perfect solution to keeping his shoes on, but they also provide extra protection for his thin soles and make it such that I don’t need to have the farrier rig him up with corks and snow pads in the winter. While purchasing the boots is a bit of an investment, it’s so nice to see my horses comfortable on hard ground and it’s definitely going to help with the farrier bill for the shod horse.”

Instead of Shoes

“Zeus loves his new boots,” says Emily Cottrell. “He was a totally different horse yesterday. These boots added some pep to his step with some sass as well. Thanks, Cavallo for making such an amazing boot. He even got a little upset when I took them off. He has issues with soft and thin soles. Putting shoes on him wouldn’t help so I invested in two pairs of Cavallo Boots. This has helped him so much. Zeus has more pep in his step and is happier. Thanks Cavallo.”

Fox Hunting in Cavallo Boots

The boots help horses move out and feel better despite thin soles. Here, a rider even outfitted her thin-soled horse with Cavallos for a fox hunt.

Lisa Daecher Butash says “Cavallo boots on my draft cross with thin soles. They have been the perfect alternative to shoes, and I have put them to the ultimate test in fox hunting! Running through mud, streams, palmetto fields.”

Thin Soles on the Back

Booting the back hooves provided great relief for this thin-soled horse. Check out this customer’s report.

“Amazing transformation again,” says Arizona rider Yvonne Morris. “Last year I purchased the Simple Boot Regular Sole boots for my horse Reggie to use on his front hooves. Those were major game-changers and gave me my partner back when I ride. This year, I decided to get a pair of Simple Boots in the Slim Sole for his back hooves, as Reggie seemed to be “off” in the hind. He is 22 years old this year and shows no signs of arthritis or age, but he does have thin soles. I have had him on a great hoof supplement and regular barefoot trims with a great farrier – he is in great shape. My farrier has commended the program he’s on, but I have noticed he has started to not come up under himself like he used to. I finally got to go and work my horse Reggie today. Wow, just wow! Reggie was moving as he used to as a young horse again! He was coming under from behind and extending in the front. He is a Quarter Horse, so he is normally low-legged, however, he was moving out like a totally different horse! I knew the front boots made a difference, but this was amazing! After I lunged him on the soft ground, I decided to see how he would handle the gravel. Reggie didn’t miss a beat or misstep once! I rode him around bareback and only in the halter for a while with happy tears because I was so happy that he was so comfortable moving out. Riding him last year at a big popular trail ride was wonderful with the difference the front boots made. This is even more amazing! Thank you to everyone at Cavallo for developing these amazing boots.”

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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