Cavallo Horse & Rider: Booting Shod Horses During Winter Weather

Q: My horse wears shoes and tends to get snowballs when walking over icy and snowy ground. I want to keep riding this winter–without the fear of snowballs and slipping. A friend suggested Cavallo Hoof Boots–can I put them over my horse’s metal shoes? Will they help him in the winter months? 

 Cavallo President Carole Herder shares her advice (

 A: “Winter riding has horse owners improving and innovating. The customer service team here at Cavallo is fielding daily calls for advice on using Cavallos over metal shoes. Yes, you can use Cavallo Hoof Boots over metal shoes!

With hoof boots, there’s no more ice balling and sliding around. Let’s face it; almost everything is less slippery than ice-cold metal shoes. These benefits, plus the overall 100 percent hoof protection, make Cavallos the winning choice for booting up for winter.

Personally, I am not sure why one would want to keep metal on during the winter anyway. We’ve found that the body heat of a bare hoof with natural live tissues can sluff off ice balls way easier than metal shoes and horses are more comfortable rumbling around barefoot in their usual living environment. It’s simple to pop on Cavallo Hoof Boots when you’re feeling like a ride.

But yes, anyone committed to keeping metal on can still reap the benefits of Cavallo protection over the shoes. We don’t guarantee the boots for use over metal because we simply can’t predict the way certain shoes can chaff into the material of Cavallo boots. This said, folks have had great success keeping the original boots going season after season by using our Protection Pads. They are made with a Kevlar-like material that, when inserted as an insole in the boot, serves to protect the boot sole from the rigors of metal shoes. Oh, and there’s an awesome sale going on right now on our website: 40 percent off any pads when you purchase a pair of boots.

When we say, “Cavallos are the number one multi-purpose boot – we mean it. Any terrain. Any speed. Any Season.”

Want even more traction for winter riding? Here is an independent review site that tested our Trek & Studs:

Click here for more about Cavallo studs to put in the bottom of the hoof boots:

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The Cavallo website contains 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 for Cavallo’s free newsletter and special community discounts: Hint: For a limited time, get a 15% off coupon code as soon as you sign up for the newsletter. 

 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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