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Favorite Links for training, gear, and memberships!
- National Association of Competitive Mounted Orienteering
- HOW TO CMO
- What is CMO?
- Old Dominion Endurance Rides
- Renegade Hoof Boots
- Riding vs. Racing a discussion with the Duck.
- Trumbull Mountain's INTRO TO ENDURANCE RIDING
- Principles of Conditioning
- Conditioning the endurance horse by SERA
- Short Article: Feeding & Training the Endurance Horse
- Feeding the Endurance Horse, Swedish Author
- Preventing Dehydration In the Endurance Horse, Ontario Competitive Trail Riding Association
- Jim Holland's fantastic training links here!
- South Eastern Distance Rider's Association
September 2, 2013
The Renegade Viper a test ride review
I'll just lay it out here, I figured the Viper's were going to work alright at the trot, but chew her up at the canter like her other boots. I was planning 10-15 miles today, and give it up when the humidity got so bad that I was over it. Journey was wearing her size O's original Renegade on the fronts, and the metric sized sleeker Viper on the hind. We walked, trotted, cantered a few uphills, worked through a sandbar, crossed knee deep water, rocky creek beds, trotted the paved road, went up and down some steep muddy places. I stopped a few times during the course of our ride and gave her a general looking over, to see if she was chafing or chewing herself up by interfering. Here are my take aways from today's ride:
* I really like the orange in your face color. Not because it looks snazzy (even though it sort of does) but because I lean over and quickly assure myself that I still have a boot on the hoof. The orange pops out, and makes a quick lean over to check easier than trying to make out a black boot. So I like orange, orange is good.
*Fitting is getting easier now that we understand the mechanics of it. LSEGH is much faster in this regard than I am, but I feel confident I can adjust as needed (but not under a time crunch, so spares will be essential). Oh...and they do fit. The captivators hug her heel bulbs, and the Viper shell conforms perfectly to her hoof walls, and the toe of her hoof seats right where it needs to be.
*Rubbing, chafing, chewing up the bulbs, pastern, interference marks. None, none, none, none & NONE. All of her fur is intact, no bloody chewed up areas, no cuts, scrapes, nothing. She looked the same when I pulled them off as before I put the Vipers on her hooves.
*Movement in the Renegades is interesting in that I mostly don't notice she's wearing boots. At the walk I do hear her brush a back boot about every four strides or so. At the trot I hear nothing but her hoof as she places it down, and the canter she seemed...um...forward! But we only did a little. I'll start working upwards on that as I feel she becomes more adjusted to wearing the boots on the hind. She was wearing small brushing boots today, but in our other boots I was having to put full wrap around sport boots on as protection, and she'd still clang herself and bruise her pastern or cut herself now and then. Her legs looked great today.
I have to say I am very satisfied with my experience with the Renegade boot makers (Lander Industries). Problem solving and feed back was top notch. I even got a return email this weekend which is a holiday weekend, when I didn't expect to hear back until Tuesday.
In a perfect world a hoof boot would be a hoof boot. However, every horse is different, has its way of moving, hooves of varied sizes and shapes, and you hope to find what works best for your horse at the end of the day. I've already spoke to the company about booting her fronts and they have a boot sized perfectly for the front and I hope to order soon.
Now if I were able to tweak something with the new boot?
*I'd make the slot for the pastern/captivator strap either a tiny bit thicker, or reinforce it with something. It is the only part of the boot that I have concern with holding up. Not saying I've had a problem, and maybe I won't.
*A slightly more agressive roll on the breakover portion of the boot. Again, she was moving out fine, but that might make a boot wear longer for horses that have very little lift with each step.
Honestly though...they are some great hoof boots. I'll have to kind of track and see how many miles we can get on a set.