The Scoot Boot is the latest innovation in hoof boot technology. Simple to use and easy to apply. Unlike other hoof boots the Scoot Boot will not get soggy, heavy or wet when riding through wet terrain. This is because the Scoot Boot is constructed of very strong thermo-plastic urethane (TPU) as well as the securing straps, which gives the Scoot Boot superb strength to stand up to all types of terrain that you and your horse may ride over.
Your pack contains a spare black pastern strap, spare boot straps, screws and a Free Pair of Trail Gaiters.
The terms “barefoot trimming” or a “natural trim” are used to describe a trimming method which replicates the shape of a wild horse’s hoof where the horse had been running free over large areas of rocky, sandy terrain. It has been shown that these wild horses, with very low heels, short rolled toes and wide, flat, hard frogs are less prone to hoof and lower leg injuries compared to domesticated shod horses.
The images below show a ‘naturally’ trimmed and highly functional hoof suitable for Scoot Boots.
THE SCOOT BOOT IS NOT SUITABLEFOR
•Hooves with high heels, long toes or flared hoof walls
•Hooves that have major structural changes due to injury to the bulbs or laminitis
•Hooves that are more than 10mm wider than longer or more than 10mm narrower than the hoof length measurement
The Scoot Boot fits a larger range of hoof shapes than any other hoof boot on the market today. It is important that your horse’s hooves have been trimmed correctly to ensure you are purchasing the correct size Scoot Boots.
Horses are no different from a human athlete in that they can only perform to their maximum ability if they are wearing the correct sized footwear.
To ensure your horse has had a correct trim:
The heel height should range from 0mm to a maximum of 15mm from the bottom of the collateral groove to the top of the heel at the heel buttress (this is to ensure that the horse’s frogs have sufficient ground contact)
The ideal angle of the hairline at the coronet should be at least 30 degrees which will ensure the coffin/pedal bone is ground parallel
The toes must be short and rolled to approximately 45 degrees to ensure correct breakover
The outer periphery of the hoof wall at the ground surface has been rounded to prevent chipping
The two obvious indicators that your horse’s heels are long are the frog shape and texture and the angle of the hair line at the coronet.
A proper functioning frog is essential to the overall health of your horse.It is important that the frog has proper ground contact because it is responsible for the following important functions:
Placing pressure on the digital cushion to assist blood circulation throughout the hoof capsule and the horse’s body and limbs
Absorption of concussion directed at the hoof capsule
Provides traction for the horse
Plays an important role in preventing contraction of the hoof
If the frogs do not have sufficient ground contact due to excessive heel height, they will be narrow, high, soft and have a rubbery texture. The above functions will then be impeded.A healthy functioning frog should be wide, flat and firm in texture and this can only be achieved with adequate ground contact.The second obvious indicator is the angle of the hairline at the coronet.
The ideal angle should be at least 30 degrees, which will ensure the coffin/pedal bone is ground parallel. If your horse’s hairline is close to being ground parallel then you have hoof issues to address.
Once your horse’s hooves have been trimmed correctly:
With a ruler or tape measure, measure the LENGTH from the RED line at the tip of the toe to the RED line at the rear of the hoof at the very end of the heel buttresses (to ensure you have located this position run a rasp across both heels and the correct measuring point is the last part of the heels that physically makes contact with the rasp before the heels drop away towards the collateral grooves)
Scoot Boot sizes increase in 5mm increments, so if your measurement is 2mm or less past the end of the heel buttresses, then select the size closest to the RED buttress line. For example, if your measurement indicates your hoof length is 122mm in length then you select size 3, (which is 120mm). If your measurement is 3mm over the 120mm measurement, then select the next size up (which is 125mm, and a size 4).
Measure the WIDTH of the hoof at the widest part and select the correct WIDTH.
Now that you have the LENGTH and the WIDTH of the hoof:
Proceed to the size chart and select the Scoot Boot size closest to your horse’s hoof measurements.
If you have one hoof smaller than the other select the boot size that matches the largest hoof.
Our Scoot Boots are designed to allow for growth between trims. Do not select the next size up when measuring your horse’s hooves after a barefoot trim.
If you have one hoof smaller than the other select the boot size that matches the largest hoof. Our Scoot Boots are designed to allow for growth between trims. DO NOT select the next size up when measuring your horse’s hooves after a barefoot trim.
If your horse’s hoof is 10mm (3/8") wider than long you need to select the size from the ‘maximum’ width measurement and not length measurement (for example, if your hoof length is 110mm (4/18") and width is 120mm (4 3/4") you select size 2 . If you are booting up a horse with hooves 10mm (3/8") wider than longer then it is vital that you follow our trimming instructions exactly or you will have a boot size too large due to measuring excess width/flare that should have been removed
If the hoof length exceeds the hoof width by more than 10mm (3/8") then the Scoot Boot may not be suitable for your horse (if your horse's hooves fall into this category you will need to have your Scoot Boots fitted by your barefoot trimmer)
If the hoof width exceeds the hoof length by more than 10mm (3/8") then the Scoot Boot may not be suitable for your horse (if your horse's hooves fall into this category you will need to have your Scoot Boots fitted by your barefoot trimmer)
If you require Scoot Boots for front and rear hooves but you are unsure of size we recommend you purchase one pair initially to determine correct size
When you are ready to boot up:
Ensure front closure straps are undone and the security strap is detached from one side on the rear of the boot
Pick up the hoof with the sole facing upwards in the trimming position and slip the hoof toe first into the boot
Pull the rear of the boot over the bulbs and place the hoof onto the ground
The hoof should slip comfortably into the boot (If the hoof does not slip comfortably into the boot or the front of the boot is being forced open then you have either selected a size too small or you need to give your horse a correct trim)
Secure the front closure straps
When the horse is standing upright, with its legs at 90 degrees, secure the security strap around the pastern and ensure that it is loose enough to be able to place two fingers between the strap and the pastern
If you cannot place two fingers between the strap and the pastern, loosen the security strap another hole