April 2021

Winter vs Summer Hooves - Effects on Sizing

It has been a long and cold winter for so many of our customers around the world. With the weather warming up riders are saddling up. With melting snow and rain comes mud and sludge. Couple this with the natural expansion and contraction of horses’ hooves with the season changes and a horse sized in the winter may now find Scoots twisting in the spring. Read on to see how you can help your customers keep their Scoots on and enjoy the warming weather!

Equipped to help with fit

Our equipment range can help reassure customers their Scoots will stay on in all conditions. Anti-slip shims and Mud Straps can come to the rescue.

If the Scoot is twisting, often customers think they may need to go down a size or resolve the issue with more strapping, like our mud straps. Shims fit into the toe of the Scoot as a filler providing a firmer fit when the hoof is in between sizes or the hoof has shrunk in dry conditions.

Mud Straps give reassurance to riders that their Scoots will stay on in muddy conditions. We now include sleeves with our Mud Straps for extra protection against rubbing for sensitive skinned horses.

Honest from the start wins customers’ hearts

It is wonderful to see how much the barefoot movement has been growing. More and more riders are wanting to make the switch. With this comes customer enquiries! Whilst we would love to get every customer who asks about Scoots into our boots, the reality is whilst 80% of hooves are suitable for Scoot Boots there is still 20% that Scoots are not compatible with all hoof shapes.

While sometimes we can assist in-between sizes with anti-slip shims and heat-stretching the heel bulb straps - horses with high heels/vertical upright quarters and flared hooves are often unable to accommodate Scoots.

When doing remote fittings we recommend you pre-evaluate the hoof shape to confirm suitability, by requesting pictures of the front and side-on view of the hooves before travelling, especially if you are not trimming these horses. Thus avoiding unnecessary travel costs.

We explain to a customer why the Scoot Boot is not suitable for their horse. If the hoof is healthy, reassure them that the shape of the hoof is not a problem … merely incompatible with the shape of Scoot Boots. Customers are grateful for the honesty.

We see hooves that have potential to be suitable for Scoots but are just not ready to be sized for yet. You might be working on reducing the flare of the hooves with your trimming, or the customer has confirmed their trimmer is doing this - we suggest you make a note of these customers in your calendar to contact in 6 months time with a friendly, “How has the trimming been going?” If your initial contact with the customer is genuine and honest they will likely contact you first to show you the progress and try for Scoots again!