If the Boot Fits
Ah-ha! I think I’m a step closer to solving my hoof booting issue with Acey.
I took some time yesterday to give her front hooves a fresh trim, then measure their length and width for comparison to the fitting charts on Easycare’s website. No wonder Acey’s feet are hard to fit! Those round little hooves really are quite round:
Left front — 105 mm wide, 108 mm long
Right front — 105 mm wide, 111 mm long (I think this toe will come back a hair more with future trims)
Basically, my problem isn’t that the 00 Gloves are too small; it’s that Acey’s hooves aren’t the shape for which Gloves are designed. In fact, her width is appropriate for an 0, but her length is only 00. As you can see from the photos below, the 00 Gloves are tight on the sides, but there’s waaaaay too much gapping in front. Wall angle may be another factor here.
So, what to do? It seems that Epics might fit, but I’m not excited about the prospect for a couple reasons:
- Epics cost $80 apiece, which is about $25 more than a Glove.
- I’m pretty sure Epics are much, much harder to get on and off than Gloves are. I remember all too well the wrestling match I used to have with Aaruba’s Bares. It was miserable. I really don’t want to do that again. (Note that I haven’t actually tried Epics before; perhaps they’re easier than I think…but I doubt it, given the fitting description on Easycare’s site. Anybody know?)
Speaking of Bares, I actually have several 00’s lying around. According to the Easycare charts, they ought to fit Acey. I was planning to find out yesterday, but a thunderstorm blew in and we all had to run for cover. I’ll try again soon.
With luck, the Bares will work for now. If they don’t fit or are too difficult to install, we can always haul out to dirt trails for rides. And this summer, I hear, Easyboot will introduce a wide version of the Glove. Hooray!
ETA: Looks like Amanda at Chronicles of the Pink Helmet is exploring similar, wide-foot booting challenges. See her post here.