Frequently Asked Questions about Flex Hoof Boots.
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- Where can I buy Flex Hoof Boots?
From a dealer
- How many kilometers do Flex Hoof Boots take?
The duration of the boots depends on how the horse moves (uses his body), how fast the horse travels, how often the boots are used, whether the owner is offering weekly maintenance trim and so on.
Flex Hoof Boots has very good durability when you offer the horse a trim based on anatomy and his body is in balance. We have received feedback from users everything between +500 – +2000 km.
However, because Flex Hoof Boots are soft boots, owner must be able to maintain the trim so the hoof will not grow out from the shape of horses anatomy (long toe, under run heels, all the weight on the hoof wall). This means weekly maintenance trim. The wall of the hoof must not carry the weight alone, weight should be shared with the sole next to the hoof wall.
The owner also needs to be aware of the top line balance. If there is a tension in any part of horses body, it will show up on the hooves and also on the boots.
Tension on the shoulder area will wear out the toe of the hoof / boot faster. The better the break over, the better it is to the horse and the boot. So many aspects influence long-lasting boots and health of the horse. The do go hand in hand.
The more balanced trim and top line, the more kilometers you will get with Flex Hoof Boots.
Flex boots after +300 km; warmblood horse, half use on winter with studs, half in the summer with out studs. The owner has trimming skills. (After 6 months after this picture was taken, 3 to 5 rides per week on multiple terrain and gaits, boots are still going strong.)
Flex boots after +600 km (from January to end of July) quarter/arabian mix. The owner has trimming skills. (After 6 months after this picture, boots are still going strong with 2 to 4 times per weekly use.)
Flex boots after 500 km with large Finnhorse (used from November to end of July). The owner has trimming skills but the horse wears the toe more time to time when pulling the carriage. They replaced the shells and they had new boots on! Ecological!
Unbalanced hoof that may also damage the boot: sharp edges on the hoof wall, hoof wall is too long on the heel area, weight bearing point of the heels are too much forward.
A balanced hoof that also has hundreds of kilometers with Flex boots: hoof walls are smooth and they follow the shape of the sole, bars are trimmed to the level of the sole, heels are trimmed back so they offer a balanced and comfortable foot to the horse and to the boot too!
- Can I use Flex Hoof Boots on rocky roads?
Yes you can and your horse will love them. Because of the design, material and the structure of the sole, Flex boots offers very good shock absorption and if the horse is sore, you can always add one of the FlexPad’s to make your horse even more comfortable. Our boots are the softest in the market, and we want horses sole to function as it should do. Flex boots offers a maximum protection with out making the hoof numb.
- Are Flex Hoof Boots slippery?
No, they are not. Flex Hoof Boots have a great grip because of the material and the structure of the sole.
- How much do Flex Hoof Boots cost?
Around 84 € from 1.2.2020. You can find more accurate pricing from your dealer.
- Do you have boots for shetland ponies?
Yes, we are going to have smaller boots early 20202. If you follow us in Facebook and Instagram, you will be first to know!
- Can you buy the boots with studs?
Boots are sold without studs. You can buy the studs as accessories. See the video gallery for instructions fo adding studs.
- Are there problems with snowballing when using Flex Hoof Boots?
No there is not. Because of the shape of the sole of the boot, there is no space where snowballs can collect. Also the studs are so small that they don’t collet snow like iron shoe and big studs do.
- Will Flex Hoof Boots rub?
We have not discovered any rubbing what so ever. Flex Hoof Boots are very soft and we have also added soft durable and firm neoprene gaiter that is very comfortable to the horse. It is also changeable. When fitted and adjusted properly, the boot just hugs the horses leg.
- Why is it necessary to tighten the straps after few steps?
After a few steps with the boots, some times we can see that the straps are way too loose. Then you can tighten the straps for one or two holes. Be sure, that you can comfortable add 2 fingers under the pastern strap, and one finger snugly under the pastern strap. If you see that the holes of the pastern strap are stretched over the rivets, then the strap is too tight. Loosen with one hole. Please see instructions.
- When should I use the higher of lower back strap setting?
Start with the higher setting, which is the initial setting. Most horses will use this setting. However, if the boot is slightly loose, or the horse has very thing leg, you may want to try the lower setting.
- I discovered that during ride, the back strap had opened. Why this happens?
If the end of the strap is too long, then it may open more easily. After the adjustments of the strap you may want to cut the extra length to prevent the strap to remain closed. No more than 1 extra hole is needed.
- Can Flex Hoof Boots be used 24/7 in turnout?
Yes, you can but you need to be aware, that every horse acts differently in their own life. Some are calm, some tend to jump around all the time, etc. So if your horse has a habit of jumping around, he is spooky, he steps on his feet, etc then we recommend bell boots to protect Flex boots.
We use Flex boots with our young gelding often in the paddock if it’s icy, the ground gets hard during temperature changes in wintertime and so on. He has been using his boots + 3 weeks at the time on the paddock 24/7, but we, of course, changed the gaiters to clean/dry ones every day. That was just an experiment from us, how long they can be used, but there is no limit. We let him stay barefoot every day on the shelter when we groomed him and then put the boots back on.
Some horses break the boots in a second when you let them loose with any boot, some will not. Common sense is a good tool!!
- How long does the FlexPad EVA last when used 24/7? Like with everything, it depends on the horse. Our horse has not balances foot, he has more weight on the outside heels on his front legs. He will break the pads from that heel area in a few days. But that does not affect the use of the pad, we usually use the same pads + 3 weeks 24/7, at least. In his hind boots, the pads last three times longer, at least.
So again, soft material against hard will die out sooner. We just need that softness to be able to offer the horse a comfortable life. The harder the material, the less we have comfortability and shock absorption. Another option for the horses with unbalanced weight on the hooves is FlexPad KEVLAR.
Read more about the EVA pads here and KEVLAR pads here.