Fitting & Sizing
If your horse is within 30 miles from Hubbardsville, NYÂ contact us to schedule your horse for a Scoot Boot Fitting!
Planning to ride/drive on the NYS 130 mile horse trail system in Brookfield, NY?Â
Contact Jeannette to arrange for a Scoot Boot Fitting while you are there. Â A fitting fee of $20 per horse will be waived if a paid order is placed at the time of the fitting.Â
MEASURING INSTRUCTIONS - HOW TO SELECT THE BEST SIZE
Please ensure your horse's hooves have had a correct trim before you proceed to sizing. You can find more information on correct trimming below.
We recommend you let us help you to determine the correct size Scoot Boots by following the simple instructions below. There is a possibility that we may advise incorrectly so do not assume that the size we advise is correct. If the size does not feel correct, do not think thatÂ Scoots are not suitable for your horse. There is a small chance that we have got it wrong too due to the many variables in a hoof shape. If so, contact us right away to seek further advice.
All you need to do is take three photos as per the images below:
first photo - start your tape measure at the center of the toe and work backwards over the frog towards the heels. Do not start at the heels and work forwardsÂ
second photo - place your tape measure across the widest part of the hoof
third photo - front of hoof which shows shapeÂ
Email your three photos to ScootBootsNY@gmail.comÂ
We will then advise on the size you should select so you may place your order. If our size selection is incorrect, return your Scoot Boots and we will exchange free of charge for the correct size (only if purchased from Scoot Boots NY).
Please do not try and calculate measurements from the photo. We will do this. You just need to send us your photos.Â
Use one boot only to size up both front feet with your horse standing on a soft clean surface.
Please follow our 'fitting' instructions to ensure your size is correct.Â
The information below are instructions to follow should you decide to select your own sizeÂ
Once your horse's hooves have been trimmed correctly:
With a ruler or tape measure, measure the LENGTH from the GREEN line at the tip of the toe to the GREEN 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) DO NOT MEASURE FROM RED LINE INDICATED BELOW
Our sizes increase in 5mm (3/16") increments. Always select the smaller boot size if you are in between measurements. For example if your hoof length measurement following the GREEN line is between 121mm (4 13/16") and 124mm (4 15/16") long select the hoof measurement of 120mm Â (4 3/4") on the chart which indicates you require size 3
Measure the WIDTH of the hoof at the widest part and select the correct WIDTH.
Now that you have the LENGTH and the WIDTH go to the size chart below and select your size.
IMPORTANT!When measuring, if you find one hoof is distinctly one size smaller than the other then you can purchase your Scoots in singles.ÂIf 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 hooves are 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") Â you select size 2). If your horse's hooves are 10mm (3/8") wider than longer it is important you follow our trimming instructions 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 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
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.
SCOOT BOOTS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR
- Hooves with high heels, long toes or flared hoof walls
- Clubbed feet
- Hooves that are more than 10mm (3/8") wider than longer or more than 10mm - (3/8") 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. This means that trimming and measuring has to be precise.Â
To ensure your horse has had a correct trim - this means low heels, no flare and bevelled hoof edges and rolled toe:
The heel height should range from 0mm (0") to a maximum of 15mm (5/8") 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 and the quarters have been lowered to prevent flaring
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.
â€¨A proper functioning frog is essential to the overall health of your horse.â€¨â€¨It is important that the frog has proper ground contact because it is responsible for the following important functions: â€¨
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.â€¨â€¨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.