Fitting & Sizing
*** Due to COVID-19, and what seems to be almost daily CDC changes in recommendations, please contact Jeannette in regards to in person fittings for your horse. Of course a Remote Fitting is always an option. ScootBootsNY@gmail.com
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or text/call (518)526-0718
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.
It is recommend you let Jeannette help you to determine the correct size Scoot Boots by following the hoof measuring instructions below. The best time to measure is right after a fresh trim or within the first week following a trim.
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 forward.
Second photo - place your tape measure across the widest part of the hoof
third photo - front of hoof which shows shape
***Label your photos as LF (left front), RF (right front), LR (left rear), RR (right rear)
***Important- indicate in your email/message the date that the photos were taken and the date of the last trim.
***It is very difficult to take these photos by yourself. Ask a friend to take the pictures while you hold the foot and measuring tape. Hint: place the phone/camera on the ground to take the front photo.
***Email your photos to Jeannette at: ScootBootsNY@gmail.com
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Once the size Scoot Boots for your horse has been determined, Jeannette will contact you to arrange for payment for your horse's Scoot Boots including free shipping to you. When the package arrives via USPS Priority Mail, please contact Jeannette so she can talk you through 'doing' a remote fitting. If during the remote fitting it is determined that the size selection is incorrect, arrangements will be made to return your Scoot Boots and a free exchange for the correct size will be made. Please note that this exchange policy only applies to Scoot Boots purchased directly from Jeannette at Scoot Boots NY. Scoot Boots and accessories that were not directly purchased from Jeannette at Scoot Boots NY must be exchanged/returned to the original place of purchase according to their return policy. Scoot Boots NY does have a 21 day return policy if you determine that the Scoot Boots are not working for you or your horse.
CORRECT TRIMMING for Scoot Boots~
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.
Dave MacDonald, originator of Scoot Boots, talks in this video about a Barefoot Trim
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 sizes 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.
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.
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.