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Is Your Aging Horse Waiting to Gallop Out of Retirement?

Old horses helped by Cavallo Hoof Boots

Boot Up to Get your Older Horse Back

Are you sure your horse is ready for retirement? Ageing equines often suffer from arthritis in their joints as well as age-related metabolic disorders that can affect their bones, joints, and hooves. Cavallo Hoof Boots offer older equines enhanced comfort as they move. The soles absorb shock, re-distribute weight and pressure, and help encourage blood circulation—all essential ingredients for health and longevity. While some older horses can be ridden lightly, others are retired earlier than their owners would like. With extra support, these horses may have a chance to move freely again.

Bodies feel better when they move. Yes, this goes for horses too. Movement lubricates joints, increases blood circulation and aids in the distribution of oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. The more horses move, the greater the opportunity to extend their working active lives. Older horses are more willing when movement doesn’t cause them pain.

Cavallo Boots, combined with our Hoof Boot Pads, offer support for horses’ hooves as well as their joints. Our boots are also easy on ageing riders’ hands. If arthritis or bending down is an issue for you, you’ll be happy to find out how simply, quickly and securely our boots fasten. Read on to find out how boots helped three ageing equines move easily and get back on the trails:

Ricky Rejects Retirement and Goes Camping Instead

Older senior horse revived with Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots

Riding with Trek boots helps older horses—and any horse—feel cushioned support while riding on any trail terrain.

Marie Reimer rides with the Back Country Horsemen of British Columbia. Having Trek Boots helped her rekindle her riding relationship with her 26-year-old Quarter Horse, Ricky.

“I ended up taking Ricky on a four-day camping trip,” she says. “My five-year-old horse wouldn’t load, so Ricky was pressed into service.” Reimer says Ricky stepped out nicely and moved better than he has in recent days while wearing his Trek Boots.

“I’m going to take him out more, based on this trip,” she says. “We did some steep terrain at one point, and he had no trouble with grip. I am really impressed. Plus, we did trot some, went into the lake for him to drink and I didn’t worry about them coming off.”

32-Year-Old Jake Enjoys the Smooth Ride

“Hi folks, just wanted to thank you for all your help in getting Jake fitted with the right size Cavallo Boots and Comfort Pads. We really enjoy the smooth ride. He can run almost as fast as he did when he had regular shoes on. I would highly recommend these for anybody with an older horse, since Jake is 32 years old. Wish I would’ve known about these years ago. Happy new year!” 

– Sue Wright and Jake

Josie's Still Enjoying the Trails!

Aging old horse with Cavallo Hoof Boots

Kim Fish rides the California trails with her 25-year-old horse, Josie. Fish credits Cavallo Hoof Boots with keeping her horse soundly on the trail for summer treks.

We rode a small bit of the Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail in the lower foothills of Calaveras County, California,” Fish says.

“Josie is breaking in her Trek Boots that I will be using from here on out on our adventures. Josie will be 25 years old in April 2021 and with her boots she is still going strong and loves to get out on the trail!”

Aging Minis on the Move

Aging miniature horses also walk out with more confidence and drive when wearing their CLB Hoof Boots for miniature horses and very small equines.

A 19-year-old Shetland Pony named Tigger has chronically tender hooves. Watch his fast-paced walk with his new boots in place HERE! 

“I’m not going to lie – I’ve cried this evening!!!

Tigger has not walked out with such confidence and purpose in literally years and years, I was so skeptical and worried that boots wouldn’t make a significant difference but I’m over the moon to have been proven wrong!

Thanks so much everyone that messaged me with your opinions on best boots, looks like we’ve joined the Cavallo Hoof Boots fan club.

He normally has to be so cautious,” his owner reports on her Moses Carriage Driving Diary Instagram account, @mosesdrives. “I haven’t seen him move out on the road like this for some time. He normally pulls to be on the grass. He’s normally so tentative and worried about ouchies. This is lovely. These are amazing. I was so skeptical and worried that boots wouldn’t make a significant difference but I’m over the moon to have been proven wrong!”  

Share Your Aging Equine Story

Tell us about your older horse and how Cavallo Boots have revitalized his movements or work life. Send us a message on Facebook or through our Contact Us web page!

Thanks for reading and I hope you have many happy trails on your horses of all ages,

Carole Herder

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Cavallo President Carole Herder wrote the #1 International Bestseller, There Are No Horseshoes in Heaven, and the newly released Hoofprints on The Journey. She has been involved in horse health since 1993. Her company, Cavallo Horse & Rider Inc., develops, manufactures, and distributes horse products in 26 countries. Herder designed and developed Cavallo Hoof Boots and Total Comfort System Saddle Pads. She presents training sessions around the world to teach the benefits of keeping horses in a natural state. Herder is an honored recipient of the Royal Bank of Canada Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She was named top Innovator in the 2021 BCBusinessWomen of the Year Awards. She is also a member of the Women’s Presidents Organization, supporting female entrepreneurs in every industry.

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