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Cavallo Hoof Boots Proven to Minimize Load Impact

Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots in university study

Cavallo Hoof Boots Proven to Minimize Load Impact

A recent study announced that Cavallo Hoof Boots have been proven to minimize load impact.  Western Kentucky University recently conducted a study to determine Cavallo Trek boots‘ effect on hoof pressure distribution. Science student, Gabriella Lynn, chose Trek boots precisely due to the full coverage of the hoof and its suitable tread for riding over rough ground.  Ms. Lynn presented her findings at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina.

Fuji Prescale pressure sensitive film

Diagram showing how Fuji Prescale Film Works. Photo credit: FujiFilm


Measuring Pressure by Using Film

This new study measured pressure distribution as horses walked over Fujifilm Low Prescale Film. Prescale is a unique film tool that “reveals the distribution and magnitude of pressure between any two contacting, mating, or impacting surfaces.”  The study measured both impact to bare hoofs, and hoofs protected with Trek Boots. Asphalt and crushed stone were used as aggressive hard surfaces for this testing. The color film images revealed pressure over the hoof wall and sole.  It also measured minimum and maximum pressure, mean pressure, size of contact area, and force. After analyzing the results, Lynn observed that hoof boots created more low-pressure regions on the film than bare feet.  Lynn declared that “hoof boots absorbed more force and distributed more pressure upon impact”.

Gabriella Lynn - Conducted Hoof Boot study using Trek by Cavallo

Gabriella Lynn, photo credit: Western Kentucky University


Cavallo Soles – Technically Advanced

The Cavallo Trek Style Hoof Boot was the featured boot in the study.  However, all Cavallo Hoof Boots are constructed on the same durable, shock-absorbing soles. Horses that use Cavallo Hoof Boots benefit from the shock-absorbing, weight distributing, and pressure minimizing features of these technically advanced hoof boots.

An Expert Weighs In

Dr. Robert Bowker, DVM from Horse & Rider, Feb. 2006,

“The blood in horses’ feet does much more than provide nutrients to hoof tissues. It also enables the unshod foot to function as a hydraulic system, in much the same way that gel-filled athletic shoes do.  …..Horseshoes provide a much smaller surface area to absorb shock.  So, if a bare hoof landing after jump experiences, say, 1,000 pounds of loading per square foot, then with a traditional shoe, there is going to be 2,000 pounds per square foot.”

To read more about The Western Kentucky University study, please read the article HERE.

Wishing you many happy miles on your Cavallo soles,

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