Don’t know your size? No problem. You can still purchase by selecting “Size to be Determined” under the size selection. After purchase, watch for a special email from Cavallo Customer Service with measuring instructions and a link to upload your photos to us when you’re ready. We’ll make an expert size recommendation before shipping out your new boots!
You can use this form to upload photos so that one of our experts can help you choose the perfect hoof boot size. Please be sure to follow the directions below when submitting your photos.
FOR CORRECT SIZING, PLEASE MEASURE AFTER A FRESH TRIM:
BFB (Big Foot Boot) draft-size horse hoof boots are built with the same durability and quality that you have come to expect from Cavallo, except for the larger hoof. BFB offers all of the features of our Cavallo regular-sized boots:
BFB is produced on the Cavallo Regular sole, with sole length and width being equal.
*BFB may not be suitable if the hoof width exceeds the hoof length by more than 1/2 inch (12 mm).
Cavallo signature built-in side drainage slots allow water to enter and exit, and air to circulate
Fits left or right hoof
Outside tread pattern supports the hoof wall
All-terrain tread minimizes build-up of mud, sand and debris
Excellent traction while still allowing natural movement
Center of outsole is recessed to minimize pressure
High performance specially-formulated thermoplastic urethane (TPU) compound provides maximum protection, shock absorption, durability, and abrasion resistance
The BFB Hoof Boot is Rocking these Horses’ Worlds:
“This is Jack and Flame, a team of Suffolk Punch horses driven at the 2019 Calgary Stampede parade. They are an older team, and Flame has a little arthritis. After pavement work, he sometimes seems sore. With the Cavallo BFB and Pads, he’s able to do many miles and remains comfortable. We all are grateful for this, it makes so much sense to have a comfortable option that helps absorb the shock of the pavement. Luke, our 8-year-old Clydesdale, was wearing Cavallo BFBs under his feathers and they were absolutely amazing for the whole event! He was even comfortable on the crushed road gravel!” – Connie Challice, Barefoot Trimmer (Success with Horses)
Frodo, a “Dressage Cob” overcomes Laminitis with the help of his BFB’s!
A Pain-Free Afternoon
“Just wanted to thank you all so very much for making these boots! I have a 22 year old Belgian! He has had a hard time going on some of the rocky trails! Started doing some research on boots! Yours seemed to be just what we were looking for! Went out today and put them on him and WOW! He was a new horse! Took him for a walk and he had no problems with rocks! We loved them so much, we ordered a set for my wife’s Mustang! Again, thanks so much for making these wonderful boots! Here’s a picture of Big Hercules in his boots enjoying a pain-free afternoon!” – Rick Walker
Want to order but don’t know your size?
No problem. You can still purchase your Cavallo Boots by selecting “Size to be Determined” under the size selection. After purchase, watch for a special email from Cavallo Customer Service with hoof measuring instructions and a link to upload your photos directly to us when you’re ready. After viewing your photos, we’ll make an expert size recommendation before shipping out your new boots!
Need help to find your size now? Send us your measuring photos HERE and we’ll send you an expert size recommendation. Here’s how to take measurement photos:
Step 1 — Prepare the Hoofs:
FOR ACCURATE SIZING, BE SURE TO TAKE YOUR MEASUREMENTS RIGHT AFTER A FRESH TRIM. (Future growth is already factored into each size range)
Brush and clean the hoof carefully so that the entire foot is clearly visible, and the buttress lines are obvious.
Make sure to use a measuring device with highly visible, contrasting numbers that will be easy to read and will show up well in photos.
DO: Use a ruler or tape measure with increments as small as 1/16 of an inch (or down to the millimeter for metric rulers). Measure precisely to 1/16 of an inch or millimeter, if possible.
Step 2 — Measure the Length
It is important to place the “0” of your measuring device securely against the tip of the toe. Run the measuring device straight down the center of the hoof toward the heel.
Locate your equine’s hard points of the heel (the buttresses) and measure to where these two emerge. Do not include the heal bulbs. Record the length measurement or submit a photo.
* The weight-bearing LENGTH most often indicates the size necessary. Take hoof WIDTH measurements as well, to confirm that you have chosen the correct sole shape for your horse, either Regular or Slim.
DON’T: Do not hold your measuring device at an angle. Do not leave any part of the measuring device extended over the edge of the toe
Step 3 — Measure the Width
Using the same measuring device, place the “0” at the edge of your horse’s hoof and run it straight and level across the widest point of the hoof. Make sure the measuring device is snug against the side of the hoof. Record the width measurement or submit a photo.
* If your horse’s hoof width measurement is greater than the hoof length measurement, choose your horse’s Cavallo boot size in the Regular sole shape, based on width (not length) measurement.
DON’T: Do not hold your measuring device at an angle.
Step 4 — Taking Measurement Photos
Please make sure you are in a well-lit area and that the entire cleaned hoof is visible in your photos. Position the camera squarely towards the hoof – not on an upwards or downwards angle. Make sure the measuring device is placed flat on the hoof. Always begin at the zero mark. Keep the device in a straight line both across and down. Please see the image below for example.
TIP: Proper photos are easier achieved with the help of another to hold the hoof.
*** We’re Here tohelp make the best size recommendation for you. Contact Us here if You Need help
Step 5 — Size Each Individual Hoof
Repeat the measuring process described above for all hooves you wish to size for Cavallo Hoof Boots.
TIP: Even on the same equine, not all hooves measure the same. It is always best to measure each individual hoof to obtain the most accurately sized boot for each foot.
Choosing your Sole Width
REGULAR SOLE: Length and width measurements are the same or fairly equal.
SLIM SOLE: For sizes 0-6, this sole is chosen when the sole width measurement is 6mm (1/4″) less than the length measurement (indicating a narrower hoof). If the width is more than two sizes narrower than the length, this sole may not be suitable.
Cavallo Boots are SIMPLE to MEASURE. Learn How to Measure and Fit your Cavallos with this Easy Video!
The Cavallo Measuring Chart Shows the Full Range of Sizes Offered, From Minis to Drafts:
Fitting Finer-Boned Horses
The Trek and ELB (Entry Level Boots) are the best choices for finer-boned horses.
Both styles have a unique front-closure system that allows for an extra-snug fit on the upper portion of the boot – creating a very secure fit. Wrap the Velcro closures from back to front drawing to the front on a downward angle to create a “V” shape in the center to tighten the fit.
How to Measure When Using Cavallo Boots Over Metal Shoes
Great results are obtained with Cavallos over metal, as the TPU (thermoplastic urethane) sole absorbs the shock, which causes vibration up the horse’s structure. Cavallos also prevent sole tenderness, heel bruising, pulling shoes off and injuries to the coronet band and other areas. Boots are also used for shod horses for hoof rehabilitation and to provide increased comfort and protection during riding, training, transport, and turnout.
To measure a shod horse, follow our regular measuring instructions (as above) but instead, measure the length and width of the horseshoe itself (rather than the bare hoof). If you are unsure of your measurements or would like a second opinion, please send us photos of the length and width of your horseshoes.
(If it is not possible for you to take or send us hoof measurement photos, please send us your careful measurements for both length and width of each hoof).
(If it is not possible for you to take or send us hoof measurement photos, please send us your careful measurements for both length and width of each hoof)
Each Hoof is a Unique Structure
Each equine’s foot is unique in conformation, shape, heel placement, hoof angles, etc. Our sizing recommendations are based on photographs. While they are generally correct, many variables can affect the fit of a Cavallo boot, which cannot be determined from a photo. Sizing cannot be confirmed until a boot is carefully fitted on the actual horse and tested for proper fit.
How to Test the Fit of your Cavallo Hoof Boots Before Using:
Only new UNUSED boots can be exchanged. To keep the boot clean, we suggest covering the hoof with thin plastic and checking fit on a non-scuff (not gravel), clean, dry surface.
Cavallo Hoof Boots are Easy to Fit!
Simply insert hoof into boot. Secure Velcro® closures, and then secure outside closure(s) on the boot.
Important Tips on Fitting
You should not have to force the boot on the horse’s hoof in any way. If you are having to force the boot on it is too small.
If the boot is rotating independently from the horse’s hoof it is too big. A wiggle is okay, because the hoof expands in weight-bearing and even further in movement.
Here you can see how the sole fits into the length of the boot and the heel bulbs fit into the padded heel area at the back of the boot:
Before Your First Ride
Like your own riding boots, it’s recommended that time is taken to gradually break in your Cavallo Boots. If your horse has sensitive skin, or if you are going on a long ride and are concerned about potential rubbing, Cavallo Pastern Wraps and/or Cavallo Comfort Sleeves are available. If your horse is fine-boned and there is excess space between the pastern and the boot collar, wraps can also prevent major debris from entering the boot.
Breaking In your New Boots
Remember that there is a break-in period like your own new boots would have when you first get them. On the first day, the boots shouldn’t be worn for more than 20 minutes. You wouldn’t put on brand-new boots and go walking for hours; treat your horse’s new boots (and feet!) as you would your own. You can speed up the break-in process by using a leather softener or riding through water.
Please see this video to find out more about how to break in your boots, and how they will shape to custom-fit YOUR horse:
Simple Fitting Tips
TOO SMALL: If you have difficulty putting the boot on, it may be too small. Ideally the boot “pops” nicely onto the hoof for a good fit. Please check your measurements against the chart above.
SOLE: The sole of the hoof should fit securely inside the boot sole. Ensure that the entire weight-bearing wall from front of toe to heel buttress sits within the boot outsole. It may be helpful to compare the outside raised tread area at the bottom of the boot to the weight-bearing length of the hoof sole (toe to buttress as per the diagram on the above measuring chart.
HOOF ON THE GROUND: Place your horse’s hoof firmly on the ground to fasten boot.
OUTER COVER: Ensure that the boot tongue is pushed firmly against the hoof. Draw the outer flaps firmly around the hoof, pressing the Velcro on the flaps against the Velcro on the tongue; keep taut and level.
TOO BIG: Pick the hoof up. If the boot twists or rotates excessively, it may be too big, or the outer cover may be loosely fastened. If the sole fits well but the upper portion of the boot is too large, consider the ELB or Trek styles as the outer flaps can be angled downward when fastening to adjust for an extra-snug fit on the upper. Some twisting is fine because the hoof is lifted, in its smallest position. When bearing the horse’s load it expands and may easily fill the boot.
CAVALLO PASTERN WRAPS and COMFORT SLEEVES may be used to assist in the breaking-in process or during injury to prevent chafing.
SIMPLE BOOTS ONLY: Once the boot is fitted, if the strap extends beyond the nylon keeper, then you can cut the strap to the preferred length, leaving a line of stitching to prevent unravelling. PLEASE NOTE: Boots cannot be exchanged if straps have been cut. Be sure boots are the correct size BEFORE cutting.
Need help? Send us your measuring photos HERE and we’ll send you a size recommendation.
Which Cavallo Boot Style Will You Choose?
Which Cavallo Bootis just right for Your Horse? The beauty of it is – there’s no wrong answer! Cavallo Hoof Boot CEO, Greg Giles. explains the evolution of Cavallo’s hoof boot styles and sole widths, to meet the varied needs of the horses they’re designed for – all the way from miniature horses to big draft-sized horses.
THE CAVALLO BEST BOOT GUARANTEE
Cavallo’s Best Boot 180 Day Warranty Details:
Cavallo guarantees the quality and workmanship of Cavallo Hoof Boots for 180 DAYS from the date of purchase. Subject to approval from place of purchase, Cavallo will reimburse for repair or replace your boots against faulty workmanship. The guarantee does not cover natural wear-and-tear, inappropriate use, modifications, changes or alterations, unattended horses, incorrect sizing, excessive heat exposure, exposure to sharp objects, or use with metal shoes without Cavallo High Tenacity Protection Pads in place.
To be fully protected by the Cavallo Best Boot 180 Day Warranty, Cavallo Hoof Boots must be purchased from a recognized Cavallo retailer. Cavallo Hoof Boots purchased as “used” or “second-hand” are not covered under the Cavallo Best Boot 180 Day Warranty.
Boots must be returned to place of purchase, clean, washed dry and free of debris, manure and dirt with dated original receipt and shipping paid.
Cavallo Total Comfort System Saddle Pads are warrantied against manufacturer defects for one year from the date of purchase.
Potential Hydrolysis effect on Cavallo soles:
Cavallo Hoof Boot soles are molded in industrial grade TPU (Thermoplastic Urethane). Under certain conditions, this compound may be vulnerable to a chemical reaction known as Hydrolysis. Hydrolysis is a bond breakdown which may occur at least 2 years after production. This happens only when boots are stored in unfavorable conditions and not being used. Hydrolysis may be avoided by ensuring good air ventilation and avoiding humidity over 70%. Keep the storage environment cool and dry with good air circulation. A combination of temperatures as high as 40 Degree Celsius with high moisture content, should be avoided.
Hoof boots that are frequently used in very wet conditions should be allowed to dry before storage and should not be stored in the original box or in areas of poor air circulation. Follow these instructions and your hoof boots will last free of Hydrolysis for many years.
Horse activities are inherently dangerous. The manufacturers, distributors and sellers will not accept responsibility for injury, death, lameness or illness resulting from the use or misuse of these products.
“Rebel has recovered from Laminitis and has to be kept barefoot now. Cavallo Boots allow him to go on gentle trail rides that he loves. I followed your video on how to break them in and it was a big help. He’s a Rocky Mountain Horse. Rebel was a patient at Cornell Ruffian Equine Hospital in NY last year, and they recommended your boots. Just thought you would like to know how I found out about your product. I’m very careful to do whatever I can to keep those hoofs healthy. He’s really walking great!!!”
“The Riser Saddle Pad Really Does Make a Big Difference…”
“I just wanted you to know that I got my front riser English pad and I think my horse really appreciated it. He’s 5, but still butt high, which creates balance issues, but our first ride was AWESOME!! Put me in a much better balance and he seemed to move out much more, even throwing in a happy mini buck of joy. The riser pad really does make a big difference. As you know, trying new tack pieces is really a game of trial and error and can be very expensive. I tried about 10 saddles, western and English before I found a Duett Companion (hoop tree for wide horses). He’s not wide but has prominent, uneven shoulders and nothing seemed to fit. Everyone has an opinion of what’s best or what’s worked for them. I simply listen to what my horse is telling me, lol, he’s good at telling me loud and clear. He’s quite the ham…think he wrote a book about the Prince and the Pea in a former life.”
– Paula Ironstone
Comforting Laminitis & Thin Soles
“I researched hoof boots like crazy before choosing Cavallo, so glad I made the right choice! We love them!! Duke is a mule. He is 26 and suffers from hoof wall separation and Laminitis. He wears his with Gel Pads during turnout. Java a pinto – he is wearing his boots today for comfort during turnout because the ground is frozen, but he normally just wears his for trail riding (he has 3 pairs!) He has thin soles and is an in-betweener, size-wise. We absolutely LOVE YOUR BOOTS! Thank you!!”
Better Late than Never
“I was a real latecomer to the idea of using hoof boots… Growing up, my Dad was the ‘horseshoer’ for our family & friends We never would have thought of having a barefoot horse, especially considering all we did with them year-round. But when looking for a horse of my own in recent years, I knew I wanted one that could go barefoot. And so I researched and bought Cavallos right away. I’m very happy, riding Sierra sometimes on rocky trails, and through creeks quite often. Can’t recommend them enough.”
High-Level Dressage Rider Depends on Cavallo Boots
“I’ve used Cavallo hoof boots for over 9 years, and have used them on a wide variety of horses from my traditional Gypsy ‘dressage cob’, Highland and Welsh Ponies, Thoroughbred and Warmbloods. I have never had any issues with them falling off or rubbing (unlike other boots I had previously tried) and we often have long adventures over and through a range of different terrains. This includes my advanced dressage horses, who have both been barefoot while in full competition work, but always wear their Cavallo hoof boots when hacking out.
I also used the boots when my Cob had Laminitis, as they really helped him to feel more comfortable, and even now when the ground is frozen and rutted, he wears his boots in the field to keep him comfortable. Along with the range of Cavallo accessories, I can always be sure to get the perfect fit and level of comfort for each of my horses.”
-Sue Grice, Dressage Rider, UK
Why Do We Exclusively Use Cavallos?
“Fame is happy in her Cavallo Simple Boots! We have a herd of 4, from a mini horse to a 16hh Quarter Horse. They all have at LEAST one pair of Cavallos! We have Simple, Treks, ELBs and CLBs. We also have almost every type of hoof boot pad Cavallo makes. Why do we exclusively use Cavallos?
They’re easy to get on. I don’t want to wrestle with a boot on a lame horse, or in the middle of a snowstorm. They come in a wide range of sizes. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to measure and get the right fit. Cavallos are easy to measure and I’ve never had issues getting the wrong size from my measurements.
Cavallos HOLD UP. Some of our crew are ROUGH on their gear. We’ve had many other hoof boot brands end up shredded and in the trash. Boots more expensive than Cavallos! After throwing away numerous pairs of boots that are $200+ a pair after owning them for a month, we switched to Cavallo and had zero issues.
Cavallo customer service is the absolute best. I sent them a message asking about using boots in snowy conditions and got a detailed and helpful answer within 24 hours. Often times it’s even sooner.”
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