Keeping Horses is a Challenge
Rising feed costs, increasing vet and farrier bills, encroaching urban development, and overall stress are just some of the frustrations facing horse owners. Worries about your horse’s soundness and well-being have humbled all horse owners. Feeling powerless to cure lameness or disease can overwhelm us with denial, despair, and guilt. Living with horses is no longer a simple country life.
The good news is, you are not alone. Your horse community and your horse health expert, inventor and author, Carole Herder are here to help. At the forefront of revolutionary new wisdom, this book will help you navigate issues such as Laminitis and Navicular Disease.
- Discover actionable steps that every horse owner can take
- Consider statements from top experts and scientists
- Learn to manage extreme season and climate change
- Understand and prevent problems from arising
- Savour other horse lovers’ personal stories
A quick and easy read, this book is full of pictures and anecdotes that will engage and entertain you while providing solutions for your deepest fears. You are not powerless, but If you don’t take control of your horse’s future, outside forces will.
Get curious. A few small changes can move you from regret to inspiration. Hoofprints on The Journey will show you how!
Here’s a Quick Excerpt:
“Yes, it’s a danger! Run! Burst into action, nose to flank, protect one another, babies in the center, be a unit, be off! Eyes stark with terror, and their bodies challenged to the test. Nature’s prehistoric orchestra begins its dramatic symphony. Pupils dilate. Digestion shuts down. The flight is the only remaining requirement.
The sympathetic nervous system is performing like a hormonal gas pedal. Thousands of pounds thunder across the tundra on small, compact hooves. Injury, disease, or weakness will cause the hoof to fail. Failure of the hoof will cause death. They are fleeing for their lives. Survival depends on healthy functioning feet.”
Here’s What you’ll Learn
So, what is a healthy hoof, and what can we do to cultivate it? Let’s continue with a simple description of what we can readily see with our naked eye. We’ll then move into an example of some common problems that are easily within our ability to control.
If you have ever been confused about the structures and bones inside the horse’s hoof, you are not alone. For the average horse owner, a passionate study of this part of the horse’s anatomy can be discouraging. One reason is simple. It’s challenging to identify a framework when the names of their parts change.
Here’s to Our Horses’ Health!
One of our biggest challenges is confusion when our horses become lame. Comprehending the words spoken and their relative function to each other will support your clarity in conversation with your veterinarian. Understanding is our responsibility. With the necessary information, we can better accept and understand a diagnosis.
For the most part, there is no need to be further versed in the intricacy of the inner hoof. With your greater understanding, you can be involved in the prognosis. There are options. If we intend to keep our horses sound, it is our responsibility to understand them. We are currently experiencing the most significant evolution in the treatment of horse feet in our lifetimes. We are at THE FOREFRONT of this evolutionary transformation.
Reviews for Hoof Prints on the Journey:
I was a fast convert after getting my first pair of Treks a few months ago. I have used them weekly with my gelding and can’t imagine I’ll ever go back to shoes! I loved them before I even knew the philosophies and reasons behind barefoot hoof care, but please tell Carole that reading her book has increased my understanding and cemented the philosophy for me.
Everyone talks about how horses are therapeutic. I’m the poster child for someone whose life is more livable because of them. It’s especially important to me that I honour my horse’s important role in my life by doing my best to keep him healthy and happy, too. I feel like I’m even closer to that ideal now.
– Lori Maroe
Horse Lovers Unite Through this Book!
The difficult part of being a horse owner is facing challenges with your horse’s health (mental and physical). This can be a very isolating experience (especially during Covid days!). This book reminds us that we are not alone – we’re part of a worldwide horse community, where everyone is facing these same challenges. No matter where you are, this book brings us all together and addresses the many issues that we often wonder about, or maybe haven’t wondered about yet, but should. I really enjoyed it and will re-read it from time to time for further inspiration!
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.
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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.
Prestigious Veterinary Hospital Recommends Cavallo Boots
“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.”
-Allyson Yearry Donaldson