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Why Cavallo Hoof Boots are Perfect for Therapy/Rehab/Turnout

Horses around the world are experiencing great success using all styles of Cavallo Hoof Boots for healing, hoof therapy/rehabilitation and turnout. The Cavallo Trek Boot, in particular, is enjoying widespread acknowledgment as the best Therapy/Rehab/Turnout Hoof Boot on the market:

Immediate Relief

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Cavallo Hoof Boots have technically advanced shock-absorbing soles, which makes every step predictable for your horse (they stop anticipating that a step could hurt and start to move more freely). The soles absorb the concussive forces that would refer through the hoof. The result is an immediate difference in the horse’s willingness to move. Painful hoof conditions such as Laminitis, Navicular Disease, Hoof Cracks, Abscess, sole bruising and Thrush stop horses in their tracks – but not when wearing Cavallos. A horse’s stride becomes noticeably more confident, and we all know that keeping your horse moving is an essential factor when dealing with Laminitis/Founder or any other hoof issue. Movement encourages blood circulation, hoof expansion, oxygenation, and proper overall hoof function. Cavallo boots provide the comfort and protection required for ease of movement.

The highly popular Cavallo boot model used during hoof rehabilitation is the Trek Boot. Whileall styles of Cavallo Boots are used successfully for rehab, the Trek has some great features that make it stand out. The Trek upper is soft, flexible, and comfortable for your horse to wear. Being made of the same durable TPU (Thermoplastic Urethane) material as the sole makes this upper super sturdy. A slight variation in the compound and the hexagonal shaping make it pliable, breathable, and lightweight. Also, Pro Mesh resists moisture. Even in very wet conditions, these boots remain light and breathable. Trek’s soft padded collar provides comfort around the pastern. The back area moulds to the shape of your horse’s bulbs for a custom fit. Total comfort and protection for your horse, and ease-of-use for you. The simple front closure system makes them very easy to put on and take off – even among the very young and the elderly with arthritis in their hands.

Easy Does It

One thing to note, in immediate use and emergencies, is that you may not have time for a boot break-in period. Providing urgent relief for your horse can still be comfortably achieved. When using boots 24/7, you can reduce any possible friction with a new boot, by using Cavallo Pastern Wraps, Comfort Sleeves, or even vet wrap. Like breaking in your own high-quality footwear, hoof boots can take a little time to shape to your horse’s hoof. Try the boots for 10 minutes the first day, and if you see no signs of irritation, increase by another 15 minutes each day until you see the backs of the boots shaping to your horse’s bulb area nicely.

If you don’t have time to break your boots in, check them frequently at first for signs of friction (red and/or shiny skin, hair being rubbed off) and hold off using the boot for a short time before starting again, and make sure you are using Pastern Wraps, Comfort Sleeves or vet wrap.

Ongoing, these boots are the perfect complement to a bare hoof. Free from the restriction of clamped metal, the hoof can flex, absorb shock, and circulate blood and oxygen – distributing nourishment and fighting disease. Check out a video I made about breaking in your Cavallo Boots HERE!

Waterproof vs. Breathable

Air circulation is crucial to prevent the build-up of fungal growth and bacteria. Watch for anaerobic conditions during rehab and try to balance between providing comfort and protection and allowing breathability. Trek can handle moisture and mud, but when worn 24/7, a preventative measure can be taken to reduce the risk of bacterial problems by mixing a solution of 50% Apple Cider Vinegar and 50% water and spraying it into the boot and on the hoof sole regularly.

Balancing Your Therapy Boots

If just one hoof is affected by illness, you might instinctively order just one boot for the affected hoof. Always use caution against creating an imbalance in your horse as this can cause other issues to arise.

The BIG Bonus!

Are you thinking about using the Cavallo Trek or another style to assist your horse in rehabilitation? There’s a considerable bonus waiting for you when your horse turns the corner and is active again. You can use your boots to ride over any terrain at any speed! The Cavallo Trek is rated #1 Top Trail Riding Boot in the world. Cavallo soles and uppers are incredibly resistant to rocks, abrasion, asphalt, creek beds and, since they resist soaking up excess moisture, the boots are always dry and ready for your next ride…even if in damp, muddy conditions. Trek boots can see you through your horse’s pain reduction and rehabilitation, all the way to the joys of riding again!

Cavallo Hoof Boot Pads for the Win!

Cavallo Hoof Boot Pads add an extra layer of comfort and protection to your boots when needed. When you’ve got a sore horse, these pads can make all the difference! Cavallo Cushion Pads, Comfort Pads and Gel Pads can all be used to help. Our new foam Cushion Pads are incredible – they come in both 10mm and 5mm thickness and they offer a great deal of comfort during a painful hoof situation! Here’s a quick comparison chart to help you decide which pad your horse needs most:

Cavallo Hoof Pad Differences Chart

Veterinarian Recommended

Cavallo Horse Hoof Boots Equine veterinarian recommended“Rebel has recovered from laminitis and has to be kept barefoot. Cavallo boots will allow him to go on gentle trail rides that he loves. He’s doing great as you can see adjusting to the boots. 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 the Cavallo 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!!!”

-Judith Murtha

Also, don’t forget how Cavallo CLBs can help our miniature friends, too:

For the little ones, the CLB Boots have also helped countless mini horses recover from Laminitis and other hoof issues. Jonesy’s story helps to demonstrate how pain reduction while using hoof boots keeps the body moving to promote healing:


And we love this video showing a Laminitic mini’s sudden burst of freedom after getting new boots!

“This has been an extremely exciting night for us!!! It’s the first time Valentine has been able to go out on gravel since she foundered almost 2 years ago! So happy these came in the mail today. They fit perfectly and she may or may not be wearing my mother’s socks!

She hasn’t wanted to go anywhere besides her paddock and stall but tonight she went all over the property!”

Here’s a video of Valentine tonight”

– Melissa Anne, USA

Wishing you many healthy and happy hoofs on those trails,

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