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Your Cavallo News – January 2024

Celebrating Cavallo Horse Hoof Boots Community



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If you’re on our list, you’re someone who knows about hoof boots. Here’s your chance to tell us what you like (and don’t like!). We want to hear from you!

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Here's your Cavallo News for January, 2024:

Why is Equine Therapy So Important?

Did you know that a portion of your Cavallo Boot purchase goes toward helping organizations like Tender Little Hearts? 

Watch this video to find out about the children they are helping. (And also – take in those little  chomping noises Maserati makes on the microphone – too cute for words!)

Carole Connects with Hoof Enthusiasts in The Aloha State!

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On the enchanting island of O’Hahu, Hawaii, we sent out a beacon calling in local horse lovers. They answered, loud and clear!

Cavallo President Carole Herder makes hoof care presentation Hawaii 2024

We enjoyed presenting to a very engaged audience at our barefoot & booted hoof care event on January 13.

Our discussions delved into the intricacies of hoof health and anatomy, exploring ways for horse owners to sidestep common hoof problems. We uncovered the versatile uses of Cavallos and explored the unique needs of our equine companions, including:

– The 8 pillars of holistic horse health

-The functions, purposes and benefits of Cavallos

-Basic tips on Laminitis, Navicular Disease, Seedy Toe and other debilitating hoof conditions.

Engaging with like-minded horse enthusiasts who share a genuine passion for their beloved animals was an absolute delight, and I even had the pleasure of conversing with a 70-year-old tortoise, lively piggies, and curious goats who seemed just as enthralled by the day as we were.

Special mahalo to our hosts, Julius and Michelle (of Hoof, Talon & Paw Foundation and elderly horse sanctuary) truly shone as the ultimate hosts, setting the stage with an incredible sound system that ensured every word I shared resonated with clarity. Special Mahalo 

AND the ever-generous Greg added an extra layer of joy by showering participants with thoughtful gifts!


Koda, a rescue horse at Cito's Rescue wearing donated Cavallo Hoof Boots

We have donated over 1000 pairs in the past couple of years to horses in need. Please meet Koda, one of the horses helped by this initiative:

Good morning! Sending an update of Koda in his new boots! He still struggles with abscesses and I believe he has had FIVE since September 2023!

His liver is not fully functional and he has an infection in his pedal bone from the abscesses on the x-rays, so we are honing in on the cause and hopefully can get him treated and stop this cycle soon.

Despite it all, he fights the fight and continues in his gruff old-man ways. I really love this ole guy! Thanks again for your support, it means the world to me and Koda.

Ruth S Altman, DVM, CRPM
Altman Mobile Veterinary Rehab & Pain Management
Cito’s Rescue, Loveland, Colorado

What On Earth Are These Girls Doing?


What YOU'VE Been Asking: Are Cavallo Boots Test Proven?

If you’re interested in modern hoof care you likely follow us closely and know this already, BUT… If you’re new to booting, you may find yourself asking this question. We’ve had so many people asking by email, phone and message: 

Are Cavallo Hoof Boots scientifically proven to benefit horses?”

The answer is YES. In fact, we are the ONLY hoof boot company that can say our boots have been scientifically tested.

Step into the groundbreaking study by Dr. Jennifer Gill and Gabriella Lynn from the Western Kentucky University Equine Sciences Department. They concluded the first-ever independent university comparison between hoof boots and traditional metal shoes, with their top hoof boot pick being the remarkable Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots.

Unlocking a realm of comfort, protection, and minimized hoof damage, the study is a testament to what Carole has been passionately sharing with the equine community since 2006.

The research delved into surface area, force, and pressure exerted on horse hooves navigating the unforgiving terrain of asphalt. Employing cutting-edge FujiFilm Prescale pressure measurement film, the scientists gauged the pressure experienced by the hooves, revealing dynamic insights through vibrant color imaging.

According to Dr. Gill, “The Cavallo Hoof Boots proved to be a game-changer, safeguarding the entire hoof and surpassing other forms of protection like traditional horseshoes. The thicker tread of the Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots provided superior ground contact compared to metal horseshoes.”

The results were unequivocally in favor of Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots, as Dr. Gill explains, “The pressure recorded with Cavallo was significantly lower than other treatments, precisely as we anticipated. The increased surface area in contact with the ground, thanks to the substantial tread, offers horses better traction and enhanced ability to handle forces and pressure on challenging terrains.”

Read the study published in the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science:

Cavallo Hoof Boots FAQ!

Photo showing how to store your Cavallo Hoof Boots - by Hannah Buschhaus

How Should I Store my Cavallo Boots?

It is best to store your Cavallo Boots in a cool, dry location with good air circulation. Boots that are wet should be allowed to dry before placing them in storage and should NOT be stored in the original box.

As with most hoof boot brands, Cavallo soles are moulded in industrial-grade TPU (Thermoplastic Urethane). Under certain conditions, this compound may be vulnerable to a chemical reaction that can happen when older boots are stored (not used) for prolonged periods, in unfavourable conditions.

This can be avoided by ensuring good air ventilation and avoiding humidity over 70%. A combination of temperatures as high as 40 Degrees Celsius with high moisture content should be avoided.  Follow these easy instructions and your hoof boots will last for many years. 

Please be wary if you are purchasing your boots second-hand, as you may not have information on how the boots were stored or cared for prior to you owning them.

Wishing you many happy trails,


Carole Herder Cavallo Hoof Boots Signature

Survey and Cavallo Trek Pair Contest Details: Drawing for the 6 pairs of Cavallo Trek Hoof Boots to be held on February 5, 2024. The winner will be publicly announced in our following Cavallo newsletter. The winner will be notified on Feb. 5, 2024, via the email address provided in the survey ~ Prizes will be shipped to the winner free of charge.

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