Do Scoot Boots have good traction?
The Scoot product range has excellent traction. The Scoot Boot tread pattern is designed to provide traction for the majority of riding conditions, except icy conditions. Ice Studs can be used to increase traction on ice.
Do Scoot Boots have good drainage?
Yes, Scoot Boots have excellent drainage. The side vents, open back, and open toe prevent water retention. Scoot Boots are also close fitting when fitted correctly, meaning water does not get retained inside the boot.
How durable are Scoot Boots?
The Scoot Boot shell and securing straps are made from thermoplastic urethane (TPU), which has excellent abrasion and shock absorbing abilities. Scoot Boots do not have any components that will break off. The durability of any hoof boot will depend on the gait of your horse. If your horse has a floating movement, then the boots will last several years with occasional riding. If your horse scuffs and twists its feet, then the Scoot Boots will wear slightly faster. If you participate in endurance riding, you can expect to get up to 1,000 kilometres (600 miles) use from a pair of Scoot Boots. Again, this will depend on how light your horse is on its feet.
What type of terrain can I ride Scoot Boots on?
Scoot Boots are excellent on all types of terrain including, but not limited to, mud, sand, water, rocks, desert, and snow.
How much does a pair of Scoot Boots weigh?
Scoot Boots are very lightweight. The average sized single Scoot Boot weighs 350 grams, and 700 grams per pair. This converts to approximately 1 pound.
In the event of losing a metal shoe, can Scoot Boots be used as a ‘spare tyre’?
Yes, they can, provided your horse’s hooves have been correctly maintained.
What is the purpose and correct setting of the Pastern Strap?
The Pastern Strap is designed to help prevent the boot being pulled off due to an overreach, or sucked off when riding through mud. However, it is not intended to be the primary source of securement. The strap is made of very strong thermoplastic urethane (TPU) and is designed to stretch when placed under load, so the strap will not affect the horse’s pasterns if secured correctly. It also has a number of holes to provide the correct setting, depending on the thickness of the horse’s pasterns. To set the strap at the correct length, make sure your horse is standing upright with its legs at 90 degrees. Once secured, you should be able to place one finger (large), or two fingers (small) under the strap at the front of the pastern.
I have weak fingers and have trouble closing the Front Straps. What can I do to make this easier?
Front Straps can easily be attached/unattached using a hoof pick. Please click here to view a video demonstration on attaching your front straps with a hoof pick.
What is the purpose of the Mud Strap?
The Mud Strap has two purposes; firstly, it provides ultimate security when riding in extreme riding conditions. Secondly, the Mud Strap can be used to assist hard-to-fit hooves. For example, if your horse is in-between sizes, the Mud Strap can be fitted to the larger sized Scoot Boot and still have security. However, it is important that you have the correctly sized Mud Strap. The Mud Strap can also be used to obtain a more secure fit if your horse has very sensitive soles and requires Scoot Pads and consequently needs a larger sized Scoot Boot.
My Mud Straps are too tight, can I heat stretch them?
Yes, you can. Please click here to view a video demonstration on heat stretching.
Can I apply Ice Studs to Scoot Boots?
Yes, you can. There is ample room on the bottom of Scoot Boots to apply studs for riding on ice and other slippery terrain. You can purchase Ice Studs from our online shop. Please click here to view an instructional video on how to install Ice Studs into Scoot Boots.
The screws on my Scoot Boots keep coming loose. What is the cause and how can this be fixed?
When riding, there is a lot of concussion applied to your boots, which can work the screws loose. Loctite, which is a thread locking glue, is applied to all screws during production to help prevent this. In the event that the screws do come loose, apply Loctite prior to inserting the screws. This is a low strength glue which is strong enough to hold the screws in place, but loose enough to allow you to remove the screws in the event you need to replace your straps. Loctite can be purchased from most hardware stores.
How long can Scoot Skins be left on for?
Scoot Skins can be left on for an entire five to six week trimming cycle due to air circulation throughout the sole.
What is the difference between Scoot Boots and Scoot Skins?
Our Scoot Boot and Scoot Slims range are the preferred form of hoof protection of the majority of riding disciplines.
Scoot Skins are designed specifically for elite endurance riders who ride 80km-160km (50 miles-100 miles) and want additional security. Scoot Skins are glued to the hoof and are recommended to use in disciplines where boots are not permitted. They can also be used for rehabbing unattended horses.
I live in a country where the winter temperatures make the straps less flexible, how can I solve this problem?
We advise that customers store their Scoot Boots inside during cold weather conditions. This will keep the straps flexible.
Can a horse’s hooves overheat from wearing hoof boots in hot climates?
Yes, they can. That is why the Scoot Boot has been expertly designed to have excellent ventilation and breathability to prevent this from occurring.
Can Scoot Boots be used for rehabilitation?
Scoot Boots are successfully used for all kinds of rehabilitation. Scoot Boots are great for sensitive soles and can be left on longer than most boots due to their superior breathability. Good breathability is vital in order to prevent a build-up of fungus and bacteria, which can occur when hooves overheat and trap moisture. Scoot Boots help to relieve toe pressure, due to the toe design, which is a necessity for laminitic horses. We also recommend using Scoot Pads if your horse has sensitive soles.
Horses can be turned out 24/7 in Scoot Boots. The excellent drainage capabilities of the Scoot Boot means that the hooves will stay dry inside the boots and the horse’s natural hoof heat will dry out any excess moisture.