Scoot Boots are known for their excellent traction, making them suitable for various riding conditions except for icy terrain. If extra traction is needed on ice, ice studs can be added to the boots. These boots also have excellent drainage, thanks to their side vents, open back, and open toe design. They are close-fitting when properly fitted, which prevents water from getting trapped inside the boot.
In terms of durability, Scoot Boots are made with thermoplastic urethane (TPU), which has excellent abrasion and shock absorbing abilities. They are designed to withstand normal wear and tear and do not have any components that will easily break off. The lifespan of the boots will depend on the gait of the horse. For horses with a floating movement, the boots can last several years with occasional riding. However, horses that scuff and twist their feet may wear out the boots faster. Endurance riders can expect to get up to 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) of use from a pair of Scoot Boots, provided their horse is light on its feet.
Scoot Boots are suitable for all types of terrain, including mud, sand, water, rocks, desert, and snow. Despite their durability, these boots are lightweight, with the average single boot weighing 350 grams and the pair weighing 700 grams.
These boots can also serve as a spare tire in the event of losing a metal shoe, as long as the horse’s hooves have been properly maintained.
The Pastern Strap is designed to prevent the boots from being pulled off by an overreach or getting sucked off when riding through mud. It is made of strong TPU and stretches under load. To set the strap at the correct length, it should be fastened with one or two fingers’ worth of space at the front of the pastern, depending on the size of the horse’s pasterns.
Those with weak fingers can use a hoof pick to easily attach and detach the Front Straps, as demonstrated in a video provided.
The Mud Strap serves two purposes. It provides ultimate security in extreme riding conditions and can assist in fitting hooves that are between sizes. However, it is essential to have the correctly sized Mud Strap. If the Mud Straps are too tight, they can be heat-stretched using a method shown in a video provided.
Scoot Boots can be fitted with Ice Studs for riding on ice and other slippery terrain. Instructions on how to install Ice Studs into Scoot Boots are available in a video.
To prevent screws from coming loose while riding, Loctite, a thread locking glue, is applied to all screws during production. If the screws do become loose, applying Loctite prior to inserting them can help secure them in place.
Scoot Skins can be left on for an entire trimming cycle of five to six weeks due to air circulation throughout the sole. They are specifically designed for elite endurance riders who ride long distances and provide additional security. They are glued to the hoof and can be used in disciplines where boots are not permitted or for rehabilitating unattended horses.
In cold weather conditions, it is advised to store Scoot Boots indoors to keep the straps flexible.
While wearing hoof boots in hot climates, a horse’s hooves can overheat. However, Scoot Boots have excellent ventilation and breathability to prevent this from happening.
Scoot Boots are suitable for rehabilitation purposes. They are great for sensitive soles and can be left on longer than most boots due to their breathability. Their design helps relieve toe pressure, which is important for laminitic horses. Scoot Pads can be used for horses with sensitive soles.
Horses can be turned out 24/7 in Scoot Boots because of their excellent drainage. The boots allow the hooves to stay dry and any excess moisture is dried out by the horse’s natural hoof heat, preventing fungus and bacteria buildup.
Finding an optimal fit for your customers is important to us, it ensures that Scoot boots remain safe throughout the period of use.
Nothing beats onsite sizing.
We believe the first step to success with selling Scoot Boots is knowing the product and understanding its application. Nothing beats the accuracy of sizing using the sizing shells. We do our best to get the fit right 100% of the time. The sizing chart is as close to accurate as it can get, unfortunately, the hooves on the smallest and largest size of the spectrum are the trickiest for us to hone down. We highly recommend only sizing the mini’s and the largest horses with sizing shells over the chart alone. If you can not get to your customer and need to size through photos only, it is always a great idea to keep communication open with your customer and follow up with fitting photos. Share this video with your customers to help their understanding of the process.
How to work with the sizing shells
Asking for pictures for sizing
When requesting a client to send in pictures for sizing, it’s important to ask them for a front and side view. This will help you evaluate if the hooves look suitable to suit Scoot Boots.
In total you should request four photos of each hoof, two for suitability and two sizing photos.
Check the size by requesting clear photos of the hoof with measuring tape.
Unsuitable hooves for Scoot Boots
An understanding of which hooves are not suitable for Scoot Boots.
Glue on skins sizing guide
Checking the fit of New Scoots
Test 1. Bulb test
You should be able to get a finger down between the bulbs and heel strap (the part that goes above the bulbs
It’s okay if you need to press your finger down a bit. Scoot Boots stretch slightly after use.
BROKEN-IN SCOOT BOOT FIT
Heel Bulb Test
This is the same size boot on the same horse pictured in the NEW SCOOT BOOT FIT. You will see they have now stretched with wear and now a larger finger fits comfortably as pictured. It is important that customers are aware of this stretch. Scoot Boots are designed to last a 6 week trim cycle.
Test 2. Gap test
Check the gap on the front of the boots, make sure that the boots are against the entire hoof on the sides. There should be a gap in the front, the size of the gap varies depending on the shape of the hoof walls.
Test 3. Front Strap Test
Check if the front straps are tight at the front after they have been fastened. If you can not close the front straps with a hoof scraper, the boots are probably too small.
Test 4. Wiggle test
Lift the hoof and swing the boots to each side. The boots should not rotate or loosen.
Evaluate the fit through photos from your customer
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