Finding an optimal fit for your customers is important to us, it ensures that Scoot boots remain safe throughout the period of use.
How the customer takes on the Scoot boot
When your customer tries on their boots for the first time, they should try them on grass, rubber matting or a towel so they stay in new condition. Thread a sock and or plastic bag over the hoof.
Step 1. Open Front Straps and Pastern Strap on the boots.
Lift the horse’s hoof with the sole up and pull on the boots.
Step 2. Pull the back over the horse’s bulbs and place the hoof on the ground.
The horse’s balls should slide down comfortably without having to use force, but still be tight.
Step 3. Put the hoof on the ground, snap front straps.
TIP: Use a hoof pick to close the straps with if it is difficult to fasten.
Step 4. Attach the straps as pictured below
Make sure you get a finger down between the horse’s skin and the pastern straps at the front.Adjust the straps if necessary.
Tip 1. If this is the first time the horse is trying on boots, take it easy at first. Like our human shoes, Scoots will be softer and more compliant after use.
Tip 2. Use Trail Gaiters, especially if the horse has never had Scoot Boots before or has sensitive skin.
Certified Barefoot Worker and Scoot Boot Specialist Julia Stroh shows you how to put on a pair of Scoot Boots in this video
How to check the fit of your Scoot boots
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.
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.
Julia shows how to test the fit of your Scoot Boots in this video
3. Sizing shells
Sizing shells for rent
We sell sizing shells so that your customers can try out the right size for their horse. You can offer these sizing shells to the customer to try in peace and quiet. It is also possible to ride and and longline with the sizing shells on. Keep in mind that these sizing shells do not have any front straps, which means that they can easily come loose in any faster gaits.
We recommend that you use these sizing shells in connection with you doing a sizing test in person on your clients horses, or offering the customer rent sizing shells. We recommend that you send a return bag with a return shipping note that is glued on delivery to make it easier for the customer.
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4. Help your customers find the right size
Let the customer photograph the hoof according to the instruction video below so that you can more easily recommend your customer the correct size.