Fitting Your Scoot Boots

Congratulations on Your New Scoot Boots!

Remember: fit is guaranteed! Please use your boots LIGHTLY—a few short arena rides, lunge sessions, or turnouts—and evaluate fit and potential rub areas. If you have ANY concerns, please photograph and send any and all questions to sara@spectrumequine.com. I am HERE FOR YOU to ensure booting success.

If your boots are only minimally used, no charge is incurred for an exchange—PLEASE use your boots lightly to confirm fit! If your boots have been used more heavily and show signs of wear other than minimal usage, a $10 fee per pair may be assessed. Please thoroughly clean your boots prior to return or a cleaning fee may be assessed. All parts must be present with the return or the retail price for replacement straps, etc will be deducted from your return.

TO APPLY YOUR SCOOT BOOTS

Remember: apply toe to heel—remove heel to toe!
This document goes into more detail with fit tests after application instructions.

  • Ensure front closure straps are undone and the pastern strap is detached from one side on the rear of the boot
  • Pick up the hoof with the sole facing upwards in the trimming position and slip the toe of the hoof into the boot
  • Pull the rear of the boot over the bulbs and place the hoof onto the ground
  • You should be able to fit a finger between the strap and the bulbs. If you cannot do this, you are a size too small. At no time should the strap be placing pressure on the bulbs.
  • The hoof should slip comfortably into the boot and the fit should be snug and not tight or loose
  • To secure the front closure straps, grip the end of the strap with your thumb and forefinger. Stretch the strap over the knob hook at an angle and slip the elongated hole over the top or bottom edge of the knob hook. New boots can be stiff—a pair of pliers or a hoofpick can be helpful until the straps break in. If you are using Mud Straps, please find full application instructions at the end.
  • When the straps have been secured the gap at the front should a minimum 10mm (3/8″) and a maximum of 15mm (5/8″) only on brand new boots. After riding you will find that the boot will mold to the hoof and the gap will reduce in width. An ideal gap is approx 10mm (3/8″)
  • When the horse is standing upright, with its legs at 90 degrees, secure the pastern strap around the pastern and ensure that it is loose enough to be able to place two fingers between the strap and the pastern (at the front of the pastern). It is important the strap is set correctly to perform its function (not too loose or tight).
  • If you cannot place two fingers between the pastern strap and the pastern, loosen the pastern strap another hole. If the pastern strap is too tight, as the pastern flexes forward, the strap will pull the rear of the boot backwards and forwards over the rear of the hoof and cause rubbing. With the pastern strap set at the correct length this will not occur.

Now that you have secured your Scoot Boots you need to ensure you have a snug fit – pick up the hoof and gently twist clockwise and anti clockwise. Your boot should not turn on the hoof (if the boot feels loose or sloppy you need to return your boots for a smaller size).

TESTING YOUR FIT

The pastern strap does not hold the boot on—it should NOT be tight!

Walk the horse 10-15 feet before performing the 4 fit tests in the video. This seats the hoof into the boot and can significantly change the test results. Examples: an overly-wide V-gap in front can become normal, or a too tight heel strap can become just right. Or more surprisingly, a boot too loose on one side can become snug.

Once the 4 tests pass, lunge the horse walk/trot, both directions, checking for twisting after eachdirection (because a too-big boot can twist and twist back). If your horse is feeling like some acrobatics to put some real torque on the boots, feel free to let them! We need to see some real-world application.

Walk up and down a small steep bank if available.

POTENTIAL RUB SPOTS

Please keep the neoprene gaiters on your boots to prevent rubbing during the break-in period. When these gaiters wear out, feel free to try going without, but many riders continue to use some sort of padding on the heel bulb straps. There are many options, including some creative uses of molefoam (found at the drugstore) or EVA foam tape, covered with duct tape. There are two different Scoot Boot gaiters also available—the trail gaiters, which come with each pair of boots, and the endurance gaiters.

Potential rub spots are towards the back of the boot, where the boots cross over the coronary band, and throughout the heel strap area. In general, keep an eye on any areas where the boots come into contact with skin. Rub marks on the hoof wall are generally not a concern and will cease with break-in.

A dirty hoof and boot will greatly contribute to rubs, so keep your boots and gaiters clean and brush your horse’s lower leg before use.

INSTALLING AND USING YOUR MUD STRAPS

Please test your boots for fit with the included pastern straps first. If the boot fits, then apply the mud strap. Mud straps can snug the boot slightly, so be aware of this possibility. (They can also help a slightly loose or unstable boot perform better!)

A video demonstration on how to install and use your mud straps:

THANK YOU FOR YOUR PURCHASE! Please reach out with ANY questions or concerns!