Ultimate Jogging Shoe (for horses) Review
Sometimes, I like to pretend I’m a runner. I’ve never been overly serious about it, but I like to go for short runs on our trails or back and forth along our (fairly long) driveway. I’ve even run in a few 5K’s. And even though I don’t run all that much, I have learned how important a good pair of running shoes are. They can make a big difference in your comfort level.
Well, come to find out, there’s a company who actually makes running shoes for horses! They’re called ‘jogging shoes’ and there are several varieties. A few months ago, Jenny Edwards of All Natural Horse Care, offered to send me a pair of the Ultimate Jogging Shoes by Equine Fusion in return for agreeing to do a review. So here it is.
I have several other pairs of hoof boots, but none of them fit McCoy, my newest horse. So I decided I would get Ultimates for her tiny little feet.
When they arrived in the mail, I was immediately impressed with the quality of the materials and the look of the boot. They’re flexible and appear to be quite durable. McCoy was due to be trimmed so I went ahead and trimmed her feet and then tried the boots on. They fit perfectly. One of the things I like best is how they fasten on the hoof with velcro flaps instead of buckles. They are very simple and easy to use.
With other brands of boots I’ve tried over the years, I’ve had trouble with the gaiters tearing off or buckles breaking. The great thing about these boots is that there’s really nothing to break. It’s all one piece.
The next question was how would boots fare during riding?
Now I’ll be honest, I don’t ride a whole lot these days. But I do occasionally like to ride down the driveway (remember, I mentioned it’s long?) or on our trails. I also ride in the arena or the bigger pasture sometimes, but I don’t really need boots for that. McCoy handles the driveway okay most of the time, but it’s been a wet spring and her hooves have been a little more tender than usual.
Now as far as I know, McCoy has never worn hoof boots of any kind before, but the Ultimates didn’t seem to bother her in the least. We walked and trotted on the gravel and she had good traction and never stumbled or slipped. We had no problems on the trails either.
The boots did not come with pads (though Equine Fusion does sell pads for them). I used them without pads the first time and then decided to insert some that I already had from EyeOn Equine Care. I think the pads add a little more comfort.
Each time I used the boots, I checked all around her coronary band and hoof afterwards. I noticed no signs of any rubbing.
I suppose the real test would be to leave the jogging shoes on out in the pasture to see how well they hold up out there, but I really don’t want to do that! That’s where I’ve had problems before (with the gaiters breaking) and I like these boots, so I don’t want to risk damaging them or losing one. Plus, I have no reason to keep boots on McCoy in the pasture–she has great feet. Since the jogging shoes are advertised as riding boots, they probably wouldn’t be your best bet for therapeutic purposes anyway. (Edited to add–Equine Fusion recommends their Ultra boot if you plan to leave boots on in the pasture.)
So I guess the big question is, would I recommend these boots to others?
Yes. I really like them. I think the Ultimates would be great for the average trail ride or for riding on roads (even driving horses), or for a horse who’s just a little tender-footed on hard ground. If you’ve had trouble getting other boots on and off, then these might be a good choice for you, too.
The Ultimate Jogging Shoes sell for $236 per pair in the US, and if you’d like more information on the Ultimates or the other boots made by Equine Fusion, please see Jenny’s website.