The Very Adjustable Scoot Boot!
There is the perception out there that Scoot Boots are not adjustable, and while that is true in a way (there are no cables, adustable straps, and such because of the simple one piece design), changes in hoof size due to different phases of the trim cycle, or weather related changes to the hoof can be accomodated in multiple ways AND put back the way they were, without messing with cables and screws. Here are the ways Scoot Boots can accomodate changing hoof sizes:
- The boots are open in front and on the sides to accomodate hoof growth throughout a 6-week trim cycle, as can be seen in photos below.
- Boot is a little loose early in the trim cycle? Add a shim. Just pop it right back out later! It's this easy:
- Want to wear your boots a little looser in general because of a sensitive skinned horse? Use Mud Straps with the bigger boot:
- Boots are a little wide, or gappy at the top due to flares at the bottom? Wrap some EVA around through the side vents:
Also on flares, Scoot Boots (with the exception of older ones shown above) have the side vent at the bottom allowing them to accommodate flares and a longer growth cycle:
- Don't like the Scoot Gaiters? Need something smoother? Thicker? Try EVA and DuckTape gaiters. They save money as it only costs about $6 to do two boots and they last a long time. AND you can make them as thin or thick as you like:
You can order the EVA tape from me here and add your own (optional) duct tape (I recommend Duck Tape brand):
- Have a really low heeled horse with loose heel straps? Add a pad to lift the hoof. Bonus is more protection from sharp rocks, which some low-heeled horses need anyway:
You can buy pads here: https://timberlinetack.com/collections/featured/products/scoot-pad-pair
- For high heels I might recommend either heat fitting or another brand, depending on how the rest of the fit looks. I'm focusing this article more on adjustments that can easily be done and undone, but in case you're interested, here's how heat fitting Scoot Boots works. Note that this must be done carefully and voids your warranty:
No other boot allows accommodations to be so easily made on front, back and sides. I don't think the side vents were done with this in mind but having them there has made doing side adjustments SO easy.
Some boots that are typically considered more adjustable, are adjusted via screws that are on the ground. This makes them very vulnerable to being chewed up by rocks and embedded with crud. And, they require loc-tite. So this is really a one time adjustment to get initial fit. Yet other boots allow length adjustment with cables via tiny screws which can be a frustrating process and certainly not something easily dealt with on trail.
I don't claim that Scoot Boots are so adjustable that every horse can use them. They are typically not a good fit for horses with very underrun, or high heels. But if you have a pretty good initial fit and just need some minor adjustments, Scoots really are the MOST versatile boot available. And in any brand, if you need more than minor adjustments, then you are either in the wrong brand or the wrong size.
Happy to hear anyone's thoughts on this!