Tips for Successful Scooting

  • Leave the pastern straps loose. They should be looser than you think! You should be able to easily fit 2 fingers (stacked if your hands are small) inside the pastern straps. If a boot comes off, you can tighten the straps one hole. Pastern straps that are too tight will cause rubs.

  • Evaluate how well the boots fit. When putting them on, they should fit snug but not super tight: they shouldn’t slip right on the hoof, but you shouldn’t have to wrestle with them to get them on either (just like your own boots!). The boots shouldn’t seem floppy or twist on your horse’s hoof but they shouldn’t be stretched super tight either. See for more info on evaluating fit, click here.

  • Give your horse plenty of time to adjust to having boots on their hooves if they’ve never worn them before. Often it takes them a little while to get used to having something on their hooves but once they’ve adjusted to the boots horses are perfectly comfortable in them. Go extra slow when  introducing hind boots as horses are more likely to react to having boots on their back hooves.

  • Use the trail gaiters included on your boots while your horse is breaking in new boots. We have found them to be helpful while your horse is first adjusting to Scoot Boots. Ultimately you should be able to remove them unless your horse has sensitive skin or will be traveling extra long distances.

  • Build up mileage in the boots slowly. Start with just a short ride (<4 miles) and slowly work up from there. Just like when people break in new shoes, horses need time to adjust to boots or rubs will be more likely.

  • Use the included pastern strap locks if you’ll be riding in mud or vegetation. Pastern strap locks shouldn’t be necessary unless your horse will be traveling through deep mud or thick vegetation.

We are happy to help so if you run into any problems or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us!