Scoot Boot Sizing

If you have any trouble measuring your horses hooves, please let me know and I can help if you're able to take some pictures with a ruler in place.

Step 1

Once your horse’s hooves have been trimmed correctly:

  • With a ruler or tape measure, measure the LENGTH from the GREEN line at the tip of the toe to the GREEN line at the rear of the hoof at the very end of the heel buttresses (to ensure you have located this position run a rasp across both heels and the correct measuring point is the last part of the heels that physically makes contact with the rasp before the heels drop away towards the collateral grooves) DO NOT MEASURE FROM RED LINE INDICATED BELOW
  • Our sizes increase in 5mm (3/16”) increments. Always select the smaller boot size if you are in between measurements. For example if your hoof length measurement following the GREEN line is between 121mm (4 13/16”) and 124mm (4 15/16") long select the hoof measurement of 120mm  (4 3/4”) on the chart which indicates you require size 3

Step 2

Measure the WIDTH of the hoof at the widest part and select the correct WIDTH.

Step 3

Now that you have the LENGTH and the WIDTH go to the size chart below and select your size.

IMPORTANT!

  • If you have one hoof smaller than the other select the boot size that matches the largest hoof.Our Scoot Boots are designed to allow for growth between trims. DO NOT select the next size up when measuring your horse’s hooves after a barefoot trim.
  • If your horse’s hooves are 10mm (3/8") wider than long you need to select the size from the ‘maximum’ width measurement and not length measurement (for example, if your hoof length is 110mm (4/18") and width is 120mm (4 3/4")  you select size 2). If your horse's hooves are 10mm (3/8") wider than longer it is important you follow our trimming instructions or you will have a boot size too large due to measuring excess width/flare that should have been removed
  • If the hoof length exceeds the hoof width by more than 10mm (3/8") then the Scoot Boot may not be suitable for your horse (if your horse's hooves fall into this category you will need to have Scoot Boots fitted by your barefoot trimmer)
  • If you require Scoot Boots for front and rear hooves but you are unsure of size we recommend you purchase one pair initially to determine correct size

CORRECT TRIMMING

The terms “barefoot trimming” or a “natural trim” are used to describe a trimming method which replicates the shape of a wild horse’s hoof where the horse had been running free over large areas of rocky, sandy terrain. It has been shown that these wild horses, with very low heels, short rolled toes and wide, flat, hard frogs are less prone to hoof and lower leg injuries compared to domesticated shod horses.

The images below show a ‘naturally’ trimmed and highly functional hoof suitable for Scoot Boots.

Scoot Boot - Sizing

SCOOT BOOTS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR

  • Hooves with high heels, long toes or flared hoof walls
  • Clubbed feet
  • Hooves that are more than 10mm (3/8") wider than longer or more than 10mm - (3/8") narrower than the hoof length measurement

Scoot Boot - Sizing 

The Scoot Boot fits a larger range of hoof shapes than any other hoof boot on the market today. It is important that your horse’s hooves have been trimmed correctly to ensure you are purchasing the correct size Scoot Boots.

Horses are no different from a human athlete in that they can only perform to their maximum ability if they are wearing the correct sized footwear. This means that trimming and measuring has to be precise. 

To ensure your horse has had a correct trim - this means low heels, no flare and bevelled hoof edges and rolled toe:

  • The heel height should range from 0mm (0") to a maximum of 15mm (5/8") from the bottom of the collateral groove to the top of the heel at the heel buttress (this is to ensure that the horse’s frogs have sufficient ground contact)
  • The ideal angle of the hairline at the coronet should be at least 30 degrees which will ensure the coffin/pedal bone is ground parallel
  • The toes must be short and rolled to approximately 45 degrees to ensure correct breakover
  • The outer periphery of the hoof wall at the ground surface has been rounded to prevent chipping and the quarters have been lowered to prevent flaring
  • The two obvious indicators that your horse’s heels are long are the frog shape and texture and the angle of the hair line at the coronet.


A proper functioning frog is essential to the overall health of your horse.

It is important that the frog has proper ground contact because it is responsible for the following important functions:

  • Placing pressure on the digital cushion to assist blood circulation throughout the hoof capsule and the horse’s body and limbs
  • Absorption of concussion directed at the hoof capsule
  • Provides traction for the horse
  • Plays an important role in preventing contraction of the hoof

If the frogs do not have sufficient ground contact due to excessive heel height, they will be narrow, high, soft and have a rubbery texture. The above functions will then be impeded.

A healthy functioning frog should be wide, flat and firm in texture and this can only be achieved with adequate ground contact.

Last Updated: 7/5/2017