LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
LeDan Morgans/Southwest Scoot Boots
Designed by a farrier for the barefoot horse, the Scoot Boot Enduro has all the benefits of our original Scoot Boot but has way more adjustability to fit various hoof types, especially high heels.
- Robust, durable and lightweight.
- Excellent traction, flexible sole.
- Improved fit and comfort.
- Open toe, sides and back with no bulb pressure.
- Excellent drainage and ventilation.
- Adjustable heel straps, no cables or velcro.
- Colored strap options
-The Enduro Bulb Strap can be lengthened or shortened, raised or lowered.
-The rear screws have adjustable settings.
-A range of mud straps are provided to customize for correct fit.
As advertised by Scoot Boots, the new Enduros come with a lot more capabilities to fit difficult hooves such as with high heels, etc. Previously we could only adjust to fit these kinds of feet in most cases by heat-stretching the boot in the back very carefully; a very tedious and risky process to do successfully and not recommended for the inexperienced. The new Enduros come with a variety of new parts and options to adjust for these kinds of feet without requiring the risky process of heat-stretching a boot. All these new options involve multiple possible configurations with the multiple parts and presents a learning curve fitting them the first time on a horse in general, and potentially with each new horse you encounter with different foot shapes. The more horses you fit in the Enduros, the easier and sooner in the process you get a feel for what mix of parts and options a horse is going to need to fit them best. I would strongly recommend a horse owner not experienced with Scoot Boots try to fit them on their horse themselves the first time, and especially not Enduros! A correct fit is essential, but when fit correctly these Scoot Boots are awesome, and Enduros are even better! Let your stockist do it for you and teach you all the tips on a correct fit. In our case here at Southwest Scoot Boots, when we come to fit your horse it's with a full inventory of sizes and accessories and you usually can have your horse fit and wearing their boots the same day. We pride ourselves on customer service and will respond to any help you need to make your Scoot Boot experience a successful one.
Scoot Boots says these boots can also fit mules and we have successfully fit two of them in the past few weeks and have had no reports of problems with them staying on or anything else.
We rode our horses the first several times in the Enduros at home in our arena and not out on the trails so we could first of all be sure of their fit. We made some adjustments between each ride usually especially on the first horse as we fine-tuned the options for the best results.
We learned a lesson on the first ride after having a boot come off my horse. A screw in the Bulb Strap came loose letting the strap come off on one side and the boot came off the hoof. I noticed it immediately and recovered the boot and the screw was still in the hole in the boot, so I was able to reattach it and continue the ride. Closer investigation found that the screws on the bulb straps were not tightened all the way down at the factory due to the expected reconfiguring parts during the fitting process. We checked all the boots we had on our two horses and found a couple more loose and tightened them done. We would recommend on any Scoot Boots to check your screws for tightness before each ride and once you're sure of the correct fit to use the blue version of Lock Tight on them to ensure they stay tight. DO NOT use the red version of Lock Tight as it will not come off without sawing it off and risking damaging the boot, but the blue version you can get off with screw drivers.
The only other problem we have discovered in our testing process was also related to the Bulb Strap screws. During the initial test rides at home, I had a Blub Strap pull through the screw head attaching it to the boot and the boot came off. I thought the Bulb Strap was too tight and putting too much stress on the strap at the attachment point. I loosened the strap one notch on the next ride, and it didn't do it again. Later on a club ride a week or so after that, my wife had the same thing happen. We took a closer look at the screws and came to the opinion that the screw heads were too small for the length adjustment holes in the straps. We advised Scoot Boots of the problem and they shortly thereafter changed the screws to ones with a larger head diameter and sent use replacements. They now come with these larger screws and we've had no further problems with that issue.
The only other issue we've found to this point is a relatively minor one. The mud straps, which are standard on the Enduro and come in four lengths with them to accommodate the adjustment ability with the Enduro, have a small bump on the inside of the loop center where it goes through the hole in the top of the back post. On the standard Scoot Boots (not the Enduros) this bump is there to fit in the groove on the back of the back post to keep the mud strap centered and of equal length on both sides. The Enduro back post is shorter and has an open circle on top that the mud strap goes through. There is no grove in the open circle on the Enduro Boot and the bump on the Enduro mud strap has the opposite effect of sliding to one side or the other and not allowing the mud strap to center, making the strap slightly shorter on one side or the other. Not a big problem, but not desired. We have advised Scoot Boots of this issue and haven't heard if they will correct this in future production. We have corrected that in the meanwhile by using a dremel and buffing that bump off the mud strap.
After completing our own familiarization and testing with the Enduros on our own horses, and becoming confident we can successfully fit them, and that they work well on our horses, we have begun selling them. We have had customers aware of them and anxiously awaiting their availability. We have added a limited number of Enduros in the full-size range to our inventory to have some immediately available and on hand.
To date after completion of testing:
- We have three of our horses in Enduros, who have been ridden for several months with no problems.
- Four customer's horses in Enduros with no reported problems.
- Two customer's mules in Enduros, with no reported problems on one of them; and one we're going to make a fitting adjustment on tomorrow.
We are replacing Enduros in the small inventory as we sell them and have a growing confidence in them and may increase that inventory amount as they increase in demand.
The Scoot Enduros take some experience and patience to fit correctly, but, with all the options to fit hem, we can fit horses, and even mules, we either couldn't fit before, or fit with difficulty. Once fit correctly, they are performing very well.
It's early mileage wise on the boots, but the soles seem to be a bit thicker and tougher, and wearing much less than the previous Scoot Boot's soles. All of our riding horse are now in the Enduros and we are comfortable recommending them.
Accessories Bag with all accessories inside it fits inside the Scoot Enduro Bag with the boots.
Parts location on boot, and what tools needed to install them or exchange them when adjusting when fitting horse or mule.
Acessories names above, and number of them included with a pair on left and with a single boot on right.
This may seem high to you, but you get a lot more than with a Scoot Boot vice an Enduro, with all the parts to enable you to adjust fit for your horse. Also, the parts not used to fit one horse, such as mud straps, can be used as spares for other horses of yours that may need that size. The three pairs of mud straps in the accessories bag are three different lengths.
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