This is a really interesting design for a boot--it's essentially a hard-shelled open front boot covered in a sleek non-leather lining with a layer of padding underneath. Per the official description, "Pliable padded vinyl boots with rigid protection plates where they are needed most - the ankle and tendon area."
|who remembers summer?|
The pull tabs are easy to grab with or without gloves. There is no fleece to build up dirt and scurf in and they're very easy to hose out to clean and hang dry, plus the exterior vinyl looks clean with little to no effort.
FitCourage is a very, very average medium sized horse when it comes to fitting boots. Nothing weird about his sizing. (Lots weird about his opinions, but there's a whole Instagram devoted to that.) I got him the horse size and they fit exactly right. I loaned them to a friend for her tiny, spindly-legged critter and they spun like tops. There isn't a small horse or pony option I know of, but you can size up for bigger horses.
|hind boots fitted correctly|
DurabilityThis is one thing I love about Courage--he actually does interfere, so we actually do test boots out. While most things I buy are a prettiness competition, boots are not.
|gotta build the athlete|
That said, if your horse interferes a lot, I really can't recommend these. I keep using them to see how they're going to hold up and so far the wear hasn't affected function, but they definitely aren't as sturdy as other options on the market.
ValueThis is a trickier thing to quantify. I tend to be more ok with shelling out for quality equipment than most people (see new boots for $55/pair, think "what a deal!" when others are like "omg so much $$"). Compared to comparable boots on the market, these are really well priced. There's the Eskadrons ($180/set), the Schockemohles (can't find link), the Horze model ($95/set), and the cool-colored-but-prohibitively-expensive-to-ship
|divoza boots on a very mismatched day|
Obviously, the Centaur boots clock in as the cheapest bachelor on the market so if that's a thing you worry about (I did), then they're a good option to start out with.
Love the color, love the ease of use, love the pull tabs, love the funky fun design.
DislikesThe durability is a deal breaker for me. I enjoy these boots but am unlikely to replace them with a similar product.