irish horse had a great question in my post about differentiating between pairs of boots about actually IDing your boots. It’s not something I’ve ever done…the times I’ve lost a Renegade, I’ve always known immediately that I lost it (something about the pony hopping up and down because she’s wearing a boot as an ankle bracelet is hard to ignore), so could get off and fix it right away. So none of my Renegades have ever parted company with my horse. However, the couple of times Dad lost one of his boots, the horse stepped entirely out of it and we had to backtrack to find it.
But I can definitely see the value of having some way to ID your boots…if you do loose one, hopefully some kind soul will find it and return it. Dad did this with one of his early pairs of Renegades…a pair of boots we still actually have. His method was permanent Sharpie marker on the inside sole of the boot. He wrote on it when the boot was brand-new and didn’t have an embedded dirt. I think this boot is probably four years old and has maybe 500-600 miles on it?
|Ink is faded, but still visible. Surprised it didn’t get rubbed or
worn off, between hoof pressure and the sand we ride in.
I’m going to explore another option: Duct tape!
|Trimmed the lower corners so it doesn’t interfere with any
movable parts of the boot.
Then I grabbed the Sharpie:
|The test will be to see if the Velcro toe strap rubs the writing
or the tape.
My second test was the same location on the matching boot, minus the tape:
|Again, will the Velcro smudge or rub the writing?|
My thought behind the duct tape is if it does start getting rubbed or smeared, you can remove the tape and reapply a fresh strip. You can only write over smudged duct tape so many times before it turns into an illegible blob.