Hi Dave, You don't know me, but I am a friend of the Agnew's and have known Misty all her life. I too have a close or short coupled horse and do have the same troubles as you do with boots. We can use them on LD's , but the gaiters are so torn up afterwards that I would have to buy new ones for each ride. I keep mine barefoot and am going to be testing Vettec soleguard to use as an alternative to boots. Farzad used it at the Virgina Highlands ride and got BC and that was a rocky ride from what I hear (I couldn't go). It's great to see that Misty is out there doing great at rides and I hope you find a solution to this issue soon!! :) Hope to run into you and Misty at some upcoming rides...I'd love to see how she's grown up.