A Quick Curricular of Navicular

“Navicular” is a dreaded word. It is often not discussed unless the conversation addresses navicular syndrome or another disheartening hoof ailment. While navicular syndrome may be frightening, the navicular bone is a good thing! I’d like to give the navicular bone the spotlight and some love by expressing its notable functions and physiology.


Courtesy of The Merck Veterinary Manual.


The navicular sesamoidean bone resides approximately at the level of the coffin joint, posterior or behind the coffin bone and short pastern, and anterior to the digital cushion. The coffin bone connects to the navicular by the impar ligaments. The navicular bone is also secured by the collateral sesamoidean ligament, which attaches to the short pastern. The navicular bone is called so because of its canoe-like shape (“navicu” in Latin meaning “small boat”). This canoe-like structure has an accessory titled the navicular bursa. This cartilaginous sac cradles the caudal navicular bone and allows the deep digital flexor tendon (DDFT) to glide smoothly along its surface. This is the simple, primary function of the navicular bone – to provide a surface for the DDFT to smoothly swivel across as it continues onto its connecting point at the coffin bone.

      

On the left, horse is diagnosed with navicular syndrome. On the right,
the same horse one month after natural rehabilitation techniques.


On the other hand, a navicular "diagnoses" can be devastating. Navicular syndrome is a deep unknown. The specific of what causes caudal heel pain is a general understanding, not a science, and there is much education yet to be discovered. Horses with poor hoof conformation due to inadequate shoeing or improper trimming are the most common causalities of navicular syndrome, although conformational defects from genetic principle plays a role, as well. Poor hoof conformation, such as underrun and/or contracted heels, leads to additional stress being placed on the DDFT, extra pressure on the navicular bone, and a degeneration of the digital cushion which is a shock absorber for the internal structures of the lower limb. Without a healthy digital cushion, impact with the ground forces a blow to the navicular area causing trauma over time. Another trauma source is horses with excessively high heels and upright pasterns, which place pressure and stress in unnatural ways on the DDFT and navicular. Poor blood flow into or out of the navicular may also be responsible for pressure build-up and mineralization or degeneration of the bone structure. Obstruction of vascular function can be caused by a weak digital cushion or unsuitable heel disposition (i.e. high or underrun). As you can imagine, degeneration or over-calcification of the navicular bone, in turn, inflicts strain and distress on the DDFT.
 
Proper trimming methods and stimulation of the heel are ways to encourage navicular syndrome rehabilitation. For more severe cases, injections or surgery may be necessitated. It’s important to consult with your veterinarian and hoof care practitioner to determine a treatment plan. EasyCare is available to help make the rehabilitation process less complex for you and your horse. The Easyboot Rx is an excellent boot option for concussion absorption while still promoting circulation. Contact EasyCare today to find a hoof boot option to help you and you horse achieve optimal equine health and performance.
 

Mariah Reeves

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As one of the customer service representatives, I am happy to help get your horse into the right boots. I promote holistic methods of equine care and will assist you with finding the perfect fit for horse and rider.

Functions Part II: The Hoof is a Roller Blade and a Nike

In my last blog, Functions Part I: The Hoof's Memory Foam, I discussed the digital cushion. In this blog, I'll build on that and look at the functions of traction and braking.

Most of the horse’s hoof is made of a horny substance that is quite slick. Except for the frog, which can feel leathery, spongy, velvety or glossy. One of the functions of the frog is as a brake pad and traction aide. Green is for GO and Red is for WHOA. 

Have you seen an image of a horse sliding to a stop? How about a “stubborn donkey”? Both postures are the same: the front legs brace and the back legs brace and all four feet are on their “heels” or…on their frogs.

 

Think of rollerblading, with a brake at the back of the “foot”.

  

Ironically, when teaching someone to brake with roller blades, they teach to balance with the upper limbs. Looks like a similar posture and spinal balance to both the horse and the donkey. Front limbs go out, back legs hunker down.

If you look at the back end of the hoof, almost the whole span of it is the frog. While it does have several functions, it is also the rubber brake. You can visually see the width of the hoof. In the back, the green areas indicate really how “wide” the back of the hoof is. It is predominantly frog that takes up the back of the hoof.

Additionally, the frog absorbs concussion from the weight of the footfall. Let's look at function some more. We have a functional choice: we can land toe first, or we can land heel first. What does the hoof look like it was designed to do?

What’s at the toe is the tip of the coffin bone, and the sole of the foot and the front of the hoof wall. Even without being a vet, I can hazard the guess that hundreds of pounds-per-square-inch probably weren’t designed to land there “first”. In the back of the foot, we see this huge cushion and a large depth between the ground and the closest bone. It’s a bit like a Nike, isn’t it? With a big fluffy heel to support the jarring impact of landing. Less and less cushioning as it goes towards the toe.

I would have to guess that a horse would want to land heel first. He wants to land on his traction pad frog, he wants to land on that digital cushion inside of his hoof.

A horse who is hurting on his heels, will attempt landing TOE first. Trimming to relieve that pressure, a horse can immediately adopt a heel first landing again. And I will dive more into that in the next blog, when we go over more of the innards of the hoof.

 

(I know the photos look like uphill and downhill, but it's actually relatively flat ground. It's just the angle of the photo.)

Here are a couple more shots of toes landing first, taken from a therapeutic hoof care facility:

 

And another heel first landing:

Don't get too excited if I prance away from this topic of toe-first/heel-first landing. Again, the next installment has to do with the rest of the hoof innards... which I feel is important to cover in order to better illustrate why toe-first/heel-first occurs. For now, I just wanted to introduce the functions of the digital cushion and frog. 

Moving on! Lastly, a horse needs to be able to “claw” its way into acceleration. It needs to “dig in”. If you had to shape a device to dig in, it would likely have knobs, scoops, treads and the like. If you can picture a tank tread, it should have something that digs into the dirt, followed by something hollow.

 

A human footprint does the same thing, there are deep spots and hollows. This is us “digging in” to the ground and getting traction.

 

Horses have a cupping to their foot too, to help them dig in too.

 

Some have deeper cupping than others. Just like all parts of our body, you use it or lose it. Not all humans have high arches. If you, as a human, wear shoes with tread, your body doesn’t have to try as hard to “carve” your foot into a digging machine. The shoe does it for you. Same with horses in metal shoes. A metal shoe gives the horse a digging “rim” around its edge. So some horses in shoes go “flat footed” just like a human would. (Note: this isn't my argument for shod vs. barefoot, I am merely trying to illustrate the natural cupping a horse develops for digging in and running when barefoot)

 

While shoes have many functions and hooves have many functions, I am sticking to the simple, illustrative view that the rim of the hoof will dig into the ground for propulsion and that one function, can also be mimicked with a shoe; giving the horse a digging edge. When you take the shoe off of a routinely shod horse, you can see their soles are a bit flatter.

We’ve covered the very basics of bone and bare minimum of function. I know for as many people out that that love one part of function of the foot, there are ten more that love a different part. I am trying not to leave out any essentials, but am trying to cover the BASICS. If you've never trimmed your horse, never looked at its feet in curiosity, never wondered if your trimmer or farrier was doing a great job or just a decent one, I am hoping to give you a very basic understanding so that you are more empowered about the health of your horse's feet.

For the next blog, I’ll write about the “in between”, or, “what are all the bits between the bone and the outside hoof that I can see?" How do the inner bits, the middle bits and the outside bits work together to carry a 1,000 pound animal down the trail?

 

Holly Jonsson

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Director of Sales

Through a lifetime of "horse crazy" and the fortunate experience of riding nearly every shape and size of horse, I got to see a wide array of hoof shapes and sizes. No Hoof, No Horse is very true to me. I want to ensure that horses on every continent have a variety of footwear to pick from, to ensure the best match is found. I want your partner to be happy from the ground up!

EasyShoe Clinic Provides Hands-On Learning

Last month, I had the privilege of attending an EasyShoe Clinic at Arroyo Del Mar, an outstanding facility in Southern California run by Steffen and Shannon Peters. Shannon was a gracious host and has her own personal experience with the EasyShoe, as Garrett Ford discussed in his last blog, Why Do We Do This? For Successes Like Squishy's!. The level of expertise at this clinic was quite phenomenal. Daisy Bicking of Daisy Haven Farm led the clinic along with Garrett, Ernest Woodward and Paige Poss of Anatomy of the Equine. The clinic kicked off on Friday evening with a presentation by Garrett and Daisy. After that, Paige performed dissections on two different hooves. It was very interesting to see the differences in the various structures of the hooves.

Garrett and Daisy begin the clinic with a presentation.

On Saturday, we began the hands-on portion of the clinic by first selecting a cadaver hoof. Next Daisy discussed her preferred technique of hoof mapping and we marked our hooves accordingly. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and although I have experience trimming my own horses I am definitely not a trimmer. I won't go into too much detail so if you would like to learn more about hoof mapping and EasyShoe application, attending one of Daisy's clinics is a must!

Untrimmed hoof before and after mapping.

We had the opportunity to take "before" x-rays and then we went to work trimming our cadavers. I was one of the last people to select a cadaver and the "more interesting" aka challenging hooves were selected by the trimmers and farriers in attendance. I was glad to have a hoof that was straight forward since I do not have any experience trimming pathological hooves. After trimming, we took our "after" x-rays before we prepared them for gluing.

X-rays before (left) and after (right) trimming.

The most important key to success with the EasyShoe is a thorough preparation. If you want your shoes to stay on, please do not rush the prep! The video below shows the steps necessary in a proper preparation.

On Saturday afternoon there were demonstrations on live horses. We saw the application of the EasyShoe Performance with Vettec Adhere and EasyShoe Bond and an application of the EasyShoe Performance N/G. The presenters did a great job of explaining the steps in their application and they were happy to answer questions.

Sunday was glue day - it was time to put all of this newly acquired knowledge to the test. Participants were allowed to choose which glue they wanted to practice with and were then divided into their respective groups (Vettec Adhere, EasyShoe Bond using the dispensing gun, EasyShoe bond mixed in a cup with copper sulfate). I have a small amount of experience with Vettec so I chose the EasyShoe bond/copper sulfate group. Once in our groups, we were allowed to practice one at a time under the guidance of our instructor. My group was led by Ernest Woodward; he was a wonderful teacher and I have a deep respect for his knowledge and patient nature. My application is definitely a novice effort but the experience was very insightful.

Solar view of my trimmed cadaver (left) and EasyShoe application (right).

Lateral view of my untrimmed cadaver (left), trimmed cadaver (center) and EasyShoe application (right).

The next EasyShoe clinic is less than a month away and will be held south of Charlotte, NC at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. We have participant and auditor positions available however space is limited so we encourage you to register ASAP if you want to attend. For the full clinic agenda click here: EasyShoe Clinics. To register click here: EasyShoe Clinic Registration.
 

Alayna Wiley

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I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

Navicular with Grace

I bought Grace knowing she was lame in both front legs but I hoped with the right care she would come around. She was diagnosed with navicular. After regular proper trimming her hoof health improved. While she was healing, I used Easyboot Gloves as often as possible. Soon she went from looking like she was walking on pins and needles to galloping through the pasture with the herd. I strongly believe hoof boots played an important role in getting her feet to a good place for her to be comfortable again.


Name: Samantha Fastert
City: Audubon, IA USA
Equine Discipline: Western Arena Sports
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Glove

Tools of the Trade

It's that time of year when we "booters" get around to cleaning up and repairing the boots that we want to use for the upcoming season. For some, it is transforming those Easyboot Glue-Ons into Gloves or adding power straps to the now well worn and slightly stretched out Gloves, or maybe just replacing those gaiters, cables and buckles that have seen better days. Over the past 17 years or so of being a "booter" I have discovered a few tools that make it much easier to accomplish these little jobs. Over these same years my husband has gotten tired of me pilfering his tool shed and has put together a nice collection of tools just for me.

A couple of years ago I did a story on how to clean out Glue-Ons so I am not going to cover that again here.

To begin with, it is very handy to have a good collection of screw drivers of various sizes. The large flat head style is great for prying off Glue-Ons or really well fitted Gloves as well as working the buckle on the Epics. Smaller flat heads are good for scraping glue or dirt from the boots. The tiny screw drivers work great for getting the last bits of glue out of the crevices. Of course the standard size Phillips is for working the screws of the buckles, gaiters and power straps.

Over the last several years the strength in my hands is just not what it used to be so I have found a whole new love of power tools. These things are the bomb!  Of course my favorite is my little Dremel tool with its various attachments for cleaning up boots but this year I discovered a very close second...the small rechargeable drill/screw driver. After about the seventh or eighth boot repair my hands get tired and the larger drill was just too big and heavy for my hands. Along with the Dremel this is a must have if you plan to repair your own boots. It really is meant for screw driver heads but my husband got me a drill bit with a special attachment so I can use it to drill out the holes for the power straps and gaiters too. No more hole punch devise for me.

In addition to the above mentioned tools it is good to have pliers, wire brushes and and assortment of cutting tools as well as gloves and eye protection.

The nice thing is that most of these items are not expensive and can often be found at garage sales or in the bottom of some tool bag or box somewhere. Most if not all of them can also be found in sizes and weights that are easier for smaller handed folks like myself to work with. Being able to repair those used boots is a great way to get the most life out of your boots.

Tami Rougeau

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Functions Part I: The Hoof's Memory Foam

In my last blog, The 1st Grader Version of Equine Limb Anatomy, I discussed the origins of the equine limb. In this blog, let's look at the functions of the legs and feet. Legs have several "bends" in them to absorb the shock of landing impact, tense and spring upward to propel a body in movement. In humans, we have an ankle that takes the first impact and cushions or absorbs the impact of our foot landing, then we have a knee, then a hip and, eventually, the whole body frame can react and compensate for the impact of the feet.

 

In cats, dogs, horses, etc. you see the similar leg structures: multiple points that bend to spread out the shock of impact on multiple locations, and also, multiple sets of muscles to propel the body in continuous movement.

If I had to design a foot, I would need it to absorb impact, have the ability to grip, have the ability to brake and have launching power.

Cats and dogs have claws to help them for traction and launching. If you’ve had your dog chase the cat around the living room, you undoubtedly heard the traction control kick in as they rounded a corner on your carpet. They have a large, central pad for absorbing the landing shock. You can see their pad is the support beneath the “column” that is their leg. When you look at the skeleton view, you can tell that the pad was designed to take those near-vertical lower leg bones and cushion them. Their foot can expand and grip the ground which also helps with traction, braking and maneuverability.

 

What about horses? Where is their “central pad cushion”? Where is their flex? Where is their “claw” for traction and maneuverability?

Let’s take a look at the foot of a horse. Now, when we looked at the side view of the cat and dog legs, we could clearly see there was room for a pad or cushion. Horses actually have room for one too. Their bottom bone is shaped like a croissant or a half moon.

However you want to look at it, there is a hollow. I put hooves next to the view of the bone so you can see which angle we are looking at. The first are eye level, from the front and the back. You can see the hollow.

And from the solar view and topical view, you can see the crescent shape and, additionally, where the hollow is.

At the bottom of the leg is a cluster of bones, just like in cats, dogs and humans. It has a hollow. You can see additional bones of the foot here, as well as another angle of the hollow.

Here is a view of that bone slid into a hoof capsule. See all that room? What goes in there?

It’s the digital cushion. “Digital” means of a Digit. A finger, toe or “very most end of a limb” is considered the “digit”. Digits also refer to numbers. Funny enough, digit comes from the Latin word digitus meaning finger or toe, with the additional meaning that you normally “counted” on your “fingers”.

So back to Mr. Pony Toe. A Digital Cushion is, quite literally, a cushion for his toe. It looks gross and feels slimy and awesome in person. If Silly Putty and Memory Foam had a lovechild with the surface texture of eyeball goo, it would be a digital cushion.

On the left is a hoof in cross-section. The right is the same hoof, marked. I outlined the bones in red. I outlined the outer wall of the entire hoof and fur in blue (“external”, if you will). The green portion I outlined is the digital cushion. It’s big, it’s squishy, it’s slimy. If we rotated it around to see it from the back, you would see it fully wraps around the back end of the hollow of the coffin bone and sits as a cushion under the “column” of the leg structure. Below, you can see the back of a hoof, in the flesh (no pun intended), then the next layer deep, being able to see the digital cushion, then one more layer deep, seeing the back of the naked coffin bone.

Below, you can see two digital cushions, side by side. In some horses it is not as well developed or “big” and cushions less. All of the health of the hoof is related, one piece to the next. The adage “use it or lose it” seems to apply to the digital cushion. With the health of the whole foot taken into consideration, you can see that the foot on the below left is in poorer shape. The digital cushion isn’t supporting the bone structure. In fact the foot looks pretty flat, with the bones looking pretty close to the ground. While the foot on the bottom right shows a large cushion and a larger buffer between the bone and the ground.

Stay tuned for next the next installment, Functions Part II: The Hoof is a Roller Blade and a Nike.

Holly Jonsson

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Director of Sales

Through a lifetime of "horse crazy" and the fortunate experience of riding nearly every shape and size of horse, I got to see a wide array of hoof shapes and sizes. No Hoof, No Horse is very true to me. I want to ensure that horses on every continent have a variety of footwear to pick from, to ensure the best match is found. I want your partner to be happy from the ground up!

EasyShoes - There Are Many Options

Numerous applications of the EasyShoe have now been performed and tested. EasyShoes have been used in endurance races, track races, driving competitions, dressage, eventing and trail riding. They have been applied in clinics and seminars within North America and Europe. In my blog last month, I outlined the Global Endurance EasyShoe Clinic schedule. I encourage anyone interested in the EasyShoe to attend at least one clinic with EasyCare or Global Endurance. There is a lot of information passed on and shared and they provide great opportunities to practice under a watchful eye.

There are four different kind of EasyShoes available: SportCompetePerformance, and Performance N/G.

While the Sport, Compete and Performance models applied with glue, the Performance N/G can get glued or nailed. EasyCare has created several videos covering the proper application of each. It is advised to watch these videos and adhere to these application methods. Otherwise failure will be inevitable.

In today's blog, I want to discuss a few options you can use in your application. After application of any of the four EasyShoe models, you may fill the sole area with packing material. I have seen excellent results by using Vettec Equipak (regular, CS or soft) for this purpose. Most of the time this step might not be necessary, but if you want to guard against any possibility of a stone bruise or want to provide some more sole protection, this is a viable option. Below an example of a Sport where I filled the sole area with Equipak CS.

This option provides frog support with the EasyShoe Sport.

Another option is to add nails for peace of mind when applying the Sport and Performance. Let's say you do not have enough experience with gluing and/or do not trust your glues. Maybe the glues are a little old or it has been a cold day so you decide you want to add some insurance to your application. You can add a couple of nails to the shoes even though they are designed primarily for gluing. Below is an example of a shoe with two nails applied in addition to the glue:

What if you only want to use the EasyShoes for the front or the hind? No problem. In the picture below, I applied the the EasyShoe in the front and Easyboot Glue-Ons on the hind. You could also substitute the Glue-Ons for Gloves or any other Easyboot. 

When nailing or gluing to a hoof that is wider than the shoe selected, you can use an EasyShoe Spacer. EasyCare has five different sizes of Spacers available, size 8,10,12,14 and 16. The numbers refer to the width in mm. Select the proper size to make the shoe fit before attaching it to the hoof by either glue or nail. After the shoe is applied, the spacer can get pulled out with a hoof pick and then used again.

If the hooves are weak (thin lateral cartilage and/or thin and soft digital cushion) or the horse has to race in a 100 miler over difficult terrain, these spacers can be left in place and secured with small screws.

This spacer gives the shoe less flexibility and the hoof more support.

Below is an example of a weak hoof: soft and thin digital cushion, thin lateral cartilages. This hoof would benefit from a spacer to give it more support in an event. For conditioning hooves like these, it is best to leave the hoof bare for training to strengthen it, but I digress.

The EasyShoes can be set back on the hoof for more breakover and more heel support. You also can rasp the shoe after application to increase breakover or, if the heels are too long, you can rasp them down in the heel area. The image below is an example of setting the shoe back to the white line. It shows also a little heel extension for support of the movement apparatus. The trailers could be as long as half the distance from the heel to the end of the heel bulb. 

Here, all the clips and glue tabs have been removed but EasyCare recommends you leave either the toe clip or the side clips. When leaving the clips in place, you might want to set that nail above the clip a little higher but that is for a future blog.

The EasyShoes allow a lot of flexibility. Only your imagination is the limit. Evaluate the whole horse, then the hooves, then the purpose and task the horse has to perform. Then decide which EasyShoe to apply, how to apply it, and which option to choose.

Next month we will discuss nailing options of the EasyShoe Performance and I will share some tips and tricks with you. So stay tuned!

Your Bootmeister 
Christoph Schork
Global Endurance Training Center

Ali's First LD

This is a picture of my mare, Fine Ali Bey, at her first Limited Distance ride in 2013. She is wearing her Easyboot Gloves. We rode through mud and all sorts of technical trail and they held up great! Since this ride she has put on hundreds of miles on her boots and the farrier says she has very healthy and well-trimmed feet. I've taken her through rock, sand, and mud and we never have a problem with dirt and debris getting into the boots. She loves her magic shoes!

Name: Sarah Schick
Address: 2749 Holly Point Blvd
City: Chesapeake, VA USA
Equine Discipline: Endurance
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Glove

5 Reasons Why Easyboots Are Awesome

Last year, my favorite little brown horse and I completed our first 100 mile ride at Virginia City, and over the course of the 23 hours on the trail, I had plenty of time to come up with a list of reasons why hoof boots are still one of the best options in hoof protection.

1) Pavement
VC 100 starts on Main Street in Virginia City in front of the Delta Saloon. It’s a magical feeling, really, to be trotting down the street in the dark with friends cheering you on. And that feeling would most certainly have been ruined, had my horse slipped on the pavement in his steel shoes and splattered us both on the asphalt.

2) Rocks
I think I’ve mentioned before that Nevada riders like rocks. Well, I’m a California girl at heart, so I still cringe a bit when I see a cobblestone laden road or boulder studded creek bed before me. But my little steed didn’t have so much as a bobble making his way through 100 miles of challenging footing.

Some of the 'good' VC footing. Photo by Tami Rougeau.

3) Shock Absorption
At VC, a lot of the “good footing” was hard packed sandy or gravel roads. Not exactly “good footing” by my wimpy standards, but we’re in Nevada now, and I found myself trotting over a lot of terrain that wasn’t exactly perfect. A few times, I was glad it was dark, so I didn’t have to see what we were trotting through. I was so glad Bite had the extra protection and shock absorption from his Easyboot Glue-Ons with Sikaflex in the sole. I like to think his joints appreciated the extra cushioning too.

4) Timing
The first time I ever glued boots on, I didn’t actually glue them on at all. I made my friends do it. I was pretty nervous I was going to screw something up. Since then, I’ve learned how to do it, I’ve gotten comfortable doing it, and I think I’d actually be more nervous to let someone do it for me. The truth is, once you work out a system, glueing boots on is pretty easy. When my horse was steel shod, it was always a bit of a challenge to coordinate shoeings close enough to a ride without being too close that you then had to worry about the horse getting foot sore from a fresh trim. On more than one occasion, I took him to a ride with 6 or 7 week old shoes because his shoeing schedule didn’t quite mesh with our ride schedule. Now that my horse wears boots, he’s always up to date on his trim and ready for a ride. To prepare for VC, I touched up his trim the week before the ride, and glued his boots on Thursday. It was a relief not to have to worry about his shoeing cycle being just perfect for this ride.

May, ridden by Team Easyboot member Tami Rougeau, and me on Bite.
Both horses are cruising down the trail in their Easyboot Glue-Ons.

5) “A” for Gait
Bite is a pretty solid guy. But it still blew me away that he could trot 100 miles over some of the rubble we navigated at VC, and finish looking as good as he did. I had tears in my eyes when I trotted him out and Dr. Jamie Kerr announced A’s for gait. Bite deserves a lot of credit for being one tough horse, but I know much of the credit goes to the awesome hoof protection he had that day. As always, we are so thankful to EasyCare for offering such great products. We hope we made you proud.

And, of course, big thanks to our friends, family, ride management, and vets for making Virginia City, one of the best rides I’ve ever done. Bite and I hope to be back next year!

Bite's VC 100 boots - they look like they could handle quite a bit more!

Renee Robinson