Some Girls Like Jimmy Choo, We Like EasyShoe!

You may remember my blog on hoof mapping on my own horse. Several months later those flat pancakey Percheron/TB  feet are finally tight enough to fit into the size 5 EasyShoe Performance with a 14mm spacer. What a transition my girl has made! I had the opportunity to glue shoes on all four feet with Garrett Ford and Derick Vaughn-I learned so much and had such a blast! And best of all, Rosie is LOVING her new shoes, moving well, and enjoying her work as a jumper.

First Garrett and Derick tag teamed Rosie’s trim while I looked on and did my best to absorb every bit of information. They let me prep the hooves using a rotating hoof buffer attachment with 50 grit sandpaper and a Dremel tool. I buffed and rasped the hoof wall and made sure to remove all the periople on the heel. Then we used a butane torch and wire brush to put the finishing touches on the hooves-we torched each hoof 3 times! Those feet were CLEAN and DRY and good thing too because with Rosie tipping the scale at 1476 pounds there is NO room for error.

We decided to go with a two part gluing process and then filled in the sole with the Shore 40 Glue-U Shufill.  

First we applied Vettec Adhere to the sole portion of the shoe and put those on. I held the foot up for 2 minutes and then set it down carefully so Rosie could do the rest of the work. Applying the Adhere to the shoe and the shoe to the hoof for the first time was quite the rush. The clock was ticking and let’s just say that my dexterity with this process has some way to go. I was grateful for the knowledge and encouragement around me and especially for the nail that Garrett drove through the toe of the shoe to help guide placement and to minimize the chance of Rosie’s toe slipping forward after setting the foot down.

Next we glued the cuffs with EasyShoe Bond Fast Set. Since we wanted Rosie’s shoes to look slick, we mixed some cement dye into the Bond to match the black of the shoes. Next time I might have to add a little glitter! Using a hoof pick to pry the glue cuff away from the wall and a fat popsicle stick to slather the Bond in proved a little awkward but effective and Bond was oozing out of the holes in the cuffs.

After allowing the Bond to set up we went to town with the buffy and buffed the glue, the wall, and the cuffs to a perfectly smooth transition. We then filled the sole with the yellow Shufill-this is the firmest of the four durometer silicones EasyCare offers-taking care to inject some up under the web of the shoe so it would stay put. The Shufill was then covered with a layer of duct tape to hold it in place while it set up-only a few minutes. As if Rosie’s feet weren’t looking slick enough, Garrett busted out his super glue stash and slathered a layer over the top of everything to seal it off and provide one uniform outer layer. We pulled the duct tape off the bottom and were done. WOW! PERFECTION!

 

The shoes have now been on fourteen days including two big days of jumping schooling over 4' and another two days at a jumping clinic and the shoes are holding up great! I have been enjoying the ease of tacking up with shoes instead of our Old Mac’s G2’s and Rosie has been enjoying the comfort and protection around the clock. I expect to see some good quality hoof growth by the time we are ready to remove the EasyShoes and trim again.

Photo Credit: Caroline Miller

Since my ankle is finally healed enough for me to be riding seriously again, Rosie and I have been back to work on the cross country course and in the jumping arena putting our shoes to the test. So far they are getting an A+++!

Dealers: What Hoof Boot Style for Your Customer?

During a recent training session with an EasyCare Dealer, I found out that she had some customers that weren't keen on the Easyboot Trail. I asked what kind of riding they did and she proceeded to tell me that they ride to the hunt.

In all of our EasyCare literature, it specifically says that the Easyboot Trail is designed for the casual rider, someone that rides less than 25 miles per week.

That very same day, I had a conversation with Tami Rougeau of Three R’s Ranch (May 2014 Dealer of the Month) and she said, “I guess it’s in the rider’s perspective.” Tami brings up a very good point. To Tami, a very experienced endurance rider, riding 25 miles is a casual ride. It’s just a jaunt.

Tami and her horse (in Easyboot Glue-Ons) crossing Cougar Rock on the infamous Tevis 100-mile ride.

To someone like me, a Sunday afternoon, mosey on down the trail kinda person, 25 miles in one ride is a lot.

When selecting boots with your customer, it’s very important to ask questions and keep asking to determine which boot style is going to the best for their horse and their riding discipline. Do you know what style hoof boot to put on what horse for what riding discipline?

Dealer training sessions are administered by phone and usually take no longer than about 20 minutes. Please call 800-447-8836 ext 2226 if you would like to schedule an appointment.

Dee Reiter

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Retail Account Rep

I am the Retail and New Dealer Account Rep for EasyCare. I will be happy to help you with ordering, selecting the most popular styles and sizes of EasyCare hoof boots to stock. Let me help you with suggestions on merchandising and provide training for you and your staff, at your convenience.

Reflections on a Riding Season

It’s been one year since I was initiated to the hoof boot world and joined the EasyCare Team. Since then, I’ve had extraordinary opportunities that I only dreamed of before my move to Durango. This year, in particular, has been a wonderful year to reflect on and recognize the achievements of the 2014 riding season.

I’m grateful for the experiences that were provided to me while I grew up in Michigan. Northeast lower Michigan offers some of the most picturesque views, especially this time of year. My mom and I enjoyed the after-work/school trail rides for an hour or so before dark and the occasional 1 – 2 day weekend trips.

      

I didn’t know there was such thing as “riding fit” until my first experience in the saddle of a horse that was beginning training for the endurance season ahead. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been on a long ride before that caused some aches and pains. This time, however, wasn’t comparable.

For the first duration of the ride, I think I looked something like this:


And by the end of the ride, maybe a bit more like this:

 


The entire ride was surreal to a newcomer to the breathtaking scenery of Durango. I was on exceptionally talented equine athletes and in the company of exceptionally talented riders. When you’re in good company, with good horses, and stunning scenery, the emotion washes into you like a great big wave: “this is why we ride”, this is where “horse crazy” fills your heart.

 

Why do you ride? Share your riding season stories with EasyCare. We love to hear your adventures. Follow this link http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/internal-hidden/do-you-boot . EasyCare will post your story on our website and share it on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/Easyboot for other Easybooters to enjoy. Happy riding!

Mariah Reeves

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Customer Service

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.

Success with the EasyShoe Sport, More Than a CrossOver

Submitted by Tennessee Lane, Team Easyboot 2014 Member

Let it be known: the EasyShoe Sport has proven itself.

Tennessee Lane on Moxy take 1st and Best Condition at the Black Hills 100 wearing the EasyShoe Sport.

This shoe just protected Moxy's feet through another 100 miles of tough mountain terrain. No, its is not the first product that I would have chosen for the job (endurance riding/racing,) but I just had to try it and it surprised the heck out of me.

 

I was a skeptic about the EasyShoes. In my mind they were a "crossover": Chevy's Equinox, Ford's Edge, Volvo's XC60. The EasyShoe was EasyCare's answer to people on the edge of steel shoes and booting. But I was wrong. Yes, it may help people make the transition from steel to booted; sometimes people need their hands held even when the solution is obvious. But the EasyShoes can hold their own. As a skeptic, when the various models came out, I chose the most basic, the EasyShoe Sport. I figured if I really wanted frog and sole protection, I would go with my favorite product; the original Easyboot Glue-On. So if I was going to use a "Shoe," it would be for the benefits of actually wearing something less. I slapped on the EasyShoe Sport in no time, it seemed way too easy.  First thoughts?  "No way. Nope. Not gonna work. Not enough to it. It's gonna come off. And once riding in them, suddenly, after all these years in Gloves and Glue-Ons, I feel naked on the rocks. They can see my froggin' sole!" 

When it comes to riding equipment, I'm a minimalist. This is actually what attracted me to the EasyShoe Sport over the other models of EasyShoes: it's the simplicity. They are extremely light, provide bare minimal protection (almost as minimal as a steel shoe would, but with the EasyShoes the heels can still expand and contract) and they are extremely easy and fast to apply. It's funny, when I think about nailing a steel shoe to an animal's feet, the corn-fed half of me says "Yeah it's worked for thousands of years and literally helped shape the world we live in, obviously functional," and the other half of me is giggling like "LOL that $#!t is Midlevel! Goodness it's time to move on!"  

Moxy is a very heavily-muscled mare, she is one of the most difficult creatures on earth to keep a boot on because that big, beautiful badonkadonk of hers can apply more force (or torque rather) on a boot than a tractor can we she drives up a hill. She wore the EasyShoe Sport for 100 miles of trail at the Mt Carmel XP, which is a rough, technical ride. The fact that they survived 100 miles of Carmel on Moxy gave me significant confidence in the product and I started using it more often. I have been very impressed.

The Black Hills 100 mile ride was beautiful and extremely technical, to the point of being tedious and time consuming. Lots of rocks, tones of boggy creek crossings (literally there was a stretch where you crossed the same creek back and forth about 15 times, and you repeated that stretch of trail four times). I cantered wherever possible, which was not a lot, and that includes maybe four total miles of hard county road. Lots of rise and fall, and some super steep stretches, the perfect proving grounds for a new product. Moxy took 1st and Best Condition wearing the EasyShoe Sport.

Thoughts: They are extremely easy to apply.  Half the work because you prep half the amount of hoof wall and you aren't prepping the sole or frog, no Sikaflex under there. Just trim the hoof and prep the wings. They provide excellent grip in mud (or turf or snow,) better in those conditions (in my humble opinion) than the Glove or Glue-On or any other boot that covers/protects the entire sole/frog (given you haven't added studs to those products). You give up protection, but gain grip. What a great option to have with Winter (mud and snow) coming.

Tip: after applying the EasyShoe, I recommend taking a blob of Adhere on the end of your finger (like you would put toothpaste on it) and smearing it on the very back heel of the shoe (on both sides) so it closes any possible gap between the horse's heel and the end of the shoe. If the horse ever over reaches, that back hoof will start to try to make a flip-flop out of the shoe over time. This will prevent that back hoof from having a shelf to catch on. This will also reinforce the connection back there to prevent the shoe from starting to break away at the heel. That's where it is most likely to start breaking away because the heel is expanding and contracting with every stride. As you know, that's how we remove Glue-Ons, by breaking that seal and working our way around the hoof wall. 

Tip #2: If your horse is a toe-tapper (some horses drag their toes, fronts  or backs, there are a lot of reasons this can happen and I'm not diagnosing those in this blog, just telling you how to avoid shoe-loss as a result of toe-tapping or toe-dragging,) put another blob of adhere on your finger and paint a thick layer over the seam between the hoof and the shoe where they meet at the breakover. Over 100 miles, a toe dragger could start to break that connection so that the shoe starts to catch (like if the sole of your shoe came off starting from the front but it was still connected at the back, every stride would make it worse once it starts catching.)  So again, painting some adhere over that connection will prevent the earth from having anything to catch on. I was out of latex gloves, so I literally just squirted a line of adhere directly over the seam and it worked perfect (ugly but functional) but it would be better smeared with a finger.

Here is another picture from the trail. Rocks, mud, you name it.

Give EasyShoes a try. I did, and I love them. I plan to use lots of them for all the winter training rides I have coming up.

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EasyShoe Performance N/G

I chose the EasyShoes over the traditional shoes because I feel it is an awesome midway point between barefoot and shod. I usually keep my horse barefoot, but this year we were running extra hard and he needed the extra support. My vet suggested wide webbed natural balance shoes, but I went a step further and got the EasyShoe Performance N/G's. Absolutely wonderful product! We ended up nailing ours, since my horse is turned out 24/7 on pastures, and I didn't feel like glue ons would be an option for him. He likes to roughhouse! He is moving well, and finally has that nice relaxed stride with a swing in his back! Also gravel is no longer a problem! Thank you, thank you, thank you for creating such a wonderful product! Believe me when I say this is going to be the only type of shoes I'll ever buy!

Name: Mariya
City: Chester
State: New York
Country: United States
Equine Discipline: WesternArenaSports
Favorite Boot/Shoes: EasyShoe Performance N/G



The Tale of a $500 Horse

When one loves horses and is pining for one, there should be a rule book that reads as follows:
1) No horse shopping alone, at night, online.

2) No horse shopping for randomly bred horses when you have no idea what you will use them for.

3) If you want to buy a horse "just because" you need to rethink it.

4) Saying "Why not?" should put an automatic freeze on your bank account.

And the list went on and on, but the picture I saw of this $500 mare really caught my eye and I couldn't let it go. She was overweight, her feet were big and ugly, she even came with all her tack (is this a bad sign?) and her name was "Bo" although "she doesn't know it".

Well, she's 6, so at least she's not old! They also said she was rideable and had been used by the Boy Scouts for their merit badges, so unless she killed a kid and they were offing her, she seemed pretty harmless.

They did say, if she leads on the trail, she can be balky and flat-out refuse to take another step. Sounds like fun!

Enter my new horse: Stella. I spent a few days with her, getting to know her personality. She's super sweet and built like a truck. Some of that is "more to love" pounds that will come off, but she's still going to be a tonka toy. For some reason, a clip from Seinfeld of Elaine meeting Uncle Leo's flame named "Stella" kept popping into my mind. It's her reenactment of Marlon Brando in "A Streetcar Named Desire" albeit she's hopped up on painkillers and is pretty loopy fruits. Needless to say, it's passionate and yet hysterical and this mare struck me as a bit of the same.

Stella came with a cresty neck, spongy croup and a bit of jiggle everywhere. She had her "right shoes on" and both lefts were missing. Her fur had that dirty, dandruffy greasiness that never brushes clean, but stays white and waxy wherever you touch it. Her coat had that dry coarseness that left each follicle curling up at the ends like a well-worn paintbrush in the masterful hand of a 4 yr old. I would also add that her legs, all the way up to her chest and shoulder, were covered in bot eggs.

And check out a couple hoof shots:

Here is an AFTER of her fronts having been trimmed, but look at the hoof wall quality:

This brings up an interesting point for me: not only do her feet need good trimming and not only would I prefer her barefoot (and booted when needed) than shod, but she ALSO needs a good diet to get good hooves.

Her coat quality, skin quality and hoof quality were all lacking from the outside-in.

That she started furiously eating all the fallen leaves as soon as I put her in her pen implied to me, the casual observer, that she was used to foraging on random foliage, gorging like a goldfish and yet still constantly eating in hopes of finding enough nutrients. It's a bit like me eating more chicken nuggets to get vitamins.

She paused in eating crunchy yellow leaves just long enough to see me bringing real grass hay. She stopped mid-bite like a kid caught eating paste in preschool. "Oh." Then she dove into her hay instead.

While we did trim, I also got her wormed and we're starting a psyllium cleanse for the next 30 days, seeing as I think she's eaten anything and everything off the ground (she's from Utah) and might have enough sand in her to build three castles. I got a custom-blended hoof supplement made up at our local store (awesome group of people here in Durango!) and also picked up a bot knife.

I have told all my clients to "Kick Off Your Shoes for Winter", to allow time for the hoof to grow out the nail holes and get even a momentary break from being shod. I know I wanted to take her barefoot anyway, but we're going to track the "balkiness", hoof growth, hair condition, body weight and solar quality on this special 6 yr old through Winter and into Spring. I am hopeful of seeing quite the transformation with good diet, good exercise and good hoof care.

Here's our starting point:

Left Front

Right Front (it hadn't crossed my mind to get a shot before the actual shoe came off, oops!)

Left Hind (Holy Hannah! That's a heck of a hoof wall and a curly frog!)

Right Hind

Even with the heels and frog positioned the same in each comparative shot, and them being adjusted to comparable sizes, look at how much hoof wall came off. The poor gal had sheared the nails off of the right side of the shoe, allowing it to slip onto her sole and frog. The left side of the shoe started pulling the hoof wall away with it. After trimming just the flare, you can see how much dramatically smaller the hoof immediately became.

And these were starting point trims. We didn't want to hack it all off to a place that looked "pretty" to us, we wanted to get rid of the excess and give her a starting point of good solar and hoof wall connection. She won't be starting under workload right off the bat either. She's got about 100lbs to take off and she needs to get her feet a bit happier, so we'll start with flat work on our grassy pastures. I'll be trimming her every 2 weeks, with small adjustments. In a month, I will see if she's in a good place to size for Gloves so we can get out on the rocky trails.

She would be a good example of a horse that lives in abundantly-sized turn-out (40 acres) but the ground is soft and comfy. Our trails are the polar opposite: hard-packed fire roads with tiny to medium size random gravel. She thunders through the pasture, but crab walks up the driveway. This would be a perfect candidate for being booted as she will not build up a nice sole callous unless I interfere with the footing in her pasture and bring gravel in. Left to a comfy pasture, she will have feet that are happy in "grass and soft dirt". Nothing wrong with that, but I would be naive to think that just because she's "barefoot" she will build rock hard hooves. Her footing, for 23 hours of her day, will never stimulate the growth of a hoof that can handle the 1 hour of trails like we have.

She's pretty happy so far.

Hope you have fun following us on the journey of taking our $500 6yr old "Cinderella" from her humble beginnings to her Happily Ever After.

 

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!

EasyCare Live Event: Performance Riding Boots

EasyCare is hosting another live interactive event this week to go through detailed uses and applications of performance riding hoof boots for horses. This 60-minute presentation will be recorded so you can come back and watch it any time. We will go through all the information you need to know about performance riding hoof boot choices and tips for successful application of the Easyboot Glove, the Easyboot Glue-On and the Easyboot Epic

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST).

Where: easycare.yourbrandlive.com/c/performanceriding

The list of topics to be covered includes:

  • What are the choices for performance riding hoof boots?
  • How do I use a Fit Kit?
  • What are the current best practices for high speed and long distance riding?
  • How do I measure for hoof boots?
  • Who can help me with the hoof boot application challenges I've experienced?

What questions do you have to add to the list?

This live broadcast event is free, and will be presented via live web stream at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST) on Thursday, October 23, 2014. It's easy to sign up - just go to easycare.yourbrandlive.com/c/performanceriding. If you can't make the event, sign up anyway: a recorded version of the presentation will be available for you to come back and watch as many times as you'd like. The platform is state-of-the-art and offers an easy way to ask questions during the event.

You can ask us anything you'd like during the event, and everyone who signs up will be automatically entered into a drawing to win a free pair of EasyCare hoof boots. We will select one winner at the end of the live event.

Sign up now at easycare.yourbrandlive.com/c/performanceriding. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday.

Kevin Myers

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Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

Team Easyboot and the 2014 RattleSnake RoundUp

Submitted by Stacey Maloney Team Easyboot 2014 Member 

The 2014 Rattlesnake Round Up was a few weeks ago now and was the last ride of our CTR season. I was disappointed the end of the season seemed to come so quickly as my new mare, "Marina", seemed to have just hit her stride and having only made it to four rides this year I wasn’t done yet either.

I hauled the two horses down to Writing on Stone Provincial. Park in southern Alberta on the Friday and set up camp with my friend Trisha who would be riding my gelding KC with us in the Novice division the following day.

Initial vet checks went great after which we saddled up to take the horses through the hoodoos and down the road to ensure all kinks were worked out for the morning. Marina cruised through the rock formations with confidence she gained from those in front of us and out we went down the road riding two abreast. So much fun in such beautiful countryside.

Morning always comes early and Trisha and I got our horses tacked and ready to ride. Both horses would be sporting their Easyboot Epics - my tried and trusted boot of choice for many years. 

The first loop was the most technical of the two and I think harder than last year, but it was a beautiful sunny day and we trucked along with no issues for the most part, other than some green horse sillies. The trail wound along the top of the coulee with steep drop offs, sections of graveled trail, flat sand stone steps and many river crossings. 

The second loop was mostly flat pastures and the trail ducked up and down the small coulees a bit. We had wasted some time throughout the day and spent more time walking than normal in the second loop as we had been told there would be an on trail vet check but lack of volunteers had made ride management have to rethink their number of vet checks. 

The vet scores were a bit disappointing all around as the 12-mile loops only had water at the very beginning and very end. Even though our horses had a good drink each time we crossed the river, there wasn’t enough time for it to absorb and all horses lost points for hydration and I though for sure we would lose points for coming in late. 

Not surprisingly, our Easyboot Epics performed flawlessly. Our horses traveled over the rough terrain comfortably without taking any missteps. We never experienced any twisting of the shells or rubbing of the gaiters. My horses are very confident in their footing when they're wearing their Easyboot Epics.

Our final vet outs went great with KC being normal KC and Marina being in higher spirits and better condition than her vet in – I couldn’t ask for more than that. 

Awards were dolled out the following morning. The novice group was called out first and as names in my division were called out starting at 6th place by the time they got to 3rd I knew we were out based on our vet scores– and that was ok. We had personal accomplishments to be proud of but seems even though we had a crummy vet score we were still best of the bunch and we were called up to accept the first place ribbon! It was surprising and exciting and I was so proud of my little brown mare and her very first red ribbon. 

Photo Credit Peter Vogelaar

Thanks to EasyCare for creating such a stellar product with so many options to help ensure all horses can experience the benefits of Easyboots. We couldn't get through our season without our Easyboots.

Kick Off Your Shoes For Winter!

When I put on shoes, it’s specific shoes for running, riding horses, walking around town, dancing or when all else fails: flip flops. When I’m at home, 99% of the time, I kick my shoes off, regardless of how comfy they are.

My feet like to move and feel the texture of the ground. Even in loose boots, my feet can’t wait to get out and be rid of their socks.

I wear shoes outside because my feet aren’t very tough, I like to keep them clean and most ground surfaces would do serious damage to my feet (rocks, glass, pavement, heat, etc.). If I’m on sand, grass or in and out of rivers, I can go barefoot (but that’s not the majority of my walking surfaces).

The majority of the horses in the US are shod back to back. They are always in their supportive shoes. Even if I needed arch support, I wouldn’t want to sleep in it! But our horses do. They have shoes on 24-7 for months and years at a time. Possibly if they are used for breeding, the shoes come off. Possibly if they had an injury, the shoes come off. For the most part though, they are in shoes “for life”.

But their feet grow, like a 6 yr old growing through their shoes.

If you get them trimmed and shod monthly, you might get them trimmed in time to not have their foot feel cramped. Otherwise, if you get them done every 8 weeks or so, they are in “tight shoes” for a couple of weeks. If I have to be in tight shoes for more than 8 hours, my sweet swell up and I don’t want to stand on them any more. And I know women aren’t the only ones with the issue because there are a ton of tutorials for guys to get their tight, leather business shoes to stretch that involve wool socks and blow driers. Our shoes are either too tight, or we "overgrow" them, much like a hoof wall that starts to overlap its shoe.

So I’m playing Devil’s Advocate.

If you aren’t competing, riding, eventing or sticking to your trail riding over Winter… why does your horse still have his shoes on? Let him kick his shoes off for Winter!

If I have to stand in tight shoes for any amount of time, I start to rest each of my feet, shuffling back and forth between being weight-bearing and non. I need to release the pressure of standing, so that my tight shoe feels looser. The other foot, taking the full weight, gets irritated quickly and I have to then switch legs. By the end of a tradeshow, I am shuffling from side to side frequently and neither seems comfy.

When you walk back to your hotel, the first thing you want to do is get out of your shoes or get off of them, by sitting down. Seems horses will do the same.

And it's not like standing for a few hours is exhausting, and neither is a walk trot class that lasts 30 minutes, but we're both out for the count because we have to get off of our feet. If you've tracked with the anatomy blogs I wrote earlier this year, you can see why a horse would like to exercise barefoot for the flexing of the hoof and the ease on the tendons thusly. Again, the more work is shared between more parts, the less work another part has to handle alone. If the hoof can flex and is made so that it can't, the suspensory ligament, deep digital flexor tendon and shoulder muscles will have to pick up the slack. It's like group projects at work, where one guy slacks and the rest of the us pick up the workload and get grouchy about it.

Beyond tight feet, it is a common sense concept that hoof growth will slow during the winter months. If the growth is slow, you will see that your nail holes will get closer and closer spaced, as there is no new growth to clinch into. After a short period, you just have a line of nail holes going vertically, which leaves weakness in where you are trying to nail.

photo courtesy of Fran Jurga of www.hoofblog.com

 

On the left you can see a simple illustration of faster growth which leaves larger gaps between your nailing. In the middle, you can see slower growth, leaving little gaps between your nailing and structurally weakening the next nailing job. It has Swiss Cheese as a hoof wall between it and the shoe. The right shows your fresh hoof wall, after your last nail holes have all grown out of Winter and into Spring. Letting your horse go barefoot gives the hoof wall a chance to reset.

If you want to ride, then put boots on him to give temporary support. Otherwise, let him be “barefoot in his living room” just like you are.

If I go running, I put on shoes. So can he!

If I go hiking, I put on shoes. So can he!

But for all the time that I am at home, I don’t want my shoes on. I want to be barefoot. Guess what? So does he.

 

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!

5 Things: Easyboot Glove Back Country

The Easyboot Glove Back Country is one of the most unique trail boots to the industry. Whether your ride means arena work or heading to the mountains for a weekend adventure, the Back Country enhances each experience.


1. The Back Country is one of the most popular boots of the EasyCare line-up. It is recognized for its long life span and reliability.


2. This boot style combines the best features of two of the most favored Easyboots: The Easyboot Glove and the Easyboot Trail.
 

 

3. To have complete protection from debris entering the boot, you may use the Easyboot Glove Gaiter in place of the Comfort Cup Gaiter on the Back Country.

 

 

4. This boot achieves a snug, slim fit while still being forgiving enough to fit many hoof shapes and sizes.


5. The Back Country is lightweight. The average size 2 boot weighs only 14oz. That is .09% of an average sized horse’s total body weight.


We love this boot SO much, that it is EasyCare’s October promotion. Check out our website for more information: www.easycareinc.com .


To learn more about the adeptness and aptitudes of the Back Country, please call 1 (800) 447-8836. Representatives are pleased to answer your questions and square you away with a Fit Kit to find the perfect size.


 

Mariah Reeves

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Customer Service

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.