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

easycare-sales-director-holly-jonsson

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

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

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

easycare-sales-director-holly-jonsson

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

easycare-customer service-mariah

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.

Learning From the Bootmeister Himself!

Submitted By Stacey Maloney, Team Easyboot 2014 Member

Very recently a group of friends and I seized an opportunity to take a road trip south all the way from Alberta, Canada to Moab, Utah to spend 3 days learning from Christoph Schork at Global Endurance Training Center.

The main purpose of our clinic was to learn more about riding distance horses in competition. It was to be 3 days of nutrition, conditioning programs, rider improvement, tack fit and selection, conformation analysis, riding over variable terrain and competition strategy. 

Personally, I wanted to become a better rider and focus on the tools that will help me keep my horse sound and competitive for as many years as possible. Christoph was a fantastic clinician and I came home with everything I hoped to and more in terms of knowledge, tools and strategies to help leapfrog me and my horse to a new level of competition and understanding. 

One of the things that stuck out the most for me is that so much of what we do to/for our horse can change what our farrier sees in the hooves. Feeding, turn out, exercise and helping create a horse who is evenly balanced on both sides can have a huge impact in what our farrier sees and in truth, we can "fix" a lot of hoof problems by daily management. 

It was pointed out that most horses do naturally have a dominant side and if you look closely, the hoof on the dominant side will have a lower angle than the hoof on the weaker side. Doing various gymnastic exercises with your horse to strengthen the weak side will help even out the hoof angles to make both front feet closer to matching so our farriers don't have to try to correct things from the bottom up over and over. This is distincly obvious in my own mare and now that I am aware I will be working hard to adjust her strength and balance from the top down!

At first sight, it was very evident that the GETC horses are housed much differently than my own. Although I have somewhat of a paddock paradise and do put them up in a dry lot at night, my horses are still quite heavy and I have to work very hard to expend all the extra calories to make them lean for competition season. In Moab, due to the arid environment, pasture grass is unavailable so horses are fed primarily hay with a low sugar content and at a rate that mirrors their current level of work - they get as much as they need but are never over fed. Horses in conditioning programs and those who are competing get supplements tailored to their individual needs to keep up an ideal body condition and help in creating efficient athletes. 

Christoph taught a session about hoof care, how he trims and why he does it the way he does. Living in the sand on a low sugar diet combined with the amount of movement his horses are doing sure does produce one amazingly tough hoof with excellent concavity and callous which allowed the horses to travel barefoot over some very rocky terrain without batting an eye.

It should come as no surprise that the Bootmeister's herd is extensively outfitted in Easycare products. It was so interesting for me, a gluing newbie, to see the master's work. The first 2 days of my stay I rode a mare named Apache who was outfitted with Easyboot Glue-Ons on her front hooves and Easyshoe Performance N/G on her hind hooves. She travelled so steadily over rough and potentially slick terrain, it was truly eye-opening for me and I had to work hard to stay out of her way, as with my own horses I typically would have slowed them down on parts of the trail.

My third day at GETC I rode a gelding named Pinky who had several 100 mile credits to his name and was outfitted with Easyboot Glue-Ons on all 4 hooves. Pinky also moved effortlessly over the Moab rocky terrain, never taking a misstep. These horses work hard and enjoy their job, they move soundly and have clean legs after their workouts. 

Any horse who is owned by an Easyboot fanatic is a one lucky critter. The comfort and performance offered by the product line is pretty amazing! It was such a great experience to learn from one of Easycare's best, see the products work over some of the toughest terrain on some of the toughest horses. I have lots of new ideas on how to improve life and competition for my own horses at home and can't wait to get started!

 

EasyCare Live Event: Pleasure Riding Boots

EasyCare is hosting another live web event this week designed to offer a detailed explanation of uses and applications of pleasure riding hoof boots for horses. This 60-minute interactive presentation will cover the basic information you need to know about therapy hoof boot choices and solutions.

When: Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 2 PM PST (5 PM EST).

Where: easycare.yourbrandlive.com/c/pleasureriding

The list of topics to be covered includes:

  • What are the current choices of hoof boots?
  • What are the latest advancements in design and technology?
  • How do I choose which boot will work best for me and my horse?
  • How do I put on and remove the boots?
  • How do I measure for hoof boots?
  • How do I know if hoof boots will work for my horse?

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 16, 2014. It's easy to sign up - just go to easycare.yourbrandlive.com/c/pleasureriding. 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/pleasureriding. We will see you on Thursday.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

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.

Teeter-Totter or Perfect Balance of Diet, Hoof Care and Movement

When it comes to keeping our horses' feet healthy, sometimes it can feel a bit like this, especially when things get out of balance.

Photo credit: http://imgarcade.com/

We wish everything would fall easily into perfect balance and harmony bringing us peace and joy.

If only it were that easy. When our farrier or trimmer comes to give our horse their trim and they point out some negative changes they are seeing we might feel a bit frustrated. We can't think of anything we have done that affected their feet. But have we? Well, no, not intentionally. 

Our horses' feet reveal much about the whole horse. Sometimes little changes make a big difference, in a positive or negative way. What is needed to keep horses feet healthy? This is the easy part as its pretty basic: diet, movement, a regular appropriate trim, and hoof protection. The hard part, however, is keeping it all in balance and avoiding the teeter-totter effect that shows up when things get out of balance.

The hardest of the four elements, yet the most important, is managing and keeping the diet balanced. 

This horse has a herd of 10 other horses. He is in a huge pasture with lots of grass and has little to no stress in his life as he isn't ridden and he is on a 6-week trim cycle. So what is out of balance? His diet. What does he eat? Year round pasture grass supplemented with grass hay, and he also has access to a red mineral block. It's a pretty common diet for many horses and the results can be cracks, splits, white line disease, abscesses, and/or excessive thrush which can lead to feet that look like this. How do we fix it? Balance the diet. Provide a daily supplement that is balanced to his forage. Copper, zinc and selenium in the correct quantities are missing in many horses' diets. For a horse that is getting excessive sugar and starch, especially in the spring and fall, a grazing muzzle would help keep the diet in better balance.

What happens if our horse is getting a balanced diet of good quality tested grass hay, a daily supplement balanced to their diet and we add in too much of this and at the same time life gets in the way and we stop riding or exercising them for a week or more?

You might get some of this.

Minor hoof wall separation, sensitive frog, excessive thrush...seems pretty harmless until the horse starts getting worse and/or the horse starts to get sore walking on the rocks or even limping in their soft pasture. So what do we do now? Get the diet back in balance. Cut back on the sweet treats and increase the exercise program. If the horse is tender-footed or unwilling to walk out, apply a pair of Easyboots.

Meadows is a rescue from the kill pen. Along with her poor body condition, she also had an injury to her hoof wall. Part of her rehab to good health was a balanced diet, rehab trimming and hoof protection. She is wearing the Easyboot Glove. Not only does a balanced diet grow a healthy foot, it also provides whole horse health. Meadow is an example of a horse on a balanced diet, lots of exercise and a good trim protocol.

What is the benefit of keeping it all in balance? Some of this.

Getting out and enjoying the beautiful trails with a good friend and some good horses. The horse in the photo is an easy keeper, she is wearing Easyboot Glove Back Country on her fronts, and the Easyboot Glove on the backs. 

Stay off the teeter-totter by keeping things in balance. A balanced diet, plenty of movement, balanced trimming and hoof protection and you too can achieve perfect balance.

Amy Allen Horsemanship