There's Measuring Hooves and Then There's the Fifth Dimension of Boot Fitting

Shopping for boots is like shopping for pants. For most, it's easy enough. Most people's confirmation lands somewhere within the bell curve. Those 32 x 32 Carhartt's folded neatly at the top of the stack on the eye level shelf are just right.

For those of us outside the bell curve, things get hairy. For example, I tower a solid seven inches over the average 5'5" height for an American female. A pair of 28 x 34's (bottom shelf hidden behind 20 pairs of back stock for the bell curve people) should be perfect, but when I try them on, they aren't quite right in the thigh, or the calf, or across the bum, or how high they come up (or don't) on my waist. Those two dimensions on the label just can't account for the three dimensional nature of people. Seriously you guys, it's like I have to enter into the fifth dimension of some parallel universe to find the perfect pants.

I know, I know, so how the heck is my pants dystopia supposed to relate to your hoof boots? Stay with me here.

You started with your horse's freshly trimmed length and width dimensions. You referenced the measuring guide and size charts. You measured the hoof (NOT a tracing) in metric instead of standard. You didn't round off dimensions because you know we are a bunch of squares. You are armed with facts.

You are in the majority of riders whose horse falls conveniently within the bell curve of hoof confirmation. A quick comparison to the two dimensional size chart produces an easy answer. Your favorite tack shop has your size in stock so after resisting an impulse buy (matching saddle pad-polo wrap-halter set) and catching up on the local gossip you buy them. You get them home, try them on, and they are a perfect fit. Right off the rack. Cue the golden sunbeams and choir of angels. Hurrah! High five! Go play outside!

What's that you say? Your experience went nothing like that? Perhaps your measurements weren't matching up with any of the size charts. Maybe the measurements looked perfect on paper but when you tried boots on the top was all wrong (it's that 2D vs. 3D thing). You're overwhelmed and can't figure out what is going to work for your special flower of a horse?

Not to worry. EasyCare customer service is here for you! Let us escort you beyond the boundaries of the space time continuum and into the fifth dimension: the realm of perfect fit. Chances are we have something to fit your horse, large or small. We even have minis coming soon!

Try our Fitting Assistant online. You can upload your hoof measurements and photos and we will contact you for a personal consult on your best options.

If you want EasyShoes, Flip Flops, Gloves, or Backcountry boots order a Fit Kit so you can try before you buy. Let us help you make your booting experience out of this world.

 

Rebecca Balboni

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Customer Service Representative

A lifetime of riding and showing sport horses has given me a deep appreciation for the importance of soundness and comfort on performance. Let me help elevate your equine experience by finding the right boot for your horse and unique situation.

Hoof Care Starts In The Gut

They can be seen everywhere, the most unbalanced hooves, long toes, underrun heels, high heels, flares, you name it. It is truly amazing that horses with neglected hooves can sometimes bring superior performances to the table, while I would not even have given them credit for being able in taking one sound step. While many farriers and trimmers are making it an art to trim and shoe horses correctly and with utmost care, horses can act amazingly tolerant towards hoof imbalances. Many just do not seem to care how well their hooves are being taken care of. Professor Bowker, most renowned for his scientific equine hoof and anatomy studies, has seen horses that can handle a ten degree hoof angle variation and considerable medial/lateral imbalances without missing a beat during long endurance races. Others are lame when there is just a small hoof angle variation. How can there be such discrepancies how horses deal with the status of their hooves? Could it be that a proper hoof trim for a lot of equines is nothing more but the last little detail in a series of events that start with their birth as a foal?

In my blog from February last year: High And Low From Above I discussed the importance of proper training and horse husbandry for proper hoof growth and health and how we can achieve healthy and balanced hooves through a holistic approach. If interested, one can read up on it again to learn how body massages and manipulations can help fix hoof problems. Let us expand a little more on this line of thought, but move a little deeper into the subject, literally and anatomically.

Let's have a good look at this horse. (GE Whispurr from GETC) What kind of information can we gather by just spending a few moments looking at him as a whole?

Without even looking at his hooves, we do get a first impression of this horse. What can be observed:

  • Shiny coat
  • Moving feely and naturally
  • Alert, happy and kind eye and facial expression.

From this first impression, we can draw conclusions in regards to the status of the hooves. I now expect his hooves to show me:

  • Large and healthy frog
  • Deep concavity
  • Thick hoof wall
  • Well developed digital cushion and lateral cartilage.

Maybe something like these two images of fairly strong and healthy hooves:

These are all signs of a healthy hoof, and in nine out of ten cases, the first impression a horse gives us reflects directly to the status of the hooves. How can everybody then contribute easily and without much training to achieving strong and healthy hooves?

Hippocrates, the great Greek physician (460 -370 BC) has an answer for us when he said this: "All diseases begin in the stomach".

And indeed, for humans and animals alike, a healthy gut is the prerequisite for a healthy body, mind and spirit and, of course, hooves. The healthier we can keep our gut and intestinal organs, the healthier our whole body and our DNA will be. While we could go on and on and look at the effects of modern nutrition and the exposure to toxins and how these poisons and toxins literally destroy human and horses bodies and health, I want to just give a short list of supplements that can make a difference in your horses hoof health.

Start with a well-balanced diet to stimulate hoof growth and maintain strength and flexibility of the hoof. Organically grown hay will be mostly toxin free and gives horses a head start. Same for grains and commercial feed. Nutrient deficient and toxin loaded hooves are weakest in the heels and quarters. Low levels of zinc and copper will make horses much more susceptible to hoof pathologies like white line disease, thrush and poor horn quality.

The nutritional hoof building blocks in order of importance are:

  • High quality proteins
  • Amino Acids
  • Minerals
  • Biotin (vitamins)

Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein for keratin synthesis, important for strength and flexibility of hoof material. This synthesis is not really possible without the sulfur containing aminos, such as methionine and cysteine. Of all the minerals out there, zinc, copper and selenium are the most important trace minerals for hoof growth and health. Especially for the strength of the hoof wall. Zinc is probably THE most important one. While zinc is actually strengthening the cell, copper and sulfur are responsible for building the bridges between the proteins, thus giving the hooves their density and strength. Selenium, on the other hand, is not a building block, but a shield against oxidizing damage. It works best in conjunction with Vitamin E. However, too much selenium can be toxic (mane and tail hairs can fall out or break off, hoof walls can crack). Biotin will help foster hoof growth by assisting the cell cornification process. One might say, it is the cement for holding the cells together.

Important is the zinc to copper ratio when supplementing these minerals. This ratio should be 3:1. A horse needs 450 mg of zinc and 150 mg of copper daily. Iron, however, is competing with zinc and copper for absorption in the cells. Lots of horses in general are taking in way too much iron in their diet; should that be the case, then the zinc and copper administration needs to get increased. Natalie Herman wrote a very informative blog three years ago, Got Iron?,  where she described the poisonous effect of iron overload in the horses diet. While a horse needs only 40ppm of iron a day, most daily hay portions have almost twice to three times that much iron. When riders then supplement additionally with the popular Red Cell, a product high in iron, one can quickly poison a horse and the result could be hoof soles that look like this (Photo by Natalie Herman):

Irregular cracks inside the hoof wall (not within the actual white line) are a sure tell sign of iron overload.

Iron in excess is certainly toxic. But there are numerous other toxins which we, riders and equines alike, are burdened with everyday. While this topic in itself is well deserving of its own blog, I just want to briefly give a short list on how we can minimize their poisoning effects on the body:

  • Minimize or eliminate exposure to pesticides in grass and hay
  • Neutralize toxins by administering high doses of Vitamin C and E
  • Feed probiotics on a regular basis.

When it all comes down to it, nutrition trumps trimming. The most sophisticated and accurate hoof balance will not mean much if the horse is not properly fed, lacks aminos and minerals, has an unhealthy gut, is overburdened with toxins, carries a damaged DNA and looks unthrifty. Even the best EasyCare shoes and products cannot perform miracles if there is no solid foundation to build a performance horse upon. So, the bottom line could very well be: 

Making sure that our equine friends have a healthy gut is the very best hoof service we can provide.

 

Form the Bootmeister

Christoph Schork

Global Endurance Training Center

 

Choices are Good

If you have had the chance to peruse the wonderful EasyCare website you know that there are a lot of choices, but choices are a good thing right? When I go to the grocery store and cruise down the cereal aisle, I am almost paralyzed by the number of cereals displayed, how do I know which one is best for me? Which one has the least sugar? Which one will make me lose weight and look like a super model? (If you know of a cereal that does this for you, you need to let me know right away.) 

I know you probably feel the same way about choosing a hoof boot for you and your horse, especially if you are brand new to boots. I am here to help make your choice easier! I have listed our boot styles below and a quick guide and some insider tips for each boot.

1. Easyboot Epic - This boot is good for just about everything from short trail rides to 100 mile endurance rides. The boot is easy to measure for, fits a large variety of hoof shapes and does not require a fit kit.

2. Easyboot Trail - This boot is our easiest boot to apply and remove. Fits a large variety of hoof shapes and is easy to measure for. This is for 25 mile or less rides and does not require a fit kit.

3. New Mac - This boot is very similar to the Easyboot Trail, the main difference being an internal webbing strap that holds the hoof down inside the boot. The New Mac has the same sizing chart as the Easyboot Trial and is designed for 25 miles or less.

4. Easyboot Glove/Easyboot Glove Back Country - These boots are measured for in millimeters and fits the hoof well, like a Glove! You can use the Glove boot for up to unlimited miles and the Glove Back Country for up to 50 miles. We strongly recommend ordering a Fit Kit to size these boots. Although the Back Country and the Easyboot Glove use the same sizing chart the Back Country boot is a little more flexible in the fit than the Glove. I always recommend ordering a half size larger than the Fit Kit indicates if you are ordering the Back Country.

5. Easyboot Glue-On/Easyboot Flip Flop - These two boot choices are designed for long distance or multi-day riding. They require a little more work to apply but it is well worth it! The Flip Flop can be left on the hoof for the entire trim cycle so you can apply them and forget about it. 

6. EasyShoes - We at EasyCare realize that not everyone is going to pull their horse's shoes and use hoof boots, for those people we have the EasyShoe. This shoe is so much better for your horse due to the fact that it lets the heel flex and move unlike a metal shoe. You can get this in a nail/glue version and several glue only versions. 

7. Transition/Cloud/RX/Zip - These are all wonderful therapy boots, each one has its own great qualities. Not all of these boots are designed for riding. The Cloud boot and RX boot can be used for light turnout situations and the Transition can also be used for light riding. The Zip is designed for protecting the hoof while medicating and to help keep the hoof dry. These all have their own sizing charts. If you are needing a therapy boot, I recommend getting your fresh trim hoof measurements and giving EasyCare a call, we will be glad to help. 

Shari Murray

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Customer Service

If you call the customer service help desk, you’ll probably get me on the phone! I process repairs, returns, credits and exchanges that come into EasyCare.

Glue Masters: Apply Now to be Part of Easyboot Elite 2016

Are you a hoof care practitioner proficient with glue on hoof protection applications? Interested in adding a noteworthy highlight to your list of qualifications? EasyCare wants you on board to prepare horses for the renowned 61st annual Tevis Cup 100-mile ride. The very first Easyboot Elite Team in 2015 was such a rewarding experience for everyone involved, that EasyCare is recruiting again.

Above, the 2015 Easyboot Elite Team having some post gluing fun.

The proof is in the percentages. EasyCare hoof boots are no stranger to the Western States Trail. For the past seven years, EasyCare has provided skilled glue teams to apply Easyboot Glue-Ons in the days before the big race. The Easyboot performance results for the 2015 Tevis Cup are listed below:

  • The Haggin Cup (Best Condition) was won by Jenni Smith on Auli Farwa wearing Easyboots.
  • Four of the top ten horses to finish were in Easyboots.
  • Nine of the top 20 finishers were in Easyboots.
  • Overall completion rate: 45%.
  • Non-Easybooted completion rate: 42%.
  • Easybooted completion rate: 55%.
  • 22% of all starting horses were in Easyboots.
  • 27% of all finishing horses were in Easyboots.

For more impressive statistics, click here.

Jenni Smith on Auli Farwa, on their way to a Haggin Cup finish in Easyboot Glue Ons.

The requirements are as follows:

  • Be a practicing hoof care practitioner with experience in barefoot trimming and demonstrated experience in hoof boot gluing
  • Be available for gluing training July 18, 2016 in Auburn, CA
  • Be available for gluing July 19, 20, & 21, 2016 in Auburn, CA and Truckee, CA
  • Be available for gluing support on the day of the event, July 23, 2016 

If you would like to be considered for a team of the most reputable gluing professionals in the world, please apply here. The deadline to submit your application is February 26th, 2016.

 

Mariah Reeves

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Customer Service

My focus is on educating myself relating to all things hoof and horse care to customize your EasyCare product experience. Each customer interaction is an opportunity to enhance another equestrian lifestyle.

Glue Timing: Wrestling With Temperature Control

Glue work is messy!  It's fraught with opportunity to get glue on yourself, on the horse, and all over your clothes.  

Now let's make it even more complicated when we consider that glue is temperature sensitive.  It cures faster in when it's warm and slower when it's cold...which means we have to constantly adjust our working speed for a variable we cannot control, or completely predict: THE WEATHER.    

Here in the Northeast we are feeling the cold temperatures acutely given the most recently Blizzard Jonas that just dumped 30" of snow on us in 24 hours here in Pennsylvania!  

This has made me acutely aware of the difficulties of using glue in extreme temperatures.  Keep in mind I use primarily fast set acrylic glue: Equilox II, EasyShoeBond Fast Set, or Hoof Life Swift Set, etc.  I want to share with you the guide I use for applying EasyShoes with acrylic glue in different temperatures. Given the snow I see when I look outside, I'm going to focus on tips for heating the glue and shoe.  

There are various ways of heating glue in the cold weather.  In addition to keeping my glue in the house overnight so it doesn't get chilled, I use a heating pad, like you'd find at the pharmacy for your back, to heat my glue.  Depending on how cold it is, I would also keep the glue near the heat vents in my truck in between stops. And when it gets REALLY cold, I also use a heat gun to heat my shoe:  

And the heat gun to heat the foot:

And to heat the glue once the shoe is applied:

With the kind of horses I work on, holding the foot up when the glue is curing is critical to success, as is building height and mechanics with the glue and the shoe. So I tend to like my glue just starting to get thicker when I put the shoe on the foot.  

Here is a video of the difference in glue consistency.  The glue on the left is too thin unless you're doing a weight-bearing application.  The three glues on the right are too stiff and have set up too much to use to attach a shoe to a foot, but the glue in the middle, second from the left, is.....you got it...JUST RIGHT!

 

Here is a chart for how I break down my heating and cooling strategies by ambient temperature:

85-95°F and above: 

  • Consider slow set glue  -or-
  • Chill fast set glue with an ice pack in cooler or fridge

75-85°F: 

  • Keep glue out of sun
  • Fast set glue consider cooling with an ice pack in cooler or fridge

65-75°F:  

  • Put glue in sun to take any chill off

55-65°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on LOW to take chill off

45-55°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on MED-HIGH
  • May need heat gun on shoe once on the horse's foot.

35-45°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on HIGH
  • Heat shoe before applying glue
  • WILL need heat gun on shoe once on the horse's foot
  • Consider heating the horse’s foot with heat gun right before application

25-35°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on HIGH
  • Heat shoe before applying glue
  • WILL need heat gun on shoe once on the horse's foot
  • Heat the horse’s foot with heat gun right before application

25°F and below: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on HIGH
  • WILL need heat gun on shoe once on horse's foot
  • WILL also need to heat shoe before glue application, and foot before applying shoe
  • May also need to keep packing, tips, and other supplies in a warm room especially at temps below 20°F
  • Consider heating work space with torpedo heaters, etc.  

This is based on a horse that stands well, working in a protected space without wind or direct sun, and your desire to have the glue set up as fast as possible, approximately two minutes.

Temperature ranges need to be adjusted for wind (down 10 degrees from ambient temperature) or working in direct sun (up 10 degrees from ambient temperature).   Of course direct sun out of the wind can also help you if it's a slightly chilly day!

You can also adjust this chart down 10°F if you want the glue to be more liquid when you apply your shoe to the foot like in a weight bearing application, or a horse who doesn't need so much height or mechanics built into the shoe.  

I hope this information helps you be more successful in getting your glue to behave in all sorts of weather!  With any questions or for information on glue and composite shoe hands-on clinics, please see:

www.DaisyHavenFarm.com

www.IntegrativeHoofSchool.com

February 2016 Read to Win Contest Winners

The February 2016 Read to Win Contest winners are:

Anne Marie Rothfuss

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The Illusion of Heel Height

Submitted by David Landreville, Guest HCP

Many people don't know this, but horses aren't "stuck with the feet they have". Over time, their feet can be restored and can reach a state where continual development is possible. Don't say "That's just what they have." Hoof development is not necessarily limited by age, conformation, or even tissue damage. I believe it's mostly limited by knowledge and perception. For instance, someone can have a lot of success keeping horses sound with their trimming and booting protocol, but when they teach someone else that student has their own experience and interprets it a little differently than the teacher. When that student teaches someone else, the same thing happens and this goes on and on until the details of the original protocol get lost in translation. It becomes very unreliable, like the telephone game. If the founder of the original method is unfortunate enough to have their name attached to it, they will most certainly get as much blame as praise. The success rate may become uncontrollable and a new method will eventually arise.

Photo credit: Daisy Bicking.

There have been plenty of good trimming methods developed by good practitioners, and the best ones are constantly evolving (methods and practitioners). What you don't hear so much about is hoof development. I believe this is because everyone is too busy arguing about trimming methods to realize the incredible regenerative qualities of the horse's hoof. Almost any hoof, whether the horse is young, old, or debilitated. The challenge is methodology. There is a certain relationship that the hoof structures have to be in for the hoof to reach growth equilibrium and for the structures to reach a state of continual development: a relationship that must be maintained constantly. This is one of the lessons of the Mustang Model. It's nothing new. Horses have been doing it for themselves for eons.

Many hoof care practitioners realize the advantage of self wear for establishing individual physiologically correct hoof conformation. For some, including myself, it is a source of great frustration. I'll admit that when I first heard claims of achieving barefoot soundness from acres and acres with 24/7 movement on varied terrain my reaction was "What about the rest of us who only have small acreage or just a rented stall?" After I brooded on this for a while, the thought crossed my mind, "Why not simulate the wear?" The only thing I had to change was the frequency of my trim. I had noticed on my own seven horses that within one week of beveling the wall in order to load the peripheral border of the sole, they had already grown enough wall to transfer the weight from the peripheral border of the sole back to the wall. 

All the photos of wild hooves and the self trimming domestic hooves that I had seen looked more like my horses directly after a trim, so I decided to increase the trim frequency to once a week. This isn't an original idea. There are plenty of horse owners that ride regularly, do their own trimming, and dress their horses feet up a little just before or after a ride to keep the chipping and cracking down or to keep their boots fitting optimally.

I just decided to do it on seven of my own horses for as long as I saw favorable results. That turned out to be about seven years. Most of my horses were rescues with hoof/body issues and less than favorable conformation. I found that when I kept their feet perfectly balanced, the structures began to develop and take on a shape of their own. This contributed to the overall unique shape of each foot and transferred into the improvement of the horse's conformation. They were all standing more square and this, in turn, transferred into their hooves, maintaining their balance. The longer I kept at it, the less I had to do at each trim interval and the better their feet and bodies looked. And the better they were moving. They all fit nicely into Easyboot Gloves, and though they could be ridden bare foot, they went even better when booted. It's been about ten years since I started my simulated self wear experiment. A few years ago, I completed my track system and imported tons of sand. The extra movement and forgiving footing has allowed me to reduce the trim frequency to 2-3 week intervals with out compromising hoof development. 

Caudal hoof development can be measured by assessing the ratio of vertical heel depth compared to vertical heel wall length. A well developed heel has more heel depth than heel wall length. Here are three examples of of heel development.

I've measured the vertical heel depth from the pink line at the hairline to the blue line at the termination of the collateral grooves and the heel wall length from the blue line to the green line at the ground bearing surface of the heel wall. 

David Landreville, Landreville Hoof Care

Flip Flop: Frequently Asked Questions

EasyCare is excited to announce the launch of the newest product addition to the family. Welcome, Easyboot Flip Flop. We've compiled a list of our most common questions pertaining to this hoof protection device. Don't miss the application video where you can watch every step of the glue-on process. The ease of installation of the Flip Flop and it's versatility are guaranteed to make it a hit in the hoof care world.

Q: How long can the Flip Flop be left on?

A: The Flip Flop can be left on for the entire trim cycle.

Q: Is the Flip Flop sold in pairs?

A: No, the Flip Flop is sold individually.

Q: Is there a Fit Kit for the Flip Flop?

A: Yes, there is a Fit Kit available for the Flip Flop.

Q: Do I need a length measurement?

A: No, to adjust the length, the Flip Flop may need to be trimmed down using nippers or a table saw.

Q: Is the sizing the same as the Glove and Glue on?

A: The width measurements will be the same, the length is cut to fit.

Q: Can the Flip Flop be heat fitted?

A: Yes, the Flip Flop can be heat fitted the same way the Glue-On or Glove is heat fitted.

Q: Can pour in packing be used with the Flip Flop?

A: Yes, pour in packings can be used with the Flip Flop.  We recommend Vettec Equipak Soft, Glue-U Shufill Silicone or dental impression material.

Q: Which adhesive can be used when applying the Flip Flop?

A: We recommend using Vettec Adhere. EasyShoe Bond Fast Set and Slow Set may also be used.

Q: Is the Flip Flop compatible with the Click Therapy System?

A: Yes, the Flip Flop is compatible with the EasyCare Therapy Click System.

Q: Can the hoof prep be done with the hoof on the ground?

A: Yes, since the Flip Flop’s only gluing surface is on the dorsal vertical wall the horse can be standing flat if needed to keep a horse comfortable.  

Q: Why is the junction at cuff and the base so thick?

A: Since the back portion of the base has so much movement this thicker area insures the base will not separate from the cuff. Do not modify this with a hoof buffer or rasp this could cause the Flip Flop to fail.

Q: Is the Flip Flop a shoe or a boot?

A: Both: it has the benefits of a boot but can be left on the same duration as a shoe.

Q: What is the difference between the EasyBoot Glue-On and the Flip Flop?

A: The Glue-On is only intended to stay on a maximum of 10 days where the Flip Flop may be left on for the entire trim cycle. The Flip Flop offers much more ventilation to the hoof and less chance of moisture retention.  

Q: What is the difference between EasyShoes and the Flip Flop?

A: The Flip Flop is much easier to apply than the EasyShoes, also the Flip Flop is compatible with the Therapy Click System, whereas the EasyShoes are not. 

Q: Do I have to worry about rocks or small debris getting lodged between the base of the Flip Flop and the hoof?

A: No, during testing there were no complications with anything getting lodged. We recommend checking after each ride. Adding a pour-in pad will insure nothing can become lodged in the front portion of the Flip Flop.  The flexibility in the rear part of the Flip Flop prevents anything from getting stuck in the back half of the foot.

Q: Can the Flip Flop be reset?

A: No, we do not recommend resetting the Flip Flop.

Q: How do I remove the Flip Flop?

A: To remove the Flip Flop, you will need to pull the base away from the hoof then cut the junction of the cuff and base, removing the entire base off of the cuff. Then, use pull-offs to carefully remove the cuff from the hoof wall. 

Watch Garrett Ford install the Flip Flop in our application video below. Remember, hoof preparation is critical. 

You can view the product details hereEasyCare is excited to share the Flip Flop with you. Visit our website or call to order at (800) 447-8836. Have more questions? Please feel free to contact one of our Customer Service Representatives for additional assistance.

Easyboot Mini Horse Boots Will Be Available in Spring 2016

EasyCare is asked on a daily basis to produce smaller size boots and larger size boots.  Although our goal is to help all horses, these projects fall on both ends of the bell curve, and sales often don't support the mold costs.  In 2013, EasyCare added two larger Easyboot Trail and New Mac sizes in the #11 and #12 after police horses in Australia were electrocuted and killed.  The smaller horses were wearing boots and survived, the larger horses didn't fit in boots and were killed.  The #11 and #12 boots were quickly added to prevent this type of disaster in the future.

Early testing of the Easyboot Mini on a mini that lives in the house.  Who knew horses needed traction on kitchen tile? 

The addition of the #11 and #12 New Mac and EasyCare the largest range of hoof boot sizes in the world.  We now have the ability to fit most horses and breeds, but still have regular requests for smaller boots to fit the miniature breeds and young foals.  Because of the requests and our desire to help more horses, we have completed four new molds to take care of these small feet and can now fit a hoof down 42mm or 1 5/8 inches wide. We will offer four Easyboot Mini sizes and the largest Easyboot Mini size will fit a hoof width of 85mm or 3 1/4 inches wide.

The smallest Easyboot Mini.

The Easyboot Mini next to the smallest Easyboot Glove/Easyboot Glove Back Country Size #00.

The Easyboot Mini has been designed to fit both the miniature breeds and young foals.  The goal of the project was to fit these small feet and offer protection for driving, service work and road work. Here are some of the features that make the Easyboot Mini unique to the market:

  1. The urethane blend of material makes the sole both flexible and long wearing.
  2. The upper folds back out of the way for easy application.
  3. The upper adjusts well to different pastern sizes.  
  4. The smallest Easyboot Mini size is the smallest molded hoof boot in the world.   

Upper folds back for easy application.

Profile photo of the smallest Easyboot Mini size.
 
The Easyboot Mini project is complete and will start shipping in mid April, 2016.  It's fun to help a whole new group of horses and expand the EasyCare range.  Easyboot Mini boot sales will probably never be strong enough to recoup our mold costs but I can't wait to add one to the Christmas tree as an ornament, another to my key chain and one to hang off my rear view mirror.  All will be good reminders of what's important and to continue to help horses.
 

Garrett Ford

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President & CEO

I have been President and CEO of EasyCare since 1993. My first area of focus for the company is in product development, and my goal is to design the perfect hoof boot for the barefoot horse.

SOS February 2016: Trail and New Mac Boots-What's Not to Love?

Valentine's Day is upon us and our boot crush is versatile, durable, and uncomplicated. While we can't promise that stocking New Mac's and Trail boots will bring you romance, we can say that your customers will love you for it. With this month's sale on Trail and New Mac boots (not to mention all the upgrades we've made on each), maybe it's time to take a look at how these adaptable styles can complement your lineup.

  • Therapy! Riding! Turnout! -Trails and New Macs are jacks of all trades!
  • Use with a thick 12mm pad. Even the toughest bare feet can exhibit sensitivity on frozen uneven ground.
  • Easy on/off for weaker hands or hurried barn staff.
  • Forgiving fit accommodates a wide variety of hoof conformations.
  • Aggressive tread provides better grip on mixed surfaces and is compatible with Quick Studs.
  • Plastic shield keeps snow and muck away from hooves. Protect healing abscesses, white line, or thrush.
  • Nix those pesky frozen snow/mudballs in turnout or on rides.
  • Pair with socks and Gold Bond powder for long term therapeutic use.

Call or email your hoof boot matchmakers at EasyCare to make a date with the Trail or New Mac boots!

Debbie Schwiebert 800-447-8836 ext 2224 dschwiebert@easycareinc.com or Rebecca Balboni 800-447-8836 ext 2232 rbalboni@easycareinc.com - See more at: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/horse-boots-customer-help/secrets-of-the-savvy-december-studs#sthash.l2Twb409.dpuf

Debbie Schwiebert dschwiebert@easycareinc.com 800-447-8836 ext 2224

Rebecca Balboni rbalboni@easycareinc.com 800-447-8836 ext 2232

See you next month here at Secrets of the Savvy!

XOXO,

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