7 Things You Need to Know About the New Easyboot Trail

The Easyboot Trail has been a popular boot since its debut in 2011. It is easy to apply, and a great option for horse owners riding 25 miles or less on casual terrain. Even with it's popularity and success, there is always room for improvement, and that is exactly what EasyCare has done with the 2015 release of the new Trail.  

Here are some Need to Knows about the new Trail boot:

1. The new Trail has larger front rivets, as well as a larger front shield, providing more durability to the boot style.

2. The top of the boot has more padding and a softer bumper for more comfort and reduced potential for rubbing. This is also true for the heel of the boot, with a softer, more flexible built-in gaiter. 

3. The new Trail follows the same sizing as the original Trail. The boot has the same base and tread pattern as the original Trail boot and comes in a wide variety of sizes.

4. This boot is still considered a Pleasure Riding boot, and is recommended for 25 miles or less of riding per week.

5. With increased durability and the addition of the Snug Strap, the new Trail is a great boot for turn out. Keep in mind that the boot is recommended for 12 hours on and 12 hours off. The new Snug Strap is also replaceable, so if your hook and loop system begins to lose it's stick, you can replace the strap and increase security. The upper portion of the boot is not replaceable.

6. While the boots do not come left or right specific, the hook and loop straps should fasten to the outside of the boot to avoid any interference. The Snug Strap can be switched to accomodate this very simply with the use of a screwdriver.

7. The new Trail can also be used for therapy with the addition of our comfort pads.

EasyCare will continue to find ways to improve even our most popular boot styles to keep you and your equine partner happy, protected and enjoying the trail.

Tina Ooley

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Customer Service Representative

As a member of the EasyCare Customer Service Team, I am here to assist you in fitting and choosing the best hoof protection for your horse. I believe in natural, holistic hoof care and its contribution to sound horses and happy riders.

Important Things You Should Know About the ZIP

If you know anything about Glue-ons, and EasyShoes, you know how critical the hoof prep is. This is the phase that will make or break the gluing job. Even with your glue and shoes (or shells) chillin’ in a climate controlled environment, your arsenal of glue-guns and tips at the ready, and all of your tools strategically laid out, it could all be for naught if your prepped pristine hooves are compromised by dirt, oils or even horse drool. Time is money, so why risk ruining that beautiful, immaculate, perfectly prepared hoof surface? You worked hard to get it just right. Protect it!

Enter the new ZIP. (Choir of Angels)

With its easy and secure closure system, five generous sizes, and light, breathable construction, this boot is the perfect solution for protecting the fruits of your hard labor, and ensuring a flawless gluing experience.

The ZIP comes with leather pad inserts to draw moisture away from the hoof. These pads can be easily cleaned and reused time and time again. They are also replaceable.

The ZIP takes gluing to a whole new level by eliminating the need to deal with messy wraps and greatly reduces the chance of contamination. This is true especially when working against the clock in that heightened state of concentration. Timing is critical, so every second counts. 

Everyone that sees the new ZIP boot is intrigued. They often ask if the ZIP can be used for riding, turn-out, or trailering. The answer is no. This boot is specifically designed to protect the hoof from dirt and oils during pre-gluing hoof prep. It’s also great for medicating the hoof, instead of or in addition to using wraps.

The ZIP is considered a short term boot, meaning it should be on the hoof for no more than 12 hours at a time. Because the ZIP was designed with less bulk and a non-rigid construction, this boot should not be used over shoes or aggressive footing, and does not support soaking.

The tread pattern on the bottom provides a grippy secure feel on most surfaces, and provides adequate traction under normal conditions.

Cleaning the ZIP boot is easy. Simply remove the leather pad and toss it in the washing machine.  We suggest cold water and a mild detergent. Then allow it to air dry.

To clean the pad, remove it from the boot and allow the pad to dry. Use a brush to get any caked dirt off, then wipe it down with a damp cloth.

The new ZIP is a specialty boot designed and built for specific uses. When those situations present themselves, trust me, you are going to be very happy you have it.

Jean Welch

Jean Welch, EasyCare CSR

Customer Service

Originally from New England, I finally heeded the advice of my inner cowgirl, packed up my horses and moved west to Arizona. Here I learned the finer points of hoofcare and successful booting techniques. I can help you select the right EasyCare product for your specific needs. p>

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Slow Change is Better Than No Change for the Equine Industry

One of the things that keeps me going is innovation and bringing new products to the equine industry.  Products that can better the lives of our horses and improve the human/equine experience.  Sometimes little tweaks make the difference.  Other times products need to be scrapped and you need to start over.  It's frustrating for me to see other industries advancing quickly and the equine industry continues to limp along.  

I continue to look at the advancements in the cycling world over the last 10 years and compare them to the improvements in the horse world.  A bike that was manufactured 10 years ago is now a relic.  Wheels have changed, most all frames are now carbon, tires and traction have improved, tubes are becoming obsolete, drop posts on many bikes, the weight of the bikes comes down each year, disc brakes on road bikes and now there is electric shifting. 

I don't believe the equine industry will ever keep up with the changes we are seeing on the cycling, snow sports or auto industries but it's fun to improve the products in EasyCare's small niche.  Here are some things in testing or in our immediate future.  

1.  New E-Z Ride Stirrup Pads.  We are moving to a new EVA molded E-Z Ride Stirrup pad that offers more comfort, better stability and longer life.  The new pad has a raised dimple pattern that conforms to the footbed of most riders shoes and boots.  The non compressed dimples lock the riders foot in place and require less rider effort to keep the foot positioned correctly.  The new pads will be available in the immediate future and should start shipping on stirrups early September.  

E-Z Ride Stirrups pictured with old pad on the left and new pad on the right.

Close up of the new dimpled design.

2.  E-Z Ride Ultimate and E-Z Ride Ultimate Ultra.  EasyCare will be launching a new stirrup design in mid September.  The E-Z Ride Ultimate (Pictured below) is manufactured with an aluminum hoop, urethane base and an EVA pad.  The base quickly attaches with two bolts and the pads snap in without glue.  A cage system also snaps into place without bolts and hardware.  The E-Z Ride Ultimate Ultra has an aluminum base and will come with a lifetime guarantee. Both versions are Tevis tested and finish in the top ten.  

The E-Z Ride Ultimate pictured above.

The E-Z Ride Ultimate Stirrups after the 100 Mile Tevis Cup.  Cage and non cage options in the photo.  

4.  EasyCare Comfort Pads.  We have changed our manufacturing process on our comfort pads and have just completed new EVA molds.  The new system will have less part numbers and will fit all EasyCare boot models.  Although the molds are very expensive the EVA molds give us the ability to make a much better product and offer different densities.  Getting a horse comfortable and moving is many times the key to life and death.  The new pads will save lives.  Look for the change soon.  

5.  EasyShoe Ultra.  Curtis Burns (Polyflex) and I have made progress with our EasyShoe line and have seen success in endurance, dressage, sport horses, and eventing.  Even with the progress we have come to the conclusion that many farriers will never embrace adhesives or learn the skills necessary to become successful with glue-on shoes.  In addition the glue-on process is many times cost prohibitive. We believe there is a need for a urethane nail-on shoe that allows hoof mechanism.  We have been testing several prototypes with major success.  It's been great working with Curtis and bringing new concepts to the market!

The wide web version pictured above.

Jeremy Reynolds and Honor place 2nd at the 75 mile North American Endurance Championship in the new prototype.  Honor had the new shoes front and back.  

6.  Flip Flop.  This concept is actually one of my favorites. In essence, the idea amounts to a flip-flop design with a conventional upper that extends backward only roughly to the widest point of the hoof. The widest point of the hoof has the least amount of movement in both the vertical and horizontal planes. Because of this lack of movement, the bonds between the shoe and the hoof hold much tighter and are much less likely to fail than at the heel. As a result, it is surprisingly more durable than shoes bonded along the entire sides of the hoof. The absence of an upper in the rear half of the shoe ensures that the heel and the entire back portion of the shoe is not connected to the hoof. As a result, the heel is allowed greater movement in all directions, which, in addition to improving the durability of the bond between the upper and the front portion of the hoof, also allows more movement of the hoof which in the long run results in a healthier hoof.  The design has now won several endurance races, best condition awards and continues to stay in place for a full trim cycle.  

The current mold design.  The longer length allows them to be trimmed in the length.

An early install of the Flip Flop.  Off to win a 50 mile race.

7.  EasyShoe BMF.  A bit different take to the EasyShoe.  Full front cuff ease the installation process and give horses that don't do well in direct glue applications another option.  Ernest Woodword and team have played with the concept a bit and have done some trick installs.  Ernest named them the "Bifurcated Motion Footware".  The BMF also has a tread that accepts the EasyCare Therapy Click System.  

The current molded product.

Modifications and install made by Ernest Woodward and team

8.  Easyboot Sneaker.  A boot for trail riders with a unique patent pending feature.  The boot has an floating heel counter that pulls the hoof forward during application.  The heel counter locks the heel into place and helps push the toe forward in the boot for correct breakover.  The boot is testing very well and should hit the market in early 2016.  We have finished molds on a very small boot that will fit a foal or mini with feet 50mm in width.  

9.  Easyboot Glove and Easyboot Y.  Some of the most exciting test results are in the new Easyboot Y and Easyboot Glove.  The Glove was a game changer in the equine boot world when it was released in 2009.  The new versions will make another big leap forward.  More to come soon.

Some great changes and additions for EasyCare's line.  We are working hard to complete testing and manufacturing so we can help improve the human/equine experience.

Let me know what you like, dislike or what you would like to see in the future.

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.

Marie's Opinion

Submitted by David Landreville, Guest HCP

Transitioning horses from shoes or neglected bare feet into properly shaped, fully functional, and comfortable bare feet can be challenging. If you don't care for a good challenge, you're not likely to be successful...save for luck. You will really have to pay attention, listening to your horse, and being mindful. I tend to have an all or nothing mind set, so when I became convinced that shoes were a bad idea for our navicular horse, Santo, I pulled them off, and I also took them off of Cloud 9 and Marie (our 2 mares). The other gelding (Dante) was already barefoot. He was only two and not being ridden yet. Prevention made so much sense to me that I decided to go all out.

Cloud 9 had no trouble with the change, except for the rainy season in the 1st year. Marie had her own opinions about things. I bought her a pair of Easyboot Epics with 1/2" comfort pads. The first time we went out on the trail to try out her boots we made it about 200 yards and she came to a stop. I urged her on but she gave me her "pay close attention to what I'm about to tell you" look. She's an Arab...I dismounted, took her boots off, and checked for rubbing or pebbles. I didn't find anything. I left the boots off, mounted and off she went, with a little encouragement, for about 50 feet. She came to a stop and refused to move forward again. I looked at her eye again and said, out loud, "you don't like that either, do you"? I took her home and we got our exercise in the soft sand of the round pen. We did that for the next month, until she was comfortable on the hard dirt road. At our place, in order to get to the soft, sandy trails along the wash, we first have to travel down a hard packed dirt road with one inch gravel sparsely strewn and accumulated mostly at the edges and down the middle ( it's distributed this way from cars using the road ). I always try to stay between the gravelly parts. After a half mile of this there's a patch of the road that gets really rocky with golf ball to basketball sized rocks halfway submerged and very little earth in between. After that it's smooth sailing down the almost rock free trail. After Marie was comfortable enough to go out on the road again, without boots (I think it was the rubbing that bothered her) we routinely rode out and I got off and hand walked her through the really rocky part.  I remounted when we ran out of rocks and did the same on the way home.  I did this for over a year. I never minded it and I knew she appreciated it by the look in those extremely expressive eyes of hers. One day on our way back I dismounted at the rocky spot, as usual, and began to walk off leading her. She took a few steps and stopped. I urged her on and she wouldn't budge. I checked her feet for rocks and they all came up empty. I urged her again and she remained frozen in her tracks. I asked her what the problem was and she just stood there with a patient look on her face. I mounted up and asked her to move off and she walked right off.  I went a few feet and dismounted so she didn't have to carry me through the rocks.  Again she wouldn't budge. I looked at her and asked again what it was that she was trying to say. All of a sudden it dawned on me. She didn't need me to get off anymore. I mounted and we crossed the rocks and we've crossed them for several years now. She never complained again...about that.

Over the years, I always got the feeling that Marie wasn't all that wild about trail rides. She always went out the gate willingly, but she took every opportunity to tell me she would rather be home with the other horses. The further away we got, the more she let me know. She prefers the arena, especially if people are taking pictures of her. She will also pose for the occasional tourist hiker. On the way home, she usually tells me which routes are shorter.  We have had many arguments about this. When ever she loses she "mad walks" home. I don't care, as long as it's a walk.  That's the compromise.  She usually forgets by the time we get home anyway. When the Easyboot Gloves came out a few years ago I liked the design and wanted to try them out.  I put them on Marie and we headed down the trail. She was in a particularly forward mood this time so we went for a longer ride. I realized something else was different. She was more adventurous than usual. This time I was the one that said, "OK, far enough." On the way home, she argued at the forks in the trail, because she wanted to stay out on the trail. She had so much extra energy. By this time it was clear to me that she loved her new boots.

Marie is 15 here.

In the beginning, when she first came out of shoes, her feet weren't the proper shape yet. There's a big difference between a farrier trim and a physiologically correct barefoot trim. As I learned the difference, her feet became more properly shaped and fit more comfortably in the boots. I've become accustomed to riding Marie, as well as our other horses, in Gloves, Glue-ons, and EasyShoes regardless of how good I think their feet are. I keep their feet trimmed frequently and balanced properly. Even if they are sound with out boots, I prefer riding and not wondering about their comfort and knowing that every step is building a better foot and protecting their feet as well as their joints from future problems.
 

EasyShoe Clinic: Be There!

Shoeing the FEI Dressage Horse & Advanced EasyShoe Application Clinic.

EasyCare is very excited to announce an EasyShoe clinic opportunity with Ernest Woodward and Pete Van Rossum. This will be a 2 part clinic in St. Joseph, Michigan on September 18th & 19th at the Concord Ridge Equestrian Center.

Details:

Sept. 18th - Shoeing the FEI Dressage Horse with Ernest Woodward - Focusing on the Details.
- Shoeing techniques and mechanics.
- Discussion of forming the team required for the upper level horse.
- Dissection with Paige Poss of the Proximal Structures of the Distal Limb.
** This will be kept as a small group. Confirmation of attendance is required. Attendance of previous clinic is highly recommended.

Sept. 19th - Advanced EasyShoe Application, and introduction to EasyShoe products - Pete Van Rossum and Ernest Woodward
- Hoof Capsule Dissection with Paige Poss.
- Overview of current and upcoming EasyShoe models
- Modification of EasyShoes for particular sport or need.
- Simple and Advanced Application Techniques
- Hands on experience as available.
- We have been generously sponsored for this portion of the clinic, so attendance if free!!

*** This is open to everyone. RSVP is appreciated and encouraged, but drop in auditors are always welcome. 
*** If you have a horse you are having trouble with application or wish to try these products on, please contact us and we will try to accommodate if space is available.

Please contact Ernest Woodward at ewshoe@me.com or via Facebook for details and registration

You can reach Ernest via Facebook or at ewshoe@me.com for everything related to the EasyShoe portion.
And you can reach Lisa for performance horse segment at loles@concordhorses.com or visit http://www.concordhorses.com

Ernest and Pete are working on additional EasyShoe clinic dates so stay tuned. Please contact Debbie Schwiebert to be included on the list of those interested in future dates.

dschwiebert@easycareinc.com or 800-447-8836 x 2224

  

SOS September

Ever want to beat your head against the wall when your hoof measurements don’t quite add up to the boot you are actually fitting? We promise that accurate measuring isn’t as mysterious as Cinderella and her glass slippers, though if you’d like to see us as your equine fairy godmothers, we won’t complain. Here is the explanation of why measuring in millimeters is so crucial to getting the boot to fit (and making you look good).

Wouldn’t it be nice if boot fitting was always as simple as breaking out a ruler and measuring length and width? Fortunately, to address the 3D nature of boot fit, EasyCare has fit kits available for regular and wide Glove and Backcountry sizes as well as each of the four EasyShoe models. Full fit kits that contain complete size runs are available to our hoof care practitioner and vet dealers for purchase. PSSSSST-contact Debbie or Rebecca to find out how you can get one for free. Don’t forget that you can always order the three size rental fit kits for yourself or a client if you need sizing backup.

Wouldn’t it also be nice if the sizes were consistent across styles? If we had REAL magic wands we would change this for you, but in real life, each hoof needs measurements after a fresh trim and should be compared to the size chart specific to each style. If you use your Glove fit kit and fit the horse into a 2 Glove, that same horse will not be a 2 in the Epic, or the Trail, or the Transition, or the Cloud or the….well, you get the gist. In the same vein, cross referencing size charts to get a horse’s size in a different style boot is tempting, but not so accurate. Set yourself and your clients up for booting success by taking the extra minute to measure those feet.

Thanks for joining us this month at Secrets of the Savvy! Come back next month because while summer temps are finally cooling for some of us, our SOS topics are heating up! In the meantime, get out there, work some booting magic, and feel free to get in touch with us:

Debbie Schwiebert dschwiebert@easycareinc.com ext. 2224

Rebecca Balboni rbalboni@easycareinc.com ext. 2232

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Comfortable on the Trail - Even Over Rocks!

I purchased the New Trail boots for my horse, Gabe, this summer. Gabe has been barefoot for as long as I've had him, but we recently started trail riding much more frequently, and I noticed that he was becoming tender on rocks and gravel. I wanted to keep him barefoot, if at all possible, so I started researching my options. I quickly found that not all hoof boots are equal, but the New Trail fit the bill in every aspect - price, sizing, quality, and ease of use. Since getting the boots, I've seen a noticeable improvement in Gabe's comfort on the trail - he moves out better and is more willing. The boots are easy to put on, and they STAY on! I don't have to worry about deep, thick mud pulling them off his hooves. Best of all, Gabe is still barefoot and comfortable! Thanks, EasyCare!

Name: Barbara 
State: Indiana
Equine Discipline: Trail
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Trail

Postcard From Brittany

Submitted by Pascale Winckler, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

In early August I had some friends invite me to come to Brittany, France for a little vacation. I gathered my courage to travel from Burgundy, up to the west coast of France (Finistère) for ten days of equestrian activity with my two horses. Easyboots and EasyCare Stowaways were key parts of the equipment I used to ensure a successful trip.

We began with a 45 km ride at the Pointe du Raz, a trail that extends into the Atlantic. Now I can say that Easyboots took me to the end of the world (Finistère means “land's end” in Latin).

At the end of the world (Brittany, Finistère – France)

We spent three days in the Arrée Mountains (Armorique Regional Park). They are very old granite mountains. Most of the trails were little stony paths and my horses were happy to have hoof protection. The little Appaloosa wore Gloves with Mueller tape on all four feet, and the large Bay wore Gloves in the front and Epics in the rear. I left the boots on for four days without any problem; I just loosened gaiters at night.

My two booted horses ready to ride across the old rocky crests of the Arrée Mountains.

I removed the boots for a run on the beach where no hoof protection was necessary. The day after, the boots were back on again for a trail ride along the coast. That’s the power of boots: you use them only when needed.

I spent two days alone across the Crozon Peninsula and Menez Hom Mountain, where the terrain was quite hard and protection provided by EasyCare was more than welcome.

Heather carpet and rocky trail, that’s the Brittany coast.

One pair of my Easyboots Gloves is new and remains in place without Mueller tape at any gait and I use a rubber mallet to put them on easily. Two pairs are old (one date of 2013 and has done a lot of kilometers) and are very easy to put on by hand if I don’t add Mueller tape.

 Bay of Saint Brieuc.

The EasyCare Stowaway was a compact and efficient way to transport water, food and a windbreaker. It was a great addition to support this kind of adventure.

I hope you have had a fun, adventure filled summer as well.  Happy Trails!

Tevis Cup Easyboot Elite: Working Toward Common Goals

Submitted by Deanna Stoppler, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

“Team guts will always beat individual greatness.” −Bob Zuppke

My first Tevis Cup experience has me thinking about teamwork and camaraderie. Horses, riders, crews, volunteers, veterinarians, and farriers—all working together toward the common goal of completing a grueling course through the Sierra Nevada Wilderness, 100 miles in one day.

As a member of the Easyboot Elite Team—a group of farriers selected by EasyCare, Inc to glue shoes on Tevis competitors’ horses—my objective was to work hard, perform quality hoof care, support my team members and the horses that we worked on, and to absorb as much of my first Tevis experience as possible. 

We got a bit dirty on Day One.

Day one consisted of team training and days two and three were live glue days.  Our team of six farriers was divided into pairs.  I was paired with California farrier, Pete Van Rossum. The other teams consisted of New York farriers Ashley Gasky and Curtis Burns (who divides his time between NY and FL); and Derick Vaughn paired with Jeremy Ortega.  Derick resides in Kentucky and works for Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital as a farrier assistant, and Jeremy is a farrier who works out of California.  Garrett Ford, Kevin Myers, and Christoph Schork led the training, sharing their tips, advice, techniques, and experience from past Tevis Cup races.  Gluing techniques were meticulous and methodical.  Before wrapping up the training day we set up the layout of our stations and prepared our equipment for the following day.

Pete Van Rossum and I working hard and having fun.

Days two and three were game face days, time to work on live horses, preparing them for the most difficult ride of the year. Pete and I decided to switch off roles after each horse; so if he prepped the feet for glue and I prepped the shoes, we would swap for the next horse and I’d prep the feet while he prepped the shoes.  This method worked well and allowed us to recover between horses.  The work wasn’t difficult but the 100’F temperature kept us on our toes.

Work station set up.

Glue prep involved a step-by-step process that was thorough and consistent.  Tools required for glue prep include the following:

  • Wire brush and hoof pick 
  • Drill and buffy attachment with 60 grit sanding paper sleeve
  • Sharp rasp
  • Small table top trigger start propane torch
  • Rotary tool with a 9931 Dremel bit
  • Pair of Easyboot Zips 

Ashley Gasky ready to glue.

To begin prepping the feet for application of the Easyboot Glue-Ons we used our wire brush and pick to remove any loose debris from the sole side of the foot and brushed dirt from the outer hoof wall. Using fit shells, we sized the horse prior to prepping the foot. Hoof prep required the following steps:

  1. Buffy the outer hoof wall from heel to heel.
  2. Use side edge of the rasp to notch the entire hoof wall surface, creating ridges horizontally across the wall.
  3. Torch the outer wall then wire brush.  Repeat.
  4. Dremel the entire sole side of the foot.
  5. Torch the sole side of the foot then wire brush.  Repeat.
  6. Apply Easyboot Zip to prepped foot.
  7. Prepare Easyboot Glue-Ons for application.

Garrett Ford and Derick Vaughn work to prep the foot.

Clean shells, fresh out of the package, were applied to the foot. Using Sikaflex for hoof packing, we created a bead of product along the bottom inner edge of the shell and built a frog along the foot side of the shell to fill any concavity in the hoof.  Then we applied Vettec Adhere to inside of the shell before application.

Easyboot Glue-Ons, completed and ready for Tevis Cup.

Pete and I worked like a well-oiled machine, communicating our needs, preparing tools and product for each other, cleaning up tools tossed aside after use, reminding each other to breathe, hydrate, and refuel.  We were confident in our skills and eagerly used our new techniques learned from Garrett, Kevin, and Christoph.

Kevin Myers and I prepping the foot with a rotary tool.

After three days of working together, sharing meals, and spending time exploring Auburn and the local swimming holes, it was clear to me that I had been a part of a unique group of professionals. Each of us had complimentary skills and our personalities meshed as if we had known each other for a long time. We had just enough comic relief to make the experience fun while maintaining professionalism and focusing on the importance of our task.  All of us stayed for the race after gluing was completed and participated in portions of the event.

Team members met at Robie Park to watch vet checks and aid in preparations for the race. On race day Curtis, Jeremy, and Derrick crewed, and Ashley volunteered.

Jeremy Ortega helping a rider while they register at the check-in tent.

Merriam Webster Dictionary defines teamwork as “the work done by people who work together as a team to do something” and camaraderie as “a feeling of good friendship among the people in a group”. Teamwork, when done well, creates camaraderie and successful team leaders create a lasting sense of accomplishment that spans time and space.

After our Tevis Cup experience, each of us returned to our farrier businesses, families, and regular lives and with us we carried the “feeling of good friendship”, a sense of accomplishment for achieving our goal, and new knowledge to share with our clients and horses.

 

References

Department of Employee Services. A Well-Oiled Machine? https://www.lakecountyfl.gov/documents/employee_services/training/team_building.pdf

Merriam Webster (2015). Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary.