It's Been an Amazing 10 Years

CHANGE is a big word. Change can be exciting and change can be unsettling. Whether we like it or not we all know change is inevitable. Perhaps a necessary evil. It seems most of us have a love-hate relationship with change; we hate it yet crave it at the same time. EasyCare and its owner Garrett Ford have never been afraid of change. As a team we pursue it and as a company we thrive on it. As the leaders in hoof boot technology, the dust never settles.

As my career at EasyCare draws to a close, I can't help but reflect on the past 10 years and all that has changed. When I joined the EasyCare team in 2006, there wasn't a hoof care and veterinarian dealer representative. It didn’t exist. No one person truly specialized in handling this diverse group’s needs. Garrett believed I could fill that void and I leapt at the chance to become that person. Back then it was all about the Epic, Bare, Boa and Old Mac's. The Epic and Bare were the performance boots of choice.

The early years! At home in the Tucson office. 

This was also the year EasyCare hosted a five day clinic in Tucson, AZ.  It was my big debut. People not only came from across the US but from around the world. Pete Ramey and Dr. Bowker presented lectures and EasyCare had a booting day. It was a sell out at over 150 people and despite the SNOW, I think everyone had a great experience. Many of those attending I have not seen since but many of the relationships I built during that time remain strong to this day.

2007 saw the launch of our unprecedented Fill Your Truck program. The brainchild of Pete Ramey and Garrett Ford. This generous program continues to be tremendously popular and an incredible benefit to hoof care professionals.

Big changes came in 2009 with the launch of the Easyboot Glove and Glue-On. These products speak for themselves and forever changed the way the world looked at barefoot horses and booting. Proving grounds from the likes of Tevis, to the rigors of the highest caliber dressage and virtually everything in between. These products proved they could help a horse perform at the highest of levels or help a horse out of it’s lowest of lows. Today these boots along with many of our other products are utilized by some of the best and brightest hoof care professionals, veterinarians and trainers in the word.

Helping out at Tevis!

2014 brought on one of the most controversial changes in EasyCare history. The launch of the EasyShoe. Although hotly contested by some, EasyCare's owner Garrett Ford's persistence and hard work produced a product that changed the way many viewed shoes and how they could actually allow full hoof function. The EasyShoe has won over the critics and from my side of the fence it is the one product that delivers the most dynamic feedback. Farriers, trimmers, veterinarians and most importantly horses love EasyShoes.

This same year we decided to roll the dice and attend the International Hoof Care Summit. This is a tough crowd of professionals and we joked that Kevlar helmets and vests may be in order. Nothing could have been further from the truth. Our timing couldn’t have been better to bring our “change” to the Summit. The response was overwhelming. In fact at times it looked as if we stole the show!

Garrett demos the application process at the International Hoof Care Summit. 

Change came swift and hard in 2016 as new boots were introduced and some received new looks and improved features. None of this compared to the changes and challenges we faced as a company in losing one of our own. Kevin Myers you are missed and continue to live in our hearts.

The gang and I at Strawberry Fields. Two days of 50s. It was rough on the body but I'd do it all over again in a heartbeat!

Yes, as I reflect on my time at EasyCare it has been full of change. Keeping a barefoot horse is no longer an oddity. You rarely hear a comment like “Wow, what’s on your horses feet?” They know. It is not uncommon for me to speak to just as many vets and farriers in a day as barefoot trimmers. Big change. The past decade has has brought enormous changes and with it an enormous acceptance of alternative hoof care. I am proud to have played a small role in helping professionals help horses.

Pacific Hoof Care Practitioner's annual conference. Mario Gargiulo and I send a high five to Garrett. 

 I was very honored and excited to be included in several of EasyCare's catalog shoots.

There is nothing like seeing the beauty of Durango horseback. I definitely had a permagrin going! 

This was amazing! I had never ridden in the snow before that day. 

As I say goodbye and my time at EasyCare comes to a close, I encourage you in EasyCare fashion to be fearless and embrace change. Follow that small voice in your heart and live like somebody left the gate open. Thank you all for an amazing 10 years. It’s been an honor and a privilege to know and and work with each of you.

So long my friends.

"How lucky am I to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard."

Quoted from none other than Mr. Winnie the Poo.


Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners, Opportunity Abounds!

There was a buzz in the air the first week of March. Hoof care professionals both near and far traveled to the much anticipated 2016 Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners Conference. More than seventy attendees converged in sunny San Diego, California for three days of fantastic information and comradery.

The event kicked off with Dr. Debra Taylor of Auburn University covering caudal hoof morphology, negative hoof angles and some cool ideas she shared on supporting the thin soled horse utilizing EasyCare's Comfort Pads. Next up was Dr. Hilary Clayton who gave us an in depth look at the biomechanics of hoof to ground interaction and how this relates to lameness. She went on to cover sidedness in horses and hoof care professionals and recognizing it in both.

As the lectures came to a close that first day, things shifted to the evening's festivities and the ever poplar Meet & Greet event. Co-sponsored by EasyCare; great food, drink and conversation along with a mother load of awesome raffle prizes made for a fun filled evening.

Day two had everyone loading up and heading out to Arroyo Del Mar, home to Steffen and Shannon Peters. Here Dr. Clayton continued her theme with a fantastic review of the dressage movements featuring a live demo with the famous Weltino's Magic and rider Ehren Volk.


That afternoon Coralie Hughes from Indiana highlighted the work of the late Dr. Kerry Ridgway on identifing ulcers in the horse and a fantastic introduction to the Masterson Method. She gave us some great tips on easing those braces horses often exhibit as their hooves are being worked on.

Next on deck was none other than our fearless leader at EasyCare, owner, Garrett Ford. Garrett gave a run down of the features and demoed an application of new Easyboot Flip Flop. He also gave the group a glimpse into the future, showing prototypes of some of the latest technology that will be available later this year. Let me tell you, there was quite a frenzy around the new products table! Garrett also had the opportunity to apply a much anticipated prototype on a horse owned by Shannon Peters named Squishy. You may remember his story from an earlier blog post

Sunday,day three, featured Carol Layton of Balanced Equine Nutrition who gave a fantastic presentation on equine nutrition and it's effects on the horse. Joan Kulifay, owner of My Best Horse wrapped up the day giving insights on equine arthritis and lameness.

The event was a huge success and we congratulate the group and the amazing job the board and its members did to make it all come together. If you are a hoof care provider or aspire to be one, check out what the Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners have to offer. The organization is growing by leaps and bounds with members across the US and abroad. The PHCP is the place to be, not only for developing and honing your skills as as hoof care provider, they offer you the tools for solid business success. The results speak for themselves, their program consistently turns out some of the most respected individuals in the business!


Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.

Don't Miss Out, Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners Conference Is Right Around the Corner!

Are you yearning for continued education or to ramp up your skills? Do you ever find yourself struggling to stay on top of the latest happenings in the world of natural hoof care? Do you wish you could connect with other hoof care professionals? Well look no further than Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners!   

The exciting news is their 2016 conference is just a few short weeks away and YOU are invited to come! 

Don't miss this opportunity to hear world class speakers present on a huge variety of relevant equine hoof and health topics.

WHEN:  Friday March 4th - Sunday March 6th, 2016 

WHERE:  Hilton Garden Inn, Homewood Suites and beautiful Arroyo Del Mar (owned by Shannon & Steffen Peters) Del Mar/San Diego, CA

The early bird rates for the 2016 PHCP conference close Thursday the 18th! Sign up NOW to enjoy the savings!


Friday: Dr. Debra Taylor topics:  

  • Caudal Hoof Morphology
  • Negative Palmar/Plantar Angles
  • Padding the Thin Soled & Laminitic Horse 

Dr. Hilary Clayton topics:

  • Biomechanics of the Hoof to Ground Interaction
  • Straightness & Sidedness in Horses and Farriers 
  • Biomechanics of Lameness

Friday evening events include our fun and popular Meet & Greet event, amazing door prizes, boots and tools swap/sale, etc.!

Saturday:  Bus to Arroyo Del Mar

  • Dr. Clayton on Dressage Gaits & Movements
  • Garrett Ford of EasyCare live horse glue on demo and Q & A
  • Coralie Hughes, a Masterson Method Practitioner will demonstrate Dr. Kerry Ridgeway's technique of identifying patterns of musculo-skeletal pain in horses with Ulcers. She will also cover relief of tension and restrictions utilizing the Masterson method to ease the work of the farrier. 


  • Carol Layton on Equine Nutrition
  • Joan Kulifay on Equine Arthritis & Lameness

In addition to the speakers, this conference includes the Meet & Greet dinner on Friday night as well as lunches on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and transportation to/from the hotel to Arroyo Del Mar.  

Pricing as follows:

PHCP member early bird (now through Feb 18th): $250

PHCP member late: $300

Non member early bird: $300

Non member late: $350

To sign up and pay, reserve your hotel and get more details on this special conference, please visit the PHCP website.

This is a great opportunity to get connected, hone your skills and learn from some of the best in the business!

I look forward to seeing you there! 


Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.

Go, Glue, Win at the 2016 International Hoof Care Summit

Will you be attending the International Hoof Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 3 & 4, 2016? If so, you should stop by the EasyCare/No Anvil booth #723/725 and participate for your chance to pay your way to IHCS 2016. To celebrate the launch of EasyCare's latest product, the Flip Flop, we've made a contest modification to demonstrate the application of the Flip Flop with the installation of the EasyCare Therapy Click System instead of the EasyShoe. Please note that this is contrary to the information contained in the IHCS program ad below.

Come get your glue on with us and apply the Easyboot Flip Flop with the EasyCare Therapy Click System base, two of EasyCare’s newest products. We will have with us all the materials you need to make the best gluing application of the whole competition. Enter the contest by signing up at:

Contest Details

  • All tools, adhesives, and supplies will be provided to the contestants at no cost.
  • Judging will be based on the following: Cash prizes: $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place. The contenders will be judged on the following criteria.
  • Hoof prep technique.
  • Quality of Flip Flop modification to fit to the Blacksmith Buddy foot.
  • Overall gluing application skills, including volume of glue used, and neatness of application.
  • How closely did the contestant follow the recommended gluing protocol?
  • Quality of final Flip Flop finishing.
  • Installation of EasyCare Therapy Click System bases.

Contest numbers are limited and gluing appointments will be assigned based on a first come, first served basis, so do not delay. Sign up

We look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati.

Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.


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.

This event has been approved for 16 American & Canadian Associations of Professional Farriers (AAPF/CAPF) Continuing Education Credits. For more information visit their website -


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 or via Facebook for details and registration

You can reach Ernest via Facebook or at for everything related to the EasyShoe portion.
And you can reach Lisa for performance horse segment at or visit

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. or 800-447-8836 x 2224


Secrets of the Savvy

Been looking for a squishy sidekick for your EasyShoes and Boots? We now have just the ticket! Glue U Shufill Silicones come in four densities from gummy bear soft to pencil eraser firm,sure to suit even the most discriminating equine. We also have Glue U’s DIM style two part putty at a price that will give you a double take. Possibilities for application for shoes as well as boots are limitless and we can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

This video shows the Durango Customer Service Team hands on with the Glue U line. Here you will see set times and densities compared as well as a few simple tips for using the Shufill and Putty.



Hoof Care/Vet dealers please contact Debbie Schwiebert and/or Rebecca Balboni for more info and pricing.

It's Back! EasyCare Re-launches the HCP Referral Program

Exciting news! 2015 kicks off the re-launch of the EasyCare Dealer Referral Program. Do you know a hoof care professional that is currently not an EasyCare dealer? Now's the time to get them fired up about adding another dimension to their business. There is nothing like a good referral and we greatly appreciate and value the ones that come in from our dealer network. When you encourage other hoof care professionals to ramp up their business opportunities with an EasyCare dealership we will thank you with a little love on your next order or Fill Your Truck order.

As an EasyCare dealer you already recognize the awesome advantages of dealership but in case you need to relay a few of the finer points to your cohorts you can remind them of the following:

1. EasyCare is the leader in hoof protection technology. Having EasyCare products on board your vehicle instantly gives you added creditability, value and service capabilities to your client.

2. Options: as a dealer you have a tremendous amount of tools at your disposal. With all the products EasyCare has available to practitioners there isn't much you won't be able to tackle.

3. Increased Revenue: Last but certainly not least. EasyCare's line of products are an additional income generating avenue. Why not provide a more complete service and harness some additional income? 

Customers are looking for outcomes and solutions. Becoming knowledgeable and proficient in all the tools EasyCare has to offer, be it hoof boots or EasyShoes, will give you an unequivocal advantage setting you apart as a professional. A professional who is truly on the cutting edge of hoof care.

For your convenience: dealership requirements and application

Do you have additional questions or want more details? Please give me a call, Debbie Schwiebert at 800-447-8836 X2224 or


Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold... Keep Your Adhesives Just Right

Everyone continues to rave about the results they are having with EasyCare's glue on products.The EasyShoes are rocking everything from rehab to flat track racing and virtually everything in between. The Easyboot Glue-Ons continue to work outstanding for rehab as well as established as the hoof protection of choice for the toughest of endurance races. However when it comes to their applications the biggest learning curve seems to lie with the adhesives. I know some of you are rolling your eyes and saying, "Duhhh, tell us something we don't already know!". After meticulously prepping the hoof and shoe applied the last thing you need is for your glue bond to fail. An often overlooked element of any glue-on application is managing these sometimes fussy adhesives. Managing temperature extremes in the summer and winter can prove to be very challenging yet essential, but what can you do? 

Most jockey adhesives in the summer with some sort of soft side cooler or ice chest. In the winter, on the truck dash, setting it in the sun, bundled up in a heating pad or bathed in heat from a heat gun. All these can work but what about the temp of your application tips, your shoes or shells? Is your glue truly warm or cool or does it just feel that way from the outside of the cartridge? 

EasyCare dealer, Dick Teachout owner of Preventive Hoof Care Services shares with us his secret weapon to help aid in perfect applications no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Dick resides in Leonardtown, MD where the summers are hot and humid and the winters can be bitter cold. Dick manages the temperature extremes with ease with his amazing little tool. Behold, its beauty!

Here are the details. The unit will either heat or cool depending on how you have it programmed. The cost is around $120  dollars and you can keep your adhesives, other gluing products and shoes all at a stable temperature as you determine. Dick likes to keep his temp at 80 degrees in the winter and runs it in the house overnight before moving to the truck for his workday. He keeps it running all day ensuring that everything that he is using is at a known temperature and is warmed all the way through. The unit will not run down your vehicle's battery as it cycles on only when the temperature drops. In Dick's case about 78 degrees and turns off when it reaches 80 degrees. He keeps his shoes, mixing tips, adhesive and super glue etc. in the unit so that all materials are the same temperature. Genius!

How you say?  Dick selected the cooler based on the capacity.This unit can hold 4 pair of shoes (size 0 through 2), 2 tubes of adhere and 2 tubes of Vettec CS and a handful of mixing tips in it. The exterior size fits easily behind the seat of a truck. It is also the correct size to hold a large tube (420cc) of EasyShoe Bond. He also says that you could use any cooler/heater that runs on 12vdc.The only thing that needs to be done is to drill a hole into the interior of the cooler/heater to insert the temperature sensor probe and then plug the hole after the sensor is passed through it. You can plug the hole with anything that is pliable – chewing gum, caulking, adhere etc. A wiring diagram is included when you purchase the controller as are the programing instructions.The first one Dick made he used Velcro to attach the controller to the outside of the cooler/heater case. His current unit he found a place in the case to cut a hole and mounted it in the case of the unit. He said the Velcro worked just fine and easier to install. 

This unit fits perfectly in the backseat of Dick's vehicle

Dick stresses that it is very important to load the cooler/heater the night before and let it run in the house overnight so that everything is heated or cooled all the way through. He uses this power converter to run the system from a 115VAC household outlet. He knows that every time he does a glue on application everything will be the same temperature and takes that often frustrating factor completely out of the equation. He further expressed that in his experience the unit has been essential for quality work especially when the temps are below freezing. He likes the results so well he has resolved to use the unit all the time regardless of temperature.Taking this additional step has been a game changer for Dick and makes the process consistent resulting in consistently excellent results! 

Ready to roll at the job site.


Want one too? Here's were you can get the goods.

1. Cooler - 

2. Temperature controler -

3. Power Converter -


Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.

Boot Socks

Everyday I have the privilege of sharing booting tips and tricks with hoof care professionals across the country. If you have not heard about wool socks with long term booting I am probably about to change your world. If you have a founder or other long term booting need, a couple pair of wool socks added to your booting protocol could greatly reduce the work involved in the rehab situation. 

Leslie Carrig of  High Desert Hoof Care is a big sock advocate. Here is what she has to say about using socks in conjunction with hoof boots.

"Buy a good quality hiking sock which has a double layer of material. 100% wool is not a necessity. These socks are designed to prevent rubbing on hikers, because the friction occurs between the two layers of material. They can be purchased in the winter at any outdoors store or Costco. I do not cut the toe off and will say getting them on a really wide hoof can be challenging. I've found cutting off the top of the sock where it is gathered can help with this. I personally recommend that clients have two pairs and change them every day so they can let them dry out and wash as needed. Rehab booting requires a bit of extra diligence. Besides preventing any chance of rubbing with these usually less than ideal feet, the socks help to wick moisture from the hoof and keep the environment clean and dry inside."

The photos below show Leslie Carrig setting a horse up with socks and Old Mac's G2.

The socks typically work well with the Easyboot Rx, Easyboot Trail, Old Mac's G2, and the new Easyboot Transition. Here is an example of a finished set up:

I received a 911 call from hoof care practitioner Barb Taylor out in Clayton, WA. One of her mules, Grace was going through a metabolic situation and needed additional boots ASAP. We discussed the Easyboot Rx for her immediate needs as well as the new Easyboot Transition for her larger turnout. Her mule currently was in a pair of Easyboot Trails with Comfort Pads that were working well but Barb wanted to cover her bases. In the course of the conversation I mentioned that she might find the socks helpful especially since it had been wet and snowy. She liked the idea and indeed found them to be helpful. During the next few weeks I continued to receive positive updates on Grace.

"Hey Debbie, Grace is doing great! She is sporting her Transition boots and wool socks! Those socks are life savers. No stuff to clean out of the boots and the hoof stays clean and dry. Occasionally I will sprinkle some No Thrush down inside the socks or dust on the hoof before reapplying the socks. The Transitions are working out nicely for the pasture turnout time. I sure don’t think I have to worry about one coming off. They are a nice light support boot, very secure and she is very careful when she gets around the icy spots. She is moving out nice in them so the break over seems good for her.

The Rx boots were also the ticket. They fit perfectly with the wool sock. Once she wore them a day or two they pretty much molded to the foot. I added the pads as we discussed and marked the right boot to make sure she got the same molded pad back on the same foot. Way better than trying to deal with the heavy Soft-Rides. 

Grace is spending more time barefoot while in her small corral on the pea gravel. I have everything dialed in and can cycle through Trails and Rx boots for stall/corral time and Transitions for turnout. She has her own socks tagged with bright red embroidery thread so that we can tell her socks apart from my husbands socks when they go into the washer. I do think she might wear hers out a bit differently! I do like having both the Trail and the Rx boots. When you are booting longer than not it is really nice to be able to rotate the boots. If I hadn't already owned a set of  Easyboot Trails I would have definitely wanted a second pair of Rx boots. This ensures I always have a clean dry pair ready to go. Ch'ears, Barb"

Thanks to all our professionals who serve the horse. Stay tuned for additional tips and tricks from the field.

Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.


Do You Know Jack?

Hoofjack® that is! Hoof care professionals around the world choose this popular green, hoof stand to aid in their work. The clever tool was designed by former farrier, Kevin Keeler out of his own personal need with a knee injury. The result is the tried and true stand you so commonly see today. This back saving, hoof support system has never been more popular. Kevin and his wife Dawn operate Equine Innovations in New Plymouth, ID offering a range of Hoofjack® and Tooljack® options.

Photo - Equine Innovations

Hoof care professionals just seem wired for tinkering and modifying. Sometimes things just seem to work better with a little personalized-customization so to speak. Hoof Care practitioner Mark Rudenborg from Indiana is no exception. An ex machinist, Mark often thought he would use the peg on his hoof stand more frequently if only he had a better way to keep it close at hand. The tinkering began and with a few hours of shop time, voila! Check out the photos below for Mark's slick modification and solution to his dilemma.

What trimming tools have you modified to better suit your needs? Do you have a helpful tool modification you could share? Please email, attention Debbie Schwiebert. Let's keep these ideas coming!

Tis the season for giving. No matter who is on your list be it a hoof care professional or avid rider, shop EasyCare for the ultimate in hoof protection, a fantastic array of Stowaway Gear and Saddle Packs, E-Z Ride Stirrups and other great accessories including the Hoofjack®.

Don't forget ...Naughty or nice EasyCare has just the right gift at just the right price!

Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.