A Magnum Update: The Rest Of The Story

They say everything happens for a reason. Sometimes that reason remains a mystery and leaves us wondering why. But when the why plays out before your very eyes it is gratifying to know all was not lost. You may recall back in March of this year the story of  Magnum. This resilient little horse owned by hoof care practitioner Joe Kunkel of Midland, TX  presented us with a fascinating look at how a hoof can heal.

Magnum's right hind hoof about 5 weeks after sustaining an injury. 

Magnum's right hind hoof today pre trim.

Magnum has come a long way since his May 14th, ordeal. The twists and turns of the story makes the situation a blessing in disguise and these days the why is crystal clear. Magnum's accident resulted in his "For sale", sign being pulled. Now, healed up and doing well, this conveniently made Magnum available to Joe's 15 year old grandson, Zack. Turns out Magnum is living up to his name and making a pretty spiffy shooting horse for young Zack. The duo who broke out earlier in the year with the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association, have been working hard at the sport and doing well. In fact, it's become a family affair with Grandpa Joe, Zack and his little brother Kolton all hitting the road together. I can only imagine the conversations in that truck. Good memories for sure.

Magnum and Zack getting it done with a little help from some Easyboot Glove Back Country boots.

And now you know the rest of the story. We wish Magnum, Zack, Joe and Kolton much success in all their future shoots.

Visit our Facebook page to watch Zack and Magnum in action.

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

Screw Loose?

Not anymore! You may have noticed the hardware on the Easyboot Glove and Easyboot Glove Back County have a bit more staying power these days. Last year both styles of hoof boots started arriving from the factory with a semi permanent thread lock on all hardware. This was a welcomed addition, however on the flip side we realized it would require a bit more elbow grease if repairs were necessary. 

Kim Burnop of Kim's Farrier Service in Virginia (You may remember Kim was our featured EasyCare dealer in July) had been struggling with removing screws for gaiter changes out in the field. She told me she wasn't having much luck with a pair of straight, needle nose pliers. Determined to find something that would work for her, Kim found herself at the Tool Mecca, a.k.a., Lowe's. With boot in hand and the aid of a diligent handy helper, Kim's boot repair prayers were answered. (FYI, Obtaining help at Lowe's is never a problem if you are cute and sweet!)

Ecstatic with her discovery, Kim reported to me that she had found the perfect tool, enabling her to make hardware changes quickly and easily.

The answer? A very inexpensive set of Snap Ring Pliers. These tiny nosed pliers can really hold the t nut so that you can easily break the thread lock bond. They can be purchased many places so have fun Googling for them or simply pick up a pair at your local hardware store. As the name suggests these handy pliers will allow you loosen boot hardware in a snap and well worth adding to your tool bag.

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

Cuttin' Up

Cut, cut and recut! Cutting a Comfort Pad for a hoof boot with no corresponding template can be anything but a laughing matter. Cut it wrong and well, it's history. Here is a tip that with a bit of initial time investment can help you trim Comfort Pads regardless of the preprinted lines correctly and neatly the first time, every time.

So gather up the following and let the fun begin:

  1. Obtain your template material. Shown here are flexible cutting boards. These sheets come in packs and can be picked up at Walmart or just about any kitchen supply store.
  2. EasyCare hoof boots or EasyCare Fit Kit shells
  3. Sharp scissors
  4. Sharpie permanent marker
  5. Paper hole punch
  6. Key ring

Materials assembled and ready to go.

Trace boot with Sharpie.

Cut out tracing.

Trim to ensure it is a perfect fit and note boot size.

Punch a hole at the top and attach to a ring. Simple!

This handy tool makes the job so easy it's almost funny. Your customers are sure to be impressed by your preparation and the professional look of the finished results.

Note: The Easyboot Comfort Pads do have template lines applicable to the Easyboot, Easyboot Epic, Rx, Edge, Grip and Boa bootsThe Old Mac's Comfort Pads have template lines that are applicable to the Old Mac's G2, the Easyboot Trail and Easyboot Soaker.

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

A Stitch In Time

A stitch in time saves nine. Before you retire that Easyboot Glove or Epic gaiter you might ask yourself, "Can it be saved"?

Have you ever wished you could repair an Easyboot Glove or Epic gaiter?  Well you can. Utilizing a Speedy Stitcher Awl you can do the repair yourself quickly and easily. Hoof care professional Leslie Carrig of High Desert Hoof Care utilizes this handy tool to save a compromised gaiter and bring it back to full functional use.

Speedy Stitcher Awl. All photos courtesy of Leslie Carrig

To make a repair obtain a Speedy Stitcher Awl, waxed thread (waxed thread does come with the awl), scissors and a tool of some sort can be handy to lift the loop of thread. Leslie likes to use a small screwdriver. That's it!  

 

Assembled tools.

The final results inside and out.

The Speedy Stitcher at work.

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

Building a System

The business of hoof care has countless components. At its core, hoof care is the prevention and/or resolution of various anomalies of the equine hoof. The truth of the matter is for a hoof care professional that equates to resolving and preventing issues on a multitude of levels and often at the same time. It goes without saying that to be successful in hoof care you must thrive in problem solving!

Without question, EasyCare's line of hoof boots and Comfort Pads often play a vital role in this process. Whether you are rehabilitating or just maintaining a healthy barefoot horse, EasyCare has a product for the job.

An array of EasyCare's Comfort Pads.

Comfort Pads are extremely popular and are often utilized as part of the plan. EasyCare's Comfort Pad System has typically been utilized by hoof care professionals for enhancing caudal development and rehabilitation.

Although production of the System Pads (frog pressure, frog support, sole replacement) has ceased, it is very simple to build your own System. Our regular comfort pads: Firm (red), Medium (black) and Soft (green) are available in 1/2" (12mm) and a 1/4" (6mm) thicknesses. Configurations of frog pressure, frog support and sole replacement pads can be quickly made by cutting them from our regular Comfort Pads to design a specific, custom configuration which if necessary can be taped or glued into a hoof boot. EasyCare does currently have a limited supply of System Pads in size large which can be easily modified to work in the smaller boots as pictured below.       

A quick modification to a large System Pad allow it to be utilized in a smaller boot.

Have additional questions? Feel free to contact us.

Visit these links for additional information on the benefits of solar support and EasyCare's Comfort Pads.

  1. Boots and Pads: A True Breakthrough In Healing – Pete Ramey
  2. Peripheral Loading and the Pad Effect – Yvonne Welz 

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

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Gun Control - EasyCare Style

Would you like more control with your adhesive applications? Enter the new Vettec dispensing gun. We all like new and improved and Vettec doesn't disappoint with their new Deluxe Dispensing Gun.


 

Vettec's Deluxe Dispensing Gun available soon at EasyCare.

The gun promises to deliver on improved ease of use and durability. Claiming to be more robust than the previous models with smoother action and added leverage which is a huge plus in cold weather applications. Have you ever been trying to crank out that last bit of material to dispense and the push rods became stuck? If you have you know that releasing them can be difficult. This dispensing gun address this potential issue head on by automatically cycling back and releasing the pressure.

Boost your application precision with increased gun control found in the new Vettec Deluxe Dispensing Gun. Look for these guns to be available next week at EasyCare.

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

Jake's Fault: A Pictorial of Healing

Who:  Magnum owned by Joe Kunkel a.k.a. Joe the Barefoot Trimmer

Where:  Midland, TX.

When:  May 14, 2012 - March 13, 2013

The story behind the story: Magnum shown below is owned by EasyCare dealer and hoof care practitioner Joe Kunkel. Joe's good friend Jake was considering purchasing Magnum but as fate would have it, Jake passed on Magnum for another horse. Back at the ranch, Magnum and his pasture buddy were experiencing considerable pecking order issues. During a heated discussion Magnum kicked out and struck a welded wire panel which resulted in a significant injury to his hoof. Joe says none of this would have happened if Magnum had gone home with Jake and therefore, " It's all Jakes fault". Hence Joe has rightfully titled this episode Jake's Fault for the fault line of damage seen on the hoof wall and it is all, "Jakes Fault" for not buying the horse!

The Story:  Joe Kunkel shares these photos of his horse Magnum which clearly demonstrates with the right care the amazing power of the equine hoof to heal.

Magnum was started on Bute for pain relief and Epsom Salt soaks for the hoof. The horse was kept in an Easyboot Rx in between soaks to help keep things clean as well as provide support. When the hoof had ceased draining Magnum wore an Easyboot Glove for protection. Joe confesses that he did not take photos at the onslaught of the incident because truthfully he didn't know which way things would go. Joe adds, "I am very thankful to Pete Ramey and EasyCare for helping me to help my horse make a complete recovery". Joe who is a member of the Midland County Sheriff's Office Mounted Patrol, happily reports he rode Magnum on security detail at the mall recently and Magnum is working at 100% and pain free. Joe jokingly acknowledges however that he can still be a pain!

Above: 5 weeks (left) and 8.5 weeks (right) post injury.

Above: 18.5 weeks (left) and 24 weeks (right) post injury.


Above: 18.5 weeks (left) and 32 weeks (right) post injury.

Above: 44 weeks post injury.

There is hope for hooves that experience severe trauma. With the proper care, the power of the hoof to heal is amazing!

Do you have a story of hoof recovery? Share your story with us and give the gift of knowledge and hope to a horse owner who may desperately need it.

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

March 2013: Asa Stephens - Bright Lights, Big City

Our March dealer of the month is hoof care professional, Asa Stephens who calls the city that never sleeps home. Not far from the hustle and bustle of the strip Asa makes her way across the desert helping horses excel with a barefoot lifestyle.

Asa started her career in hoof care first as a farrier, graduating from Western's School of Horseshoeing, shoeing horses for three years in the Las Vegas area. A client's request for a barefoot trim started it all and nudged her into looking at natural hoof care. Asa says, "It just made so much sense. I was quickly sold on the philosophy." She enrolled in AANHCP (Association for the Advancement of Natural Horse Care Practices) program where she not only graduated but was also a field instructor. While going through the program she was fortunate to have be able to spend three days with Pete Ramey. At that time students were able to mentor with Pete and she considers that opportunity a highlight in her career.

In 2005 she became a part of the EasyCare dealer network and remembers when the Boa Horse Boot was all the rage. These days the Easyboot Glove is her go-to boot for the healthiest of hooves and the toughest of riders. She chooses the Easyboot Glove Back Country for the horse that may be a bit harder to fit and yet is still able to meet the demands of a challenging trail. When it comes to rehab the Easyboot Trail is her favorite because the boot accommodates many padding scenarios and works well for light turnout and light riding. She also notes the Easyboot Trail is perfect for those clients who struggle with boot application due to physical limitations such as arthritic hands or bad backs.

What is her recipe for success? Two key elements, show up on time and be fully prepared for ANYTHING. Her approach is proactive rather than reactive. Asa is diligent in keeping up with the latest research and methodologies in hoof care which results in her services being in constant demand. She recalls when she first started natural hoof care it was easy to focus solely on the trim. Asa quickly realized much like layers of an onion, there is usually so much more to the picture - nutrition, the horse’s living conditions, and saddle fit also play a role. Asa stocks a range of EasyCare hoof boots, pads, accessories, thrush remedies and hay nets. "For me it's about doing a job well. Telling a customer, "I'm sorry, I'm not prepared and I don' have the right  tools" (i.e. hoof boots) is just not an option. Worse yet is to send them to figure it out on their own. What kind of service is that? Ultimately not being prepared costs you. It will cost you in time, money and customer satisfaction. It’s something I do my best to avoid. If I don't take my business seriously who will?"

Asa hits the Nevada trails every chance she gets on her horse Sirocco booted up in Gloves. She is a founding member of the Pacific Hoof Care Practitioners and a member of the American Hoof Association. She conducts booting clinics through PHCP helping to educate other hoof care professionals and the public. She is considered one the best in the business and readily sought after for mentorships.

               

Asa enjoys all aspects of her job but really enjoys transitioning horses out of horseshoes. "Every horse I take out of shoes show so much improvement, how can I not get excited?"

Calling all Hoof Care Practitioners!

Would you like to help horses and horse owners worldwide by sharing your experiences from the field?  Now is your chance. Share your knowledge and win!  Enter our Insights from the Inside contest and if we use your story on our blog, we will send you a free pair of hoof boots (you choose the size and style). 

Blog Subject: Anything related to hooves or boots. Tell us about a recent clinic, review a case study or share the ins and outs of being a hoof care practitioner.

Specifics: The most successful blogs are those that are clear and concise (approximately 400-800 words) and identify solutions to challenges of booting or trimming. Each story must have at least two photos included. Stories without photos will not be eligible.

Contest:  The contest will run from February 14, 2013 through March 31, 2013. Email your story and photos to admin@easycareinc.com with Insights from the Inside as the subject.

Multiple Entries: Do you have a lot to say?  You may submit more than one story for the contest.

A panel of judges from the EasyCare staff will vote on the blogs submitted to determine the winners. Note: EasyCare reserves the right to not publish entries if they do not meet the requirements of the contest, or are not in keeping with the style and format of the regular published blogs by EasyCare.

Please contact admin@easycareinc.com  with any questions.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.

 

Boots and Bells, It's Over the Top

There are numerous scenarios where a simple bell boot could be the perfect solution when used over hoof boots. Here are three great reasons you may want to consider topping off your booting with bells.

Reason #1.  You own... The Nibbler:  Do you use boots for turnout? Perhaps you own that horse who possesses tactical precision with the incisors. These horses love to slay boots with one swipe of the chompers. If you have witnessed this type of boot cruelty, pick up some bell boots TODAY.

Evidence of  "The Nibbler" on an Easyboot Rx.

Reason #2.  You ride... The Over Achiever: Yes, I'm talking overreaching. Perhaps you ride an exuberant individual or use boots while roping, running barrels or to run a mounted shooting pattern. Whatever your game, overreaching occurs when the toe of the hind foot extends forward and hits the bulbous heel, coronary band, pastern or fetlock of the front foot. This often can cause injury particularly to the heel bulb and can result in a hoof boot loss or torn gaiter.  If you know your horse could be inclined to overreach don't wait, reach for a bell boot.

Reason #3.  You ride... The Ambler: This horse is gaited and has all the fancy moves.These amazing horses are often built such that their hind feet can surpass their fronts. This overstride sometimes results in interference with the front feet which could be detrimental to the life of any hoof boot. If you own a gaited horse that seems to consistently interfere in some fashion, saunter your way to some bell boots.

Bells over an Easyboot Rx.


Boots and bells: Bell boots shown over the Easyboot Glove and Back Country.

If you happen to have a horse that fits any of the above criteria: rejoice! Bell boots are quick, easy and inexpensive and could be just the answer you are looking for to protect your hoof boots.

Debbie Schwiebert

easycare-vet-hcp-deaaler-accounts-manager-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.