Tevis 2016: Easyboot Elite Gluing Team At Your Service

Celebrating its 61st anniversary this year, the Western States Trail Ride will take place on Saturday, July 23, 2016. As the official hoof boot of the event, Easyboot has enjoyed a long and successful presence at the world's most challenging 100-mile event. For the fifth year in a row, EasyCare will be providing gluing application services to all competitors who wish to benefit from the competitive advantage Easyboot products are known for. 

Jenni Smith and Auli Farwa, on their way to a Haggin Cup win.

To build upon the success of past years' gluing activities, EasyCare has assembled a hand-picked team of the finest hoof boot gluing professionals in the country who will be on site at the Auburn Fairgrounds applying Easyboot Glue-Ons to more than one third of the competing horses in the 2016 event. The team is made up of Daisy Bicking, Josh Bowles, Jeremy Ortega, Deanna Stoppler, Pete Van Rossum and Derick Vaughn. Each of the hoof care professionals has been chosen based on their various successes and achievements in the hoof care world, and will be provided to the Tevis competitors at no cost. Scheduled to take place over two days at the fairgrounds in Auburn California, this hoof boot application will again set the highest standards in excellence for hoof protection application at the 61st anniversary edition of the Tevis Cup.

All competitors who wish to take advantage of the gluing team must make an appointment in advance. The 2015 gluing schedule is as follows:

  • Wednesday, July 20, 2016 Auburn Fairgrounds 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM.
  • Thursday, July 21, 2016 Auburn Fairgrounds 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM.
  • Friday, July 22, 2016 No gluing.

Please note the following six items:
    1.    Location - unlike prior years, gluing will only take place at one location: the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California. There will be no gluing services offered at Robie Park this year. 
    2.    There will be no gluing services offered on Friday.
    3.    EasyCare will provide Easyboot Elite team members' gluing services at no cost. However, each rider is required to provide the boots and materials needed (new, unused and untouched Easyboot Glue-On shells; 1 tube of Adhere; 4 Adhere Tips; 1 tube of Sikaflex).
    4.    Please bring a horse that has been trimmed within the previous five days. Angles, toe length, heel height, etc. should all be pre-determined and implemented well in advance of your arrival in Auburn by you and your hoof care practitioner. The Easyboot Elite team will not be making any such changes as part of your gluing appointment. No shod horses will be accepted for appointments.
    5.    We request that all horses should have successfully completed at least one race in Easyboot Glue-Ons before attempting Tevis in Glue-Ons.
    6.    No gluing services will be offered unless an appointment has been booked in advance.

Members of the 2015 Easyboot Elite gluing team.

Easyboot Glue-Ons dominated Tevis again in 2015:

  • 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.

To book your Tevis 2016 gluing appointment, please call any of our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-447-8836.

Kevin Myers

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Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your horse.

4 Things You Need to Know About Attaching The Easyboot Glove 2016 Gaiter

Did you know that the gaiters on the Easyboot Glove 2016 fasten in a different way than on the prior model?

One of the things we saw over the years on the old style gaiter was rubbing from pressure in the middle where the two ends of the gaiter came together at the front of the pastern. It seemed to happen a little more in the winter when the hair was longer, coarser, and more prone to abrasion.

We have eliminated that concern with the new design, but it's important to know that the gaiter attaches differently. Just follow these four simple steps to gaiter attachment success. 

1. Pull the side of the gaiter with the loop (fuzzy side of the hook and loop) tightly around the pastern. Notice the end is long and will not be in the center.

2. Pull the side of the gaiter with the hook (rough side of the hook and loop) tightly. This will overlap the first part of the gaiter that is now against the pastern.

3. Fasten the loop strap.

4. Pull the hook side over the loop strap. 

To see more information about this important new design update, please see Garrett Ford's announcement blog. To see more about product information, please visit the EasyCare website or download the Easyboot Glove 2016 application guide.

Easyboot Glove 2016 Application Guide PDF.

Kevin Myers

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CEO

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your horse.

Now Available: The Easyboot Mini

Minis and ponies and foals, oh my! The smallest molded hoof boots in the world go on sale today: April 1, 2016. The benefits of maintaining a healthy, protected barefoot hoof now reach our smallest companions. The Easyboot Mini offers an easy application and added traction on any riding surface. The Mini has been tested on service ponies that spend time indoors to driving ponies that are trekking miles on their little legs over asphalt. This boot shares EasyCare’s success-proven, semi-aggressive tread pattern that is integral to our most popular boot styles, such as the Easyboot Glove.

Just how easy is the Easyboot Mini to apply? Watch it happen here:

 

There are a lot of questions that come to mind when a revolutionary product of this magnitude is introduced. We’ve answered some of the most common questions below.

Can this boot be used for driving?
Yes, the Easyboot Mini can be used for driving on any surface. 

Will the Easyboot Mini help with traction on indoor surfaces? 
Yes, the Easyboot Mini works well on all indoor surfaces. No more slipping on tile, hard wood or laminate floors.

Can Quick Studs be used with the Easyboot Mini?
Yes, Quick Studs can be added for traction in mud, snow, and ice.

Can a pad be added to the Mini?
Yes, any EasyCare Comfort Pads can be cut down and added to the Easyboot Mini.

Can a bandage be used with the Easyboot Mini?
Yes, the Easyboot Mini will accommodate a wrap. You will need to size up in your boot selection to accommodate for the volume of the wrap.

Can I leave the Easyboot Mini on for an extended period of time?
Yes, we suggest a maximum of 12 hours on at a time to allow ample time for the boots and hoof to dry out. 

Can my miniature donkey or mule wear the Easyboot Mini?
Yes, if their hoof measurements fall within the size chart, there should be no problem with using the boots on donkeys or mules. 

Can the Easyboot Mini be worn over steel shoes?
Yes, but keep in mind it will void the 90 day warranty.

Are the Easyboot Minis easy to get on and off?
Yes, the flexible upper folds out of the way to allow for easy application and removal.

How long will these boots last?
This will depend on what type of terrain you will be using the boots on but should get more than 200 miles before the sole starts to wear down.

The Easyboot Mini is in stock and available to ship immediately. Call or go online to order yours at (800) 447-8836. We are eager to see the Easyboot Mini on many minis, ponies, and foals.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your horse.

 

EasyCare's Best of 2015: 45 Years and Counting

2015 was another banner year at the EasyCare stable. Frankly, it's hard not to see results when the company you work for is led by a team of individuals inspired by innovation and perseverance. The 45th anniversary year of EasyCare saw the launch of six new products; some impressive results out on the trail and in the arena; prestigious invitations to international events; as well as some unique and valuable community engagement activities never before seen.

1. In February 2015, EasyCare and Polyflex returned to the International Hoof Care Summit in Cincinnati - the nations largest and most reputed annual gathering of hoof care professionals from across the world. Determined to steal the show yet again, we launched the first-of-its-kind gluing contest to help contestants show their peers they could glue better than anyone. The results were impressive: the booth was standing room only for the duration of the trade show, even with two contestants gluing side by side for two days. There are some talented hoof care professionals out there. There will be a repeat contest in 2016 at the event, but there will be a special twist.

The 2015 ad for the inaugural EasyCare/No Anvil Gluing Contest.

2. In May 2015, we launched the Easyboot Cloud. Designed as a therapy boot for horses dealing with chronic lower limb pain, this boot is part Easyboot Rx and part Easyboot Transition. Each boot is sold with a replaceable integrated closed cell EVA pad that is the talk of equine veterinarians across the world. It has also proven to be very popular with the show circuit for horse owners who want to give their equine additional comfort during trailering and stalling on hard surfaces at events. Sharin Hall uses the Easyboot Cloud and loves them.

Founder, laminitis, navicular, trailering, stalling on hard surfaces? Think about Clouds.

3. In June 2015, we launched updated and improved versions of two of our best-selling boots: the New Mac and the new Easyboot Trail. The New Mac is one of the most favored boots in our European market, so we were eager to bring new technology to Europe's favorite boot for the first time in more than six years. The result is a more durable boot that maintains the design elements that make the boot so successful. The new Easyboot Trail is built on the same chassis as the New Mac, and is now stronger and more dependable than ever. 

The New Mac. Dependable and finally apostrophe-free.

4. In June, we introduced the Easyboot Zip and EasyCare Therapy Click System. Designed as a boot to keep the hoof clean when prepping for glue, the Zip is easy to apply and remove. The Zip's features include breathable nylon material; hook and loop straps to keep the boot in place; a leather pad to absorb moisture;  and good traction on the bottom of the boot. The EasyCare Therapy Click System snaps on to most of EasyCare’s popular boot models, giving an owner, veterinarian or hoof care professional the versatility of using whichever boot is most comfortable to the horse, while offering the right therapeutic angle or break-over for their recovery process. They simply snap into place and are secured with four screws.

5. In August, the first annual Easyboot Elite team met in Auburn, California. Six individuals were chosen from more than 100 applicants from across the world. Together, they took on the challenge of applying Easyboot Glue-Ons to more than 50 horses entered in the 2015 Western States Trail Ride, aka the Tevis Cup. The results were impressive

Tevis 2015 Statistics

  1. The Haggin Cup (Best Condition) was won by Jenni Smith on Auli Farwa wearing Easyboots.
  2. Four of the top ten horses to finish were in Easyboots.
  3. Nine of the top 20 finishers were in Easyboots.
  4. Overall completion rate: 45%.
  5. Non-Easybooted completion rate: 42%.
  6. Easybooted completion rate: 55%.
  7. 22% of all starting horses were in Easyboots.
  8. 27% of all finishing horses were in Easyboots.

Jenni Smith and Auli Farwa on their way to receiving the Haggin Cup.

6. In October 2015, we introduced the last pair of aluminum stirrups you will ever buy: the E-Z Ride Ultimate Stirrups. Available in all-aluminum, or an aluminum/EBS plastic combination, the integrated top bar system allows for three sizes of fenders and stirrup leathers without needing additional parts or accessories. The new EVA foam pad cushions the ride and the patented dimple design keeps the rider’s foot firmly in place, no matter what the riding activity or the rider’s footwear.

7. In November 2015, one of the EasyCare stable horses was invited to compete at the Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Jewel Crown at the Abu Dhabi Equestrian Club. Rich's invitation to race on the biggest stage in Arabian racing and the chance at the 1.2 million euro purse was the highlight of his young career and also a huge milestone for the EasyShoe Compete.

RB Rich before the Arabian Crown Jewel in Abu Dhabi.

We are proud of the advancements we made in 2015 and look forward to breaking new ground in 2016. Thanks for helping make 2015 another great one.

Kevin Myers

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Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your horse.

 

E-Z Ride Ultimate Stirrups: The Last Pair of Stirrups You Will Ever Buy

I'm one of those people who likes to stick with what works once I've found something I like. It's one of the reasons I resisted pulling steel shoes and going to hoof boots in 2009. As it turns out, it was the best equine management decision I've ever made. My horses are more sound and more successful in endurance competition as barefoot and booted horses than they ever were when they were shod. The evidence is undeniable in terms of results at endurance races. There are obviously more factors at play than just hoof protection device choices, but going barefoot and booted made me think about diet, movement and training protocols in ways that I had never done before.

Last February, I sustained a complete tear of my left ACL during a skiing accident. It was a slow-twisting fall, and the knee joint was the first place to give out when my binding didn't release. I had patellar graft surgery to rebuild that ACL in April, and although I rode in the following months, it was against the surgeon's orders, and was very painful in the days following each ride. I really didn't start training for endurance riding seriously until six months after the procedure. I knew I wanted to do another 50 as soon as the horse and rider team could accomplish it, so I started riding again in late September.

The biggest issue for me was an ongoing numbness in the leg that had been operated on. The numbness happened very quickly in every ride, and it lasted for the whole ride. I'm sure it was due to the weakness in the leg, but I knew it would hamper my ability to compete successfully at a 50-mile event.

Enter the E-Z Ride Ultimate stirrup.

EasyCare launched its new line of aluminum stirrups in Fall 2015. In an effort to see what I could do to mitigate the numbness in my left leg, I put a pair of E-Z Ride Ultimate stirrups onto my saddle and got into a more serious training regime in preparation for my next 50-mile event. The good news is that the numbness went away and I was able to train in an efficient frame without being out of balance or compensating onto my right leg in any way.

On my way to getting a top ten placement at the 50-mile event in Scottsdale on November 14, 2015.

The list below summarizes what sets this stirrup apart from all others on the market today. 

  • The new dimple pad design of the stirrup pads: built out of durable closed-cell EVA, the new design of the stirrup pad offers support for the lower leg with just the right amount of cushion and support. The unique dimples keep the foot firmly in place and reduce the need to constantly readjust one's foot position. 
  • The aluminum hoop design that forms the framework for the stirrup is lightweight and well balanced. It just hangs nicely from the saddle without being too light or too heavy.
  • The hoop is formed out of one solid piece of precision tooled aluminum, so there is no risk of the stirrup being crushed under pressure.
  • The stirrup can be used with three sizes of fenders and stirrup leathers without needing any adjustments to the stirrup itself.
  • The stirrup is available in all-aluminum (E-Z Ride Ultimate Ultra), or with an aluminum hoop and EBS plastic base (E-Z Ride Ultimate).
  • An optional cage is available for purchase with the stirrup. It fits easily into the aluminum or EBS plastic stirrup base without needing any tools or requiring any assembly/disassembly of the the stirrup.
  • The stirrup is available in all-black or all-silver versions, depending on the kind of look you are going for. You can also have the silver hoop ad black base if you prefer that. I use the all silver model because I think it looks sharp, but when I get stirrups for my other saddle, I will probably go with all-black because it has a modern carbon-fiber look and feel.

The E-Z Ride Ultimate stirrup on its first ride with my saddle.

And the best part about these stirrups? They will be the last stirrups you ever buy. EasyCare is announcing this week a lifetime warranty on all E-Z Ride Ultimate stirrups. That means that the company will guarantee the integrity of this aluminum hoop-based stirrup for as long as you own the stirrup.

The E-Z Ride Ultimate Ultra in all black with cage.

I'm glad I changed out my stirrups: the ones I was riding with were more than ten years old. With the durability and lightweight design of the aluminum, and with the option to change out pads and cages as needed, this is probably the best and most dependable stirrup on the market today. And if you're dealing with numbness issues when you ride, give this one a try. You might find you like it for the rest of your riding life.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

Meet Hank Blum IV, EasyCare's New Director of Sales

EasyCare announced last week the official appointment of Henry (Hank) F. Blum IV as the new Director of Sales for EasyCare, Inc.

Originally from Dallas, Texas, Hank has spent the better part of the last 13 years based in Durango, Colorado, where he has developed a reputation as an enthusiastic and accomplished sales professional with a strong work ethic and excellent customer retention figures.

As the lead team member for all sales of the EasyCare product line, Hank is responsible for planning and implementation of all national and international sales activities from EasyCare’s Durango, Colorado location.

“Hank brings with him more than 15 years of sales experience from the automotive and merchant business systems sectors,” said Garrett Ford, President and owner of EasyCare Inc.” Hank has demonstrated extensive and impressive results, including achieving the top salesman position for four years at the Morehart Murphy Auto Center in Durango, where he was able to increase sales by a staggering 33% year over year. More recently, Hank has seen ongoing sales success in the very competitive merchant processing field as a sales executive at Mercury Payment Systems, a position he held starting in 2010. “We consider ourselves very fortunate to enter the 2016 fiscal year with someone who is so profoundly motivated by the desire to build and sustain healthy customer relations.”

Hank’s enthusiasm combined with his commitment to achieve excellence in customer service, makes him the perfect candidate to lead the EasyCare sales team into the most important chapter in the evolution of EasyCare. “The launch of four new lead products in 2015 have further harnessed the scope of EasyCare’s customer segment reach,” said Hank from his Durango, Colorado office. “EasyCare is not only the most prolific horse hoof boot manufacturer in the world; it also produces unique hoof protection devices that bridge the benefits of a barefoot and booted system. 2016 will bring with it the launch of some of the most progressive shoe and boot models the equine world has ever seen and I could not be more excited to be part of the team responsible for initiation of these products to the world market.”

As well as being an avid runner, hiker and golfer, Hank’s passions include photography, where he expresses an unconventional mix of humor and mountain lifestyle esthetics. See more of his work at hankblum.com.

Five Things You Should Know If You Are Thinking of Pulling Shoes

When I decided to make the transition to barefoot I made a commitment to stick with it for six months. That was six years ago and I haven't looked back. Two of those horses are now Haggin Cup winners. There are five things that stick out as some of the most important lessons along the way. If you educate yourself about what to expect, you can speed up the transition process and eliminate discomfort for your horse.

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1. The Role of the Sole

Don't merrily soak your horse's feet every couple of days and then carve out his false sole with a farrier’s knife. You might think you will accelerate the process of exfoliation and make the transition faster. A more conservative strategy will make the transition easier. 

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2. Even Professionals Can Make Mistakes

All horses react differently to the transition from shod to barefoot. Some horses can be problem-free for the first few week, and then start running into sensitivity issues. Talk things through with your hoof care professional before each trim. Be mindful that trimming the hoofwall below the level of the sole can create pressure on the sole that may result in soreness. A conservative trim is always a good idea.  

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3. Add Hoof Maintenance Into Your Schedule

Take a rasp to your horse’s feet every few weeks – especially if you are working them regularly. Help prevent the hoof wall chipping away by keeping a mustang roll around the base of the foot. Regular rasping will also help bring the toe back and can offset a flare if the hoof seems predisposed to flaring.

Pick the feet out regularly: horses can get thrush even in the driest of climates.

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4. Ride Without Boots When You Can

Find a trail with soft footing where you can take your horse and ride without boots. It can serve to speed up the adjustment period for tender-footed horses


 5. Ride With Boots

You can eliminate any rubbing problems with gaiters, even with a heavy riding schedule. Avoid the risk of rubs in the pastern area by riding the horse a few times for short periods to get used to the gaiters.

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Success Awaits

These short videos show horses at three weeks into their transition. You decide if you think it's going well for them.

Kevin Myers

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Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

Riding the Tevis and Big Horn 100s in EasyShoes

Peter Hommertzheim started using the EasyShoe Performance N/G because he liked the open bottom and frog support, as well as the surface area to absorb impact and spread out the weight. He has previously used the Easyboot Glue-On shells with his mule, Miles, and has never had any trouble with them. When the EasyShoe models were launched in 2014, he just wanted to give them a try. He also liked the flexibility of the shoe compared to traditional steel shoes. 

When it comes to EasyShoe model choice, Peter prefers the Performance N/G because of the option to apply it with nails. He always glues them on and sometimes puts two nails in the rear just for extra security and peace of mind. He originally chose this model because of the nailing option: when he first began using them, he would use more nails because the gluing process was unfamiliar to him. He has since become more confident his gluing process, sometimes using two nails, and sometimes going without. 

Pete has been using EasyShoes for well over a year now, and his advice for anyone considering using the product is to anticipate a learning curve. He suggests watching the application videos, and not to be afraid to change things slightly to do what works for the specific case. 

Jessi's upper leg injury in October 2014.

His mare, Classy Investment (Jessi), was severely injured in October 20, 2014. She got caught in some barbed wire and tore her leg up when she got out of the wire. Her upper right limb was torn to the bone and he didn't know if she would live or die. Obviously, he had serious doubts that she'd ever do endurance again even if she did live. He was using EasyShoes before the injury, but when it came time to try riding again, he went back to the EasyShoe as he wanted her to have the best protection possible against impact for the whole leg, which he feels the EasyShoe N/G offers.

Pete's first 100-mile event in EasyShoes was the Big Horn 100 mile event in Wyoming in July 2015. Known as one of the most challenging and remote events in the country, Pete says he was very pleased with the durability of the EasyShoe over such abrasive terrain. The EasyShoes held up extremely well on both Big Horn, and subsequently on the Tevis 100 on August 1, 2015. 

Jessi's EasyShoes, removed after completing the 2015 Tevis 100. There are plenty of miles of tread left on them, even after completing 100 miles.

Cindy's horse's EasyShoe N/Gs after completing the Big Horn 100 in 2015. The N/Gs were applied using nails.

When asked if there is one thing he would want people to know, Pete says it is the difference in the way his horse moves, especially across rocky terrain. "They have just made an incredible difference in the way my mares move as compared to steel shoes." 

Cindy Collins and AUR Sierra Wind competing in EasyShoe N/Gs.

Pete and his mare are the first horse and rider team to complete the Tevis 100 in EasyShoes, but he is not the first endurance rider to take on the most challenging of endurance events using EasyShoes. Cindy Collins completed the 2014 Big Horn 100 with EasyShoes glued on, and the Big Horn 100 in 2015 with EasyShoes nailed on. "I just love them", says Cindy of her dedication to the product.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

Tevis 2015 Easyboot Statistics Prove It Again

The 60th anniversary edition of the 100-mile Western States Endurance Ride, aka the Tevis Cup, took place on Saturday, August 1, 2015. 

Jenni Smith and Far on their way to winning the 2015 Haggin Cup. Photo by Lynne Glazer.

200 horse and rider teams started the event at 5:15 AM at Robie Park, just a few miles from North Lake Tahoe. Weather conditions were not as hot as predicted, but the humidity and changes in barometric pressure created challenging conditions for horses and riders alike. This was the sixth year in a row that Easybooted horses have won the Haggin or Tevis Cup, or both. This was also the inaugural year for Easyboot Glue-On application services to be provided by Easyboot Elite, a team of the finest hoof care practitioners from across the country. 

The Easyboot Elite team assembled on site at the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California. Left to right: Christoph Schork, Pete Van Rossum, Jeremy Ortega, Garrett Ford, Derick Vaughn, Ashley Gasky, Kevin Myers, Deanna Stoppler, Curtis Burns.

Auli Farwa, rider Jenni Smith, and owner Kevin Myers at the presentation of the Haggin Cup award.

Tevis 2015 Statistics

  1. The Haggin Cup (Best Condition) was won by Jenni Smith on Auli Farwa wearing Easyboots.
  2. Four of the top ten horses to finish were in Easyboots.
  3. Nine of the top 20 finishers were in Easyboots.
  4. Overall completion rate: 45%.
  5. Non-Easybooted completion rate: 42%.
  6. Easybooted completion rate: 55%.
  7. 22% of all starting horses were in Easyboots.
  8. 27% of all finishing horses were in Easyboots.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

Six Things You Should Know About the New Easyboot Cloud

There's a new boot on the market that will appeal to the broadest range of horse owners in the history of Easyboot products. Aptly named the Easyboot Cloud, this robust boot exceeds the needs of therapeutic support and protection, whether it be a long trailer ride to an event, prolonged stalling situations on hard ground at horse shows, thin-soled horses, laminitic stages, abscesses, founder or recovery after tough work-outs. It can also be used to aid movement and reduce recovery time after injury or surgery. 

The Easyboot Cloud is an ideal boot for trailering your horse to an event.

1. The Easyboot Cloud offers increased traction on concrete and blacktop surfaces, and each boot comes fitted with a replaceable integrated EVA closed-cell insert pad that creates comfort for recovering horses and performing horses alike. This is new technology we haven't offered in our standard comfort pads - the EVA design promises to last longer and to maintain its shape and form in ways that open cell pads simply cannot match. This supportive system will allow your horse to stand more comfortably because it reduces pressure on the sensitive areas of the hoof and lower leg. In testing, we have seen the increased comfort level stimulate blood flow and speed up recovery time from many lower leg pathologies.

A close look at the low profile hook-and-loop attachment system.

2. The Easyboot Cloud is lightweight and form-fitting. There are already some excellent therapy boots on the market today, but none of them matches the Easyboot Cloud in terms of fit and weight. Though the boot is not designed as a riding boot, our rigorous testing at our research and development facility in Colorado included testing the hoof boot on horses in an exerciser. Unlike other therapeutic boots on the market, the Cloud is lightweight and form fitting, so does not hinder movement in horses already challenged by pain. Three vent holes help the hoof breathe.

The rear of the boot folds completely and effortlessly down, which makes the boot simple and quick to apply.

3. The inside of the boot is lined with soft, anti-chafe materials that are gentle to the touch, and void of any seams or materials that could cause discomfort. The hook-and-loop attachment system is the most dependable on the market today, boasting new low profile elements that don't clog with mud and debris.

One of the removable closed cell EVA Cloud Insert Pads after being used. 

4. There's a new pad in town. Closed-cell EVA technology pad comes standard in every Easyboot Cloud we sell. Injection molded, these pads retain their shape and form much longer than any open-cell comfort pad on the market today. 

5. They're affordable. You'll be hard-pressed to find a therapeutic support boot of this quality for less than $100 per boot. 

6. They're available today. If you want to purchase an Easyboot Cloud this minute, you can buy them today at valleyvet.com or through one of your EasyCare dealer hoof care practitioners. They will be available through EasyCare and your local retail dealer starting Monday, July 27, 2015.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.