In this month's newsletter:
EasyCare Welcomes Sam Glaser as CEO
Natural Colored Easyboot Glue-Ons
EasyCare's Roger Hoefs Retires
Endurance and EasyCare
EasyCare Welcomes Sam Glaser as CEO
Natural Colored Easyboot Glue-Ons
EasyCare's Roger Hoefs Retires
Endurance and EasyCare
This sweet-looking gelding in pink is Tucker, my 17 year old Standardbred/Hackney cross. Behind the adorable exterior lies a trail-blazing machine. We live on the East Coast of Virginia, where the trails are not always "groomed". Things like thorny vines, fallen trees, deep leaf litter and uneven terrain characterize our rides. In truth, that's the way my Evil Knievel pony likes it. Tucker will hunt down any horse trail, dog trail, game trail and bunny trail, so I keep him protected with leg boots and Easyboot Back Country boots. I LOVE the design! Super easy to put on and take off and sticks to Tuck's feet like he was born with them. I also love the protection we get around his coronet band and hoof wall with the Back Country. The boot tends to deflect debris up and away from the horse's leg and coronet band. Tucker trusts his Back Country boots and knows that when I put them on we're going exploring. Without them, he doesn't complain, but he doesn't have the same gusto. He moves more confidently on every surface in his boots. From deep water to fresh pavement, this horse blazes through it. Thank you, EasyCare for making a product as tough as my horse!
Equine Discipline: Trail
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Back Country
EasyCare is excited to introduce an incognito hoof care option for our fair-hooved friends. The Easyboot Glue-On that has proven success in a multitude of applications will now be available in "natural" color. Is there any better color for a natural hoof care product?
Sossity and Mario Gargiulo's application of the natural colored shell.
EasyCare also carries Vettec Adhere in beige. A neutral colored hoof paired with the natural colored shell and a beige adhesive application creates quite an aesthetically pleasing form of hoof protection.
Photo credit: Sossity Gargiulo.
The application process for the natural colored shells is the same as the black Glue-On shells. The shell and Adhere are nearly identical in color which makes this glue product most favored. You may also use EasyShoe Bond as an adhesive, as well.
Lateral view of Sossity Gargiulo's application using Vettec Adhere in beige.
A hoof buffer really helps to soften the appearance of the glue and create a seamless transition from hairline to toe. In testing, Sossity Gargiulo found that the natural colored shells do react more sensitively to a heat gun, so if using a heat gun when applying, this should be taken into consideration.
Devan Mills using Easyboot Glue-Ons for a barrel racing event.
The Easyboot Glue-On is the #1 choice for natural hoof protection at the renowned Tevis Cup and is sported by some upper-level dressage performers, such as Akiko Yamazaki and Steffen Peters. This boot has made successful debuts worldwide; from the United States to South Africa and widespread across Europe, Australia and Asia.
I am the Hoof Care Practitioner and Veterinarian Account Representative. My priority is to maintain expert knowledge of EasyCare products and remain educated in the ever-evolving industry of natural hoof care.
The sport of endurance riding is only a small segment of all equestrian sports nationally and worldwide. Maybe 5% of all equestrians engage in endurance. Attending the AERC Annual Convention, one gets the feeling that endurance riders are the center of the horse world. This year's AERC Convention was held in Dallas, Texas.
New AERC officers are being sworn in during the general session at the convention.
Endurance riders from the country and abroad came together for two days of seminars, various board and committee meetings and a trade show that gave participants a glimpse of new products on the market and also the opportunity to buy equestrian products, from EasyCare hoof boots to Vettec glues and various saddles. Specialized Saddles was well represented. EasyCare, Inc. is a Platinum Sponsor of AERC and the Official Hoof Boot Company of AERC.
In the photo above, Larkin Greene from Vettec Company is explaining gluing Easyboot shells on a model hoof during the trade show.
David Kaden and Tracy Webb, owners of Specialized Saddles, are presenting the Rookie Award to the Rookie of the Year. Specialized Saddles made and donated the saddle to the Rookie with the highest achieved mileage in 2016.
After the awards banquet, national awards achieved during the 2016 season were presented for the winners of various categories. I had a very successful year competing mostly on mares of Global Endurance Training Center. Among the most coveted awards is the War Mare National Award. The three mares I was riding placed 1st, 2nd and 9th among the top ten mares in the country. The War Mare Award is bestowed to the mare with most points accumulated throughout the ride season.
These mares also were in 2nd and 3rd place in the National Best Condition Championship standings. The most prestigious award, the National 100 Mile Championship Award, I achieved with GE Pistol Annie. She also won the AHA Half Arabian 100 Mile Championship title. In addition, these three mares took the top three spots in the Mountain Region Point and Best Condition Championships, respectively.
As the winner, we received a new Freeform Saddle, donated by Paulita Neff from the Treeless Saddle Company.
Receiving the National Championship Award by Susan Garlinghouse.
Why is this all significant? And what do all these mares I rode in 2016 have in common?
These winning mares were ridden all season long with EasyCare hoof shoes and hoof boots. To be successful in these national competitions, a rider has to pay meticulous attention to every detail all year long: from nutrition to training and conditioning, from chiropractic work to dental care, from saddle fit to hoof trimming and hoof protection selection. The hoof protection of choice were EasyCare Glue-ons for GE Pistol Annie, Flip Flops for Medinah MHF and a combination of EasyShoes and Glue-ons for GE CCDRUS Star. I do not believe that we would have had that level of success, would it not been for the use of the EasyCare hoof protection. These superior products protect the soles, dampen the concussion for the joints and are lightweight. The horses can travel with more ease and comfort over rocks and hard ground. As we have seen so many times in the past, EasyCare is leading the charge again and can always be found at the forefront of research, development and success in the world.
Here is another example for the spirit of innovation that has been demonstrated by EasyCare over the years: this new EasyShoe Flex pictured below will be released soon! I wrote in my blog last month about this exciting EasyCare product. I have been testing this new shoe for a while now and I am thrilled about it.
From the National AERC Convention
By Christoph Schork
When I first starting looking at boots, I was starting to do distance with my mare. Her mild arthritis caused her to swing her hind legs in to the mid-line. Her feet started to wear crooked and she wasn't growing foot fast enough to correct. I was directed to EasyCare by an endurance rider and wish I had gotten them sooner! They are easy to put on, and I never realized that my mare was actually uncomfortable on dirt roads until she moved out more eagerly in the boots! This past summer we averaged 100 miles a month and competed in two 25 mile races! I will be a lifelong customer!
Equine Discipline: Endurance
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Glove
EasyCare has started a new BETA testing program to help test, evaluate and review new products before they are sold to the equine marketplace. The first BETA test is well underway and is being tested all over the USA and several foreign countries. Early results are positive and we have encouraged testers to share their experiences and feedback via questionnaires and their own social media feeds.
The first group of BETA samples for the Easyboot Love Child went out the first part of February. Many of the testers have applied the new design, have completed extensive testing and have supplied initial feedback.
Above: Sossity and Mario Gargiulo's initial install.
Above: Daisy Bicking's install after several weeks.
Above: Rusty Toth's install after several weeks and an endurance race.
Love Child testing has been a huge success. We are now looking for BETA testers for the nail-on EasyShoe Flex. This new EasyShoe design has an internal metal core that allows hoof mechanism. We feel that it offers many benefits to the horse and hoof health. Independent heel movement, flexion in the quarters and is over molded in a urethane that absorbs concussion and has high abrasion. The urethane and spring steel are the key. Check out this short video of the spring steel core in action:
EasyShoe Flex spring steel core.
EasyShoe Flex ground surface.
EasyShoe Flex hoof surface.
We need farriers, vets and hoof care professionals to help test the new EasyShoe Flex design. This is a nail-on product. If you would like to help test the new EasyShoe Flex please fill out the following form by clicking this link: EasyShoe Flex BETA Testing Form. The application period for BETA testing the EasyCare Love Child has now ended.
Have a great March!
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.
An upcoming product in the pipeline at EasyCare is beginning its second round of testing to ensure a quality hoof protection device that bridges the gap between boots and shoes. It will be capable to be modified for custom applications, easy to glue, and reliable over all terrain. It’s stirring much excitement within the barefoot hoof care community and EasyCare is pleased with the results in its testing phases.
The EasyCare Love Child, Easyboot Glue-on, and the EasyShoe Performance. Photo credit: Rusty Toth.
Rusty Toth, talented barefoot trimmer and accomplished endurance rider, shares his thoughts on the preliminary product, which is presently referred to as the Love Child.
“Love Child/LC report: I'm simply in LOVE with this new shoe-boot merger. Coming on three weeks post application, many miles covered, numerous river crossings and lots of deep wet sand. Not a budge, holding strong and the tread will outlast the cycle. I'm thrilled, my new favorite! Thank you Garrett and EasyCare.”
Rusty using Artimud and Glue-U Shufill in this application of the Love Child.
The modifications that can be made to the Love Child apply to both performance and therapeutic uses. Sossity Gargiulo of Wild Hearts Hoof Care put her own creative spin on the product, pictured below. She also used Artimud putty to thwart off any microbial infection and dental impression material for additional solar support.
Mario and Sossity's glue applications are truly a work of art.
Daisy Bicking of Daisy Haven Farm is focused on hoof rehabilitation and uses several EasyCare products for unique therapeutic cases. Daisy is a farrier that primarily utilizes composite materials to treat and heal her horse clients. We are excited to have her on board to provide quality feedback. All of our testers out there contribute to a product that will help many horses in all disciplines, from stall to pasture to arena.
Daisy's application of the Love Child presenting a modified breakover.
EasyCare does not yet have a date that this product will be ready for public sale. It is priority to make all necessary revisions to this product to ensure an A+ experience that EasyCare has been known to provide in the hoof care community. Stay tuned to our blog and Facebook for updates on the EasyCare Love Child. Interested in testing new and upcoming products? Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to be in the loop on new products and upcoming trials.
Submitted by Mariah Reeves, EasyCare Customer Service Representative
EasyCare offers several products that can be used for assisting the healing process of several hoof-related conditions. The winter endorses situations that can make treatment all the more challenging. As ice season approaches, the use of studs in therapeutic hoof boots is in demand. Before drilling into your boots at the first sign of slick, it’s important to know which therapy boots are compatible with which ice studs that EasyCare offers.
EasyCare Quick Studs and EasyCare Original Ice Studs.
The Easyboot Rx, a go-to therapy boot, is suggested for stall use or very small turn out only. The boot is designed to be lightweight and breathable, which means it is not built to withstand large turnout conditions. If studs are necessary for the environment in which your horse wears the Rx, both the EasyCare Original Studs and the EasyCare Quick Studs may be used. However, it is important to monitor the Original Ice Studs as there is a small chance that the stud may migrate proximally within the boot. This could cause pressure to the sole if it goes unnoticed. Precautionary tip: The Rx boots include a 6mm Comfort Pad; after installing the studs, it’s a good idea to replace the Comfort Pad back into the boot to serve as a safeguard between the stud and the sole of the hoof. Sizes 00-4 take the 3/4" Original Ice Studs and size 5 and up take the 1" Original Ice Studs.
The Easyboot Transition, Easyboot Cloud, and Easyboot Rx.
The Easyboot Transition bridges the gap between a therapy boot and a pleasure riding boot. It offers durability that can hold up for light riding and a dual density sole that provides shock absorption and cushioning qualities. Because the Easyboot Transition presents a dual density sole, it is not recommended to use a stud that compromises it. Only the EasyCare Quick Studs are suggested for this particular boot style.
The Easyboot Cloud is the latest and greatest therapy hoof boot on the market. The Cloud is robust, yet comfortable and supportive. The Cloud Pad material compresses like memory foam and is designed to compress in a proportional relationship to the weight of the horse. The durability of the Easyboot Cloud allows the EasyCare Original Ice Studs or the EasyCare Quick Studs. Cloud sizes up to size 4 utilize the 3/4" Original Ice Studs. Sizes 5 and up take 1" Original Ice Studs. As a reminder, the Cloud is not intended to be used for riding purposes.
Photo credit: Hank Blum
Using boots through the melting season will offer reassurance that your horse has adequate traction and support over the hard ground. Boots will eliminate balling up of snow in the sole and provide cushion until the Spring returns. Contact EasyCare to further discuss the best hoof boot option for your and your horse’s needs.
Submitted by Jean Welch, Hoof Care Practitioner
As a Hoofcare Practitioner, I take great pride in knowing that I help provide comfort to horses on a daily basis. Most of us HCP's have horses of our own, and we have first- hand experience when it comes to successful booting techniques.
This has been a banner year for laminitic symptoms, and I’d like to share a few tips that will help extend the wear time for therapeutic boots such as the Easyboot Cloud and the Easyboot RX.
Maintaining comfortable booted hooves for extended wear (two to four days max. in dry conditions) is easier if you invest in a second set of boots so they can be rotated. They don’t have to be the same kind, as long as they fit well and offer comfort and support, and are appropriate for the task. This, along with diligent cleaning habits of both horse and equipment is a recipe for success. While one set of boots is being worn, the other set is cleaned and staged, ready for the next booting. To clean the boots simply drop them in a bucket of water with a few drops of mild detergent. Let them soak a while, then use a soft brush to scrub them out. Rinse and squeeze out as much water as possible, then hang to dry (not in direct sunlight).
Keeping the hooves dry and clean for extended boot wear is easier if you use liberal amounts of a medicated powder such as Gold Bond or a generic equivalent. I also like to line the boot with an absorbent adult pad such as the Walgreens brand “Certainty”.
These pads are long, thick and absorbent. They are great for drawing out and locking away excess moisture from the frog area. I use them whole so that it cradles the pastern and heel bulbs.
After three days.
Depending on the boot style I’m using, sometimes I cut them into thirds, so I can get three hoof boot liners out of one pad.
The pad does not have to cover the entire sole to be effective. As long as it is centered under the frog, it will work well.
The adhesive strip on the back secures the pad very nicely to the inside bottom of the boot. Remove only 1/3 of the adhesive backing so it only sticks to the comfort pad.
I stick the absorbent pad only to the comfort pad so that the rest of it cradle the heel bulbs, allowing it to move with the pastern, and provides extra cushioning and protection. Again here, I use powder to reduce friction and to keep things clean and dry. Be sure to clean the hoof, hairline and pastern thoroughly with a soft brush before each booting.
No rubs even after 3 days.
There are lots different booting techniques out there. I hope this method offers some relief for your unique situation.
Submitted by Karen Frogner, EasyCare Customer
Splash is an athletic, opinionated, gorgeous mare. She is my dream horse and in the three years that I have owned her we have developed a mutually respectful relationship.
I have always used Easyboot Gloves on her. I ride trails all year round and the Gloves have never let me down.
Recently she injured a tendon and was put on stall rest. The tendon was ultra sounded by my vet and determined that it was a minor strain. This was good news, as I know tendon injuries can often require long recovery time, and sometimes even worse. Unfortunately, about three weeks out from the tendon injury, I had just increased her paddock size, and she developed laminitis from a yet to be determined cause.
With the development of laminitis, she had to go back to stall rest, pads taped to her feet, and deep bedding. The pads did not reliably stay on. It was frustrating to check on her and find one, or both pads gone, buried in the shavings, and her digital pulses bounding again.
Out come the Gloves! I put pads into the Gloves, slipped them on, fastened the Velcro, and behold, she's comfortable and they are secure.
I clean out the boots twice a day, check the pads to make sure they are still providing some cushion, and walk away (off to work), confident she is going to be comfortable and continue to improve in her Gloves.
Thank you EasyCare for making such a great product!