Choices are Good

If you have had the chance to peruse the wonderful EasyCare website you know that there are a lot of choices, but choices are a good thing right? When I go to the grocery store and cruise down the cereal aisle, I am almost paralyzed by the number of cereals displayed, how do I know which one is best for me? Which one has the least sugar? Which one will make me lose weight and look like a super model? (If you know of a cereal that does this for you, you need to let me know right away.) 

I know you probably feel the same way about choosing a hoof boot for you and your horse, especially if you are brand new to boots. I am here to help make your choice easier! I have listed our boot styles below and a quick guide and some insider tips for each boot.

1. Easyboot Epic - This boot is good for just about everything from short trail rides to 100 mile endurance rides. The boot is easy to measure for, fits a large variety of hoof shapes and does not require a fit kit.

2. Easyboot Trail - This boot is our easiest boot to apply and remove. Fits a large variety of hoof shapes and is easy to measure for. This is for 25 mile or less rides and does not require a fit kit.

3. New Mac - This boot is very similar to the Easyboot Trail, the main difference being an internal webbing strap that holds the hoof down inside the boot. The New Mac has the same sizing chart as the Easyboot Trial and is designed for 25 miles or less.

4. Easyboot Glove/Easyboot Glove Back Country - These boots are measured for in millimeters and fits the hoof well, like a Glove! You can use the Glove boot for up to unlimited miles and the Glove Back Country for up to 50 miles. We strongly recommend ordering a Fit Kit to size these boots. Although the Back Country and the Easyboot Glove use the same sizing chart the Back Country boot is a little more flexible in the fit than the Glove. I always recommend ordering a half size larger than the Fit Kit indicates if you are ordering the Back Country.

5. Easyboot Glue-On/Easyboot Flip Flop - These two boot choices are designed for long distance or multi-day riding. They require a little more work to apply but it is well worth it! The Flip Flop can be left on the hoof for the entire trim cycle so you can apply them and forget about it. 

6. EasyShoes - We at EasyCare realize that not everyone is going to pull their horse's shoes and use hoof boots, for those people we have the EasyShoe. This shoe is so much better for your horse due to the fact that it lets the heel flex and move unlike a metal shoe. You can get this in a nail/glue version and several glue only versions. 

7. Transition/Cloud/RX/Zip - These are all wonderful therapy boots, each one has its own great qualities. Not all of these boots are designed for riding. The Cloud boot and RX boot can be used for light turnout situations and the Transition can also be used for light riding. The Zip is designed for protecting the hoof while medicating and to help keep the hoof dry. These all have their own sizing charts. If you are needing a therapy boot, I recommend getting your fresh trim hoof measurements and giving EasyCare a call, we will be glad to help. 

Shari Murray

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Customer Service

If you call the customer service help desk, you’ll probably get me on the phone! I process repairs, returns, credits and exchanges that come into EasyCare.

Glue Timing: Wrestling With Temperature Control

Glue work is messy!  It's fraught with opportunity to get glue on yourself, on the horse, and all over your clothes.  

Now let's make it even more complicated when we consider that glue is temperature sensitive.  It cures faster in when it's warm and slower when it's cold...which means we have to constantly adjust our working speed for a variable we cannot control, or completely predict: THE WEATHER.    

Here in the Northeast we are feeling the cold temperatures acutely given the most recently Blizzard Jonas that just dumped 30" of snow on us in 24 hours here in Pennsylvania!  

This has made me acutely aware of the difficulties of using glue in extreme temperatures.  Keep in mind I use primarily fast set acrylic glue: Equilox II, EasyShoeBond Fast Set, or Hoof Life Swift Set, etc.  I want to share with you the guide I use for applying EasyShoes with acrylic glue in different temperatures. Given the snow I see when I look outside, I'm going to focus on tips for heating the glue and shoe.  

There are various ways of heating glue in the cold weather.  In addition to keeping my glue in the house overnight so it doesn't get chilled, I use a heating pad, like you'd find at the pharmacy for your back, to heat my glue.  Depending on how cold it is, I would also keep the glue near the heat vents in my truck in between stops. And when it gets REALLY cold, I also use a heat gun to heat my shoe:  

And the heat gun to heat the foot:

And to heat the glue once the shoe is applied:

With the kind of horses I work on, holding the foot up when the glue is curing is critical to success, as is building height and mechanics with the glue and the shoe. So I tend to like my glue just starting to get thicker when I put the shoe on the foot.  

Here is a video of the difference in glue consistency.  The glue on the left is too thin unless you're doing a weight-bearing application.  The three glues on the right are too stiff and have set up too much to use to attach a shoe to a foot, but the glue in the middle, second from the left, is.....you got it...JUST RIGHT!

 

Here is a chart for how I break down my heating and cooling strategies by ambient temperature:

85-95°F and above: 

  • Consider slow set glue  -or-
  • Chill fast set glue with an ice pack in cooler or fridge

75-85°F: 

  • Keep glue out of sun
  • Fast set glue consider cooling with an ice pack in cooler or fridge

65-75°F:  

  • Put glue in sun to take any chill off

55-65°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on LOW to take chill off

45-55°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on MED-HIGH
  • May need heat gun on shoe once on the horse's foot.

35-45°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on HIGH
  • Heat shoe before applying glue
  • WILL need heat gun on shoe once on the horse's foot
  • Consider heating the horse’s foot with heat gun right before application

25-35°F: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on HIGH
  • Heat shoe before applying glue
  • WILL need heat gun on shoe once on the horse's foot
  • Heat the horse’s foot with heat gun right before application

25°F and below: 

  • Heat glue in heating pad on HIGH
  • WILL need heat gun on shoe once on horse's foot
  • WILL also need to heat shoe before glue application, and foot before applying shoe
  • May also need to keep packing, tips, and other supplies in a warm room especially at temps below 20°F
  • Consider heating work space with torpedo heaters, etc.  

This is based on a horse that stands well, working in a protected space without wind or direct sun, and your desire to have the glue set up as fast as possible, approximately two minutes.

Temperature ranges need to be adjusted for wind (down 10 degrees from ambient temperature) or working in direct sun (up 10 degrees from ambient temperature).   Of course direct sun out of the wind can also help you if it's a slightly chilly day!

You can also adjust this chart down 10°F if you want the glue to be more liquid when you apply your shoe to the foot like in a weight bearing application, or a horse who doesn't need so much height or mechanics built into the shoe.  

I hope this information helps you be more successful in getting your glue to behave in all sorts of weather!  With any questions or for information on glue and composite shoe hands-on clinics, please see:

www.DaisyHavenFarm.com

www.IntegrativeHoofSchool.com

Flip Flop: Frequently Asked Questions

EasyCare is excited to announce the launch of the newest product addition to the family. Welcome, Easyboot Flip Flop. We've compiled a list of our most common questions pertaining to this hoof protection device. Don't miss the application video where you can watch every step of the glue-on process. The ease of installation of the Flip Flop and it's versatility are guaranteed to make it a hit in the hoof care world.

Q: How long can the Flip Flop be left on?

A: The Flip Flop can be left on for the entire trim cycle.

Q: Is the Flip Flop sold in pairs?

A: No, the Flip Flop is sold individually.

Q: Is there a Fit Kit for the Flip Flop?

A: Yes, there is a Fit Kit available for the Flip Flop.

Q: Do I need a length measurement?

A: No, to adjust the length, the Flip Flop may need to be trimmed down using nippers or a table saw.

Q: Is the sizing the same as the Glove and Glue on?

A: The width measurements will be the same, the length is cut to fit.

Q: Can the Flip Flop be heat fitted?

A: Yes, the Flip Flop can be heat fitted the same way the Glue-On or Glove is heat fitted.

Q: Can pour in packing be used with the Flip Flop?

A: Yes, pour in packings can be used with the Flip Flop.  We recommend Vettec Equipak Soft, Glue-U Shufill Silicone or dental impression material.

Q: Which adhesive can be used when applying the Flip Flop?

A: We recommend using Vettec Adhere. EasyShoe Bond Fast Set and Slow Set may also be used.

Q: Is the Flip Flop compatible with the Click Therapy System?

A: Yes, the Flip Flop is compatible with the EasyCare Therapy Click System.

Q: Can the hoof prep be done with the hoof on the ground?

A: Yes, since the Flip Flop’s only gluing surface is on the dorsal vertical wall the horse can be standing flat if needed to keep a horse comfortable.  

Q: Why is the junction at cuff and the base so thick?

A: Since the back portion of the base has so much movement this thicker area insures the base will not separate from the cuff. Do not modify this with a hoof buffer or rasp this could cause the Flip Flop to fail.

Q: Is the Flip Flop a shoe or a boot?

A: Both: it has the benefits of a boot but can be left on the same duration as a shoe.

Q: What is the difference between the EasyBoot Glue-On and the Flip Flop?

A: The Glue-On is only intended to stay on a maximum of 10 days where the Flip Flop may be left on for the entire trim cycle. The Flip Flop offers much more ventilation to the hoof and less chance of moisture retention.  

Q: What is the difference between EasyShoes and the Flip Flop?

A: The Flip Flop is much easier to apply than the EasyShoes, also the Flip Flop is compatible with the Therapy Click System, whereas the EasyShoes are not. 

Q: Do I have to worry about rocks or small debris getting lodged between the base of the Flip Flop and the hoof?

A: No, during testing there were no complications with anything getting lodged. We recommend checking after each ride. Adding a pour-in pad will insure nothing can become lodged in the front portion of the Flip Flop.  The flexibility in the rear part of the Flip Flop prevents anything from getting stuck in the back half of the foot.

Q: Can the Flip Flop be reset?

A: No, we do not recommend resetting the Flip Flop.

Q: How do I remove the Flip Flop?

A: To remove the Flip Flop, you will need to pull the base away from the hoof then cut the junction of the cuff and base, removing the entire base off of the cuff. Then, use pull-offs to carefully remove the cuff from the hoof wall. 

Watch Garrett Ford install the Flip Flop in our application video below. Remember, hoof preparation is critical. 

You can view the product details hereEasyCare is excited to share the Flip Flop with you. Visit our website or call to order at (800) 447-8836. Have more questions? Please feel free to contact one of our Customer Service Representatives for additional assistance.

Upcoming Release: The Easyboot Flip Flop

The first EasyCare product of many to be released in 2016 holds promise for a variety of individuals and their horses within the hoof care world. Garrett Ford, EasyCare’s President, CEO, and Product Creator, has been developing and testing this commodity for a year. It is now ready to be born to the EasyCare product line up. It’s a boot… It’s a shoe… No, it’s a Flip Flop!

The origination of this product sprouted when Garrett identified commonness in glue on product failures. Because the hoof wall expands and contracts, the glue bond is sometimes prompted to crack at the quarters and heel area. What if EasyCare could offer permanent hoof protection that doesn’t require a bond to the quarter area of the hoof wall?

The Flip Flop presents the most simplistic glue on application process of any product on the market today. It can be modified to fit hooves of diverse angles and hoof abnormalities. It can be used in conjunction with sole packing techniques and the Easyboot Therapy Click System. The Flip Flop can be used for arena disciplines or endurance or to support the casual trail horse.

Lisa Ford upon Dirham, on their way to a first place finish wearing the Easyboot Flip Flop.

EasyCare is excited to offer the Flip Flop to you beginning February 1st, 2016. The Flip Flop will kick off a great year of innovative product releases to promote healthy horses and happy riders. Please contact us with any questions you may have. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

 

Mariah Reeves

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Customer Service

My focus is on educating myself relating to all things hoof and horse care to customize your EasyCare product experience. Each customer interaction is an opportunity to enhance another equestrian lifestyle.

Five Reasons Why I Went To The Death Valley XP

Moab, my home town, lies at an elevation of 4000 ft. When leaving from Moab in any direction, one has to climb over 7000 ft mountain passes. In the deep of winter, between Christmas and New Year, this undertaking can be a big gamble with the weather, and sometimes you just do not get out of the valley with horse rigs. So when the weather forecaster gave a green light regarding clear road conditions the day after Christmas, I was in for the lengthy 12 hour drive to the Death Valley XP. But why do it? I have compiled five reasons for engaging in this adventure and for trading a cozy fireplace for working in the cold and traveling long hours. I let you decide if these are good or foolish reasons:

1. The decision to go gave me the opportunity to glue on Easyboots in wintery weather and apply my best application methods.

Medinah MHF in reminiscence of warmer weather conditions.

Gluing in cold and wet weather, makes one work with extra care and diligence, provided one has the goal of not loosing any boots in the near future. First comes the trimming and roughing the hoof wall with the Buffy.

The horses have been living in snow now for a while, so the hooves are fully hydrated. I spend extra time drying the hoof wall. My favorite tool for this job: the gas torch. Last year in April I wrote It Is Getting Hot, a blog about the pros and cons of these gas torches.

I used the torch five to six times, 20 seconds or so each time, to thoroughly dry the hoof wall. With a moisture meter, one can verify if the hoof walls are dry enough for gluing.

Now comes the opportunity to use that great new Easyboot Zip.

The ZIP is a new boot, developed by EasyCare for a variety of uses, here it is ideal for protecting the prepared and dried hoof from the elements and any contamination.

The glues and boots, I had placed a few hours before in a warm and dry room so as not to compromise adhesion. I take extra care to really warm up the boots to make them hand warm and pliable. The rest of the application then goes smoothly. The proper preparation of hooves, glues and boots are 99% of the success.

These boots are now ready for action. After the glue has dried, literally nothing can diminish their adhesion to the hoof wall and boot shell.

2. Riding great horses with great boots in great country over very rocky and difficult terrain.

Loosing a Glue-On boot in this kind of terrain and not having a spare Easyboot Glove with you will certainly ruin your ride.

Riding towards Panamint Valley.

Searles Springs, a unique place in the desert, with intermittent water running down the rocks.

Sunset in Searles Valley. Photo by Merri Melde.

Merri Melde also wrote a nice Vagabond Report on her experiences at Death Valley, to be viewed here.

3. Riding with great friends

Death Valley XP is a great place to meet up with friends you have not seen for a while. Everybody is relaxed, the vast expanse of the land, and the difficulties of the trail just foster camaraderie.

Meeting up with Mark Montgomery and his Mustang at the water trough. Mark is a future user of EasyShoes and Easyboots.

4. Receiving three BCs during the four day ride.

The horses I rode, GE Seastar, GE Pistol Annie and Medinah MHF showed very well at the end of the difficult days and received a well deserved BC Award each. Could this have anything to do with the fact that their hooves were well protected with Easyboot Glue-Ons?

Riding GE Pistol Annie to a 4th place finish day one.

5. Celebrating New Years Eve with other endurance riders and friends.

The Trona Golf Course Clubhouse is a great place to welcome the New Year. Steph Teeter, Merri Melde and Gretchen Montgomery provided live entertainment for the evening.

Traveling to Death Valley in the middle of winter is a worthwhile undertaking. But let us not forget to apply the Easyboot Glue-Ons or Gloves. Your horses hooves will thank you for it and your experience will rate higher on the fun meter.

Christoph Schork

The Bootmeister

Global Endurance Training Center

 

 

 

 


 

2016 - The Year of New EasyCare Hoof Protection Products and The Monkey!

2016 is here and EasyCare is working on our longest list of new product launches in our 46 years in business.  Many are brand new concepts that we believe will improve the lives of horses and make the jobs of hoof care professionals more proficient. I'll start announcing the new products in our monthly newsletter blogs and will give all our customers and dealers a heads-up on whats coming. I hope to share a new product for each month of 2016. Yes, we have been busy.  

The Easyboot Glue-On Flip Flop will be available in sizes #1, #1.5, #2 and #2.5 before the end of January 2016.  The Flip Flop was one of those hunches that I thought would work but you never know until you try. In essence, the idea amounts to a flip-flop design with a conventional upper that extends backward only roughly to the widest point of the hoof. The widest point of the hoof has the least amount of movement in both the vertical and horizontal planes. Because of this lack of movement, the bonds between the shoe and the hoof hold much tighter and are much less likely to fail than at the heel. As a result, it is surprisingly more durable than shoes bonded along the entire sides of the hoof. The absence of an upper in the rear half of the shoe ensures that the heel and the entire back portion of the shoe is not connected to the hoof. The heel is afforded greater movement in all directions, which, in addition to improving the durability of the bond between the upper and the front portion of the hoof, also allows more movement of the hoof, which in the long run results in a healthier hoof.

I've glued a large number of hoof protection devices on horses feet in the last ten years and this product is not only the easiest to apply, but stays on the better than any glue-on product I've ever used. The product works better than expected, has won several 50-mile distance races.  

An early slow motion video of a Flip Flop in action. Check out how the sole flexes at the mid-point. 

One of the first prototypes on Fury.

Solar view. Same sole as the Easyboot Glove and will accept the EasyCare Therapy Click System.

The base flexes and pivots.

The final molds have an extended length sole. This allows the sole to be cut to length.

So what does the Easyboot Flip Flip do better than others and why does it have a place in the equine market?

  1. It's very easy to apply and it stays on very well.  
  2. Aside from abrasion, the back of the foot is protected but still functions as a bare hoof.  It allows the hoof to function better than full shell products.  
  3. Debris goes in and comes out easily. In testing we have seen no issues with debris getting in and packing in the toe area. For those with concerns, it's easy to add a pour in packing in the toe area.

It works very well with the EasyCare Therapy Click System. The perfect combination for a pregnant mare having hoof problems while carrying a foal to term.

We are rushing to get four sizes done before the end of the month. I hope you will give them a try. I plan to share another new product next month that I believe will change hoof boot designs going forward. 

Garrett Ford

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President & CEO

I have been President and CEO of EasyCare since 1993. My first area of focus for the company is in product development, and my goal is to design the perfect hoof boot for the barefoot horse.

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.

 

Hoof Radiographs: They Give You X-Ray Vision Part 3

In Part 1 of this series on hoof radiographs, I discussed how to get accurately acquired and measurable radiographs for hoof care decisions. In Part 2 of the series, I discussed some things you can look at to get the most out of your accurately acquired hoof radiographs. In this last part of the series, I'm going to show you examples of how assessing the foot in front of you with the benefit of radiographs can greatly enhance your ability to help the horse.

This is a horse who was lame in both front feet with significant hoof capsule distortion when I was called in to help. There are several external characteristics we can use to identify the distortions in this capsule: the steep coronary band angle, shallow dorsal wall angle, under-run heels, pointy heel bulbs, etc all lead us to reliably conclude this is a long toe/low heel foot. Most of us would probably want to shorten the toe, develop heel height, and move the foot print back in some way shape or form. 

Here is the sole view of this foot. Note the location of the white line marked with the red dotted line. One trim option would be to bring in the length of this foot by applying a hard roll on the wall from heel to heel. That would certainly make this foot more compact and given the right diet, environment and exercise the feet would certainly improve.  

Another option would be to map the sole of this foot. Given the hoof guidelines I like to follow when trimming and shoeing, it would certainly give me more information about how I could get this foot back,but the 50/50 line is in the middle of the sole. We can see that this foot has a long toe, and maybe even a lot of toe, but can the map be right? 

A radiograph in this situation would give us valuable objective information about where the bones and soft tissue are located inside this distorted foot. The radiograph here confirms the long toe/low heels assessment and accuracy of the hoof map, but also gives us specific and measurable information about the foot we have to work with in front of us:

We all have different trim styles, and some of us like to do things faster or slower for the horse and the specific situation in front of us. Because of my experience with rehabilitation and specifically using radiographs as an objective reference, in most instances I like to gain as much ground in my rehabilitation each visit as possible. Given this horse's situation, and the information the radiographs gave me, here is what I did at the first trim:

I would not have done this aggressive of a trim without the radiograph to guide me.

Here is the lateral view, showing signifiant improvements to Hoof-Pastern Axis, Palmar P3 Angle, and the balance around the Center of Rotation being closer to my goal or 50/50. I would apply a hoof boot therapeutically or composite shoe to this foot during the rehabilitation process.  

Another example of how accurately aquired hoof radiographs, and specifically Dorso-Palmar (DP) radiographs, can help you in your decision-making for the foot in front of you is this foot here:

This horse was very lame with digital pulses in both front feet when I was called in to help. Externally he was lacking vertical depth, with low heel angle. What was also interesting about this horse is how crooked his leg and hoof capsule appeared. 

The lateral radiograph confirmed how little foot we really had to work with, which the horse's pain level and hoof inflammation was certainly telling us. What was also very interesting was the DP radiograph, since it also indicated significant medial lateral hoof imbalances that we could help this horse with at the time.   

This horse would definitely benefit from composite shoes like the EasyShoe, to facilitate building vertical depth until the horse can grow it. With the added information from the DP x-ray I would also look to build up the medial side of this foot in my shoe and glue. Without the radiograph we might not have been able to make as quantitative a balancing decision.  

Working with hoof radiographs can greatly increase your ability for accuracy and effectiveness for the horses you work on. I encourage you to request radiographs on your horses as much as possible. The information you gain is invaluable. For more information on using radiographs in your work, please see www.DaisyHavenFarm.com and www.IntegrativeHoofSchool.com.

EasyShoes in France

Submitted by Fabrice Creignou, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

I have an endurance stable with 15 horses to train in the west part of France. I began the competitions this year with the Performance N/G model: I preferred gluing for the training period and nailing for the competitions. But, as I got more and more confident, I also competed with the Performance glue only model. I could notice less joints and tendons traumas.

Riders around me got more and more interested in the EasyShoes. Several of them started to try them and were very satisfied. One of them is using the Compete model on his thoroughbred and he even won a race.

Here are some 2015 performances with the EasyShoes:

  • Four places on 90km rides (limited speed to 16km/h)
  • Three victories on 90km (free speed, over 17km/h)
  • Three places on CEI* (90km international level)
  • Three places on CEI** 
  • Fifth place finish on a 2x100km CEI***, in Samorin in Slovakia (Speed over 20km/h)

I would like to thank EasyCare for these very interesting shoes that provide horses with the best comfort and allow the natural movement of the foot. I am very excited to discover further innovations.

From EasyCare Dealer: Action Rider Tack

From Action Rider Tack in Medford, Oregon:

Mari Secrist is a seasoned eventer who had ridden successfully at the Advanced Level. In the world of eventing, the Advanced Level is the highest level and the jumps on the cross country course are 3'11" and in the stadium jumping phase can be 4'1." Solid fences at almost four feet on a cross country course takes a well-schooled, talented horse and gutsy rider.

Mari jumping Remy at Novice Level stadium jumping in his Easyboot Glue-Ons

Mari explained, "The photo is of my adorable off the track Thoroughbred, Don't Cross Granny, alias Remy. Remy's sire, Valley Crossing, was a stakes winner of $1.6 million. Remy raced until he was 6 and won $26,000, oh well . . ."

"Remy and I are eventing at the Novice Level in that photo and getting ready for the move to Training Level. He had pretty crummy feet before I bought him. I was having a tough time keeping shoes on his formerly split, cracking and shelly feet. All my horses are barefoot so the first thing that I did upon purchasing him was to pull his shoes."

"His feet look lovely now - no more crack and splits. But, he doesn't have the thickest sole due to wearing shoes from an early age until the age of seven, so I usually ride him in Easyboot Epics for the first few days after a trim. I always compete in Easyboot Glue-Ons. Boots that come above the coronet are still not allowed in the dressage phase of eventing.

It amazes me that no one even notices he's wearing hoof boots! He moves quite confidently across gravel or whatever the footing might be and almost always comes up with a ribbon. How could he not? He's so cute!"

"Remy is a delightful character, always happy to see me and a pleasure to work with at all times. I feel pretty lucky to have him."

Mari is still eventing at age 65. What an inspiration!

Dee Reiter

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