Endurance 101 in Virginia

Submitted by Karen Neuenschwander, Team Easyboot 2016 Member

Entering an endurance ride for the first time can be an intimidating and overwhelming prospect. In an effort to help familiarize newbies to the sport, experienced endurance riders around the country have been putting on informational clinics known as Endurance 101. On February 28th, AERC Northeast Region Director, Mary Howell and a crew of volunteers offered one such clinic in New Kent, VA.

Mary sharing her wisdom and smiles!

During the morning session, Mary narrated a PowerPoint presentation covering the basic rules, equipment, and horse and rider skills, and strategies. Volunteers with endurance experience wore purple shirts and shared know-how and trail wisdom. It was a fun atmosphere with endurance related prizes given out as attendees were encouraged to join the discussion.

In the afternoon, participants gained some hands on skills when the "purple shirts" ran a mock vet check and crew station. Attendees took Mary's horses through the vet check, and practiced scribing, pulse taking, and crewing. There was also a tack display with a variety of saddles, pads, saddle packs, and bridles, with volunteers available to discuss the different options.

Volunteers and participants discussing vet check procedure.

Since hoof protection is an essential part of successful competition, available options were a hot topic. As one of the "purple shirts", I displayed and explained what items are commonly used. Many of the attendees were familiar with traditional horseshoes and some hoof boots, but several were surprised at the variety of products available. We discussed the importance of proper fit and finding a boot or shoe to match the horse and type of riding. EasyShoes and glue-on options drew a lot of interest. Those using traditional shoes took note of the different possibilities to replace a lost shoe on trail.

As with endurance riding in general, riders' confidence and motivation to try something new increased as they were able to see and discuss the different hoof protection choices. EasyCare provided product brochures for the event, and folks really enjoyed seeing things that may work for their horse.

EasyCare boot and shoe display allowed participants to get "hands on" with products.

The clinic received very positive feedback from attendees, many of whom plan to learn more when they participate in mounted camping clinics in upcoming weeks.

Farriers Crowd The EasyCare Booth at the 13th Annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio

Submitted by Deanna Stoppler, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

This week I attended the 13th Annual International Hoof-Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio.  More than 1,100 farriers attended the four-day event with more than 130 vendor booths set up in the Duke Convention Center.

EasyCare, Inc. and Polyflex Horseshoes booths were crowded with farriers and offered a unique opportunity for farriers who signed up in advance to compete in one of two horseshoe glue-on competitions. EasyCare offered the Flip Easyboot Flop Flop Glue-On Division and Polyflex Horseshoes offered the Polyflex Horseshoe Glue-On Division.

Prizes in each division were $500 for first place, $300 for second place, and $200 for third place. Competitors were scheduled by the hour and only had an hour to complete the application. All competitors finished in the allotted time.

Derick Vaughn, of Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Second Place Winner of the Flip Flop Glue-On Division.

Hoof preparation for both glue-on applications were very similar; in fact EasyCare’s Garrett Ford adopted many techniques developed by Curtis Burns, owner of Polyflex Horseshoes.

The Polyflex horseshoe was applied using the steps outlined below.

Hoof Preparation

  • Rasp solar surface of foot to clean any debris off foot after your trim.
  • Treat all bacterial areas with Thrush Off and seal with Polyflex Seal-It.
  • Use a drill and buffy attachment (60 grit buffy paper) to clean and rough up the outer hoof wall and heel area.
  • Use a wire brush to clean the outer wall.
  • Use a handheld torch to dry the hoof wall. Torch then brush. Repeat three times.
  • Use a wire wheel to remove dust and debris from the solar surface of the hoof.
  • Dremel the heels (removing all overgrown periople) and bar region.
  • Use a handheld torch to dry the sole then remove all dust with a wire brush.

Shoe Preparation

  • Shape your shoe using a stall jack or by hand. Do not use a hammer to shape the shoe.
  • Clean the sole side of the shoe with a Dremel (use 9931 bit), roughing up the glue surface of the shoe. Be sure to get the inside and outside of the heel area roughed as well.
  • Use Keratex putty mixed thoroughly with copper sulfate crystals to pack any bacterial areas in the hoof, preventing glue from entering the depressions.

Polyflex Horseshoe Application

  • Dispense 2 oz of Polyflex Bond in a plastic rimless cup and mix with a 1/4 tsp of copper sulfate crystals.
  • Mix glue and copper sulfate with a wooden tongue depressor (cut one end of the depressor at a 45’ angle to use later).
  • Once glue is completely mixed, apply evenly on the sole surface of the shoe.
  • Set the shoe on the foot and use the remaining glue from the cup to blend in the heels and quarters. 
  • Use the angled end of the depressor to remove glue from the sole surface of the foot.
  • Do not wrap the foot with plastic wrap.
  • Hold the foot until glue is completely cured.


  • Once the glue has completely cured, use the buffy to smooth the glue and create a nice transition from hoof wall, glue, to shoe.
  • Use the Dremel to clean up excess glue from around the heel and bar area of the shoe.

First Place Polyflex Division Pete Van Rossum prepping the sole side of the polyflex horseshoe

1st Place Polyflex Division Winner, Pete Van Rossum, prepping the Polyflex Horseshoe.

The Easyboot Flip Flop was applied using the following steps:

Hoof Preparation

  • Use a drill and buffy attachment to clean and rough up the outer hoof wall.
  • Use a wire brush to clean the outer wall.
  • Use a handheld torch to dry the outer hoof wall then brush with a wire brush.
  • Repeat three times.

Flip Flop Application

  • Load a cartridge of Vettec Adhere in the Vettec glue gun.
  • Make sure Flip Flop is clean and free of debris.
  • Cut the tip off the Vettec Adhere cartridge.
  • Purge a squirt of glue before attaching the Vettec tip and purging another squirt of glue.
  • Dispense glue on the cuff of the Flip Flop, filling only about 2/3 of the cuff from the top with glue so that glue does not get under the solar surface of the foot, creating sole pressure.
  • Apply the Flip Flop to the hoof making sure that the toe is completely set into the cuff.
  • Once the glue has set for about a minute, place the foot on the ground.
  • Use more glue to trace the outer cuff of the boot, creating a smooth seal between the hoof wall and boot cuff.


  • Once the glue has completely cured, use the buffy to smooth the glue and create a nice transition from hoof wall, glue, to cuff.
  • Be sure not to sand down the sides of the cuff where it ends and transitions to hoof wall.  Sanding this area too much could weaken the glue bond.

When the hoof preparation and shoe application methods are followed as listed above shoe failure will almost never occur.

Flip Flop Glue-On Division Completed Shoes

Curtis Burns and Garrett Ford judging all entries

The winners of this year’s glue competition are as follows:

Polyflex Horseshoe Glue-On Division

1st Place: $500 - Pete Van Rossum, Farrier and Owner of Pete Van Rossum Natural Hoofcare, Ramona, California.

2nd Place: $300 - Steve Norman, Farrier, Georgetown, Kentucky.

3rd Place: $200—Ashley Gasky, Farrier and Owner of Precision Hoof Care, Ballston Spa, New York.

Polyflex Horseshoe Owner, Curtis Burns, with Polyflex Horseshoe Division Winner, Pete Van Rossum

Flip Flop Glue On Division

1st Place: $500 - Jeremy Ortega, Farrier and Owner of From The Ground Up, Mokelumne Hill, California.

2nd Place: $300 - Deanna Stoppler, Farrier and Owner of Horse & Sole Hoof Care, Fairfax, Vermont; tied with Derick Vaughn, Farrier at Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky.

3rd Place: $200 - Daisy Bicking, Farrier and Owner of Daisy Haven Farm: School of Integrative Hoof Care, Parkesburg, Pennsylvania.

4th Place—Shawn Skorstad, Farrier Apprentice for Kendra Skorstad, Owner of Connected Healing Hoof Care, Rochester, Wisconsin.

Jeremy Ortega, First Place Winner of the EasyShoe Glue-On Division, with the EasyCare crew, Kevin Myers, Garrett Ford, and Debbie Schwiebert

Ashley Gasky, Jeremy Ortega, Deanna Stoppler, and Pete Van Rossum

Along with the competition, EasyCare displayed the new EasyCare Therapy Click System. Choose from a five degree or ten degree wedge pad that clicks into place on the bottom of the Easyboot Flip Flop and uses screws to lock the wedge into place. The Therapy Click System can also be used in conjunction with the Easyboot Cloud and eight other hoof boot models.

The cutest displays in the booth were the new Easyboot Mini Horse Boots. The boots have a simple construction and are easy to adjust. They can even be used as a therapy boot if your mini suffers from a hoof abscess or has an injury that requires the hoof to be wrapped and kept in a clean environment while healing. I already have clients lining up to purchase these boots for their minis. 

The booth was fun, interactive, and exciting. I can’t wait to see what EasyCare has in store for us at the 13th Annual International Hoof-Care Summit.

Tevis 2015: Meet Easyboot Elite Team Member Derick Vaughn

Derick started learning how to trim and nail on shoes from a local farrier near his home town in Humboldt County, California early in 2011. Always interested in horses, and a fan since childhood of day-long rides into the famous redwood forests of the area, Derick decided a career in the horse industry would suit him well. In September of 2011, he attended Red Rock Horseshoeing School and studied under Dave Abel. Derick wanted to expand his experience and learn more about alternative hoof care methods. He made contact with Megan Hensley, a barefoot trimmer based in the area. He tagged along with her for a day, and was so fascinated by the work and impressed by the results, that he decided to apprentice with her and colleague, Amy Thornbury. He eventually sold his anvil to start his own barefoot trimming business in Humboldt County. 

At work applying EasyShoes in Durango, Colorado.

He moved to Durango, Colorado, in September 2014, after two trips there to work with horses in the area. He appreciates the opportunities offered to him by living in close proximity to the the EasyCare research and development location because of the dynamic group of people he gets to meet and work with, including Curtis Burns and Dr. Ric Redden. In 2014, he applied Easyboot Glue-Ons to the Haggin Cup winning horse as well as Tevis Cup winning horse. In 2015, he glued EasyShoes onto a horse nominated for the famed Darley Award. Derick considers his area of expertise to be the application of glue-on composite shoes. His favorite classes at school were Ceramics and Wood Shop. When you watch him work, you might see some parallels in the balance and finishing techniques he uses. 

Riding the foothills at his favorite ranch in Humboldt County, California.

When asked to identify the three most influential people in his career path thus far, Derick credits Garrett Ford for teaching him to care about his work and to take special care around the details in the work often overlooked by others. He acknowledges Curtis Burns for an expression that Derick lives by: "Are you going to leave it like that?". Derick hears that question as he completes every trimming or gluing job he works on. He credits Megan Hensley for teaching him about hoof function, diet, mechanics, the difference between a farrier trim and a barefoot trim, and for helping him build a clientele in the sector that interests him the most. The biggest challenges Derick sees in his hoof care practice are staying true to the ten-year vision he has for his business, and managing to build a specialized practice in a small mountain town three hours from the closest highway. As well as developing his business in the Four Corners area, Derick regularly travels to Texas and Florida to work with clients from the Arabian horse racing world.

Looking ahead to the week spent with the Easyboot Elite team at the 2015 edition of Tevis, Derick is most excited about the honor of working with five of the best gluing hoof care practitioners in the country. He also hopes to be able to achieve his double cup gluing status for the second year in a row. 

A collage from Tevis 2014.

The Easyboot Elite team is a group of six gluing professionals from around the country who will spend the week before the 2015 edition of the Western States Endurance Ride gluing Easyboot Glue-Ons onto horses entered to compete in the ride. Together, they form the most accomplished and sophisticated team of gluing professionals in the world. To book your Tevis 2015 gluing appointment, please call any of our Customer Service Representatives at 1-800-447-8836, and be sure to read last week's blog about the appointment process.

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.

6 Takeaways from the IHCS Glue Competition

EasyCare and No Anvil, LLC had a very interactive booth at the International Hoof Care Summit in Cincinnati this year. A big crowd is always expected to witness the latest and greatest hoof care products and demonstrations. For the first time, the 2015 IHCS EasyCare/No Anvil booth invited the crowd to jump in. Several practitioners were able to get a hands-on education and try out the gluing protocol for themselves. The top three black smith buddy hooves with the most meticulous application and smoothest appearance were awarded with cash prizes for both the PolyFlex model and EasyShoe model competitors.

Although several of the black smith buddy hoof entries were sent home with the participants, a few made it back to EasyCare's Research and Development office in Durango, Colorado. Garrett Ford, inventor of the EasyShoe, sat down with me and compared the hoof submissions to one another. His conclusions are demonstrated below.


1. Breakover

The heels are lined up evenly on this hoof. The shoe on the bottom has been rasped for a more aggressive breakover, whereas the top shoe is barely touched with a rasp.



2. Copper Sulfate Amount

The hoof on the left shows glue that is diluted by too many CS crystals. Only 1/4 teaspoon is needed per 2 ounces of glue.



3. Glue Height

The hoof on the right shows glue applied over an inch above the cuff of the shoe, while the shoe on the left only a 1/4 of an inch. The drawback in having glue to high on the hoof wall is that the glue smothers the hoof in areas where the hoof should be allowed to breathe.



4. Attention to Heels

It's important for the heel application of the shoe to be seamless from hoof to glue to shoe. The shoe below is a great demonstration of how the heel should appear after application.




5. Set-up Time

You'll find parts of the finished product appearing like this if the glue sets before it's on the hoof.



6.Super Glue

It not only provides a pretty, shiny finish, it seals the deal of the bond between shoe, glue and hoof. You can purchase the Super Glue product of recommendation by visiting the Polyflex Horseshoes site here.



Check out a side-by-side shot of Garrett's Blacksmith Buddy hoof from the 2014 International Hoof Care Summit and his beauty from this year.



Leaves the mind wondering what exciting things the year ahead may gift the horse community with. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the EasyShoe, it's application, and how to customize it for your horse's particular needs.

Mariah Reeves

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Customer Service

As one of the customer service representatives, I am happy to help get your horse into the right boots. I promote holistic methods of equine care and will assist you with finding the perfect fit for horse and rider.

If You Don't Change the Process, You Won't Change The Result

Submitted by Ashley Gasky, 2014 Team Easyboot Member

Thanks to the American Association of Professional Farriers Mentor-Mentee program I’ve been able to work with seventh generation farrier Timothy Cable, APF.  

Tim began his farrier career at 13 years old, apprenticing for his father, just as the previous generations of Cable shoers had. He has a large client base of Standardbred race horses, as well as dressage horses and Show Jumpers all over the United States and Canada.


Tim and Hall of Fame Blacksmith Red Renchin

The Cable family is responsible for awe inspiring pieces of blacksmithing, and the horses they’ve shod have found success in any discipline you can think. Succinctly, they are a very skilled group of professionals.

Chrome Horse Shoes crafted by Phillip Cable

My business, Precision Hoof Care focuses primarily on non-metal horse shoes, effective glue techniques, and healthy bare hooves. I've been successful at what I do, selected as an EasyBoot Elite team member for Tevis 2015, but I am always looking to learn new things.

 In developing a Mentor-Mentee relationship with Tim, I sought to learn about ‘how the other half lives’, that is to say, farrier fundamentals and blacksmithing. I’ve had the opportunity to visit world class Equine facilities in Connecticut and Florida as part of the arrangement, meet world class professional horsemen and hall of fame farriers. I have a video gallery of forging techniques I’m years away from attempting, and several notebooks filled with hints and wisdom to show for the experience. Throughout this, I’ve even done a bit of teaching myself. I had the opportunity to introduce him to Easyboots and EasyShoes.

You see, Tim is something of an innovator, and has been using non-traditional tools and techniques in his every day shoeing for a long time. For example he designed an attachment for his shoeing caddy to simplify the process of gluing on horseshoes.

It’s been very exciting for me to watch someone so steeped in tradition, with blacksmithing engrained from a young age, nail on a pair of Performance N/G's, measure a hoof for accurate fit of an Easyboot Glove, or shape glue on EasyShoe Competes at his anvil.


Traditional steel and aluminum horse shoes certainly have a place, and so do the professionals who use them exclusively. However, seeing how readily Tim and his clients accepted the change in shoeing material gives me hope for an open minded future. I am just as excited to learn how to move metal as I am to watch alternative hoof wear go mainstream. The market for these products is growing and the horses using them are succeeding.

It is not always a pleasant journey when you are swimming against the current. Perhaps some of you can relate. Therefore it is important to celebrate victories and accomplishments no matter how small. I helped a talented farrier find tools to help certain horses in his care. These small steps are what I believe to be the seeds of change, germinating towards a bright future for horses and healthy hooves. For me, that is what it is all about!

Glue a Shoe and Win All the Money

Will you be attending the International Hoof Care Summit in Cincinnati, Ohio, on February 4 & 5, 2015? If so, you should stop by at the EasyCare/No Anvil booth #723/725 and enter the 2015 EasyShoe/No Anvil Gluing Contest presented by Blacksmith Buddy.

With $2,000 in cash prizes across two gluing divisions, this is your chance to pay your way to the IHCS. Come get your glue on with us. Choose to apply a Polyflex Horseshoe or one of the four EasyShoe models to a Blacksmith Buddy foot. We will have with us all the materials you need to make the best gluing application of the whole competition. Enter either the Polyflex or EasyShoe division by signing up at: easycareinc.wufoo.com/forms/easycarepolyflex-gluing-contest-registration/.

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Contest Details.

  • All tools and supplies will be provided to the contestants at no cost.
  • EasyShoe Bond Fast Set will be used for gluing.

Judging will be based on the following: Cash prizes: $500 for 1st place, $300 for 2nd place, and $200 for 3rd place in each division.

  • Hoof prep technique.
  • Quality of shoe fit to the Blacksmith Buddy foot.
  • Overall gluing application skills, including volume of glue used, neatness of application.
  • Quality of final finishing.
  • How closely did the contestant follow the recommended gluing protocol?

Contest numbers are limited and gluing appointments will be assigned based on a first come, first served basis, so do not delay. Sign up at easycareinc.wufoo.com/forms/easycarepolyflex-gluing-contest-registration/.

We look forward to seeing you in Cincinnati!

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.

EasyCare Announces the 2015 Easyboot Elite Tevis Gluing Team

We announced today the selections for the 2015 Easyboot Elite Tevis Gluing Team. Six individuals were chosen from more than 100 applicants from across the world. Together, they will take 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.

We consider the booted Tevis horses in 2015 very fortunate to be under the hoof care and supervision of six such accomplished individuals for the most challenging 100-mile endurance event in the world.

The 2015 Easyboot Elite Tevis Gluing Team members are:

Curtis Burns, Wellington, FL
Ashley Gasky, Ballston Lake, NY
Jeremy Ortega, Mokelumne Hill, CA
Deanna Stoppler, Fairfax, VT
Peter Van Rossum, Ramona, CA
Derick Vaughn, Durango, CO

Each of the team members was selected based on their prior experience in hoof care, expertise in the application of composite shoes and hoof boots, as well as an ongoing demonstrated commitment to continuing education and evolution of their hoof care practice. 

MCM Last Dance in Easyboot Glue-Ons with Barrak Blakely with and his family at the presentation of the 2014 Haggin Cup award. 

It is an impressive group of hoof care professionals who boast significant achievements between them. Whether it be applying Polyflex horseshoes onto the winning horse of the Breeders’ Cup Classic, gluing hoof boots onto the Tevis Cup and Haggin Cup winning horses, applying EasyShoes onto the highest performing dressage horses in the country, or dedicating their time to working in partnership with the finest farriers in the country, this team truly represents the elite in today’s hoof care industry. How fitting that they will be applying hoof boots to horses who will cover the most grueling 100-mile horse event known to man and woman.

Easyboot is no newcomer to the annual Western States Trail Ride. In 2014, ten of the horses in the top 15 horses were wearing Easyboots. The first place horse in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014 was wearing Easyboot Glue-Ons. The Best Conditioned horses (Haggin Cup) in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2014 were wearing Easyboot Glue-Ons.

The Easyboot Elite team will work in pairs for three days during the week of the event. Based out of the Gold Country Fairgrounds in Auburn, California, the three teams of two professionals will care for more than 50 competing horses in preparation for race day on Saturday, August 1, 2015. It will be the 60th anniversary of the event, and the sixth consecutive year that Easyboot Glue-Ons have been used to traverse the Tevis trail. 

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.

EasyCare's The Best Of 2014

2014 was one of the fastest years on record for EasyCare and seemed like a blur.  The EasyShoe launched, and travel to tradeshows and clinics in the USA, Europe, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand and Dubai seemed to dominate our free time.  Looking back at a crazy year, here are some things that stand out.

1.  In February, EasyCare shared a booth with Polyflex Horse Shoes at the International Hoof Care Summit to launch the new EasyShoe product line.  The show was a huge success and our booth was many times standing room only. 

The International Hoof Care Summit video.  The first clip in the video shows the EasyCare/PolyFlex Horseshoes booth. 

2.  The EasyShoe launch has exceeded our expectations.  The entry into the flexible, synthetic horse shoe world has been an awesome journey and we have seen many horses helped by the product line.  Horses have won on the flat track, in FEI 100 mile endurance races, in the dressage ring and have helped many laminitic horses. 


Michele Moon and Highlight spring back to competition in the EasyShoe after many months of unsoundness. 

Jeremy Olson and Wallace Hill Shade are the only USA horse to finish at the Alltech World Equestrian Games.  They do it in EasyShoes

3.  Easyboots win the Tevis and Haggin Cups again in 2014.  First Place, Second Place, Best Condition (The Haggin Cup) and 10 of the top 15 horses in finished Easyboots.  The Tevis Cup is the most difficult 100 miles in the world and Easyboots continue to excel.  Easyboots have now won the Tevis Cup each of the last four years. 

Barrak Blakeley and MCM Last Dance win the 2014 Haggin Cup in Easyboots.

4. EasyCare recruits a gifted group of hoof care professionals for the first Easyboot Elite Team.  The team will trim, prep and install EasyCare products for competitors in 2015.  The goal of Easyboot Elite is to bring awareness to flexible, synthetic hoof protection options.  We plan to announce the final team this week. 

5.  Several new exciting projects were started in 2014 and will launch in 2015. In 2015 EasyCare/Polyflex Horseshoes will launch a new podiatry line, the EasyShoe Slipper, a new comfort pad, the Easyboot Zip and The Easyboot Cloud to name a few.  Adding new products and improving current product lines are our future and will continue to be our priority. Several images of products in the works can be seen below. 

The "Bicking" base.

Prototype of a new custom sizing glue-on. 

Possible base plate patterns.

The new Easyboot Zip.

Testing dual density sole options.


The Easyboot Cloud.

We are excited about the horses we were able to help in 2014 and look forward to more advancements in 2015. It looks like 2015 will be another blur and hoof care professionals will have more options for their clients in the new year.  Thanks for helping make 2014 a great one. 

Garrett Ford


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.

Easy Learning at the EasyShoe Clinic

I have been chomping at the bit to get a hold of the new EasyShoe ever since I saw the first test reports. I feel pretty comfortable using Adhere with the Easyboot Glue-On having glued for myself and for many endurance riders over the last few years. I figured I could work out gluing the new EasyShoes easily enough by watching the instruction videos, so at first didn't see a need to attend the EasyShoe Clinic. Then I saw it was to be much more than a simple demonstration of how to apply the EasyShoe. Daisy Bicking of Daisy Haven Farm was going to present hoof mapping and trimming instruction. I have been following her online for some time now, and really wanted to take one of her clinics but flying to Pennsylvania was out of my budget. Then on top of that, Paige Poss of Anatomy of the Equine was also going to be a presenter. I had seen her give a presentation at the PHCP conference in November and was totally blown away by both how much she knows about the anatomy of the hoof and leg, and by how well she can do a dissection. Those two giving a weekend full of hoof information sealed the deal for me!

Derick, me, Paige, Megan, and Daisy. Go Team Humboldt! (Katie had to leave early)

My long awaited shipment of EasyShoes arrived about a week before the clinic date, and it was all I could do to not glue them on my mare. They were so pretty and shiny...new toys, oh my! They kept whispering to me to take them out to play but I managed to keep them in the box long enough to get down to the clinic and learn how to do things right. I was excited to find out that I was not the only one from my area. My fellow endurance rider and owner/trimmer Katie Azevedo was coming down to audit. Megan Hensley and Derrick Vaughn, local trimmers as well, were coming to the clinic too! Wonderful to see more local hoof care providers wanting to further their education. Team Humboldt would be rocking the first EasyShoe Clinic!

Bob, Paige, and Kevin getting things set up for our Friday night activities.

This clinic had sentimental value as well, I was coming full circle this weekend. I started my hoof care education at Pacific Coast Horseshoeing in 2005, and it gave me a wonderful foundation on which to build my hoof care career. To be back again and learning something new was absolutely wonderful! By hosting this clinic in a very traditional farrier school, Bob Smith really showed how the two worlds can and should come together to provide the best in hoof care and I greatly applaud him for it. As hoof care providers we need to learn to work together, not bicker about who is doing what better or worse. The clinic was attended by trimmers, farriers, and owners, and we all had a great time and learned from and with each other.

Friday I headed down to Plymouth arriving just in time to grab a bunk and stash my gear, before dinner and the evening's activities. After everyone gave a brief introduction of themselves, Kevin Myers and Daisy Bicking gave a rundown of the EasyShoes and the pros and cons of the different gluing methods (Adhere or EasyShoe Bond). Questions were asked and answered as to the varying performance and therapeutic uses of the different shoe models and glue and/or nailing applications. This was followed by Daisy's presentation hoof mapping/trimming and Paige's brilliant dissection. It was so interesting and informative!

Inner workings of the hoof...

Saturday started in the classroom with some more questions and answers and an overview of the day to come. Then we moved out to the work area, where Kevin and Daisy went over tools and glues, then did an excellent demo of both gluing methods on a live horse.

Kevin showing the fit, prep, and application of an EasyShoe Performance with Adhere.


Daisy showing us the proper application process with dental impression material and EasyShoe Bond.

After lunch we began work on our cadaver hooves, learning to map, properly trim to the map, and fitting the EasyShoe.

Working on my cadaver leg...it was weird to work in this position on a limp leg.

We followed this with a wonderful group dinner, where we exchanged many more ideas, discussed things we were still struggling with, and had many laughs! Sunday we were back in the classroom in the morning, then moved back out in the work area where Daisy did a nail and gluing demo with the Performance N/G.

The Performance N/G both glued and nailed on with EasyShoe Bond and a few nails.

After the live demo, we retrieved our cadaver legs and finished up any prep work. We then split into groups depending on with application method we wanted to try. I chose to try out the Adhere method of gluing and Kevin led our group. 

The results after I cleaned up my glued hoof. Not too bad for a first try!

Finally, those of us who wanted to, were given the opportunity to practice nailing on our cadavers. Considering I haven't nailed in years, except the occasional lost shoe at an endurance ride for someone, or very occasional application of other synthetic shoes for a client, my nailing practice didn't turn out too bad. A tad low, and I was lacking the proper blocking tools, but overall I see I haven't forgotten how to do it!

Afterwards we wrapped up in the classroom with final thoughts and questions. The most exciting news at the end? We got to keep our cadaver legs if we wanted, to take home and dissect ourselves! I scored two other legs from participants that didn't think it was so awesome to take home several day old cadaver legs. I know, I am a nut to get excited over dead things, but they are comfortably chilling in my freezer right now, and I can't wait to find some time to pull them apart. A few nutty friends already expressed interest in watching as well.

I learned so much at the clinic! I suggest anyone with any interest in learning (of any kind related to hooves, not just gluing on shoes) attend one of the EasyShoe Clinics. You won't regret it. I walked away pretty confident I could at least start working with the shoe, and with a lot of good information about hoof anatomy, function, and new ways to trim. I just glued on a set of four shoes on my mare today, and did a crack-repair with a pair of front shoes on a POA as well. Though it took me more time than I would like, that is to be expected with any new skill you learn. I was quite satisfied with the end results of both gluings.

Natalie Herman

Report from the First EasyShoe Clinic in Plymouth, California

I had the honor of attending the first of the EasyShoe Clinics last weekend at the Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School in Plymouth, California. Presented in collaboration with Daisy Haven Farm and EasyCare, Inc., clinicians came from as far north as Washington State and as far east as Colorado. To hold the inaugural clinic at a renowned horseshoeing institution was proof positive that the EasyShoe is building bridges to new markets and building appeal to a wider customer base. 

Applying an EasyShoe Performance onto a live horse.

We all gathered around a salad and lasagna dinner before heading into the classroom and making introductions so we could get to know our fellow attendees. Most people there were trimmers or farriers, but we also had a good number of horse owners. Some had prior gluing experience, but many did not. Most trimmers were eager to expand their current business models into therapeutic work and saw the EasyShoe as a good tool to help them expand their client base in that direction. The last couple of hours on Friday evening was spent huddling around Paige Poss of Anatomy of the Equine while she mapped two cadaver feet before beginning the fascinating process of dissecting each of them all the way down to the coffin bone. It was mesmerizing to see how all the pieces connect, how they are attached, and where everything sits within the hoof capsule. 

Paige Poss begins the dissection of a cadaver hoof.

On Saturday morning, we reviewed lessons learned from the dissection exercise and discussed the benefits of mapping a hoof before trimming it, and how to set things up to prepare for applying the shoe. Daisy did an excellent job of demonstrating the biggest differences between trimming for a barefoot/booted protocol versus trimming for application of a permanent hoof protection device like the EasyShoe. With a barefoot trim, the practitioner is managing a subtractive process, whereas applying an EasyShoe is an additive process and requires a different methodology for trimming.

Explaining the importance of following each step methodically.

As the clinicians moved into the barn, we used a live horse to demonstrate two applications of the EasyShoe Performance. Daisy led a brief hoof mapping exercise on the horse before I went through the step-by-step process of gluing on a shoe using Vettec Adhere. The process requires a lot of cleaning and drying of the hoof capsule and sole, but if followed meticulously, the user can enjoy a virtually risk-free use of the shoes throughout the full trim cycle. Daisy followed up with a demonstration of applying the EasyShoe for a therapeutic application using EasyShoe Bond, the methacrylate glue that can also be used with the EasyShoe for any application. 

Understanding the hoof. Understanding the EasyShoe.

After lunch, the clinicians each used their own cadaver leg to begin the hands-on process of preparing and cleaning the hoof for applying the EasyShoe with their chosen method. Each cadaver foot needed first to be mapped, then trimmed appropriately. They then measured the hoof and assessed the appropriate size for their hoof. The day concluded with a recap of lessons learned, which particular challenges they had overcome, and which areas they felt needed to be addressed in anticipation of the gluing or nailing application the next day.

Megan Hensley working with her group using the EasyShoe Bond method.

On Sunday morning, another live horse was used to demonstrate preparation, application and removal of a more challenging case. Clinicians then broke into groups sorted by their desired application method (gluing with EasyShoe Bond; gluing with Adhere or nailing), with each group led by a team leader to work on the specific application process. Clinicians worked methodically through each of the steps and had many questions and moments to perfect their applications along the way. Each student benefited from the group setting and were able to apply lessons learned by others as well as themselves. 

The clinicians from the Plymouth, California event.

The clinic wrapped up on Sunday afternoon with a review of lessons learned, discussions about best practices for application and removal, and a look forward to each clinician's plan for next steps. Everyone who attended felt confident about their application, excited about the new markets and opportunities with the EasyShoe product line.

Three of the clinicians like their experience so much that they modified their schedules so they can attend the upcoming clinic in San Diego this weekend. The event, which will be held at the famous Arroyo Del Mar facility owned and run by Shannon and Steffan Peters, will feature presentations from Daisy Bicking, Ernest Woodward and Garrett Ford, as well as the dissection of a lower leg by Paige Poss. A few spots are still available if this is an activity you think could benefit you as a horse owner or as a hoof care practitioner. On-line registration forms are available by clicking here: EasyShoe Clinic Registration Form.

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.