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.

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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

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

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

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

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

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

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

easycare-president-ceo-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

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

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

California EasyShoe Clinics in March

Have you heard the news? Daisy Haven Farm will be offering five EasyShoe clinics across the US. Each 2 1/2 day clinic schedule starts on Friday evening and will focus on hoof anatomy, background on the EasyShoe and hands-on application techniques of all four shoe models. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot today. Participants may sign up using this on-line form: EasyShoe Clinic Registration. Please contact Daisy Bicking with any questions at Clinic@DaisyHavenFarm.com. Next month we are holding two EasyShoe clinic in California:
 
March 7-9th in Plymouth, CA
Host: Bob Smith
Facility: Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School
5225 Carbondale Road, Plymouth, CA 95669
 
March 14-16th in San Diego, CA
Host: Shannon Peters
Facility: Arroyo Del Mar
7070 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92130
 
 
Friday Agenda
4:30 PM: Registration and Dinner
5 PM-9 PM: Anatomy Presentation and Dissection
• Overview of the weekend.
• Presentation on hoof anatomy and terms.
• Dissection by Paige Poss in conjunction with x-ray comparison of anatomy.
 
Saturday Agenda 
8:30 AM: Breakfast and review of previous day, Q & A
9 AM-5 PM: Cadaver Work
• Demonstration of hoof trim and prep for glue.
• Participant hands-on hoof mapping and trimming using x-ray: reliably finding the external landmarks related to internal anatomy.
• Shoe fit and preparation for glue.
• Lunch offered during review of the morning work, continue work after lunch.
• Demonstration of shoe application.
• Wrap-up Q&A at end of day.
 
Sunday Agenda
8:30 AM: Breakfast and review of previous day, Q & A
9 AM-5 PM: Glue-On Shoe Day
• Participants hands on final hoof prep and glue on shoes, working as teams to watch and assist each other.
• Lunch offered during review of the morning work, continue work after lunch.
• Learn to nail offered after lunch.
• Wrap-up Q&A at end of day.
 
 
For additional information on the EasyShoe, read Garrett Ford's blog, Launching the New EasyShoe, and Kevin Myers' blog, Eight Things Everyone Should Know About the New EasyShoe. Additional clinics will be held at the following locations:
 
May 16-18th in Charlotte, NC
Host: Bryan Baire
Facility: Location TBD
Charlotte, NC 
 
June 13-15th in College Station, TX
Host: Dr. David Hood
Facility: TBD
College Station, TX
 
July 11-13th in South Lyon, MI
Host: Brian Smigielski
Facility: Gaited Acres Farm
6175 Mae Lane, South Lyon, MI
 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

 

2014 International EasyShoe Clinic & Events Schedule

If you're interested in learning more about background and application of the new EasyShoe, we've got good news for you: a series of clinics and representation by key EasyCare staff and dealers is already in place.
 
 
1. Daisy Haven Farm will be offering five EasyShoe clinics across the US. This 2 1/2 day clinic schedule starts on Friday evening and will focus on hoof anatomy, background on the EasyShoe and hands-on application techniques of all four shoe models. 
 
Agenda
- Friday 4:30 PM: Registration and Dinner
- Friday 5 PM-9 PM: Anatomy Presentation and Dissection
• Overview of the weekend.
• Presentation on hoof anatomy and terms.
• Dissection by Paige Poss in conjunction with x-ray comparison of anatomy.
 
- Saturday 8:30 AM: Breakfast and review of previous day, Q & A
- Saturday 9 AM-5 PM: Cadaver Work
• Demonstration of hoof trim and prep for glue.
• Participant hands-on hoof mapping and trimming using x-ray: reliably finding the external landmarks related to internal anatomy.
• Shoe fit and preparation for glue.
• Lunch offered during review of the morning work, continue work after lunch.
• Demonstration of shoe application.
• Wrap-up Q&A at end of day.
 
- Sunday 8:30 AM: Breakfast and review of previous day, Q & A
- Sunday 9 AM-5 PM: Glue-On Shoe Day
• Participants hands on final hoof prep and glue on shoes, working as teams to watch and assist each other.
• Lunch offered during review of the morning work, continue work after lunch.
• Learn to nail offered after lunch.
• Wrap-up Q&A at end of day.
 
 
Clinic Schedule
The cost to participate in the clinic is $299.00 (attendance is capped at 40 people). Auditor spaces are also available for $125.00 (auditor attendance is capped at 15 people). The clinic must be paid for in full at time of registration. Participants may sign up using this on-line form: EasyShoe Clinic Registration. Please be sure to identify which location you are signing up for. 
 
March 7-9th in Plymouth, CA
Host: Bob Smith
Facility: Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School
5225 Carbondale Road, Plymouth, CA 95669
 
March 14-16th in San Diego, CA
Host: Shannon Peters
Facility: Arroyo Del Mar
7070 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92130
 
May 16-18th in Charlotte, NC
Host: Bryan Baire
Facility: Location TBD
Charlotte, NC 
 
June 13-15th in College Station, TX
Host: Dr. David Hood
Facility: TBD
College Station, TX
 
July 11-13th in South Lyon, MI
Host: Brian Smigielski
Facility: Gaited Acres Farm
6175 Mae Lane, South Lyon, MI
 
 
2. EasyCare will also have representation at the events listed below: 
  • International Hoof Care Summit - Cincinnati, Ohio. January 28-31, 2014.
  • Strohm Open House, Dusseldorf, Germany. February 6-9, 2014.
  • BETA International - Birmingham, England, February 16-18, 2014.
  • EasyShoe Clinic - Durham, England. February February 19, 2014.
  • EasyShoe Clinic - Bodalla, Australia. February 20, 2014.
  • Easycare Down Under EasyShoe Clinic - Melbourne, Australia. February 23, 2014.
  • SPOGA Horse - Cologne, Germany. August 31 - September 2, 2014.
  • Equitana Asia - Melbourne, Australia. November 20-23, 2014.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

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

 

Glu-Tech Seminar - A Broad Spectrum of Gluing Techniques

I had the honor of attending the Glu-Tech seminar on November 14 & 15, 2013 at the Ocala Breeder's Sales Center in Florida. The event was hosted by International Horseshoeing Hall of Fame inductee, Tom Curl, who has 38 years of hoof care experience. 

Tom Curl with Big Brown, 2008 Kentucky Derby Winner.

The list of speakers was impressive, and after Tom welcomed the attendees, it was clear that the finest gluing practitioners in the world had been assembled to share information and techniques publicly. It was even more clear that EasyCare's role as a thought leader in the application of hoof protection devices is well established. Each of five speakers had one hour to make a PowerPoint presentation and to apply their hoof protection device gluing protocol on one foot of a live horse.

Ian McKinlay of Tenderhoof Solutions presented case studies of hoof rehabilitation using Yasha Glue-On Shoes. He spoke at some length about the importance of allowing the hoof to expand and contract to remain healthy and vascular. As a farrier who has been working in alternative hoof protection device applications since the 1970s, his presentation was both fascinating and inspiring. 

Leah Clarke applies the Sticky Shoe. 

Leah Clarke, whose early years were connected to the world of endurance from her home in California, presented a gluing application of the Sticky Shoe, manufactured by the Thoro'bred Race Plate Company. I was particularly fascinated by the user kit the shoes come in: they contain everything you need for the gluing application, even a set of latex gloves. Leah later presented some case studies of quarter crack repair and lacing techniques to repair hooves. 

Tab Pigg from Vettec presented application of steel shoes using Vettec Adhere. If you have ever used the Easyboot Glue-On, you will know that Adhere is one of the recommended glues for applying the boot.

Curtis presents at the auditorium in the OBS facility. 

Curtis Burns of No Anvil LLC was the next to present the application of the Burns Polyflex Shoe. Curtis and Garrett Ford have worked in close partnership for more than two years as the design of the EasyShoe evolved. Curtis' application technique was characteristically meticulous. And as the hoof care practitioner responsible for Mucho Macho Man, Curtis has to know the best application methods on earth. And they appear to work: Mucho Macho Man won first place at the Breeder's Cup last month, bringing home an astonishing $5,000,000 purse for the win.

Garrett applies an Easyboot Glue-On. The entire event was filmed, with close-ups projected in real time onto a giant screen.

The first day closed with a presentation by Garrett Ford on how to glue on the Easyboot Glue-On. Garrett's application is almost as meticulous as Curtis'. His current application technique can be seen on the videos section of the EasyCare website.

One of the Glu-Tech Seminar attendees works with Garrett Ford to apply an EasyShoe to a Blacksmith Buddy.

On day two, each of the attendees worked in a hands-on setting with the presenters. Attendees picked who they worked with and applied the various forms of hoof devices using their preferred glue. Rather than using live horses, each presenter worked with a Blacksmith Buddy - essentially a life-sized prosthetic horse leg attached to a stand. The hooves are interchangeable, so the opportunities for teaching application methods using the Blacksmith Buddy are limitless.  

There were four key takeaway points for me:

  1. Gluing techniques vary dramatically. The key to successful application of the Easyboot Glue-On and the upcoming EasyShoe models rely upon careful and meticulous application methods. 
  2. Glue provides the bridge between steel shod and barefoot protocols. If you've felt like barefoot/booted and shod worlds are in a different universe; think again. Gluing applications of hoof protection devices have been around since the 1970s. Many of the hoof flexion benefits of barefoot/booted principles are alive and well in the glue-on shoe world. 
  3. The EasyShoe is eagerly anticipated across all sections of the hoof care world - the ease of application and the flexion properties will be key in its broad mass appeal as compared to all other glued hoof protection devices on the market today.
  4. As Garrett Ford put  it; "we're not selling horse shoes - we're selling what our shoes can do for the horse."

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

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

 

Alternative Uses of a Horseshoe Nail

You might never have an interest in nailing a horse shoe on a hoof but if you are a natural hoof care provider, rider, or horse owner, the horseshoe nail can still serve you very well.

Here are five alternative uses for horseshoe nails:

1. Explore the depth and severity of white line separation.

Horseshoe nails are very pointed, no other nail or hoof pick is thin enough to be inserted into the white line to clean out decayed tissue, debris, small embedded pebbles and prepare it for treatment. Simply insert the nail and scrape the separated white line clean, then apply treatment solution. The same applies for cleaning out collateral grooves.

 

2. Explore the frog for thrush.

Not every crack in the frog means thrush. With a horseshoe nail it is easy to find out and check the frog for sensitivity, decay and bacterial invasion.

 

3. Estimate the thickness of the sole by measuring the depth of the collateral grooves. With the pointed end of the nail it is easy to get to the bottom of the groove. Unless you use a Precision Hoof pick, which has a pointed end and a reading scale, a horseshoe nail is second best. Lay your rasp over the level and flat trimmed heels, place the nail to the bottom of the groove and use your fingernail or a marker to fixate the spot where it hits the rasp. Then pull the nail out and measure the distance.

The distance below, marked by the fingernail, is 2 cm, about 3/4 of an inch.

 

4. Clear the channels in the Vettec Adhere tube. Sometimes, when tubes have already been used previously, little plugs can form and obstruct the openings. This is really bad news if a mixing tip is already attached and an uneven flow of glue comes out. A nail tip can clean it out quickly and easily.

 

5. Clear debris from a screw. Need to replace a gaiter on your Easyboot Glove? Tighten a screw on your gaiter or the power strap? ( I highly recommend doing this after each ride using Gloves). After a ride with Easyboot Gloves, most screw heads are filled with debris. Somehow the sand and grit forms such a hard fill that your phillips screwdriver cannot get a bite. A horseshoe nail allow you to clean the slots out with minimal effort.

This screw slot is filled tightly with debris.

Can you think of any additional usages of a horseshoe nail? Please share them with us.

 

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Christoph Schork

Global Endurance Training Center