Injecting Equi-Pak Soft into an Easyboot Glove after fitting the boot to the hoof. The Equi-Pak in injected through two pre-drilled holes.
I continue to stand by my guns and not recommend the EasyCare Comfort Pad System for Easyboot Gloves. Gloves were designed to have a low profile and only have a wall height of 35mm in the area of the quarters. This 35mm is the only wall contact with the hoof and is needed to keep the boot in place. Adding a 12mm or 6mm comfort pad inside a Glove elevates the hoof inside the boot and lessens the amount of contact the boot shell has with the hoof. The Easyboot Glove does not stay on the hoof as well when a comfort pad is used.
What to do, what to do? What is the solution for people who would like give their horse extra cushioning and still use the Easyboot Glove?
After trying many pad solutions, Equi-Pak Soft may just be the answer. I've been using Vettec Equi-Pak Soft inside the Gloves very successfully for tough mountain riding and rides where I know I will spend several miles on hard packed roads. Equi-Pak Soft provides a quick and soft pour-in pad which sets up in roughly 45 seconds. The perfect cushioning characteristics of the Equi-Pak Soft are injected into the sole of the Glove after the Glove is installed on the hoof. The holes in the boot sole are sealed by the material.
The red arrows point to the holes I drilled into the Glove shell. These holes allow the Equi-Pak Soft to be injected into the boot after it is placed on the hoof.
The material easily peels free from the boot and hoof.
The system has been working very well but does have a couple of down sides. It's a single use application (one ride) and as a result can be expensive. But in the end it's only the hoof and joint health of your horse you are trying to preserve. I personally would rather spend some money on a sound and healthy horse rather than look at a pasture ornament and wish I did!
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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.