I was recently looking at the last seven years of statistics from the Tevis Cup 100 mile horse race. Although I'm a big believer in hoof protection products that give the hoof the ability to move as nature intended it's nice to see real numbers from the most difficult and demanding horse event in the world that support my beliefs. Results for the Tevis Cup show that EasyCare's products not only work but they outperform other types of hoof protection.
Here are some interesting numbers from the last seven years of the Tevis Cup.
1. 53.07% of starting riders finished the event, 61.68% of starting riders in Easyboots finished the event, 50.36% of starting riders not using Easyboots finished the event. In 2011, 75.68% of starting riders in Easyboots finished the event!
2. 6 of the last 7 Haggin Cup (Best Condition) winners used Easyboots.
3. 5 of the last 7 Tevis Cup (race winner) winners used Easyboots.
4. In 2016 the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishers used Easyboots.
2016 Haggin Cup Winners. Lisa Ford and GE Cyclone.
I'm not a statistician but those numbers tell me that flexible, urethane hoof protection excels at the most demanding 100 mile horse race in the world. You are more likely to finish if your horse starts in Easyboots, you are more likely to win the Haggin Cup and you and more likely to win the Tevis Cup if your horse is fitted with Easyboots. Yes, there are many that still want to argue that hoof boots don't work, are a fad, are for tree huggers, etc. but just looking at numbers from the last seven years, it's a hard argument to win.
So what's next? We believe in our products, we believe we have a nice range that covers many types of disciplines and EasyCare can accommodate Mini horses up to some of the smaller draft breeds. Although we are happy with our line there is always room for new products that can help horses, are easier to apply or are more economical. Below is a short list of what we have in the works and some quick thoughts on each.
1. EasyShoe Flex. A flexible steel core over molded in urethane. Intended to be nailed on the hoof. Yes, many people do not like nails but at the same time complain of the costs associated with glue. We believe this shoe will be a healthier alternative to many of the nail-on products in the market. Open heel, full heel with frog support and different clip options. The open ended nailing slots are very unique and make the product much easier to apply. Take a look at a recent Easyboot Facebook post on the EasyShoe Flex.
EasyShoe Flex Ground Surface.
2. Easyboot Slipper, Easyboot Love Child or BFM. A cross between the Easyboot Glue-On Shell and the EasyShoe Performance. It allows more movement in the heels than the Easyboot Glue-On Shell and is easier than the EasyShoe Performance to apply. In the future we plan to integrate a gaiter on this shell. Take a look at a recent Easyboot Facebook post on the product. In 48 hours we received 200+ applications to help test the new design.
Easyboot Slipper/Love Child/BMF
3. Easyboot Sneaker. A new multidimensional boot for riding, turnout and therapy. The boot has a unique strap system that hugs the heel bulbs and prevents boot rotation when tightened. The sole is a rubber/urethane blend and is more flexible than a total urethane product. We will be looking for riders to help test this product in a new BETA release program. More information to follow.
4. The Old Mac's G2 is back. We have brought back the G2 for 2017. In addition we are testing a wide version that is wider than long.
Old Mac's G2 Wide in testing.
5. Easyboot Fly. Features a shell that accepts three different gaiter types. The design allows for adjustment in length, heel height and allows for heel pivot. It's testing well and we will be reaching out to include testers soon.
Easyboot Fly from the back.
We look forward to getting these products tested and to market. In the near future we will be reaching out to horse owners, vets and hoof care professionals that would like to be involved in BETA releases and product testing.
We are excited about these products and feel they work in conjunction with the "Smart Structure" of the hoof. What product do you believe will be the most helpful in the horse industry?
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.