Several months ago, Curtis Burns and I sat down and challenged each other to come up with a better medical hoof boot. We both felt the products on the market could be improved to better serve the laminitic and foundered horses. In addition, we felt a product line could be improved to give professionals more options during a treatment cycle. Our main goals were to develop a new boot with the following features:
The Easyboot Stratus in the prototype area.
1. High quality materials.
2. Soft internal materials to prevent rubbing.
3. Fastening system and sole shape to prevent twisting.
4. Tread system that accepts the EasyCare Therapy Click System.
5. Each boot will come with a pad system.
Easyboot Stratus. Getting Close.
One of the features of the boot that I'm most excited about is the fastening system. The system has an internal piece of webbing that hugs the contours of the horses heel when fastened. The webbing runs between the layers of the boot, doesn't actually touch the horse but places pressure in the right areas. This strap keeps the heel down and prevents twisting.
Cut away view of the heel area. Easy to see how the internal webbing strap holds the boot in place.
Non cutaway version shows how the webbing exits the boot.
Each boot will come with a the Stratus Pad System and 15 stabilization rods. The system will allow professionals to custom design a pad for each horse and change the pad during the treatment cycle. Rods are made of different densities and are inserted into the pad to add/change or remove cushion.
The pad with 15 comfort rods. Different colors for different density.
We are excited about the Stratus project and believe it will help horses and the professionals that treat them. Looking at a late 2017 or early 2018 launch.
I have been President 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.