Excitement for the EasyShoe has been overwhelming. Testing is validating our theories that this flexible device moves with the hoof and allows the heel to flex both vertically and horizontally. The first horse to wear them in a 50-mile race not only won the race but also received the best condition award. Another endurance/trail horse in Colorado spent ten weeks in the EasyShoe with no ill effects to the hoof. Ernest Woodward of the So-Cal Equine Podiatry Center, and the May 2013 EasyCare Dealer of the Month, is seeing positive results on a dressage horse.
Dressage in the EasyShoe
I was personally responsible for the ten-week test on my horse named TNT. Yes, ten weeks. And yes, I'm fully aware that ten weeks is way too long, but we need to see if there are any ill effects from extended use. Many times I ask my personal horses to go above and beyond in order to collect data for the horses that will follow. I would much rather resolve issues with my personal horses and make corrections before offering products to the public.
TNT immediately after removing the 10 week EasyShoes and getting a fresh trim.
With the EasyShoe being new we are looking at many areas including:
- Will the horse be hoof sore when the shoes are removed?
- Will extended use cause the adhesive bond to fail?
- How will the EasyShoe work as a transition device to take a horse from steel shoes to barefoot?
- Will the vertical and horizontal movement heel movement allowed in an EasyShoe strengthen and build the internal structures of the hoof?
- Will there be evidence of the heels contracting or expanding with time?
- How will the shoes wear over a ten-week period?
- What are the best methods for removal and how will the adhesive bond be after ten weeks?
- Does the device fill a gap in the industry? Are there reasons for an equine professional to use the EasyShoe?
After ten weeks in the EasyShoe and a quick trip to the round pen.
After ten I didn't know how strong the bond would be. Would there be much left holding the shoe in place? The video below shows my first failed attempt to remove an EasyShoe. I didn't expect the bond between the cuffs and the hoof wall to be so secure.
Removal with pulloffs. Fail.
As you can see from the video above the bond between the hoof wall and the cuff was still very secure. In the video below, I try another method and try and break the bond between the cuff and hoof with a large flat screw driver.
Removal with flat screwdriver. Success but not ideal.
Although the screwdriver technique worked, it's not the easy removal solution I'm looking for. My next attempt and the video below shows how I removed the cuff with a rasp.
The EasyShoe is looking good and we are pushing all other size molds forward. We expect to be able to offer product to the public in a variety of sizes by early August, 2013. Updates and news will be posted in EasyCare Newsletters and the Easyboot Facebook page.
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.