The EasyShoe Flex horse shoe line is finally here! In the warehouse and shipping now.
Curtis Burns and I have worked many hours on this shoe and are very happy with the final result. It has a long wearing, shock absorbing urethane tread with a flexible spring steel core. Both Curtis and I believe the EasyShoe Flex line will help many horses and fills a niche in the industry. Another arrow in the quiver.
What's different about this urethane shoe?
The biggest challenge with other urethane shoes is stability. Urethane shoes without an internal nail plate have a tendency to both "cup" and have nail clinches loosen with time. Adding a solid steel core solves the nail issue but does not allow hoof mechanism. We believe we have solved both of the urethane challenges by adding a spring steel core. The spring steel core promotes hoof mechanism and allows a solid anchor for nail clinching. In addition, the shape of the spring steel core solves the cupping and sole pressure problems that plague many other urethane shoe designs.
A Nail-on urethane/steel hybrid that promotes hoof mechanism.
Watch the shoe flex under load. Hoof mechanism with each foot fall.
What our EasyCare dealers and horse owners need to know:
1. We have inventory in our warehouse of all styles and are shipping now. Dealers and consumers can place orders here.
2. There are 4 styles. EasyShoe Flex Open Heel, EasyShoe Flex Heart Bar, EasyShoe Flex Full Heart Bar and EasyShoe Flex Light. The open heel, heart bar and full heart bar are available with toe clips or side clips.
3. All sizes and styles are the same price except for the EasyShoe Flex Light. The Flex Light is a lower price point.
Open nail slots and clear urethane provide accurate nail placement.
The four biggest take home messages for the farrier:
1. The EasyShoe is very easy to apply. Any farrier can do it. The EasyShoe Flex line is not shaped with an anvil, the shoe is shaped by removing material with a belt sander or band saw. Watch Tim Cable apply the shoe in the video below.
2. Nails can be driven through the clear urethane window or holes can be pre-drilled. If the holes are pre-drilled, nailing is very accurate and no different that other nail on applications. The clear urethane material make the white line easy to see.
3. Wear is very great! Most people can expect a reset. The urethane is very hard wearing and the wide web makes for extended longevity.
4. It's easy to fit both front and back feet with the same pattern. Simply trace and remove material to match the shape of the hoof. The open nail slots provide plenty of adjustment after material is removed for accurate nail placement.
We hope your horses enjoy the new design. It's been a fun project that both Curtis and myself believe fills a niche in the equestrian industry.