The Art of the EasyShoe Sport, A Few Tips From a Pro

Submitted by Tennessee Lane, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

This past weekend I had the pleasure of having my EasyShoe Sports applied by Derick Vaughn. I just want to share some pics I took during the process and make note of some tricks that I, personally, had not yet picked up on, although it was pointed out to me that "it's all in the pamphlet," LOL.  These pictures were taken at this past weekend's Antelope Island Endurance Ride. The horse (Bluff,) did the 100-miler there wearing these EasyShoe Sports and finished strong and sound.  He encountered everything from steep to flat and extremely rocky terrain (like REALLY rocky,) to hard packed roads, to perfectly shallow sand, to deep sand, to firm dirt. He covered the 100 miles of diverse terrain at all gaits, steady slow climbs and descents, galloping climbs, long cantering sessions, long trotting sessions, even some sideways running through boulder fields and sagebrush (because he's still learning, and we might have had some disagreements on pace, and so briefly lost brakes and power steering on a few occasions until we came to an understanding.)

I have glued this product on several times before with great success using only adhere and a rasp, they have protected my horses' feet through several multidays and 100's that way. That's easy and awesome but Derick did an AMAZING job so here are the main differences... (Pictures will follow with corresponding #s.)  If you haven't already been through this process then you should consider watching the application videos for this product, because I'm not going through it all here, I'm just noting a few things that definitely got my attention while watching a pro turn my simple trim into a work of art. I thought I would share since some of you might want to raise the bar on your process.

My observations:  #1 He used Adhere (fast set up) on the bottom and Bond (slower set up) on the wings.  #2 He used a "Buffy" power tool that greatly reduces work/time while improving everything from functionality to aesthetics. I've been thinking that I could live with out one, but I was wrong, it's official, I can't live without one.  #3   He used a hoof nail, driven into the toe of the EasyShoe, to prevent the hoof from slipping forward when it was first set down after the bottom was glued. He was sure to place that nail in such a way that the breakover was exactly where he wanted it. (This was the most important trick I picked up on, I'm not sure how I missed that on the first go'round.) #4 Did I mention the Buffy?  #5 He sealed the edges with super glue to prevent "the beginning of the end," and keep all the bond-to-hoof edges sealed tight. Beautiful overkill and much appreciated by Bluff and I. Thank you, Derick, for your attention to detail and for enlightening me! You're an artist!

#1 The white glue used on the wings is the Bond (finished product shown)

#2   Using the Buffy as an extra step in the hoof prep routine, it was later used to clean up the glue job once everything had setup. 

#3  The nail keeps the hoof from sliding forward for that brief second when it's still wet and they put weight on it, where you place it allows you to adjust breakover.

#4 The Buffy beautifies...

#5 Super Glue polish job

Absolutely beautiful! 

AND IMMEDIATELY AFTER 100 MILES...still fabulous!

The "Sports" are an awesome product, I've been testing them for a year or so now and I plan to use them them again, and often. I did feel a bit naked on the rocks, with his little frogs and soles unprotected and unsupported, when they usually are protected and supported in products like Gloves, Glue-Ons and the EasyShoe Performance.  Regardless, they protected my horse's hooves in extremely rocky conditions very successfully so I STILL have no complaints to think of. I would especially consider them at rides where, instead of worrying about rocks, I'm worried about traction on turf, or in mud, snow or sand. They're also great to leave on for a full trim cycle. Love them!

 

Tevis 2015: Meet Easyboot Elite Team Member Deanna Stoppler

Submitted by Ashley Gasky, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

Deanna Stoppler AF is a member of the 2015 Easyboot Elite team. She is among 5 other elite professionals charged with the task of gluing on boot shells to equine competitors at the 2015 Tevis Endurance race.

Deanna began her hoof care career in 2011, riding with a local farrier, then completing a semester at Mission Farrier School(MFS) in May of 2012. After MFS, Deanna began coursework with Daisy Haven Farm: School of Integrative Hoofcare and has 137 hours in coursework to her credit. Currently she maintains a busy schedule; trimming, shoeing in metal and plastic, glues on shoes, and sizing for EasyCare boots. An average month will have her working on upwards of 160 horses. 

Deanna lives and works in Fairfax, Vermont with her husband, Dave, three dogs, and two horses. Growing up in Alberta, Canada she has an affinity for the cooler northern climates, and actually complains about the hot summers of Vermont, though she appreciates having four solid seasons and the awesome autumn landscape. 

Living in a rural community has provided Deanna with a sense of small town loyalty and camaraderie."You can find good coffee almost anywhere in the state; small general stores that have been around for over 100 years, where owners know their customers by name and it's easy to find fresh baked cinnamon buns if you stop first thing in the morning", she claims.

From the small family farms, bounty of horses, and rugged scenery to look at as she drives from barn to barn, or to explore on days off, she enjoys the sweet offerings of Vermont life. Maple syrup is a Vermont tradition, and one that Deanna and family are happy to support.   

When asked to choose three of the greatest influences to her hoof care practice Deanna names Mark Plumlee, Daisy Bicking, and Esco Buff. Mark Plumlee, owner and instructor of Mission Farrier School, taught Deanna everything she needed to know to get out in the workplace and start a farriery business. "He taught me confidence, how to speak to clients, and how to manage a successful farrier business." she notes. 

Daisy Bicking, owner of Daisy Haven Farm, "advanced my trimming skill set and helped me approach founder in a new way" says Deanna. "She taught me more about gluing on plastic shoes and how to approach my trim using radiographs as a tool".  Deanna and Daisy traveled to Lagos, Nigeria in 2013 to shoe polo ponies and educate the local farriers. 

Deanna credits Esco Buff with continuing her radiography skill set and helping her think about trimming and shoeing in regard to whole horse balance.

While the challenges of being a farrier, and running a hoof care business are many, Deanna lists three she perceives to be the most influential:

1. Horse obesity and founder as a result. If I can teach the owners to be proactive before their horse has a problem, that’s most of the battle, often though I find that horses that are obese are not necessarily viewed by the owner as obese. It’s difficult to change that owner mind set.

2. Moisture. We live in a very wet environment in Vermont. The feet take a beating with humidity and wet conditions. I look forward to working on CA feet at the Tevis Cup. Dry hooves=heaven!

3.Trying to help the horse while navigating through different theoretical approaches about hoof care with veterinarians. Not all approaches are the same and it can be tricky meeting on common ground."

In the excitement building up to Tevis 2015 Deanna is most excited to experience the camaraderie of the elite team. Stating "I’m very excited to spend the days working side by side with professionals as passionate as myself. To focus on a common goal with a group of talented farriers. To feeling the excitement as prepare horses' feet for the grueling 100-mile race. Team memories being made. Can't wait!"

The proudest moment of Deanna's hoof care career came as a result of her trip to Nigeria. 

"After I returned home, one of the farriers that I had worked with, Bello Gali, sent me an email with a photo of a foot that he had mapped and shod. I was very proud that he was reflecting on his work and felt it was important to share with me. From the photo is was obvious that he had retained the information I taught him. I will never forget the happiness of seeing that photo and how proud I felt."

You may have met Deanna, perhaps more than once, or even had her work on your horses, but did you know she HITCHHIKED from Maine, USA to Alberta, Canada during a college break? It was an exciting, frightening, and unforgettable journey. Be sure to ask her why this is her favorite song.

 

It's Getting Hot

No, not discussing politics. Sorry to disappoint you if you expect a juicy commentary. Not talking about the upcoming summer temperatures. Actually talking about a killer heat. And no, not discussing global warming either.

Rather a heat that will kill bacteria, spores and fungi so EasyShoes and Easyboot Glue-Ons can be safely applied. 

Before applying any glue, for example Vettec Adhere, to any hooves, these have to be dry and clean from soil and dust. Otherwise the adhesion will be compromised and the shoes and boots might not stay on. Adhesion is only one of our concerns, of equal importance is that the harmful bacteria. Spores and fungi are not getting any chance of doing harm inside the boot once it is glued on the hoof. To achieve this goal, we have some tools available to thoroughly sanitize the hooves and literally burn off any of the damaging parasites. I would encourage you to revisit some of the Glue on Educational Videos produced by EasyCare. Also helpful might be to revisit my blog from two years ago about gluing Easyboots.

To achieve our goal, we have a few options available.

1. Heat Guns. 

With these tools, available at just about any hardware store, we can get the temperatures high enough to kill any harmful bacteria and thoroughly dry the hoof wall and sole. When using them a couple of times a week, they typically last one year. It seems they build in such a short life span in all brands, so that we all have to buy a new one on a yearly basis. A more expensive heat gun will not last longer, just might produce a little more heat.

This model has a variable temperature setting, nice to have especially when temps are cold. It is important to keep the heat gun very close to the horses hoof, otherwise the desired effect of burning off harmful bacteria cannot get achieved. Hold it as close to the hoof as half an inch. You might want to feel, hear and observe a little burning  of hoof material.

Here the hoof rasp shavings are just getting brown and cinched. A good sign that you achieved the right heat to dry and sanitize the hoof wall and sole.

2.Hardware Store Torch

Torches are hotter compared to a heat gun. You do not need a power supply, so they are great in the field. The torch also has a pointed flame, ideal to get into the collateral grooves. Because of the higher heat setting, you only need a few seconds to dry and sanitize the hoof.

This model is fairly inexpensive. Works great if there is no wind. With any wind higher than 10 mph, the flame will extinguish.

3. Bonjour Torch

This torch you can get from kitchen supply stores or Amazon. It is commonly used for flambeaus and Creme Brulees. A little bigger compared to the Bernzomatic above, it produces a slightly higher temp and can withstand higher winds. 15 mph are about the limit on this one.

For both models listed above, you need a refill bottle, easily available at hardware stores. To refill the torches, turn them upside down, push the filler cap into the fill opening and push down.

4. AD Kitchen Firebird Torch

This torch is even hotter. Available also at Amazon. A gas bottle attaches directly to the burner. Easy to use, it can handle even higher winds, up to 20 mph.

The Firebird torch is a nice handy tool, easy to use. A disadvantage is the fact that it needs about a 2 minute warm up period. Otherwise flaring will occur when you tilt the torch more than 15 degrees from the vertical, which you will have to do when using it on the hoof. Just let it stand for two minutes to warm up, then you can angle it whichever way you like.

Don't burn yourself or your horse, just kill the bacteria. Select the model and type that will fit your needs the best.

From The Bootmeister

Christoph Schork

www.globalendurance.com

 

Tevis 2015: Meet Easyboot Elite Team Member Ashley Gasky

Ashley Gasky began trimming horses in the summer of 2010 when she asked a visiting farrier to remove her horse's shoes. By the fall of 2010, she had been introduced to Dr. Judith Shoemaker's work and attended a hoof care clinic hosted at her facility in Nottingham, PA. Following this clinic on hoof distortion, she volunteered at various postural rehabilitation clinics with Doctors Shoemaker and Gellman who were frequently assisted by Elizabeth Reese, Daisy Bicking and Lee Follett. Her immersion into the postural rehabilitation paradigm was life-changing. It enabled her to correct her horse's feet and the rest of her horse's body. By 2012, Ashley's knowledge and reputation as a hoof care practitioner had evolved. She flew to California to attend the Epona Shoe Institute and began taking her career in hoof care very seriously. In 2013, she joined the American Association of Professional Farriers, an organization dedicated to continued education.

Barefoot trimming in a perfect barn environment with the help of a trusty Hoofjack.

A large percentage of Ashley's practice is dedicated to barefoot horses. She is able to fit them for boots or shoe them as necessary. She considers shoeing in composite materials (non-metal shoes) to be her niche. In working with Curtis Burns, she feels she has learned a highly effective gluing technique. The technique does not require special treatment of the horse while the glue-on shoes are being applied. Ashley works with a client base of 75 - 100 horses on a regular basis and about a dozen other emergency cases per year.

Ashley is based in rural Saratoga County, New York. There are approximately 11,000 horses in Saratoga county, making it a great place to be in the horse business. She lives 15 minutes from the town where she was raised, so technically she knows somebody who knows somebody on every street corner, for miles. When asked what she values most about her home base, she credits the land, the flora and fauna, the pure dichotomy of the sophisticated Saratoga Springs in the summer with the rough and ready agriculture-based communities that surround it. 

Working at an anvil.

We asked Ashley about the greatest influences on her work. She acknowledges Dr. Judith Shoemaker because without her, postural rehabilitation would not be a teachable practice. She names Esco Buff because of his insurmountable presence and patience. He has also helped Ashley develop her business skills and build an efficient, effective whole-horse approach to farriery. Esco, she says, is a walking, talking search engine of information on the equine hoof. Ashley's final nominee is Curtis Burns, who helped remodel her gluing techniques to be highly effective under all circumstances.

When identifying the three greatest challenges in her hoof care practice today, Ashley lists time, money, and environmental stressors. Time, she says, is the greatest limiting factor for us all. Money is a necessary evil. Environmental stressors are not nearly so cut and dry for her: they can be anything from terrain that is too wet or too dry for proper hoof health. It can be a barn environment that is not conducive to hoof and horse care, or it can be a rich green pasture that leads a susceptible horse down a painful path to laminitis. 

Curtis Burns (also on the Easyboot Elite team) and Ashley Gasky.

When Ashley contemplates the 2015 Tevis gluing activities, she is most excited to see the horses she's worked on go out and compete in the toughest endurance race in the world. She will be feeling the struggle and the triumph of each horse. When you see Ashley in Auburn at the Tevis Easyboot Elite gluing event in July 2015, be sure to ask her personally about her passion for dancing. She dances swing, salsa, and even blues. Anyone up for a dance?

The Easyboot Elite team is a group of six gluing professionals from around the country who will spend the week before the 2015 edition of the Western States Endurance Ride gluing Easyboot Glue-Ons onto horses entered to compete in the ride. Together, they form the most accomplished and sophisticated team of gluing professionals in the world.

Kevin Myers

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Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

Secrets of the Savvy

Been looking for a squishy sidekick for your EasyShoes and Boots? We now have just the ticket! Glue U Shufill Silicones come in four densities from gummy bear soft to pencil eraser firm,sure to suit even the most discriminating equine. We also have Glue U’s DIM style two part putty at a price that will give you a double take. Possibilities for application for shoes as well as boots are limitless and we can’t wait to see what you come up with! 

This video shows the Durango Customer Service Team hands on with the Glue U line. Here you will see set times and densities compared as well as a few simple tips for using the Shufill and Putty.

 

 

 
 
Hoof Care/Vet dealers please contact Debbie Schwiebert dschwiebert@easycareinc.com and/or Rebecca Balboni rebecca.balboni@easycareinc.com for more info and pricing.

Forgetting Something?

Relax! Don't worry too much, it is not age related and it is nobody's fault. It is just a fact. And it is not a surprise, either. Research has shown our average retention rate as follows:

- 15% what we hear

- 30% what we see

- 70% what we actually do and practice

Yes, these numbers vary depending on what kind of learner we are, but for the most part are about right as an average. So, the old style lecture without visual aid is of very limited learning value. 

Many of us have read blogs and watched videos of how to apply Glue-on Easyboots, for example. But, I hear if over and over again during my travels, many still do not feel comfortable doing it. Because our learning is incomplete when only reading and watching. We need the actual hands-on experience to get a good sense and feeling confident to do it. Then we need the practice. Practice itself does not make perfect, only Perfect Practice Makes Perfect.

That is where the Bootmeister's Clinics come in handy. During these Clinics, participants will have ample opportunities to practice, make mistakes, correct them and do it better the next time around.

Two Clinic participants practicing as a team, applying Easyboot Glue-ons.

With more participants, a station approach works very well. Three to four stations with teams of 2 working together and everybody gets to practice. 

For the 2015 horse competition year, I have scheduled quite a few learning and practicing opportunities for everybody. Yes, because of my personal involvement in endurance events, most of these clinics will either take place in conjunction with endurance races or will be conducted at Global Endurance Training Center in Moab, Utah. That does not mean that these clinics are only open for endurance riders. EVERYBODY interested is invited to join in, no matter what your favorite equestrian discipline happens to be. The following list of scheduled educational seminars and workshops is in chronological order, by clicking on the highlighted name link, you get all the necessary details for the event.

Antelope Island, Utah. 

April 10th, 5 pm. At Base Camp of Endurance Ride. Duration: 1 hr. Lots of visual aids and short demonstrations. Because of time restraint, no actual practice will be possible. 

Mt Carmel, Utah

April 28th 10 am. At Base Camp. This will be a 5 hour hands on practicing opportunity. Bring your own horse and you can learn applying any kind of Easyboots or EasyShoes. Preregistration required by contacting the Bootmeister or GETC by phone or email. 

Hells Kitchen, Utah

May 15th, 2pm. At Base Camp. Preregistration required for hands on practice. 3 hour practice possible. 

City of Rocks, Idaho

June 3rd, 2 pm. At Base Camp. Preregistration required for hands on practice. 3 hours allocated.

-Strawberry Fields, Utah

June 18th, 2pm. At Base Camp. Preregistration required. 2 hours allocated.

There is no fee charged for any of the above listed opportunities. 

Later in the year, you will have the chance to watch the Elite Tevis Gluing Team work on gluing Easyboots at Auburn, California. This is a watch only session, but a great opportunity to see the best in the country gluing Easyboots on up to 50 horses. The dates are in the week prior to the Tevis Cup. For details you may visit the EasyCare website in June/July this year

If demands requires it, I will consider additional clinics in the fall at various rides, with details then forthcoming at an appropriate time. 

In November, GETC is organizing another F Balance Trimming Clinic in Moab, Utah. We did conduct a similar clinic last year and you can read up on it again on last years blog, What In The World Is The F-Balance?

Full class room of F Balance students in Germany.

F Balance Certification Courses are now held all over the world. In April, Daniel Anz, the Founder of the F Balance concept and Stephan Stich, his partner,  are  conducting the first clinic in China. The pair is truly conquering the trimming world with their concept.

The GETC Seminar will be a combination Trimming/Gluing clinic with lots of hands on practice time. We are working on combining it with an Acupressure Treatment Clinic, so I am very excited about this. During last years clinic, I was the first Hoof Trimmer of the USA to certify as an F Balance Professional. Also visit the F-Balance website to learn more about F Balance. If interested in this kind of clinic, please contact me soon or leave a comment under this blog.

For our European Blog readers, two workshops are being held in Europe end of October.  Details forthcoming on FB and EasyCare and GETC websites. 

 

From the desk of the Bootmeister

Christoph Schork

Global Endurance Training Center

 

Easy Cuff for Gloves

Submitted by Pascale Winckler, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

I had been happily using Easyboots as a pleasure rider when friends initiated me into endurance riding. With competition came the need to have a boot that stays on the hoof in difficult riding conditions (speed, mud, etc). Gloves work well, but sometimes, I will lose one, especially on the right front, where the hoof does not have a very good shape. My second horse is far from an endurance breed, but we compete in endurance at the lower level for fun.

At first I thought about using the Glue-On, but I was a bit reluctant because I like to let the horse be barefoot when I'm not riding. Then I saw an old post on the blog about the EasyCare Cuff System. It is an insert glued to the hoof wall, with embedded t-nuts to screw the boot shell on it. I was very disappointed when I found out it did not go into production. I decided to try it myself, but I had no cuff insert. For my use, I was happy with the gaiter, I just wanted to be sure one boot didn't come off in the middle of my ride. So, I decided it would be enough to glue "something" in front of the boots to increase grip to the hoof wall, and leave the gaiter at the rear.

I was still reading the blog  when I saw a photo where someone fixed the power strap inside the boots, instead of the outside standard way. That is how the idea came to me. Why not glue the power strap and use it as a cuff? Power straps are made of a good gluing material and it seemed easy to glue just this small piece. As a beginner in the gluing process (I had never used Sikaflex or Vettec before), it appeared to be a secure and cheap way to start.

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Power strap inside the boots, ready to be glued.

The challenge was to have the right alignment between holes in the boots and holes in the cuff after gluing. So, I made two holes in the strap, in the recommended position for normal use. I put the boot on my horse, and used the drilled power strap and a permanent marker to locate where to punch holes in the boots. I didn't use intended marks in the boots since I didn't want constraint in the boot shell. Holes have to match before using the screws, to be able to put boots on and off. Then I screwed the power strap inside the boot, put the glue on the inside of the strap, and the boot on the horse using my rubber mallet.

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As the strap was not perfectly plated against the hoof for my first try, I use some paper wedging to ensure a good gluing bond. For my second horse I did a better job and didn't need that wedge.

As a gluing beginner, I choose to use Sikaflex, to have plenty time to work. I had some trouble finding Sikaflex 227 in my area (I am live in France), but I found Sikaflex 221, that is very similar. A representative from Sikaflex confirmed that it would make no difference for my use, although he was a bit surprised with what I planned to do with the glue.

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Gloves with power strap glued.

I left the horse for 45 minutes with a hay net and then one hour again in the field, before removing boots by removing the screws.

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Boots removed, power strap glued.

The day after,  I was very happy to be able to put the boots on relatively easily. The holes matched well with aid of the rubber mallet to achieve good alignment. I left for three days of fast trail riding with friends. The boots, especially the right one that was causing trouble, stayed nicely in place, even with a fast gait and muddy trail. I lost screws on one boot, but I wasn't using Loctite glue as recommended. Next time, I will add it.

Then I was gone for 8 days of slow trail riding in the Morvan hills with my two horses, and more spare time,  I just applied the Gloves as usual, without screwing the glued strap.  

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Trek in the wooded Morvan Hills (France) wearing Gloves and Epics.

When I came back at home, 10 days after gluing my cuff, the holes still matched. Dust in the nuts was not a problem, and they were easy to remove with a nail.  

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After removing the cuff, one can see the bed of the T-nuts in the glue.

So, it is spring again, and this year I planned to do more orienteering competition. As there are two or three weeks between each event, it will be nice to let the horse go barefoot between rides, with the hoof just wearing the glued strap. Can't wait for a nice new riding season in Easyboots!

6 Takeaways from the IHCS Glue Competition

EasyCare and No Anvil, LLC had a very interactive booth at the International Hoof Care Summit in Cincinnati this year. A big crowd is always expected to witness the latest and greatest hoof care products and demonstrations. For the first time, the 2015 IHCS EasyCare/No Anvil booth invited the crowd to jump in. Several practitioners were able to get a hands-on education and try out the gluing protocol for themselves. The top three black smith buddy hooves with the most meticulous application and smoothest appearance were awarded with cash prizes for both the PolyFlex model and EasyShoe model competitors.


Although several of the black smith buddy hoof entries were sent home with the participants, a few made it back to EasyCare's Research and Development office in Durango, Colorado. Garrett Ford, inventor of the EasyShoe, sat down with me and compared the hoof submissions to one another. His conclusions are demonstrated below.

 

1. Breakover

The heels are lined up evenly on this hoof. The shoe on the bottom has been rasped for a more aggressive breakover, whereas the top shoe is barely touched with a rasp.

 

 

2. Copper Sulfate Amount

The hoof on the left shows glue that is diluted by too many CS crystals. Only 1/4 teaspoon is needed per 2 ounces of glue.

 

 

3. Glue Height

The hoof on the right shows glue applied over an inch above the cuff of the shoe, while the shoe on the left only a 1/4 of an inch. The drawback in having glue to high on the hoof wall is that the glue smothers the hoof in areas where the hoof should be allowed to breathe.

 

 

4. Attention to Heels

It's important for the heel application of the shoe to be seamless from hoof to glue to shoe. The shoe below is a great demonstration of how the heel should appear after application.

 

 

 

5. Set-up Time

You'll find parts of the finished product appearing like this if the glue sets before it's on the hoof.

 

 

6.Super Glue

It not only provides a pretty, shiny finish, it seals the deal of the bond between shoe, glue and hoof. You can purchase the Super Glue product of recommendation by visiting the Polyflex Horseshoes site here.

 

 

Check out a side-by-side shot of Garrett's Blacksmith Buddy hoof from the 2014 International Hoof Care Summit and his beauty from this year.

 

 

Leaves the mind wondering what exciting things the year ahead may gift the horse community with. Please contact us with any questions you may have regarding the EasyShoe, it's application, and how to customize it for your horse's particular needs.

Mariah Reeves

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Customer Service

As one of the customer service representatives, I am happy to help get your horse into the right boots. I promote holistic methods of equine care and will assist you with finding the perfect fit for horse and rider.

Not Too Hot, Not Too Cold... Keep Your Adhesives Just Right

Everyone continues to rave about the results they are having with EasyCare's glue on products.The EasyShoes are rocking everything from rehab to flat track racing and virtually everything in between. The Easyboot Glue-Ons continue to work outstanding for rehab as well as established as the hoof protection of choice for the toughest of endurance races. However when it comes to their applications the biggest learning curve seems to lie with the adhesives. I know some of you are rolling your eyes and saying, "Duhhh, tell us something we don't already know!". After meticulously prepping the hoof and shoe applied the last thing you need is for your glue bond to fail. An often overlooked element of any glue-on application is managing these sometimes fussy adhesives. Managing temperature extremes in the summer and winter can prove to be very challenging yet essential, but what can you do? 

Most jockey adhesives in the summer with some sort of soft side cooler or ice chest. In the winter, on the truck dash, setting it in the sun, bundled up in a heating pad or bathed in heat from a heat gun. All these can work but what about the temp of your application tips, your shoes or shells? Is your glue truly warm or cool or does it just feel that way from the outside of the cartridge? 

EasyCare dealer, Dick Teachout owner of Preventive Hoof Care Services shares with us his secret weapon to help aid in perfect applications no matter what Mother Nature throws at you. Dick resides in Leonardtown, MD where the summers are hot and humid and the winters can be bitter cold. Dick manages the temperature extremes with ease with his amazing little tool. Behold, its beauty!

Here are the details. The unit will either heat or cool depending on how you have it programmed. The cost is around $120  dollars and you can keep your adhesives, other gluing products and shoes all at a stable temperature as you determine. Dick likes to keep his temp at 80 degrees in the winter and runs it in the house overnight before moving to the truck for his workday. He keeps it running all day ensuring that everything that he is using is at a known temperature and is warmed all the way through. The unit will not run down your vehicle's battery as it cycles on only when the temperature drops. In Dick's case about 78 degrees and turns off when it reaches 80 degrees. He keeps his shoes, mixing tips, adhesive and super glue etc. in the unit so that all materials are the same temperature. Genius!

How you say?  Dick selected the cooler based on the capacity.This unit can hold 4 pair of shoes (size 0 through 2), 2 tubes of adhere and 2 tubes of Vettec CS and a handful of mixing tips in it. The exterior size fits easily behind the seat of a truck. It is also the correct size to hold a large tube (420cc) of EasyShoe Bond. He also says that you could use any cooler/heater that runs on 12vdc.The only thing that needs to be done is to drill a hole into the interior of the cooler/heater to insert the temperature sensor probe and then plug the hole after the sensor is passed through it. You can plug the hole with anything that is pliable – chewing gum, caulking, adhere etc. A wiring diagram is included when you purchase the controller as are the programing instructions.The first one Dick made he used Velcro to attach the controller to the outside of the cooler/heater case. His current unit he found a place in the case to cut a hole and mounted it in the case of the unit. He said the Velcro worked just fine and easier to install. 

This unit fits perfectly in the backseat of Dick's vehicle

Dick stresses that it is very important to load the cooler/heater the night before and let it run in the house overnight so that everything is heated or cooled all the way through. He uses this power converter to run the system from a 115VAC household outlet. He knows that every time he does a glue on application everything will be the same temperature and takes that often frustrating factor completely out of the equation. He further expressed that in his experience the unit has been essential for quality work especially when the temps are below freezing. He likes the results so well he has resolved to use the unit all the time regardless of temperature.Taking this additional step has been a game changer for Dick and makes the process consistent resulting in consistently excellent results! 

Ready to roll at the job site.

 

Want one too? Here's were you can get the goods.

1. Cooler - http://www.amazon.com/RoadPro-RPSF5235-SnackMaster-Deluxe-Family/dp/B004H4ALIQ 

2. Temperature controler - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00C4TEEF2/ref=oh_details_o03_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

3. Power Converter - http://www.amazon.com/Sunforce-AC-DC-Power-Converter/dp/B000FIY08U/ref=pd_sim_auto_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=0YCHNJDG694N3ZC2NPXA

 

Debbie Schwiebert

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Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.

Long Distance Success With Easyboot Gloves

Submitted by Sue Basham, Team Easyboot Member

Late winter in Wyoming teases us with temperate days and little snowfall. Just as we become accustomed to the nice days winter returns with a vengeance. Single digit & below zero temperatures, accompanied by wind driven snow, do little to encourage me to ride. Instead its time to clean tack, go through gear to see what needs to be replaced or replenished and make plans for the upcoming ride session.

In early 2012, my good mare Tayyara showed some lameness which was diagnosed as heel pain with navicular changes in her front hooves. Tayyara is a 1000+ mile horse with two Tevis completions so this news was devastating.

I immediately pulled her shoes and began researching navicular syndrome. My farrier and veterinarian both told me her feet did not look like typical navicular hooves and they were uncertain why it occurred. All my research pointed to giving her an easier break over and encouraging a heel first landing. I used Gloves to protect her soles as she transitioned back to barefoot on my gritty ground. Frequent trimming maintained her hoof angles so keeping her barefoot made sense. She spent most of 2012 turned out on pasture and has only been ridden lightly the past couple of years. Although her hooves have really toughened up on my decomposed granite ground, I use Easyboot Gloves with great success when the trails are rocky. I plan to bring her back into condition and competition this spring. Easyboot Gloves will be the mainstay of my hoof protection for her but I also plan on trying the EasyShoe. I'm hoping the EasyShoe will give her the most optimal break over, a more cushioned impact and help return her to her previous performance level.

My other mare, Kismet Cognac, came to me in shoes shortly after Tayyara's diagnosis. I took her to the Shamrock ride, a wonderful ride just north of my home in Cheyenne, with the intention of riding all three days. Shamrock is notoriously hard on steel shoes but I couldn't find a farrier on short notice to replace her shoes with new ones. At the end of the second day, with no farrier onsite, it was obvious we were done unless we pulled the shoes and went with boots.

Luckily, I had four Easyboot Gloves in her size from an early venture into boots with Tayyara. With help from knowledgeable friends we got KC trimmed and booted up that night and we went on to complete the 3rd day. Although I'd recommend training in boots so the horse gets used to them, in this case they performed flawlessly and  KC was awarded Overall Champion & Best Condition. Since that day she has competed exclusively in Gloves or Glue-ons. The Gloves are great for our training miles and some of our 50s but I love the Glue-ons for 100 milers and multi-day rides.

Like I said earlier, this wintery weather is a good time to check through my gear and see what's needed. I've had such good success with my Gloves and Glue-on shells that its easy to get complacent and just go with what works, but there are lots of options to try with the EasyCare product lineup. I ordered new Gloves, shells, power straps, pads, packing material, etc. All kinds of cool stuff to try this summer. Now if spring will just hurry and get here, I'll get out on the trail and try my new stuff.