EasyShoe Sport Maxed Out

Submitted by Tennessee Lane, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

"The only way to know how strong you are, is to keep testing your limits." - Man of Steel

Back in the lab, we would always do a failure test. It's not that we wanted something to fail, it's just that there was no way of knowing what the absolute maximum was until we reached it. Of course, a lot of mice died, but hey, a lot of people lived. Those people lived without fear because they knew what the maximum limit was, and how to avoid it, and so they survived - and thrived, even while being treated with deadly chemicals for horrible illnesses.

Sure, that's an extreme comparison but that's how my brain works. I was reluctant to slap a set of EasyShoe Sports on for more than 100 miles because I didn't know how long they would last. Then, I figured, I probably wasn't the only one wondering what they were capable of.

Just for fun, I tested the EasyShoe Sport to failure. Now we all know the Sport's limits.

Test Subject:  "Bluff," a compact, heavily-muscled Arab gelding.

Product:  EasyShoe Sport applied with EasyShoe Bond, all 4.)

Duration: Well over 200 rugged miles at speed, and nearly 4 weeks of wear (3 weeks and 4 days.)

Summary:  The Sports were glued on (using bond) the day before the first event, a very rocky, two-day 100-miler at Antelope Island near Salt Lake City in Utah. That mileage was completed without a hitch. The shoes remained in exceptionally good shape; very functional, and well adhered to the hoof. They continued to protect Bluff's hooves for the next two weeks at pasture, where it rained nearly every day. Those Sports protected Bluff's hooves through an additional 100 miles of rugged, technical terrain at the Mt Carmel XP, but failed on the last day at a total mileage of approximately 230 miles, most of which was covered at a trot or canter, in rugged, mountainous terrain.

Observations: The point of failure was along the edge of the wing, where it connects to the "sole" of the shoe. That area may have been 'buffied' a little bit thin when we put the shoes on and prettied-up the glue job. Although there was considerable wear, the shoe itself could have endured another day, and the wings were still firmly glued to the hoof wall, all except for the very back of the heel which is always the first to break away. The sole simply sheared off from the wings that were holding it on the hoof, on both fronts, and the backs were not far behind. Bluff had absolutely zero hoof tenderness. It should also be noted that, in milder conditions like turf or sand, the wear will be greatly reduced and the shoes will likely last much longer, all the while providing the benefit of extra grip. The conditions I tested these in were truly arduous.

Conclusions: Time, distance, and trail conditions, among other factors, all play a role in how long a product will last. The EasyShoe Sports are an awesome weapon in my arsenal. They can take just about anything a trail can dish out, I absolutely love them, and will be using them a lot in the future.  However, if you really want to go ham on mega-miles of rugged trails, you should consider the original EasyBoot Glue-On, my choice for rides like the 100-mile Tevis Cup. 

Smoof.

After 100 miles.

After 100 miles - solar view.

 

Miles...

Cantering at 200 miles.

Point of Failure.

Happy Trails!

Mile After Mile in EasyCare Boots

Submitted by Sue Basham, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

Easyboot Gloves and Glue-On shells have taken the worry out of one aspect of competitive riding for me. I like that my mare has bare hooves most of the time yet I don't have to worry about hoof bruising no matter what terrain we cover when training or competing. Gloves are my go-to for everyday rides and training. Glue-On shells are my go-to for most competitions. Fortunately, I cross paths with Christoph Schork (Global Endurance Training Center) at many of my endurance competions and I always make arraignments ahead of time for him to glue on my mare's boots. 

Sometimes people complain that they lose boots (of all brands) but I have yet to lose a Glue-On boot. Meticulous hoof preparation and boot application are key to successful Glue-On boot use. Christoph and the EasyCare Elite Gluing Team at Tevis are very particular in following the EasyCare protocol. I learn a lot watching them apply KC's boots!

Early in June KC and I traveled to the City of Rocks ride in Idaho. Christoph glued her boots on Thursday and we rode the next three days through some pretty spectacular country. KC won and BC'd the overall 155 mile Pioneer! I credit her Easyboot Glue-Ons with protecting her hooves as she traveled all those miles.

Our next ride was the Strawberry Fields Forever Pioneer in Utah just 2 weeks later. KC's boots were still firmly glued on and we did all three days through lots of rocks, bogs and mountainous terrain. Once again KC had the fastest time over 3 days/160 miles and received the Pioneer BC. Her boots did a great job and provided superior protection for her hooves in tough conditions. Its so nice to not worry about hoof bruising or losing a boot. 

I was curious how KC's boots would look after more than 360 miles through the mountains. When I got home I was pleased to find all of them still firmly attached although a bit worn. The bead of Adhere at the top was a little ragged but after all the miles, mud, rocks and downfall, I thought they looked pretty good! You can see how much her hoof grew during those 3 weeks so it was definitely time to take them off (EasyCare protocol recommends removing the boots after 10 days at most).

The bottoms of the boots, although worn, still had adaquate tread and I never felt any slipping on the trail. 

She did wear through the left front toe so it looks like I have a trimming issue to address. All in all I am very happy with how the Easyboot Glue-Ons performed!

 

 

Easyboot Glove Trials

Submitted by Leah Cain, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

Having a gelding that is hard on his boots makes me do some crazy and sometimes stupid things to keep the boots on. As we planned on riding at least two days at Strawberry Fields Endurance ride, I started to think of options and ideas to keep the boots on my horse Monte. I did not want to glue on because I plan on riding Tevis in Glue-Ons and want a perfect hoof environment for that. Strawberry Fields has lots of water crossings and climbing, the perfect environment for him to spin or push out of his Easyboot Gloves.  I have tried Power Straps, Mueller Athletic Tape and 3M Elasticon tape with some success but still having some boot loss in this type of trail. ‚Äč

I read somewhere that someone had glued on Gloves with Sikaflex. I had to try it for myself. No, I am not smart enough to try it at home first! I proceeded to glue on the Gloves with Sikaflex the night before the ride in camp. It was much easier than Adhere because of it's slow set up time. I glued two different horses this way. One was my stallion, TAR Pistol Pete, who  is pretty mellow and will stand quietly. The other is my eight year old gelding OT Dyamonte Santo who is a busybody. Both horses spun out of the boot before they firmed up. Pete on one front and Monte on three.

Lesson number one learned: the horse must stand still for hours if this application is to work. I was thinking that gluing on before the trailer ride over to the event could work. The morning of the first day, I felt good about Pete's boots but wasn't so sure about Monte's. Pete did not have any boot loss all day. Monte,had more challenges. At lunch, I was able to use Mueller tape on the hooves that I lost boots and did not lose another for the rest of the day. Many things came into play this day. Pete is a perfect candidate for boots: he travels straight, has nice hoof conformation and does not fool around. He also stood very still most of the night. Monte, on the other hand, did not stand still and is still a wild one at rides. He paddles a little in his movement and has a high heel. 

All in all, this method of gluing is something I would do again. I would ensure that the horse stood still for many hours by having him in the trailer or something more confining. 

Play Them Again?

Horses are pricey if you want to do them justice, and hoof care is just one part of the horse budget. If you are using EasyCare products for your riding like Easyboot Gloves, Trail or Back Country Gloves, you know when the thread is gone and you need to replace them. Not quite as straight forward with Glue-Ons and EasyShoes. Besides the profile and wear of the boots, you also have to consider the removal of the residual glue in the shells. Not always an easy task to get that job done. But with the right tools, it can save you some $$.

Not enough profile left on this boot to reuse. Discard or use as a traveling dog bowl.

These two specimen could be converted to Easyboot Gloves, judging from the sole profile. Plenty of tread left.

Most of the time the boots or shoes will outlast the shoeing cycle and the decision has to be made whether  to clean them up and reuse them or forget about it and use new products.

Let's look at the Glue-On boots first. After removal, they probably look something like this:

For reasons unknown to me, with colored shells the Sikaflex often stays with the hoof sole and does not stay inside the boot.

If the gluing job was done according to the gluing protocol, chances are that the glue connected seamlessly with the shell. The only way to remove excess glue is by mechanical means. No solvents will dissolve that bond from polyurethane to polyurethane.

Removal of the Sikaflex is easily accomplished by using a nipper and pulling it off.

Next comes the more difficult removal of the wall glue inside the boot.Most effective device for that purpose is a bench press with a wire wheel attachment.

The shell should get firmly held with two hands to avoid catching the border and flying off. Can happen easily.

Lacking a bench press, a hand held drill device will do the job as well, but it is a little more tricky with having to hold the shell as well as the drill. Very easy to catch an edge and fling the boot.

After successfully removing as much of the old glue as possible, the boot can now be converted to a Glove.

EasyShoes are not as easy to remove the glue from. I typically discard them. Too much time will be spend on glue removal and the fit will never be like with new ones.  When they had been nailed, then it is again simply a judgment call if there is enough tread left. 

After 6 weeks of riding over mixed footing, these EasyShoes Performance N/G have plenty of tread left to be easily reset and nailed again.

Looking good overall. Even the spacers are still intact and well attached to the shoe.

 The clips did not suffer through the reset either.

It can pay to reset, re-nail or convert to Gloves. In the long run it will save you some money. I might add that I always use new boots and shoes for any competition, but for training purposes the "played again" hoof protection will often work great.

From the Bootmeister, Christoph Schork

Global Endurance Training Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Little POP Quiz

Submitted by Karen Bumgarner   

There are some basic hoof care principles that I often take for granted that people know. Yet I get surprised and find out that people really don’t know. So here is a little quiz just for fun and savage amusement as you test your basic knowledge.

 Q: What is the varnish-like layer of the hoof called?

 A: Periople, an often shiny protective covering for the area of newly formed hoof wall just below the coronary band.

This photo shows the periople outer layer of the hoof wall

Q: How much does a healthy hoof grow per month?

A: 1/4 to 1/2 inch, this can be influenced by many things with the most common factors being that of age, exercise, seasons and quality of feed.

I trimmed off a ¼ inch of hoof and it had been 4 weeks since the last trim.

Q: Approximately how often should a horse's foot be trimmed?

A: 4-8 weeks depending upon growth, although I think us endurance riders, especially those who use Gloves and or Glue On’s tend to trim at least every 4 weeks. I have a few customers who go 8 weeks and sometimes the hoof is really too long. I suggest to most owners to do a light maintenance rasping after 4 weeks if they prefer to have me out every 8 weeks.

 

Q: Why should you pick out your horse’s hoof regularly?

A: Check for injuries or bruises, check for loose shoes (if you shoe), check for rocks, check for thrush. This task takes less than 5 minutes a day. In fact it takes me longer to find the hoof pick and halter the horse than it does to pick out their hooves. Yet I know riders and horse owners who do not pick out hooves on a regular basis. How do I know? Because their horses are not well behaved when it comes to hoof handling. Yeah – a tattle tale!

Picking the hoof out should be a part of daily hoof care. This hoof is 4 weeks since the last trim.

Q: How do you pick up a front foot safely?

A: Stand beside shoulder, facing rear. Run your hand down the back of the leg to just above fetlock, many people grasp fetlock area and pick up the foot (you can lightly pinch tendon or push shoulder away to help). I find a lot of horses do not like it when you grasp the leg and they want to pull away. You can pinch or turn that horse chestnut slightly and as they pick up their leg just cradle the hoof in your hand. Few horses feel threatened by this manner.

This is your horse’s “chestnut”, give it a mild squeeze and he will quickly pick up his foot.

Q: How do you pick up a hind foot safely?

A: Stand to the side facing tail. Stand well out of kicking range. Lean forward and put hand on hindquarters and run down the leg to the fetlock. Ask horse to pick up foot (can pinch tendon/fetlock to help). Some horses are quite compliant and just a tap on the hock and they lift up the hoof. Again I prefer to cradle it in my hand, I find some horses feel threatened if you grasp the fetlock or pastern. 

Hold the hoof lightly with your hand rather than grasping the fetlock or pastern joint. Horses will just let their hoof cradle in your hand.

Q: Name an important point in the care of a horse's foot.

A: Keep it clean and not standing in manure and filth, prevent it from drying out, trim properly and regularly, trim to keep proper shape/length.

 

Q: Why might a horse’s hoof need protection?

A: To protect the hoof from excessive wear, protect from concussion and/or bruising, provide traction, help correct defects in stance or gait, help cure disease or defective hoof, ease pain of injured hoof. There are many choices available within Easy Care products to help with all of these.

 

Q: If the hoof is not trimmed & grows too long, what may happen?

A: Hoof wall cracks, quarter cracks, the hoof chips or breaks off, it may wear or grow unevenly causing stress to the joints and that’s just for starters.

 

Q: What do you know about a horse’s toe?

A: It is often the greatest point of wear, it usually has the thickest wall and on many horses it is the fastest growing part of the hoof.

 

Q: Two part question: When holding a horse for the trimmer, on which side should you stand & why?

A: Same side as your trimmer -- if horse acts up, you can pull his head toward you & horse's body will move away from your trimmer.

 

Q: What is the most elastic part of the hoof?

A: Frog, it should never be over trimmed as this can lead to bruising.

 

Q: What is the least elastic part of the hoof?

A: Wall, its toughness creates the horse’s base of strength.

 

I hope that you got them all correct. If not, go out and clean some hooves and marvel at the amazing structure of your horse’s hoof!

 

The Horse That Wasn't Allowed To Race Update - Progresses From 'Not Allowed' to Winning Races and Awards

In August 2011 EasyCare was tinkering with a glue-on race shoe and was running into road blocks.  We purchased a horse named Clunk and started the long process of racing an Arabian on the track in a shoe that we designed.  The idea was to race in a shoe that allowed the hoof to function more naturally and at the same time follow the hoof protection rules of the track.  What we thought would be a quick and easy process turned into a long project. 

EasyShoes at 6 weeks and the day after a win at Arapahoe Park in Denver, Colorado.

At that time I wrote two blogs about what we were going through and the road blocks we were facing.

The Horse That Wasn't allowed to Race

The Horse That Wasn't Allowed to Race Update.

Fast forward four years, and much has changed.  The EasyShoe Compete has been in production for roughly 18 months and in now carried by distributors in Europe, Canada and Australia, among others.  In the United States, the Compete has now raced on over 20 tracks in 15 states.  EasyCare owned horses wearing EasyShoes have won in Texas, Colorado and Delaware.  EasyShoes are now winning and accepted at Araphaoe Park and all tracks in the USA. 

Some of the more notable successes from the EasyCare horses are listed below.

  1. RB Rich named 4-Year-Old Colt of the year Arapahoe Meet 2014.
  2. RB So Rich named 3-Year-Old Colt of the year Arapahoe Meet 2014.
  3. RB So Rich nominated for a Darley Award in 2014. 

We are seeing horses stay sound, their digital cushions stay strong and improve,  and the quality of the horses' feet don't deteriorate during a race meet. 

RB Brilliant winning at Arapahoe Park on Saturday June 27th, 2015.

The EasyShoe project was the start of a relationship with Curtis and Diane Burns of Polyflex Horse Shoes and No Anvil.  The Polyflex horse shoe has been around for longer has raced on the bigger stages of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes.  In 2013 the Breeder's Cup Classic Winner Mucho Macho Man came back to form with Polyflex horse shoes.  The EasyShoe and Polyflex share the same internal structure and the EasyShoe has a vertical cuff.  The collaboration between EasyCare/No Anvil has worked well and there are several new EasyCare/No Anvil products in the development stages.

In the end, it was all worth it.  Flat track horses now have another tool in the toolbox to leave the track sound and happy.  In addition to the flexible urethane hoof protection allows these young horses to develop their feet while at the track and help them leave with feet that can compete in other disciplines after life at the track. 

RB Rich in a fresh set of EasyShoes.  Ready to race in his flexible hoof protection. 

All that time and energy has paid off for the horse.  It was a long process but it's rewarding to see another option that can help these track horses enjoy a second career. 

Garrett Ford

easycare-president-ceo-garrett-ford

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.

Horses Don't Have To Wait Anymore

Submitted by David Landreville, Hoof Care Practitioner

There's a Quote in the book No Foot, No Horse, by Martin Deacon FWCF and Gail Williams BA PhD.

"... and still the horse is putting up with the same old type of shoe that he has been putting up with for hundreds of years, perhaps it is time we start thinking about 'Nike Airs' for horses.

The horses don't have to wait anymore. 

This was probably the first book I read that got me thinking about the long term physiological effects that trimming and shoeing has on horses. At the time I was just learning to shoe horses, using steel, and had little knowledge of hoof form, function, or anatomy. Until then I had simply been repeating what my farrier had generously taught me without questioning it much. Two years later our 7 year old Quarter Horse, Santo, was diagnosed with late stages of navicular disease. He had severely broken back pastern axis' in both fronts but It was worse in his right one. 

He had extremely long toes, flat thin soles, contracted heels that were also under-run, and thin elongated frogs, and according to the vet our hoof care options were limited and he recommended corrective shoeing. We used the vet recommended farrier and after three cycles of this really expensive shoeing I was informed by another farrier that the method we were using would lead to a dead end. I had been so relieved that Santo was walking again that I had paid little thought to the long term. The uneasy feeling was back so I called the vet and asked him what I should have asked him in the beginning, "How long will these shoes work for my horse?" He replied "You'll probably get another two years out of him." That was the end of my relationship with that vet as well as my shoeing career. I realized that if this was where it was headed I wanted nothing to do with it. The next challenge that I faced was figuring out what to do next.

We called an alternative vet and she recommended pulling his shoes, changing his diet and buying a Pete Ramey book. I asked a lot of questions. I wasn't afraid to be annoying anymore. I took this vets advice and I found a different concept in hoof management: 180 degrees different. I read every book or article I could find. 

Santo was the reason I learned bare foot trimming, and his feet got better as my trimming got better. For the next ten years, Santo was the teacher. I developed my trimming techniques based on what I was learning that kept him sound. Prevention is much easier than rehabilitation. I was so proud of Santo and myself, for what we had accomplished, and at the same time I realized that while he would probably last at least into his twenties. I worried a little about what that might look like for him.

When he turned 16 he had a rough year. His hooves began to slowly distort back into their old shape. It seemed that everything I had learned to keep his hooves functional and formed properly was no longer working the same. To make matters worse, one of the mares in our track system kicked him in his good shoulder. This caused him to overload the weaker leg. Shortly after that, he developed an abscess in the foot that he was trying to keep weight off of. After the abscess ran its course I did everything I could to help him build his feet back. I saw minimal improvement. 

One day I was on the EasyCare Blog and I saw the new design for the EasyShoe. For days I couldn't stop turning it over and around in my head. I called EasyCare to order a pair but they informed me that they weren't even on the market yet. I bought a pair of Easyboot Glue-Ons and modified them to replicate this new shoe as best I could. I kept making them myself until they finally became available. I pulled them every 2-3 weeks so I could trim the excess growth and keep him balanced. I gave him up to a week off between shoeings. I figured that I'd keep applying them as long as I was seeing improvements in hoof form and development. I knew better than to judge on performance alone. 

Stoicism and willingness are a killing combination for horses. Within months, Santo became a new horse and his feet were looking better all the time. At 17, he was feeling better and more powerful than I'd ever seen him. I believe that it's possible that there is no limit to the hoof's ability to develop. We just need to better understand how the hoof/horse works and give them what they need to thrive.

I'm finding that EasyShoes are just as useful for rehabilitation as they are for performance.

Supporting Navicular Using EasyShoes and Wedge Pads

Submitted by Deanna Stoppler, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

Adding support devices to chronically lame horses can be very difficult and many times nailing on a shoe or holding up a foot for 3-5 minutes while glue cures is not an option; however, with the EasyShoe and EasyCare’s glue on protocol I have found it much easier to offer support to horses without adding concussion to the hoof (from hammering) or extended glue cure time.  Instead, I can prepare the hoof for the glue on shoe or shell and once applied, set the hoof down for weight bearing instantly.  Sigh of relief for the horse and farrier.

Recently, I added a new horse to my books who presented lame on both front feet, particularly lame on the right front—pointing the foot and reluctant to stand square.  The horse had underrun heels and excessively long toes.

The owners suggested that the horse had suffered from lameness for many years and their only requirement was to keep him as comfortable as possible. I was able to trim the horse and remove the lever on the toe, creating a more effective base of support; however, he needed more mechanics via a shoe to be comfortable.  I requested x-rays to effectively shoe the horse. 

According to the vet, the horse suffers from severe navicular and pedal osteitis in both front feet, particularly the right front. The X-ray is one week into a trim and four weeks pre shoeing. These are not high quality X-rays but you can see the obvious broken back angles and lack of support in the caudal portion of the feet.

I decided to leverage test the horse to determine if a wedge would make him more comfortable and to decide what position to place the wedge on the foot. The horse responded positively to a wedge in the caudal portion of his hoof (to be expected) and would not weight his foot with a wedge in the toe region or on either medial/lateral sides. 

I decided to shoe the horse in the EasyShoe Performance NG, using Vettec Adhere, and add a wedge if necessary.  He responded well once shod in the NG but still pointed his right front foot and continually moved it trying to find a comfortable spot.  I applied a 3’ wedge pad to the groundside of the NG, using 3/8” screws to hold the wedge in place, and packed with Vettec Equipak CS, making sure not to pack the caudal portion of the foot until the inflammation in the foot subsided (most likely at the next scheduled shoeing). The horse responded positively to the support and for the first time since I’d met him stood square.  

EasyShoe Performance NG with a 3' wedge pad screwed to the ground side of the shoe using 3/8" screws.

Standing square for the first time since I started working on him.

EasyShoe Performance NG with 3' wedge pad (this photo displays the shoe after it was pulled, six weeks later).

Six weeks later, at our next shoeing, I decided to remove the 3’ wedge and create a glue wedge to the base of the EasyShoe Performance. The inflammation in both front feet subsided significantly so I felt the horse would do well in a smaller wedge and could tolerate Vettec Equipak CS packing in the entire caudal portion of the foot.

 

Second shoeing with 3' wedge pad removed.  Shod in EasyShoe Performance, packed with Vettec Equipak CS, and build a small wedge with Vettec Adhere on the ground side of the shoe.

The exciting part about this shoeing was that the horse could put weight on his right front, the worst foot, and hold his left front forward on the stand!  He was unable to do this prior to the first shoeing with the 3' wedge pad.  I was super excited that the inflammation had gone down enough for him to get some weight back on the right front, allowing the left front to rest.

Still standing square since his first shoeing and with a little less wedging.

It never ceases to amaze me how additional support, mechanics, and a bit of creativity can help a chronically lame horse function.  

Boots On The Rocks

"Why are you using these Hoofboots? What kind are these? Glue ons? What are the advantages?"

These 3 questions are probably the  most asked questions by riders and horse people unfamiliar with these greatest boots produced by the EasyCare Company. We all know the answers to these questions from studying the literature, blogs and videos produced by EasyCare and the many bloggers: Shock Absorption, Flexibility (like the hoof), Light Weight and Sole Protection.

Can you cross these rocky section with ease without worrying about your horses hoof soles?

At the very recent City Of Rocks Endurance Race, the EasyCare Glue-on boots proved themselves over and over again. The name 'City of Rocks', or short COR,  actually does not imply that there are lots of rocks on the trail, nor does the name originate from rocky trails. Much more so, it is named for the stunning scenery with towering granite rock walls, boulders and rock pinnacles that make the whole area appear as a city of huge rock formations.

In the 80's I visited the COR a few time to climb these stunning rock walls and pinnacles. Fond memories of my rock climbing days.

Meryl Dalla Via, GETC's intern from France, riding Elly across some open area between the rock formations.

Meryl riding two days on CMS OSO Elly to a second place on day one and first place tie on day three using Easyboot Glue-ons.

A true testimony to the success of the EasyCare Hoof boots gave Sue Basham, riding her horse KC on all three days (total of 155 miles), a win in the Pioneer Category for Fastest Overall Time and Best Condition. She used Easyboot Glue-ons.

Congratulations to Sue and KC. Excellent job!

GETC horse Medinah MHF in the 55 mile race on her way to First Place and BC on day 2, her hooves protected by Easyboot Glue-ons.

Riding GE Pistol Annie to victory in the 50 Mile competition on day one and three: The Bootmeister using Easyboot Glue-ons.

So really, what else is new, you might ask.  For the last 6 years Easyboot Glue-ons and Gloves have excelled not just in endurance but lots of other equine events. But it is certainly fun to tell about success with Easyboots.

The COR 3 day event is a truly well run ride. Trails are fantastic, for the most part not too rocky, scenery outstanding and the people just fun to be with. A highly recommendable ride to be marked on the calendar for next year.

 

Your Bootmeister

Christoph Schork

www.globalendurance.com

Playing Around with Easyshoes

Submitted by Renee Robinson, Team Easyboot 2015 Member

Well, summer has arrived in Nevada. The ground is hard and none of my horses seem to be ready for it. Bite has seemed especially uncomfortable and I’m not sure why. I’ve been feeling like he needs a bit more hoof protection right now (24 hour hoof protection vs. boots only when riding) so I’ve been brain storming trying to decide what to do for him. Yesterday I remembered I had an extra pair of EasyShoes that I had wanted to try last year before I went and got knocked up and had a baby. I rummaged through my supply and found them, thankfully still stored in their plastic bags.

While I’m very comfortable using Easyboot Gloves and Glue-Ons, I had only glued on one other pair of EasyShoes so I wasn’t feeling super confident but decided to go for it anyway. Since I’m not riding much right now, I decided this was the perfect time to play around with hoof ware.

Despite not being handled much lately, Bite was a gentleman for the application and the process went off without a hitch. I was glad I had two sizes to chose from as I discovered that the sizing is just a bit different than Gloves/Glue-On shells.

Today Bite and I got to try things out and all I can say is, “wow!”. He felt like a million bucks and I swear I think I heard him say, “thank you.” I’m not sure what the difference is as far as he can tell between Glue-Ons and EasyShoes, but I am inclined to think he liked the shoes even better. So, I think it’s safe to call my little experiment a success.

 Happy horse, and happy mama!