Hoofoholic

I am part of the EasyCare customer service team and my horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003. At that time, I knew nothing about hoof care but intuition told me keeping hooves bare is preferable to nailing iron on. My interest in hooves and hoof care started off casually and turned into a full blown obsession. Calatar’s shoes were pulled and we started down a journey that would change my life. I am fascinated by the hoof and by how many unknowns there still are. My primary discipline is competitive trail riding, however I am interested in pursuing other disciplines including endurance and classical dressage. This blog will chronicle my experiences with all things hooves.

My name is Alayna and I am a hoofoholic.

Alayna and Bruiser

EasyShoe Clinic Provides Hands-On Learning

Last month, I had the privilege of attending an EasyShoe Clinic at Arroyo Del Mar, an outstanding facility in Southern California run by Steffen and Shannon Peters. Shannon was a gracious host and has her own personal experience with the EasyShoe, as Garrett Ford discussed in his last blog, Why Do We Do This? For Successes Like Squishy's!. The level of expertise at this clinic was quite phenomenal. Daisy Bicking of Daisy Haven Farm led the clinic along with Garrett, Ernest Woodward and Paige Poss of Anatomy of the Equine. The clinic kicked off on Friday evening with a presentation by Garrett and Daisy. After that, Paige performed dissections on two different hooves. It was very interesting to see the differences in the various structures of the hooves.

Garrett and Daisy begin the clinic with a presentation.

On Saturday, we began the hands-on portion of the clinic by first selecting a cadaver hoof. Next Daisy discussed her preferred technique of hoof mapping and we marked our hooves accordingly. They say a picture is worth a thousand words and although I have experience trimming my own horses I am definitely not a trimmer. I won't go into too much detail so if you would like to learn more about hoof mapping and EasyShoe application, attending one of Daisy's clinics is a must!

Untrimmed hoof before and after mapping.

We had the opportunity to take "before" x-rays and then we went to work trimming our cadavers. I was one of the last people to select a cadaver and the "more interesting" aka challenging hooves were selected by the trimmers and farriers in attendance. I was glad to have a hoof that was straight forward since I do not have any experience trimming pathological hooves. After trimming, we took our "after" x-rays before we prepared them for gluing.

X-rays before (left) and after (right) trimming.

The most important key to success with the EasyShoe is a thorough preparation. If you want your shoes to stay on, please do not rush the prep! The video below shows the steps necessary in a proper preparation.

On Saturday afternoon there were demonstrations on live horses. We saw the application of the EasyShoe Performance with Vettec Adhere and EasyShoe Bond and an application of the EasyShoe Performance N/G. The presenters did a great job of explaining the steps in their application and they were happy to answer questions.

Sunday was glue day - it was time to put all of this newly acquired knowledge to the test. Participants were allowed to choose which glue they wanted to practice with and were then divided into their respective groups (Vettec Adhere, EasyShoe Bond using the dispensing gun, EasyShoe bond mixed in a cup with copper sulfate). I have a small amount of experience with Vettec so I chose the EasyShoe bond/copper sulfate group. Once in our groups, we were allowed to practice one at a time under the guidance of our instructor. My group was led by Ernest Woodward; he was a wonderful teacher and I have a deep respect for his knowledge and patient nature. My application is definitely a novice effort but the experience was very insightful.

Solar view of my trimmed cadaver (left) and EasyShoe application (right).

Lateral view of my untrimmed cadaver (left), trimmed cadaver (center) and EasyShoe application (right).

The next EasyShoe clinic is less than a month away and will be held south of Charlotte, NC at the Anne Springs Close Greenway. We have participant and auditor positions available however space is limited so we encourage you to register ASAP if you want to attend. For the full clinic agenda click here: EasyShoe Clinics. To register click here: EasyShoe Clinic Registration.
 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

Team Easyboot 2014 Members Announced

Thank you to everyone who applied for Team Easyboot 2014. The panel of EasyCare staff members selected this year's team based on diversity of representation in geography, discipline, age and skill set. Our goal for TE14 is to have engaging members who are enthusiastic and communicative both online and in person. Team Easyboot 2014 members are listed below.

Kim Abbott
Amy Allen
Sue Basham
Daisy Bicking
Karen Bumgarner
Terri Campbell
Luke Campbell
Carol Crisp
Karen Corr
Christin Davis
Q DeHart
Mary Dukes
Kandace French
Ashley Gasky
Beverly Gray
Leanna High
Nonee High
Jodie Jurgeneit
Candace Kahn
Karri Koelling
Gene Limlaw
Sabrina Liska
Tennessee Lane
Stacey Maloney
Megan Masarsky
Elaine McPherson
Duncan McLaughlin
Lisa Morris
Martha Nicholas
Kirsten Proctor
Heather Reynolds
Jeremy Reynolds
Renee Robinson
Tami Rougeau
Christoph Schork
Leslie Spitzer
Susan Summers
Samantha Szesciorka
Mari Ural
Jennifer Waitte
Amanda Washington
Kevin Waters
Kicki Westman
Lise Yervasi

Congratulations! Team members are available to inform others about EasyCare products and assist in boot fitting. Keep an eye out for TE14 members at your next event and don't hesitate to ask us if there is a Team Easyboot member in your area.

Team Easyboot members Tami Rougeau and Renee Robinson.

This year's applicants were asked "What boots have you fitted for yourself and others?". 

Tami Rougeau shows the experience our team members have: "Pretty much every hoof boot in the inventory to include the new EasyShoe. In my capacity as a Team Easyboot member I have assisted numerous people with gluing on boots and evaluating fit. It is a pretty regular event to find riders on the trail and to stop to help them either get a boot back on or put one of my spare boots on their horse so they can finish a ride. Having the stickers on my trailer easily identifies me as a person who can help and that is very rewarding."
 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

April Read to Win Contest

The April Read to Win Contest winners are:

Kassandra Ladd
Samantha Wetter
Emma Alford

Congratulations! If your name appears above, you have been drawn from our e-newsletter subscriber list. Contact EasyCare within 48 hours to claim your free pair of any EasyCare hoof boots or EasyShoes. Be sure to read the EasyCare e-newsletter for your chance to win next month. Sign up at http://www.easycareinc.com/newsletter_subscribe.aspx.

50% Off Your Fourth Boot

Buy three hoof boots and get 50% off your fourth boot!

Customers who purchase three hoof boots through EasyCare in March 2014 are eligible to receive 50% off a fourth boot. Having spare hoof boots is always a good idea - with this month's special you can have peace of mind at a discount. If you place your order online, the discount will be applied to qualifying orders* after the order is submitted. Do you need help selecting the correct boot style and size? Try our Fitting Assistant or give us a call at 800-447-8836.

*Orders with four boots.

 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

The Slickest EasyShoe Application Contest

Do you have the best EasyShoe application? Enter The Slickest EasyShoe Application Contest to win cash prizes! 

Submit photos showing four views of an EasyShoe application. The required views are a solar view and a lateral view, taken after the hoof has been trimmed and prepared for the EasyShoe application. Also, a lateral and a dorsal view after the EasyShoe has been applied. You may enter the Glue Application Category or the Nail Application Category. Three winners will be selected in each category with the following prize amounts: 1st place - $500; 2nd place - $350; 3rd place - $100. 

All entries must be submitted by May 16, 2014. Winners will be selected May 26, 2014. To enter the contest click here: The Slickest EasyShoe Application Contest.

The pictures below show the views that are necessary for the contest. When taking pictures please remember to:

  • take photos on a clean and flat surface.
  • take photos in natural light, shaded areas are preferable to full sun.
  • take the dorsal and lateral views from the ground level.
  • take the solar view with the camera parallel to the sole (do not tilt the hoof).
  • label your photos by foot and view (for example "RF lateral" for "right front lateral").

Solar view of trimmed and prepared hoof.

Lateral view of trimmed and prepared hoof.

Lateral view of finished EasyShoe application.

Dorsal view of finished EasyShoe application.

If you have any questions please give us a call at 1.800.447.8836 and we will be happy to assist you.
 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

Team Easyboot 2014 - Now Accepting Applications

We are excited to announce EasyCare is now accepting applications for Team Easyboot 2014. Team members will be selected based on their knowledge of the EasyCare product line, their diversity of riding activity, and their influence in their community.

Expectations of Team Easyboot Members
If accepted onto Team Easyboot 2014, members are expected to:

  1. Represent EasyCare in a professional and positive manner.
  2. Actively promote and inform others about all EasyCare products and help others in the field.
  3. Be available to assist in boot fitting and to provide advice in person and online.
  4. Submit a photo and a 100-200 word biography.
  5. Blog once a month on the EasyCare corporate blog.
  6. Actively participate with positive interaction and product advice on the Easyboot Facebook page.
  7. Wear Team Easyboot attire at events.
  8. Display Team Easyboot logo on tack, trailers and vehicles.

Summary of Benefits

  1. Access to discounted EasyCare product for personal use.
  2. Access to the EasyCare staff for general booting education and problem-solving.

Note: Product purchased through the Team Easyboot discount program is for personal use only and cannot be resold.

Application
If you would like to be considered for membership on Team Easyboot 2014, please answer a few basic questions in our online Application Form. Applications will be accepted until 10:00 PM Mountain Standard Time on Monday, March 24, 2014.

The Selection Process
Members of Team Easyboot 2014 will be selected by a panel of EasyCare staff. The new team members will be announced on Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

Good luck!
 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

March Read to Win Contest

The March Read to Win Contest winners are:

Maureen Gould
Lori Gordon
Kathy Mckenzie-Woods
 

Congratulations! If your name appears above, you have been drawn from our e-newsletter subscriber list. Contact EasyCare within 48 hours to claim your free pair of any EasyCare hoof boots. Be sure to read the EasyCare e-newsletter for your chance to win next month. Sign up at http://www.easycareinc.com/newsletter_subscribe.aspx.

California EasyShoe Clinics in March

Have you heard the news? Daisy Haven Farm will be offering five EasyShoe clinics across the US. Each 2 1/2 day clinic schedule starts on Friday evening and will focus on hoof anatomy, background on the EasyShoe and hands-on application techniques of all four shoe models. Space is limited so make sure to reserve your spot today. Participants may sign up using this on-line form: EasyShoe Clinic Registration. Please contact Daisy Bicking with any questions at Clinic@DaisyHavenFarm.com. Next month we are holding two EasyShoe clinic in California:
 
March 7-9th in Plymouth, CA
Host: Bob Smith
Facility: Pacific Coast Horseshoeing School
5225 Carbondale Road, Plymouth, CA 95669
 
March 14-16th in San Diego, CA
Host: Shannon Peters
Facility: Arroyo Del Mar
7070 Black Mountain Road, San Diego, CA 92130
 
 
Friday Agenda
4:30 PM: Registration and Dinner
5 PM-9 PM: Anatomy Presentation and Dissection
• Overview of the weekend.
• Presentation on hoof anatomy and terms.
• Dissection by Paige Poss in conjunction with x-ray comparison of anatomy.
 
Saturday Agenda 
8:30 AM: Breakfast and review of previous day, Q & A
9 AM-5 PM: Cadaver Work
• Demonstration of hoof trim and prep for glue.
• Participant hands-on hoof mapping and trimming using x-ray: reliably finding the external landmarks related to internal anatomy.
• Shoe fit and preparation for glue.
• Lunch offered during review of the morning work, continue work after lunch.
• Demonstration of shoe application.
• Wrap-up Q&A at end of day.
 
Sunday Agenda
8:30 AM: Breakfast and review of previous day, Q & A
9 AM-5 PM: Glue-On Shoe Day
• Participants hands on final hoof prep and glue on shoes, working as teams to watch and assist each other.
• Lunch offered during review of the morning work, continue work after lunch.
• Learn to nail offered after lunch.
• Wrap-up Q&A at end of day.
 
 
For additional information on the EasyShoe, read Garrett Ford's blog, Launching the New EasyShoe, and Kevin Myers' blog, Eight Things Everyone Should Know About the New EasyShoe. Additional clinics will be held at the following locations:
 
May 16-18th in Charlotte, NC
Host: Bryan Baire
Facility: Location TBD
Charlotte, NC 
 
June 13-15th in College Station, TX
Host: Dr. David Hood
Facility: TBD
College Station, TX
 
July 11-13th in South Lyon, MI
Host: Brian Smigielski
Facility: Gaited Acres Farm
6175 Mae Lane, South Lyon, MI
 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

 

EasyShoe Pre-Orders and Photo Contest

After roughly 30 months of development and testing in many different disciplines, the EasyShoe product range is now ready for market and will increase the health and soundness of equines around the world. Both retail customers and EasyCare dealers now have the opportunity to place pre-orders. The EasyShoe will be available to ship worldwide starting in mid-February, 2014. Although the barefoot movement has grown tremendously over the past 40 years, there is still a very large percentage of horses currently in steel shoes. These horses that have not been transitioned to a barefoot lifestyle can now use a product that allows for a much healthier hoof mechanism. The EasyShoe has already excelled on the flat track and in the endurance, dressage and sport horse disciplines. It will also provide additional options for owners and professionals who have challenging rehabilitations. For additional information on the EasyShoe, read Garrett Ford's blog, Launching the New EasyShoe, and Kevin Myers' blog, Eight Things Everyone Should Know About the New EasyShoe.
 
 
Do you want to win a free pair of EasyShoes? Simply submit a photo of a horse's hoof that would benefit from the new EasyShoe, and you're automatically entered to win a free pair of EasyShoes. Submit your photo here: http://woobox.com/b3ijot. Four winners will be selected randomly on February 14, 2014 (voting has been disabled).
 
To enter the contest simply: 1) Like our facebook page.
 
 
 
and 2) Enter your Name and Email Address and Upload a Photo.
 
 

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

 

EasyShoe at the International Hoof Care Summit

Are you attending the International Hoof Care Summit (IHCS) in Cincinnati? If so you have an opportunity to see the new EasyShoe first hand in booth #723. There will even be an EasyShoe application demo at 4:00 PM on January, 29. Come say hello to Garrett and Kevin!

Standing room only at the EasyCare booth.

Daisy Bicking of Daisy Haven Farm is also present at the IHCS. Daisy will be partnering with EasyCare this year to host EasyShoe Clinics around the US. You can read more about applying the EasyShoe by reading her blog, EasyShoes: Daisy Haven Farm Style. The EasyShoe Clinics will be held at the following locations:

  • March 7-9th in Plymouth, CA
  • March 14-16th in San Diego, CA
  • May 16-18th in Charlotte, NC
  • June 13-15th in College Station, TX
  • July 11-13th in South Lyon, MI
For additional information on these clinics, please read our 2014 International EasyShoe Clinic & Events Schedule.

Daisy Haven Farm's booth.

If you were not able to make it to the summit, there are several other opportunities to learn about the EasyShoe this year. EasyCare will have representation at the events listed below:

  • Strohm Open House, Dusseldorf, Germany. February 6-9, 2014.
  • BETA International - Birmingham, England, February 16-18, 2014.
  • EasyShoe Clinic - Durham, England. February February 19, 2014.
  • EasyShoe Clinic - Bodalla, Australia. February 20, 2014.
  • Easycare Down Under EasyShoe Clinic - Melbourne, Australia. February 23, 2014.
  • SPOGA Horse - Cologne, Germany. August 31 - September 2, 2014.
  • Equitana Asia - Melbourne, Australia. November 20-23, 2014.

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.