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 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.

 

New Bigger Sizes and Free Shipping

The Old Mac's G2 and the Easyboot Trail are now available in sizes 11 and 12! Our previous sizes in these styles vary by 5mm increments, while sizes 11 and 12 vary by 10mm increments. Thanks to this increase in sizing increments, we can now accommodate a larger range of big hooves. Size 11 accommodates hooves with a width of 155-165mm (6 1/8" - 6 1/2"), and a length of 160-170mm (6 5/16" - 6 11/16"). Size 12 accommodates hooves with a width of 165-175mm (6 1/2" - 6 7/8"), and a length of 170-180 (6 11/16" - 7 1/8").

The new size 12 Old Mac's G2 (left) pictured next to a size 0 (right).

If you are in need of new hoof boots of any size, now is the time to order! Orders over $50 will receive free ground shipping in the month of January (excludes HiTies and Hoofjacks). If you have any questions about which hoof boot is the best for you and your horse, you can submit a Fitting Assistant or call us at 800-447-8836.

 

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.

 

January Read to Win Contest

The January Read to Win Contest winners are:

Shelley Brown
Jillian Crider
Josie Saxton
 

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.

Holiday Gift Guide

Are you looking for a holiday deal on hoof boots? Visit our Bargain Bin where we have several new, discontinued models of boots available including the Original Easyboot, Easyboot Glove, and Easyboot Rx. All items in the Bargain Bin are discounted 50% off MSRP (valid only while supplies last, all sales are final: no returns or warranties). Bargain Bin items are available through the EasyCare website only. If the Bargain Bin does not have the hoof boots you need, you can take advantage of our quantity discount. If you purchase four or more boots at the same time from EasyCare, you will receive a quantity discount (excludes Easyboot Glue-Ons and Bargain Bin boots). You can mix and match your boot styles and sizes and still receive this quantity discount. Orders over $50 will receive free ground shipping in the month of December (excludes HiTies and Hoofjacks).

Are you looking for some stocking stuffers for your barn buddies? Nitrile Tough EasyCare Gloves provide the necessary protection when hoof trimming. These gloves will save your hands from rasp nicks and the form fitting design does not hinder dexterity. They are also great for general work around the farm. The EasyCare Magnetic Hoof Pick will always be close at hand since it sticks to any metal surface. We hope you and your horses have happy holidays!

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.

 

December Read to Win Contest

The December Read to Win Contest winners are:

Susan Knowles
Kandy Cape
Megan Locker
 

Congratulations! Your name has 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.

Save Big on Stowaway Packs & Gear

Save 15% on Stowaway Gear and Packs purchased from EasyCare during the month of November! Our Stowaway Gear line includes gear, bale and hay bags designed to store, transport and protect hay, blankets, tools, supplies and extra hoof boots. Stowaway products are made with high quality materials that will hold up and protect against the elements. Convenience and durability make it the best tack and hay storage gear on the market. Stowaway Gear is available in navy blue.

Our Stowaway Packs offer maximum storage with minimum bulk. Packs are a great way to carry spare Easyboots, rain gear, lunch and first aid supplies. Several compartments allow for better organization and quick, easy access to what you need when you need it. Superior fabric and heavy-duty adjustment systems make these packs the most durable, user-friendly pack you'll ever own. Pack features include:

  • water resistant, 420D ripstop material.
  • a foam-padded bottom panel lined with durable, soft, short-pile fleece.
  • extended nylon-tabbed zipper pulls for easy access to all compartments.
  • reinforced outer seams.

Stowaway Packs are available in seven colors.

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.

 

New Bigger Sizes for Old Mac's G2 and Easyboot Trail

Do you own a horse with big hooves? The big news for this winter is bigger sizes: the Old Mac's G2 and the Easyboot Trail will soon be available in sizes 11 and 12. Our existing sizes in these styles vary by 5mm increments, while sizes 11 and 12 will vary by 10mm increments. Thanks to this increase in sizing increments, we can accommodate a larger range of big hooves.

Size 11 will accommodate hooves with a width of 155-165mm (6 1/8" - 6 1/2"), and a length of 160-170mm (6 5/16" - 6 11/16").

Size 12 will accommodate hooves with a width of 165-175mm (6 1/2" - 6 7/8"), and a length of 170-180 (6 11/16" - 7 1/8").

 
 
Every Old Mac’s G2 horse boot has a unique hi-tech performance outsole and incorporates the patented Hoof Suspension™ System. The Old Mac’s G2 is composed of a specially developed Thermo Plastic Urethane (TPU) compound which minimizes concussion and shortens recovery time for horses with concussion-related injuries. The Old Mac’s G2 is a great option for pleasure riding (less than 25 miles per week) and can also serve as a therapy boot. If your horse suffers from any of the following - arthritis, pedal bone fractures, navicular disease, ringbone, laminitis (founder), bruised soles, or scalping from overreaching–the Old Mac’s G2 horse boot will benefit your horse.
 
The Easyboot Trail is the easiest hoof boot in the world to apply and remove. The attachment system assures booted success throughout the trim cycle. The boot opens up completely to easily slip on and off over most hoof shapes and sizes. The rear double Velcro® attachment protects the entire hoof wall and keeps the boot firmly in place. EasyCare Gaiters are an optional accessory (sold separately).
 

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.

 

November Read to Win Contest

The November Read to Win Contest winners are:

Marilyn Bowie
Becky Kitchens
James Modish
 

Congratulations! Your name has 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.

 

Easyboot Transition - Available Now!

The Easyboot Transition is now available for purchase through our exclusive partner distributors. The Easyboot Transition offers an innovative combination of shock absorption and support never before seen in a hoof boot. The Easyboot Transition is available in eight sizes that accommodate many hoof shapes and angles. This is an ideal hoof boot for pleasure riding (less than 25 miles per week) and is also suitable for therapeutic applications. 

The Easyboot Transition features include:

  • Leather and soft-weave fabric is lightweight yet durable to protect the hoof from rocks, roots and other trail hazards. A seamless mold between the upper and bumper eliminates the need for stitching.
  • Industrial strength hook and loop straps secure the boot on the hoof and allow for multiple adjustments.
  • The robust bumper adds flexibility to the core of the boot while a supportive midsole increases shock absorption.
  • Fabric and synthetic materials resist wear and increase stability beneath the midsole. Depressions within the outsole structure are filled with the softer midsole material to create an integrated cushion.
 
 
The Easyboot Transition is currently available exclusively through the following partner distributors: 

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.


 

Easyboot Transition - Week 4

This fall, a new hoof boot will join the EasyCare product line. The Easyboot Transition offers an innovative combination of shock absorption and support never before seen in a hoof boot. The Easyboot Transition will be available in eight sizes that accommodate many hoof shapes and angles. This is an ideal hoof boot for pleasure riding (less than 25 miles per week) and is also suitable for therapeutic applications. This week, we release the final update.

 
Week 4 - The Upper and Hook & Loop Straps
The lightweight Upper protects the hoof and pastern joint from trail hazards. Reversible Hook & Loop Straps at the front and back secure the boot on the hoof and allow for precise fit adjustments. For additional information and a sneak peak at this week's features click here: Easyboot Transition
 
 
The Easyboot Transition will be available through a limited worldwide distribution network this fall. For more information on hoof boots, please see the EasyCare website at easycareinc.com and the EasyCare blog at blog.easycareinc.com.

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.