EasyCare president Garrett Ford recently blogged about the barefoot/shod debate and how heated it can be. Unfortunately when we think of debates, we think of winners and losers; right and wrong. Is the medium of debate in the best interest of horses? It is human nature to want to see things in black and white but hoof care is a very gray subject. The topic of barefoot versus shod should be less of a debate and more of a discussion, an earnest conversation that will improve our ability to care for horses. Polarized views on who is right and who is wrong do not allow for progress. Continued research and education are the keys that will allow veterinarians and hoof care professionals from all backgrounds to find common ground and improve horses' well being.
“Don't raise your voice, improve your argument." - Desmond Tutu
I have been an EasyCare employee for over a year yet I vividly remember my interview and first days with the company. As with any company, one of the first things you learn is the Mission Statement:
Our mission is to provide the equestrian community with the best and most innovative hoof boot designs and alternative hoof care products. Our goal is to be the leader in alternative hoof care products and to provide a high level of consumer education which will empower equestrians to improve the lives of their animals. Our vision and values guide our actions and, taken together with our actions, reveal who we are.
I am proud to work for a company that is on the cutting edge of hoof protection and passionate about improving the lives of horses. I consider myself to be pro barefoot but not anti shoe. I believe in the benefits of barefoot and am happy to educate customers who want to transition their horses out of shoes and into boots. I am also happy to assist customers who use our boots over shoes or need a "spare" when their horse loses a shoe. I know what works for me but I do not pass judgment on those that choose something different. If you are passionate about hoof care, be courteous and open minded in your discussions.
As one of the customer service representatives, I am happy to help get your horse into the right boots. I have plenty of hands on experience since my horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.