I Want To Be a Champion, Epic I Choose You

I grew up on the east coast on the beach and have spent most of my adult life in the suburbs of Chicago. The point of that is that I have only ridden a horse once before moving to Colorado. I am fortunate to work with so many well-versed riders.

I have learned a lot in my time here at EasyCare as a customer service representative, and if I had to pick one equestrian pursuit that would best fit my personality and pique my interest, it would have to be the sport of Burro Racing. As I speak with more and more burro racers when they call in to purchase new boots for their events and training there is only one boot that rises to the top and that is the Easyboot Epic.

The Epic is suited to Burro racing because it was designed specifically for trail and endurance riding and was the king boot of choice for endurance riders until the Easyboot Glove emerged on the scene. The Epic is still widely used and praised in endurance riding by riders such as Kate Saunders who has professed her love affair.  The Epic is such a versatile boot that covers the largest range of hoof shapes in our line up. From the Pony to the Draft.

EasyBoot Epic Size Chart

Size

Width in inches

Length in inches

 

Size

Width in mm

Length in mm

Pony

3 3/16"- 3 3/8"

3 3/8"- 3 5/8"

 

Pony

78-85mm

85-92mm

000

3 3/8"- 3 13/16"

3 5/8"- 4 3/16"

 

000

86-97mm

93-105mm

00

3 13/16"- 4 3/8"

4 3/16"- 4 5/8"

 

00

98-110mm

106-117mm

0

4 3/8"- 4 9/16"

4 5/8"- 4 15/16"

 

0

111-116mm

118-124mm

1

4 9/16"- 4 7/8"

4 15/16"- 5 1/8"

 

1

117-123mm

125-130mm

2

4 7/8"- 5 1/8"

5 1/8"- 5 9/16"

 

2

124-130mm

131-140mm

3

5 1/8"- 5 1/2"

5 9/16"- 5 15/16"

 

3

131-139mm

141-150mm

4

5 1/2"- 5 15/16"

5 15/16"- 6 7/16"

 

4

140-150mm

151-163mm

5

5 15/16"- 6 7/16"

6 7/16"- 6 7/8"

 

5

151-163mm

164-174mm

6

6 7/16"- 6 7/8"

6 7/8"- 7 7/16"

 

6

164-175mm

175-188mm

7

6 7/8"- 7 9/16"

7 7/16"- 7 3/4"

 

7

176-192mm

189-195mm

The Epic’s ease of application and time-tested durability ensure that users of the boot needn’t worry about much other than their task at hand during events. The traction is as sure on a jeep road as it is up a rock pass or through a water crossing. As I learn more about pack burro racing, the benefits of the Epic for the sport would have to be the fact that the boot accommodates hooves that are longer than wide, as well as the ease of use. The Epic can be used for unlimited mileage per week and can be easily repaired when issues do arise.

The application and removal of the Epic can be difficult the first couple of times; the key is to work smarter not harder. The best process is to pull the wires tight with a hoof pick, select the best notch on the buckle using the hoof pick again to help you get the wire in place, and then pressing the buckle down with your foot. For removal, I recommend using a long flat head screw driver to increase your leverage. Place the head of the screw driver in one of the unused notches of the buckle and use the screw driver like a leaver. Then use your hoof pick to loosen the wires and remove the boot. This can be maneuvered by placing bell boots over the rear Epics.

The best way to measure for the Epics is to follow the instructions for how we measure all of our boots. You measure the widest point of the hoof and the length form toe to the last load bearing point or buttress line as it is referred to. This is explained in detail under our customer service tab by clicking the How To Measure link. Inches are often easier to manage for American customers, but measuring millimeters will provide the most accurate measurement to ensure you get the best fitting boot the first time around.

In my opinion the Epic is the boot that I see customers coming back to time and time again. I have spoken to customers that have been using the same boot for five years, which makes sense since we often see them getting at least 500 miles of use. I am not sure if endurance riding is in my future or not, the powers that be here make it look so effortless. I think I will start with burro racing in Epics to get my feet wet. Maybe I’ll enter the burro as the racer and I’ll be the mule and wear the weight.

Josh, Customer Service Representative


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