Competitor Hoof Boot Upgrade Program

Do you own a hoof boot that doesn't fit your current horse?  Do you have a hoof boot that is ready to be retired?  Don't throw it out!  Send it in and get an EasyCare hoof boot at half price.

EasyCare has a Hoof Boot Upgrade Program that allows hoof boot users to send in non-EasyCare hoof boots in exchange for an EasyCare hoof boot model.  The program has been successful because it allows consumers to send in a boot that may not fit their horse correctly, isn't working on their specific horse, or is just worn out.  It is our goal to get your horse in quality hoof boots that will help make your riding experience exceptional. 

The exchanged boots are then listed on ebay at a cheap price and sold as a complete lot.  

The current ebay selection has the following boots:

  • 53 pcs    Cavallo
  • 25 pcs    Renegade
  • 10 pcs    Davis
  • 9 pcs      Hoof Wing
  • 2 pcs      Soft Ride
  • 1 pc        Marquis

Cavallo

Renegade

Davis

Hoofwing

Soft Ride

Marquis

All boots are in various sizes and different conditions.  Some are slightly used and others more used.  This is a great opportunity for a horse rescue or barefoot trimming school. Shipping weight is roughly 100 lbs.  Winning bidder pays shipping via ground transport.

If you have questions about our Hoof Boot Upgrade program please feel free to give us a call.  Our customer service team is here to answer your questions and help get your horse into the right boots.

Take a Chance and Flippin Run With It

Submitted by Devan Mills, EasyCare Customer Service Representative

One of the great things about working for EasyCare is that I have the opportunity to use and experiment with all of the products. By doing this, it allows me to give better guidance to anyone who may call-in looking to use EasyCare products in a nontraditional way. With all of our products we do hours, months, even years of testing to perfect them, however, as anyone involved with horses knows there are countless disciplines. As much as we would like to test every one of our products for every discipline it just cannot happen, and that is where a little commonsense and my experimentation comes in. By just looking at some of our boots and shoes you can tell they will not work. This is where the commonsense part happens. For example, using the EasySoaker on a trail ride, it’s not going to work. Unless you are taking it to use as a bucket or cup. Then go for it, it will work for that! Or trying to use the Easyboot Trail to condition a Race Horse. If you are conditioning that race horse by trail riding, this is absolutely an option. However, if you are conditioning him at Churchill Downs in Trails you may need your noggin checked.

All of us at EasyCare have come from different horse backgrounds which allows for us to bounce ideas back and forth or even ask what certain terminology means. I was lucky enough to grow up around horses and have had the opportunity to dabble in quite a few different areas. The majority of that, has been Western or stock type horses, cow horses, barrel racing, roping, ranch horses and the list goes on. The western world, while wide-ranging, I believe tends to be very traditional. Many things have been done the same exact way for hundreds of years. I love tradition and treasure it, but I also believe there has to be progression. At least one person will jump out of the box and try something new. It may work or it may not, but at least someone tried. Whether that progression is in nutrition, training, rehabilitation, health, or hoof care, I believe taking chances in moderation, can most certainly be worth it.

We have had quite a few people curious if you can barrel race in any of our products, especially with the release of the Flip Flop and the increased popularity of the EasyShoes. That curiosity is sparked by many different reasons but I believe the top three are: 1. Owners looking for another option, 2. Referral from a friend or farrier and/or 3. The horse will not hold a traditional steel shoe. Since I barrel race, these inquiries are passed my way and I truly enjoy helping to find a solution. This also sparks my interest in trying different things on my horse. Just so this is known: I am not a farrier, trimmer or hoof care professional. I do have access to great resources that allow me to confidently try these products on my horses. Acknowledge I know my horses well, I know the products well and I do my research by reading different articles, blogs and listening to feed back. I am also not a professional barrel racer, horse trainer or anything like that, nor do I claim to be. I am a weekend warrior barrel racer at best. I do not venture far from home, typically compete in open 4D barrel races as well as open rodeo’s that are within a short driving distance. My horse on the other hand is nicer than I deserve, when everything is clicking she will make a 1D run and when I am being a terrible jockey she clocks in the 2 or 3D. If this whole “D” business is making absolutely no sense click here to better understand the D system that is used in barrel racing.

Ok enough of my banter, I am sure the suspense is killing everyone as to what I took a chance on. There were two items or procedures I ended up testing out. I had toyed with the idea most of the summer to run my horse in the Flip Flop and finally took that chance. I applied Flip Flops on her hind feet and modified Glue-On shells on her fronts along with modifying the gluing process for the front Glue-On's. I followed all of the gluing protocol for gluing the Flip Flops but did not add the optional pour-in pad. I had used the Equipak Soft when previously using the Flip Flops but wanted to see how my mare would do without the pad. The reason I did not use the Flip Flop all the way around is because I did not have the size she needed on hand for her fronts. I can without a doubt say that the Flip Flop can be used for barrel racing. She had plenty of traction and worked awesome which told me she was feeling good. We also were a 10th of a second faster than our previous run, made in the same arena on the same pattern. I know a 10th does not seem like much, but in any speed event it is. I also believe that she was just as comfortable without a pour in pad as she would have been with a pour in pad. The need of a pad really depends on the individual horse. I would not hesitate at all to make a run with the Flip Flops on her fronts as well. Next spring with out a doubt that is what she will have on all four. I can understand potential users concern as to the horse over reaching and possible pulling of the Flip Flop or tripping them self, it is always a possibility that a horse can over reach with a boot, a steel shoe, Glue on shoe, and yes even a bare foot horse. The Flip Flop is no different, since it is trimmed to fit it actually might be a better option for those horses that over reach since you can trim it to the exact length needed. If you are on the fence about using the Flip Flop for any event, I say go for it! This product is much more versatile than users first tend to believe and in my opinion can be used in just about any situation. It is also a great choice for someone that wants to try gluing for the first time because of how easy and successful the application process is.

The modification I made to the Glue-On was cutting holes out of the sole. I elected to use the modified Glue-On shells on her fronts for added traction. This modification would make the Glue-On similar to a rim shoe. I used a past blog as guidance for putting a hole in the Glue-on written by Christoph Schork. The major risk I took was gluing the shells on with only Sikaflex, I have talked to quite a few people that were wondering if it was indeed possible. I had success on two different occasions gluing the shells with the sole cut out with only Sikaflex. I did prep the hoof the same as I would if I were going to use Vettec Adhere. I did use more Sikaflex then I would if using Adhere as well, making sure to completely cover the base of the boot that was still intact and then also adding Sikaflex up the wall of the Glue-On. When applying the Glue-On to her hoof, I made sure to have my rubber mallet handy and was diligent in making sure the hoof was seated well in the boot. I then put her foot into the plastic sack that the shell came in and put an Rx boot on, this was to insure that the shell would say in place until the Sikaflex was somewhat set.

She hung out with all of this on her feet for most of the day either tied up or in a small turn out. One could also leave the Gaiter attached overnight and then remove the Gaiter once the Sikaflex is set, one of our team EasyBoot members shared how to use Sikaflex with the Gloves and then remove the gaiter. Gluing with only Sikaflex is not something you would want to do if you are going out on a long ride, unless you were to have an extra boot handy. Since my trailer was right there and I have everything I would need to reapply a Glue-On or just put one of my Gloves on I was not concerned with the possibility of losing a Glue-On. When I went to remove the Glue-On's that I only had used Sikaflex they were very secure on the hoof, very similar to when I apply them with Vettec Adhere. The first time I used Sikaflex only to glue, I left the shells on for 3 days, the second application I left them on for over 6 days (secretly hoping they would fall off), they did not fall off I ended up have to pull them, and they were undeniably glued well and not going to be falling off anytime soon.

I would love to be able to run my horse barefoot but after attempting to last summer and seeing what I was up against with the conditions outside of the arena I came to the conclusion she is not a great candidate to be left bare all the time and needs protection when we are coming in and out of the arena where I am likely to be on anything from grass to asphalt. Being able to experiment with our different products has been and will be a way for me to better help anyone looking for that other option with their horse. Keep in mind I have a lot of great resources at my fingertips along with the products, this allows me to take a chance with much less risk involved than if our customers were to try the same things. If you are in doubt about doing something off the beaten path with one of our products give us a call, we will do our best to answer any questions, tell you it won’t work or get you in contact with someone that will have answers you are looking for. For success with any EasyCare product we always recommend to follow our application guidelines. We have a plethora of detailed, videos, print outs and blogs to help guide users through the application of each product that we are constantly updating. If you are wanting to try a product in a situation that you are not positive it will work contact us we are more than happy to speak with you about it. I would only recommend to experiment and modify if you have time, resources and an open mind. The first time I experiment or modify anything it is always with a used item that I am not concerned about losing or ruining, this is a great second life for my pile of stinky, torn up, worn out boots.

SOS August 2016: All You Need to Know About the New Comfort Pads

Let's cut to the chase. You all know Comfort Pads in hoof boots yield big results. Utilizing Comfort Pads in boots provides relief from hoof maladies and encourages correct movement. This small addition can make a big difference to a horse by providing solar support, eliminating peripheral loading and vibration while increasing blood profusion within the hoof. With so many great benefits what's not to love about them? 

If you haven't noticed, EasyCare has given these little wonders a bit of a makeover. 

The older style pads had lines printed on each side-each corresponding to a different boot model. The trouble was that even with four different shapes in each thickness and each density, there were still models and sizes of boots that didn't jive with the templates stamped on the pads.

The new style has a universal fit and is not stamped with any lines. Any one of them can be cut to fit any of the 129 possible shapes of boot. No more guessing which style or which size to order. All you need to know is what density and which of the two thicknesses you'd like. Instead of selecting one of 24 different pads, you only have to choose between six.

So basically, you can fit more boots with less pads. Simple!

You will also notice a difference in the feel. They are still made from the great EVA material you have come to know and love but now they are now closed-cell making them better for keeping moisture and bacterial levels down. 

The best way to size the pads is to trace the hoof directly onto the pad and then cut it out. Of course, since you don't always have the horse at your disposal sometimes using a template is better. Here is an oldie but goodie that is more relevant now that ever; Debbie shows how to make your own set of sturdy reusable comfort pad templates. Spend a little time making yourself this handy tool and never make a mistake cutting pads again!

 

Debbie Schwiebert 800-447-8836 ext. 2224 dschwiebert@easycareinc.com

Rebecca Balboni 800-447-8836 ext. 2232 rbalboni@easycareinc.com

Secrets of the Savvy

Secrets of the Savvy: your source for inside information on all things EasyCare.

"E" is for Epic and "K" is for Kevin

Submitted by Jordan Potthoff, EasyCare Customer Service Representative

On Saturday, July 16th I went on a ride with my mother, Cathy, and our two Wisconsin cowboy friends, Daniel and Vern. Cathy, Vern, and I are members of the Back Country Horseman in La Plata County. This group does trail work in wilderness areas where horses have access to ride. It is "Trails 2000" for Equestrians. As president of the Durango Chapter my mom decided we needed to scope out the Crater Lake trail that goes up past Andrew's Lake, near Silverton, Colorado, before the work crew came in the following week. It was a fun day ride and we were all happy to get out and enjoy the beautiful Colorado weather.

We looked at the hiking guide to gauge our time and mileage. It stated, "5.5 miles to the lake" then of course 5.5 miles out. I had done a 5 mile ride on my 4 year old mare, my first young horse, and I felt she was ready for a longer ride. This would certainly be a challenge because it was twice as far as we had ever gone. There would be many challenges on this ride that would test her and I as a team. Needless to say, according to our GPS tracking the day went from a 11 mile ride to a 14 mile ride. If I was looking for a ride to challenge and train my young horse, boy did I find it.

I wasn't sure the footing of the trail so I decided on my Easyboot Epics for the ride. I am new to the barefoot world and natural hoof care. My horse, Pistol, has spent the riding season in shoes and the off season barefoot. When I joined EasyCare I pulled her shoes and began the journey into barefoot hoof care.

So far I like the Epics. The way that they open up allows for easy application and I still get a snug fit because of the cable and buckle system. This is a great starting place for me since both Pistol and I are new to booting. My hope is to make believers out of my riding group for this trip and future ones. I did spend part of the ride talking about EasyCare and all of the different boots we have to offer, as well as Glue-Ons and EasyShoes. I enjoy talking about the boot because I truly believe in our product. It doesn't work for every horse but the owner and CEO, Garrett Ford, is always looking to increase sizing options and created a better boot. 

My horse had some reservations about our first few water crossings. Somewhere during that time of trying every avenue possible to avoid the water she tore the gaiter on one of her boots and the boot came off. The boot buckle didn't release so I need to examine the boot and see if the cable is broken. I will also measure her feet again to make sure I have the correct size. I think what happened was I tried the fit kit and found the correct size for the Glove. But without checking measurements ordered the same size in the Epics. This is a common mistake. Our boots are not all sized the same, so we always tell our customers not to assume that if they are a size in one model they will be the same size in a different model. What probably happened is that this boot was too big and the clamp didn't tighten enough around the hoof to stay on during her frantic moves across the water.

When I did remove the boots I found that very little water stayed in the boot. I know that some people worry about water building up in the boots and sloshing around during a ride. This boot allows most of the water to squish back out after going through a stream.

The Epics have moderate traction and break over on the toe. The trail up to Crater lake was a mixture of dirt trail and big rocky sections. As we passed over large slabs of rock I noticed that Pistol had better traction in most instances and had less of a tendency to slip out compared to the other horses who were shod with steel shoes. Pistol has not developed a disciplined, cautious step yet, so I know that she wasn't getting better footing because of better foot placement on the trail. I was also happy for the gaiter protection around the heel bulbs because two of the horses experienced small cuts from sharp rocks.

We saw this butterfly at the end of our ride. It made me think of Kevin. Butterflies to me symbolize rebirth and transition into a new state of being. For me I think it could have been Kevin joining me in my successful ride. I had looked forward to riding with him this summer. I know that I would have learned a lot from him and my horse would have as well. He was always approachable when I had questions or wanted to learn more. I know I will still learn from him, his memory, and his experiences through the many many lives he impacted. 

Although I did not have the pleasure of knowing Kevin Myers for very long, he immediately inspired me to challenge myself and expand my riding experience. Both his and Garrett's passion for endurance riding was infectious. I have dabbled in many disciplines and their passion has sparked my curiosity for this new one. Well let me tell you I have a long way to go! Kevin would have called my 14 mile stroll a "recovery ride". HA! I was the one who needed to recover after that ride. It was my longest ride in a long time. But he was always very encouraging and was great at celebrating victories no matter how small.

He was on my mind during my first big ride. I know that he had a habit of doing a hand stand in great places so in his memory I did a hand stand in victory. Here's to you, Kevy. "K" is for Kevin. Happy Trails.

Postcards to Kevin

Finding words to express the magnitude of loss and feelings the EasyCare family is dealing with is difficult, to say the least.  The shock is still lingering and the tears flow far more easily than words.  Here are a few thoughts and tributes from the EasyCare family:

From Dee Reiter

Kevin and I arrived at EasyCare within a month of each other in 2010. From the start, Kevin became my “go-to guy” for his warmth, charm, knowledge, his willingness to always be there for me and he earned my trust very quickly. I loved his work ethic, his big smile, his quick wit, his sarcasm and his gentleness. 

He was always my biggest fan in sharing my successes. In one of my last emails to him, I told him that my main concern was to exceed his goals for me and then we would both be happy. Kevin’s one word reply, “Amen.” He was my boss, my motivator, my friend.

We identified with each other as the “two worriers” in the company and both (laughingly) admitted that neither of us would ever change.

In 2010, Kevin and I flew to Massachusetts for Equine Affaire and spent five days together. You learn a lot about your teammate in five days of being together constantly. We are both the coffee drinking champions of EasyCare and it was a constant battle of Dunkin vs Starbucks. It was during this time that we both found ourselves, not only new to EasyCare, but new to our trade show booth and how I earned Kevin’s nickname, “Dee-vious” in getting (borrowing) the parts and pieces to put a trade show booth together. That name stuck until Wednesday, June 29, 2016. It was a name that endeared me to Kevin and now makes my cry.

Kevin’s hugs were the best and the last hug he gave me, he hung on for an extra long time. I wish he would have hung on so much longer.

Kevin, my heart is broken and I will miss you forever.

From Nancy Fredrick

Kevin, sweet Kevin…..you will be missed and loved forever.
From our first meeting here at EasyCare in 2010, you were a “Breath of Fresh Air”. Your smile was contagious. One look at you and a person could not help but smile back. Your happy attitude was so infectious. You have always been so gracious, forgiving and eloquent in everything you did and all interactions with everyone. You just had a way with words to make every person you came in contact with feel special.
I feel blessed to the moon and back that we had such a great connection these past six years. 
My heart is broken that you are gone from this EasyCare family….but your memory and smile will live on forever for all of us.
Love you Bunches mi Amigo!!!!! Via con Dios~

From Kathy Sherer

Kevin had so many wonderful qualities but if I had to choose just one word to describe him, it would be “kind.” 
The first time I met Kevin was shortly after he had moved to Durango. He needed pasture for his beloved horses, and I was the lucky one who had what he needed. When I met this handsome, gentle man, it was love at first sight. That sweet smile and adorable accent were like a magnet. When I saw him interact with his horses, I could see how patient and loving he was. I can still see that cute little grin of his as he stood and watched them like a proud father. 
Every day, when his truck showed up, I always went out to see him. “Hello, lovie” is how he always greeted me, and it would make me smile every time. More than once, I jokingly asked Kevin if I could adopt him. My mothering instinct was telling me that this very gentle spirit needed to be protected.
On his visits, we sometimes talked about the possibility of my becoming part of the EasyCare team, but the timing wasn’t right until four months ago when I became a part-time Customer Service Representative. This is when I got to see another side to Kevin. As our beloved leader, he was not only kind, but he was also supportive, patient, encouraging, and obviously brilliant. We depended on him in every way.
Kevin would be happy to see how his EasyCare family is caring for each other as we pull together in his absence. If one of us is struggling, another team member steps in. If someone needs a hug, there’s always one available. The team that he built is closer than ever, and I know he’s smiling about that. 
I’ll see you on the other side, lovie.

From Shari Murray

I already miss so much Kevin calling me on the phone and calling me “lovie”. "How are you lovie?  How is your day going?"  When Kevin asked, you could tell he really cared about how my day was going and how I was. He would ask me every time I talked to him “How is Mr. Muggles doing?” Kevin had a way about him that made everyone he had contact with feel special. 

From Devan Mills

Kevs, I have been lucky enough in my life to meet a lot of wonderful people and there are a handful of those people that have made a profound impact on my life both professionally and personally, Mr. Myers you are certainly one of them. After coming to interview with EasyCare I ran into you, Derrick and Rebecca at the local Mexican joint, you of course greeted me with that big smile and told me, “These are your peeps” I did not have the job with EasyCare yet but after you said that I wanted nothing more to be one of those peeps, and thank you for letting me be one of your peeps. Kevin thank you for always encouraging me in the office and trusting me with projects that I would have never trusted myself with, you have helped me become a more confident person I will be eternally grateful for that. I have had conversations will my fellow employees about how EasyCare has very passionate employees, looking back you made us more passionate about what we do, your passion and knowledge rubbed off on all of us. Another person that made a huge impact on me life once told me ‘Devan, you ride for the brand sometimes that is hard to find in a person’ it took me sometime to figure out what he meant by that, but Kevin you most definitely rode for the brand; fiercely loyal, extremely passionate and never gave up until the job was done in both your personal and professional life. Thank you for always caring about how I was doing and genuinely wanting to know, always making sure myself and horses were taken care of. I am going to miss running into you after work in Falls Creek on horseback and being amazed that you somehow did 18 miles on your horse up there, Falls Creek is going to be missing a big piece of what made it so special. Our trip to Tucson last fall I learned so much about you which made me respect you on so many levels and also left me wondering “When does Kevin sleep, he does so much?” thank you for also answering every single question I had about saguaro cactus, I'm sure you were thinking “This girl needs to get out more.” Thank you for being a part of my journey in life, I am going to miss you as a leader, mentor and friend. Rest easy, although it was much too soon you certainly earned it. 
With the utmost respect- Devs  

From Jean Welch

Before I started working at EasyCare, I was first introduced to Kevin through his Blogs. My first impressions of him were that he was adorable, funny, and clearly committed to helping horses. His English humor and wit came through in his writings. I read everything he wrote, never thinking that one day I would actually meet him, let alone work at the same Company. He was an accomplished endurance rider, an actual Tevis rider! He was somewhat of a superstar/celebrity in my book.

When I finally had the honor of meeting him, I was so nervous, but his warm smile greeted me as if we were longtime friends. He looked me in the eye and shook my hand and made me feel at ease.

As our friendship grew, he became more like a brother, sharing his knowledge, insights, words of wisdom, and dreams of the future. He had this uncanny way of diffusing a tense situation into something to giggle about. He has been a great inspiration to me, and I will miss him terribly.

From Rebecca Balboni

Oh Kevy, my most favorite leprechaun, I so hope you have found the peace that eluded you in this life. I am grateful for your leadership and mentoring in the office, for our adventures into the wilds of Colorado (sometimes the wilds of downtown), and for every precious mile ridden together. You, kind sir, could sure turn a phrase. You were a phenomenal chef, a horseman beyond compare, a scholar, and a loyal friend. I miss our banter and your infectious 1,000 watt grin. I don’t know how you did it, but you managed to “get” every person who came across your path. So kind and generous with your words, you were the best at making everyone comfortable. A diplomat in the truest sense of the word. You were the anti-awkward. You taught me so many lessons about how to be-just by being your inimitable self. Thank you for our short time together. You have changed my life in ways you could never imagine. Ride on, Kevin, ride on and on and on. 

From Debbie Schwiebert

Dear Kevin,

Man, you worked hard and played hard. Sometimes I wondered how in the world you were able to do it all but that’s just how you rolled.

We shared some great times riding together and laughed until we cried during the EasyCare photo shoots. I’ll confess I was never more stoked than to fix you up with a “real hat”!  You wore it well my friend. Good times and special memories.

Your life made a difference, thank you.

From Christoph Schork, The Bootmeister

Kevy!!

Kevin left us hanging. I cannot help wondering where I failed him and what I missed during the last few months of his life. I still have not come up with an answer and I might never come up with one. So I am left with the memories of Kevy, how I often called him endearingly, and what he meant to me.
Few people have touched my life the way Kevin has. He was a person of infallible character, a man with high morals, a person that listened to everybody patiently and never failed to give advice when asked. Kevin also was a man of highest intellectual capacity. Witty, smart, funny and mentally stimulating,
these were some of his outstanding personal traits. There was not one single topic I could not discuss with him. His understanding of the world was refreshing. Tolerant in every respect, yet a man with conviction. For years we worked together within the EasyCare family. Highly professional and
knowledgeable in every aspect of the business, I could always rely on Kevin to come up with a solution to any problems that came up.

Kevin made work to be fun. His joyfulness, smile and laughter was contagious and will be a part of me forever. In private, we spent countless hours riding together on our horses, riding bikes, running or just sitting and discussing politics, history and life. Kevin also took active part in other peoples success. His friends accomplishments made him happy. I feel privileged to call him my friend. His memory will be with me for the rest of my life. I will miss
him. He left a big void in my life.

From Becky Caldwell

Kev,

When we first met, I was at a turning point in my life where I felt like my world had been flipped upside down and I was starting over from scratch. I was terrified and insecure. But when I walked through those doors for my first official EasyCare interview, I was overtaken by your incredible smile. I was instantly at ease, as though I had known you my whole life. Over the past few years you've challenged me, encouraged me, empowered me to take on any new challenge with confidence and grace, and quickly became a very important part of my family. You supported me through the hard times and celebrated with me through the great times.

Over this last week, my heart has been flooded with memories of you. In this swirling video reel playing over and over in my head, there is one specific memory that stands out above the rest. It was a beautiful Spring day and you and I decided to go for a run after work. Even though there was a slight chance of rain, we headed up Junction Creek and made our way up to Gudy's Rest. As we began our descent, it started to sprinkle. Then it started to rain………no, it started to POUR!! You and I ran, giggling and smiling like little kids, through calf deep mud puddles and what seemed like a river washing us down the trail. When we got back to the car, we were both soaked and my face hurt from laughing so hard and smiling so big. I'll never forget the smile on your soaking wet face that day. It is a vision I will carry with me always. Although you're no longer here with me, and I don't get to see that incredible smile every day, I know you're not truly gone. You are still here with me……with all of us who love you. And through this broken heart, my comfort comes in knowing that you are finally at peace, and that you will forever be laughing and smiling, and splashing through mud puddles.

Fly free, my friend. I love you, Kev.


The EasyCare family is sending love to all who knew and loved Kevin.  "Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart." 

Peace to you all.

SOS July 2016: Modified Hoof Boots for Acute Laminitis

Perhaps some of you were fortunate to see Dr. Bryan Fraley's presentation on Hoof Boots and Laminitis at AAEP in Las Vegas last December. For those of you who weren't (or for those of you who do not have a photographic memory), a copy of the associated white paper is available HERE.

Dr. Fraley heads up the Fraley Equine Podiatry Center located at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in the heart of Lexington Thoroughbred country. EasyCare is thrilled that our products have played such a pivotal role in his research.

Dr. Fraley explores the how and why of "interchangeable soles" (EasyCare's patented Click System) on hoof boots and presents compelling evidence of their use in the successful treatment of acute laminitis. On the hit parade are: boot selection and fit, usage of various packing materials, a candid look at the pros and cons of choosing modified boots over a more permanent shoe package.

The Therapy Click System is currently available in a 5 and 10 degree wedge and four sizes to fit nearly our entire range of boot styles. The degree of wedge can easily be adjusted with a grinder or the addition of adhesive material.

EasyCare is constantly working to develop novel solutions for treating lameness. You can see other therapy offerings like the Cloud, the Click, and the Flip Flop on our podiatry page HERE. Contact us to see how we can help you with even the toughest cases!

Debbie Schwiebert dschwiebert@easycareinc.com 800-447-8836 EXT 2224

Rebecca Balboni rbalboni@easycareinc.com 800-447-8836 EXT 2232

 

Secrets of the Savvy

Secrets of the Savvy: your source for inside information on all things EasyCare.

Business of Booting Webinar presented by the PHCP Thursday, June 23, 2016

You're invited!

What: The Business of Booting webinar taught by Leslie Carrig, PHCP Mentor and former owner of High Desert Hoof Care

When: June 23rd, 2016 at 5:30 pacific time.

Who: Professional Hoof Care Practitioners and students training to work in this field

As a Hoof Care Practitioner it is part of your job to select and fit the hoof boots that will work best for your clients and their horses. This is critical to the success of your business in more than one way.

Some Topics Covered:
- gaining confidence
- working with owners
- successful use of hoof boots
- changing your attitude towards hoof boots
- profits
- inventory, what should I stock?
tricks of the trade
- a detailed handout will be provided

If you are working in hoof care as a career (or plan to), but are struggling with being a salesmen, consider taking this webinar to boost your business and add to your bottom line.

Find out more and sign up at http://pacifichoofcare.org/Businessofbooting.html

Rebecca Balboni

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Customer Service Representative

A lifetime of riding and showing sport horses has given me a deep appreciation for the importance of soundness and comfort on performance. Let me help elevate your equine experience by finding the right boot for your horse and unique situation.

And Here I Am at EasyCare

Submitted by Kathy Sherer, EasyCare Customer Service Representative

My mother told me that the first word out of my young mouth was “horthy.” Later, when I could speak more clearly, I began asking Santa for horse figurines instead of dolls, and cowboy outfits instead of dresses. I still remember proudly wearing chaps and a holster to my first day of kindergarten. 

It was in 6th grade that we had a “bring your pet to school” day. I saw nothing wrong with bringing my pony, and my grandfather helped me pull it off. Luckily, the event was held in the gymnasium where there was plenty of room and a floor that could be easily mopped.  I was born with “horse fever” and I never recovered.

Eventually, the boys at the boarding stable became as interesting as the horses. I’m sure my family was relieved that I was finally becoming more “girly.” I always needed to board my horse, so my mother had to drive me back and forth to the stable. This got old by the time I was 14, so that’s when I started to drive. I was supposed to go straight to the stable and back, and that’s what I usually did.

All of this growing up with horses took place in Michigan, and that’s where my horse fever got worse. I caught the “jumping bug.” It was an amazing little leopard Appaloosa named Son of Chief Handprint that took me over the jumps. He was so good at it that he jumped out of any pasture I put him in. I eventually gave him up to be shown at higher levels than I wanted to go.

When I moved to Durango in 1986, my jumping days were over and I got a Quarter Horse mare and switched to a western saddle. I bred her to a nice local stallion and gave the colt to my new husband. Many good years were spent on those horses before they went to horse heaven, and that’s when we switched to Foxtrotters. We both contracted a new case of horse fever.

We used to love to camp and ride in Monument Valley. Our guide got us to do some crazy things!

My paint Foxtrotter, Charlie, was constantly getting laminitis and finally had to be put down. I wish the Cloud boot had been available then.

I believe it was 2004 when I realized that steel shoes weren’t the best thing for horses. I discovered EasyCare boots and there was no turning back. I started with the Original Easyboot and then moved on to all the new, improved styles as they came out. At the same time, I was on a quest to find a barefoot trimmer. Until I could find one, my husband and I studied Pete Ramey videos so we could do it ourselves. It’s way harder than it looks!

Trigger, another Foxtrotter, was my next horse. My husband and I always ride in the Durango Cowboy Poetry Gathering parade with the 4 Corners Back Country Horsemen. Trigger has never been shod and has great feet. Next to him is Ebony who REALLY needs boots to be comfortable.

Parading with the Bayfield Belles.

Fast forward to 2016 where I now I find myself working for EasyCare as a Customer Service Representative. It’s so rewarding to talk to people all over the country and help them along their barefoot journey. Everyone desperately wants to make their horse healthier and more comfortable. There’s a lot of love out there for horses – and a lot of cases of horse fever.

 

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This is an excellent choice for a horse just coming out of shoes as the hooves often get wider over the first several months of transition. In many cases, you can purchase one set of boots to carry you through a fairly significant change in hoof shape.

Optimizing the fit of your hoof boots will prevent twisting on the hoof and rubbing, as well as improve boot retention. If you ever have questions about fit, give our friendly customer service team a call. We are here to help and are always happy to share tips and tricks to make your booting experience the best!

Rebecca Balboni

easycare-customer-service-representative-rebecca-balboni

Customer Service Representative

A lifetime of riding and showing sport horses has given me a deep appreciation for the importance of soundness and comfort on performance. Let me help elevate your equine experience by finding the right boot for your horse and uniquesituation.

Rookies Take it Off

When we glue hoof protection on, us rookies just hope we actually have the chance to remove it and that it doesn’t just fall off on its own or come flying off while riding. For the most part I have been very successful and the protection I have glued on stays in place for the entire duration. The Flip Flop was no exception. Since the Flip Flop is quite easy to glue you would think it would be easy off as well. Easy on, easy off, right? WRONG! The Flip Flop is not easy off. I’m not implying that it is difficult to remove when you need to do so I’m stating that these were not going to come off on their own and tools were going to have to be involved. 

This set of Flip Flops had been on just over 6 weeks, there was one tiny spot just above the junction of the base and the cuff that was coming unglued but it was in no way going to cause the Flip Flop to fall off.

In true rookie fashion I was not the most prepared, but if I were it wouldn’t be any fun right? If you have the Flip Flop application guide you will notice on the removal section it suggest either using a hoof knife or vibrating cutting saw. I do have almost everything anyone could ever need in my trailer but unfortunately a vibrating cutting saw is not something I have stashed away. I do have multiple, very dull hoof knives, so I was in luck.

I will admit, I did ask the man in the silver sneakers for tips on how to remove the Flip Flop and he said to make sure I was pushing the base away from the sole when cutting and to also not remove the entire base as I could use it the to peel the cuff away from the hoof wall.

Well, my awesome hoof knife was so dull that no matter how hard I tried it was not going to cut the junction without quite a bit of strength. As I was leaving the office that day we were talking about removing my Flip Flops and I had received another bit of advice from another man that unfortunately does not wear silver sneakers about rasping where the cuff and the base meet so that is exactly what I did. 

I made sure to really rasp the thickened part right where the junction starts, I believe that would have been enough if my hoof knife was sharper than a butter knife but I went ahead and did the entire junction.

Once my rasping was done I grabbed my super dull hoof knife, pulled the base down and the junction cut just like butter!

I cut about three quarters of the junction and then stopped. This allowed me to use the base as a handle to pull the cuff away from the hoof wall, it peeled with such ease and virtually no damage to the hoof wall. It also made my clean up much easier as there was only a thin line of Adhere left on the hoof wall.

The Flip Flop is almost as easy to remove as it is to apply, all you need is a rasp and some sort of knife. It doesn’t even need to be that sharp, although I would imagine it would make it much easier if the knife was sharp, and the rasp won't not be needed. It could also make the process more dangerous. I have never done well around sharp objects so I'll stick to the dull hoof knife for removal. When I wrote A Rookie Went Gluing: Flippin' Success with the Flip Flop I raved about how much I liked this new product. Well, nothing has changed after weeks of use and my horse being extremely comfortable. I think I maybe more in love now than I was to start.