It was only after civilized man began confining his mounts to stables and soft pasturelands that foot protection became generally used. Shoeing became fashionable and then profitable, so people do not want you to know that shoeing and an unnatural environment is the major cause of hoof lameness in horses all over the world. Many hoof related lameness can be cured by letting the horse revert to a more natural state, like removing the shoes and placing the horse in a pasture instead of keeping him in a stall. Stalled horses cannot move around enough to restore the necessary circulation to the hoof.
Since the early history of domestication of the horse, it was noted that working animals were exposed to many conditions that created breakage or excessive hoof wear. Ancient people recognized the need for the walls (and sometimes the sole) of domestic horse's hooves to have addtional protection over and above any natural hardness. An early form of hoof protection was seen in ancient Asia where horse's hooves were wrapped in rawhide, leather or other materials for both therapeutic purposes and protection from wear. From archaeological finds in Great Britain, it appears that the Romans attempted to protect their horses' feet with a strap-on, solid-bottomed "hipposandal" that has a slight resemblance to the modern hoof boot.
What began in 1970 with the invention of the first Easyboot by Dr. Neel Glass to help his beloved family horse suffering from navicular disease, has since evolved into an entire line of hoof boots and other products that have allowed us to change the way we think about hoofcare. At EasyCare, we truly believe barefoot is best. Protective hoof boots help keep horses sound during transition, protect the hoof when the footing is challenging and during periods where hoof health is compromised, boots not only protect, but keep your horse comfortable.
When you call EasyCare, I’m one of the folks that will answer. I’m also one of the cowgirls in the group. (Heck no, I don’t show, I Rodeo!) When it comes to life’s adventures – never pull back on the reins, and remember: the world is best-viewed through the ears of a horse!