The Other Barefoot Wine Company

My husband Barry and I are in the wine business, and our horses play a prominent role in our company. For the record, we are NOT Barefoot Wines and Bubbly, which is the brand that has the bare human footprint on the label. Our winery, Tamber Bey, is named after Barry’s first two endurance horses, Tamborina and Beyamo. A visit to our property includes a tour of the barn and stables. Guests meet our very-friendly endurance horses and listen intently as we recount their accomplishments. I enjoy pointing out that the horses are barefoot, and I show them an Easyboot, which I describe as a horse’s cross-country running shoe. The guests think this is really cool.

Visitors are awed by our sport—most have never heard of endurance riding and their jaws drop when we tell them about it. We get all the usual questions: “How fast/far do you go? How long does it take? Does your butt hurt? Do you get to rest?” Inevitably, someone will ask what we win. I answer, well, nothing, really. I like to tell guests that I once rode 100 miles and got a jar of beans for a completion award, although I usually get practical prizes, like buckets and mini flashlights. Sometime I’ll get an embroidered horse blanket or a belt buckle. The guest looks dumbfounded, unable to comprehend that we expend so much grueling energy for no significant material reward at the finish.

Barry then launches into his speech about the welfare of the horse and why prize money isn’t awarded. We get a few nods of understanding. I add comments about the “the ride is the prize.” Some guests get it, while others continue to struggle the concept of doing so much for no extrinsic reward. In general, our guests are not horse people and what they know of horse competitions is limited to the lavish Kentucky Derby parties they attend—whether they actually watch the race or not. Say Kentucky Derby and the ladies think hats, not horses. That’s when we pour them another taste of wine and all is good. We’re back on the same page again.

The few horse people we get are interested in the boots. They ask intelligent questions. They understand my explanation about the benefits. We discuss the barefoot movement in other sports. Once in a great while, someone will ask me if barefooting and booting saves me money. To this I answer yes and no. Trimming is obviously much less expensive than shoeing. I was paying $5,200 a year to shoe four horses every six weeks. This does not include the occasional additional charge for pads and clips for a rocky race. I spend $1,500 per year to trim those same four horses. In 2012, I spent approximately $1,500 on Easyboots and gluing products. That’s quite a savings. Also, long after a boot’s tread is worn down too much to use for training, it goes into EuroXcizer duty, where it is useful until holes are worn in the toe—which can be takes months. Can’t do that with old horseshoes.

The “no” part of saving me money pertains to time, which is a form of currency. Neither shoeing nor trimming requires much of my personal time. Professionals do that for me. But the booting is another story. I’ve spent hundreds of hours (or so it seems), chasing lost boots down the trail, repairing broken gators and filing hooves to perfection between trims. I’ve spent many more hours in the barn before a race, covered in glue, with tears of frustration building up. I’m proud of myself for not giving up.

I’m now well past the blood, sweat and tears phase of the shoe-to-boot- transition learning curve and my time burn is minimized. Plus, the wine helps.

And all that cash I’m saving…

Footnote: Last month I introduced you to Mustang trainer Alyssa Radtke. Alyssa is now one month into her training program with her new Mustang Sweet Pea, which she adopted for the Extreme Mustang Challenge in May. Sweet Pea is now completely gentled and desensitized to the many sights and sounds that are part of domestic life. She trailers willingly and Alyssa is starting to ride her. As I write this, the two are participating in a two-day clinic with trainer Wylene Wilson. If you don’t know who she is, check out the award-winning documentary “Wild Horse, Wild Ride.” Have tissues handy.

Jennifer Waitte

An Adventure on the Carbon, or Proof that EasyCare Boots Stay on in Mud

There is an old Burlington Northern Railroad grade in Washington State that starts up near Mount Rainier and runs all the way down to the Puget Sound in Tacoma at the town of Ruston. A section of it runs through my area and I have enjoyed riding on it for many years. The grade is now part of the Foothills Rails to Trails so it is a very popular paved walking, jogging, bike riding and, yes, a horseback riding path. But most of the grade by my house is still undeveloped and primitive. The high side of the railroad grade starts where the old town of Fairfax once was and  runs down along the glacier fed Carbon River to the small town of Carbonado.

For many years, we had been riding from Carbonado up the grade along the river, and under the historic Fairfax bridge to have lunch in the meadow where the old town of Melmont once was. A few years back I was out riding with a friend on the first Saturday of June to celebrate National Trail Day. As we rode down into Wilkeson we came upon a check point  for a relay race that was happening. We just had to stop and inquire about this big event in our small town. It was a check point for the Rainier to Ruston Rails to Trails Relay Race that starts at Mount Rainier National Park and runs 50 miles down to the Puget Sound to Tacoma's Ruston Way. It is now a annual event on National Trail Day and is heading towards the 11th year. Since that chance meeting I have became a fan of the race and each year check to see where the course is running and to find out which sections of the trail are closed or open. Ok I guess I am more of a fan of the old grade even though the runners doing the race amaze me.

My brave riding partner Amber

Well it seemed to me that if these runners were coming down the upper section of the old railroad grade, then maybe a horse or two could also get through it if I planned the ride close to the day of the race and before another wind storm which could possibly block the trail with blown down trees. So I made a plan and a few phone calls, found a willing riding partner, and got ready for the adventure of "riding the Carbon". The plan was to go in with the necessary gear and park a horse trailer at each end of that 6 mile section of grade. We parked one of the trailers in Carbonado and then hauled about 30 minutes up to where the old mining town of Fairfax once was.

The first year I went in with Amber. It was a pretty day and we were filled with the excitement of doing something most would not dare to do as the Carbon is known for taking out bridges and roads, and changing it's coarse on a regular basis. The Carbon Glacier on Mt. Rainier is the largest glacier in the lower 48 and is not a lazy river by any means. The RR grade starts out in a rain forest, thick moss is everywhere. The views of the river are stunning with Old Growth Firs and huge Cottonwood trees four feet in diameter layed out on the round rock that looks like cannon balls coming down through the steep mountains on both sides. About three miles into our adventure, Amber rode ahead of me and I noticed her looking back at me with a concerned look on her face. She had stopped and was waiting for me after she had just ridden across what we fondly called the 'sky bridge'. You can see it in the photo where the black dirt has been eroded and is caving off into the river. That, my friends, is a part of the river that had been washed out leaving a ridge or Hogback instead of the trail. On the river side there was a big steep slide going down to the cold gray river coming off of the Carbon Glacier, and on the other side a big wide gully where the river bed may have been at one time or another. To make it even more interesting (scary), the tread was more like a ridge than a trail. I rode across it trusting my horse Curly, since we had been in similar situations before, but this was neither the time or place to take a wrong step. Well, we caught our breath, enjoyed the moment, and thought about how it might have been, before moving on. We had to stop and do some clearing in spots to get our horses through,  but we made it down to our lower trailer in one piece, and we'll always have a good memory and a story to tell about the first adventure riding on the Carbon River.

Amber heading towards the slide

So time passes, another year goes by and it is June again. National Trail Day is here and the Rainier to Ruston Relay Race happens. I am on-line checking out the course, pondering riding it a 3rd time, wondering who might like to join me. I asked Pam Beall, an EasyCare dealer, and she was willing to give the railroad grade a try since she had heard about my adventures from my previous rides. So on June 7, 2010, we set another 'plan' into action. The ride starts out in a normal way, as most adventures do. We both are in awe of the beauty of the ancient rain forest.  I was noticing how again the trail had been re-routed around some new obstacles that nature had presented during the year before.

And then we came to it, The Mother of all Mud Holes directly in the trail. It was 40 feet long and so bad that the organizers of the relay race laid down 2-3 logs for the runner to walk on, with swamp and standing water on both sides of the logs. Pam and I discuss which side of the logs looked the best, the right side, and she goes for it. t was not pretty, mud was flying but Pam rode it well! Now it was my turn. We had another discussion at opposite ends of the mud hole as our impression of it had just changed, I go for the narrower left side of the logs and Curly and I step into the swamp and we instantly sank down into the water and mud. Oh Crap! Pam starts yelling "Come On Curly" in true gamer style. He was lunging through the mud in huge leaps while avoiding the logs. Pam was busy cheering us on and I almost went for a mud swim but was able to grab the horn and pull myself back into the saddle. Curly managed to get us to the other side in one piece but  we were covered in mud. I even had some on top of my helmet. Pam and I both had our horses booted up so we checked boots and all were still on. Good thing because there would have been no finding a lost boot in that muddy mess.

We had a good laugh about it and continued on down the trail. Only to hit another mud hole. For some reason our horses hesitated and questioned us but easily went through the much smaller safer mud hole. Did not blame them, they are good horses and take care of us. Riding through it once was enough for both of us. The spring of 2010 was a very rainy spring so we encountered a lot more water on the trail, streams, mud, detours, and more challenges then I had the previous two years. We were able to reach where the sky bridge was so we stopped for a break and to take a few photos of the river when we realized we should have taken photos after going through the huge mud hole. Some people might have been miserable but we took it all in stride. I was thankful to have Pam and Cookie with us that day, a lesser team would of had some trouble with what we had to over come. We had ridden through numerous streams, so our horses were cleaned up some but one can still see the mud on the horses. In one photo Pam is pointing to how deep Curly went into the mud. And again, all of the boots on both horses were still on.

You may notice from the pictures that the river had moved  away from the slide area from the first ride.

The rest of the ride continued to presented more challenges but at least the sky bridge was safer. We continued down the grade, riding through the old ghost mining town of Melmont, under the historic old Fairfax bridge, down into Carbonado to our lower horse trailer with some tired horses.

Pam enjoying the view of the Carbon River at the beginning of our ride

My husband, Mike, and I went for a hike earlier this month on the RR grade  to take some pictures. I wanted to show you what the Mother of all Mud Holes looked like. It has been 2 1/2 years since I had seen but I have shared the story numerous times. Lately the question most asked is 'do my boots stay on in mud', and yes, I then repeat this story again. And conclude it each time with 'I have never lost a boot to mud'. I have had boots come off in a wide variety of ways but have never lost a boot to mud.

This is a painting under the Manley Moore bridge in the town of Fairfax which is the beginning of the historical railroad grade.

What  the 40 foot mud hole looks like now, 2 1/2 years after we rode through it. I was happy to see that there was a new trail put in that avoids this mud hole.

I have ridden the grade 3 times now and it is always an adventure. And yes I have plans to go for it again, maybe this June. Sometime around National Trail Day when the Rainier to Ruston Relay Race always happens. When I know the grade will be the most open/ cleared and the best chance for horses to make it down it. But I must admit that after the 2010 ride with Pam, I have more respect for that old Railroad grade and if I come upon anything like we did that day, I may just do my horse a favor, turn around and ride back to the horse trailer and call it a good day.

Martha Nicholas, Team Easyboot Member
Buckley, Wa

Debate? What Debate?

Rumor has it that there is still a debate going on about what’s best for horses: steel shoes or barefoot?

Years ago I came across the writings of Dr. Tomas Teskey, D.V.M.. The unfettered foot: a paradigm change for equine podiatry is an excellent essay written by the good doctor, go ahead and go there first, read it attentively, let it sink in, digest it, reflect upon it, then come back here. There are many excellent websites and videos that discuss natural hoof care. Some research, self-education and due diligence is all one has to do. If a horse transitioning from steel shoes needs protection, EasyCare has several hoof boot options for you. There are some farriers who believe they will lose revenue when switching to natural hoof care. The truth is, you can do more volume trimming barefoot horses than nailing steel shoes. You can do more, physically as well, since a barefoot trim is much less taxing on the body, for human and equine both. If you are in it solely for the money then you need to revise your priorities and occupation. Let’s face it: we don’t this for our health or to get rich, we do this because we genuinely care about horses.

Before first barefoot trim.

So how does a hoof care practitioner go about switching horses under his/her care to a barefoot trim? First they need to become intimately familiar with some of the tenets of natural hoof care. I recommend you study the work of Jaime Jackson and Pete Ramey, kudos to both gentlemen for enlightening and teaching all of us. You should carry copies of the above essay by Dr. Tomas Teskey, D.V.M. to hand out to both new and existing clients, it’s all about education and awareness. A camera is an excellent tool - before and after pictures, that can be studied after the day’s work is done, go a long way towards “getting it right”. Pictures are a priceless testament to the progress the horse is making, warming the hearts of owners and practitioners.


Eight weeks after first trim.

It is important to understand that the following never fails: the horse’s feet will adapt to the terrain it lives and works on, as well as the workload they’re being subjected to. From pasture pets to working ranch horses, barrel racing/roping/reining/rodeo horses, endurance/trail/dressage/show jumping horses: no two sets of feet will look alike but one will see those bare hooves adapt and transform into optimal tools conditioned for the work at hand. Nature provides: all we really need to do is help out every so often. We know so much can be done and remedied through natural hoof care. As for me, there simply is no debate. Be diligent, be caring and you will end each day with a sense of satisfaction.

Submitted by Kris Goris, Kris Natural Trim

Hoof Boots and Blue Jeans

I went shopping a few weeks ago for some new jeans, since all of mine from last year apparently shrunk hanging in the hot closet over the summer. While I was walking through the store, I could not believe the range of selection available now - you have the Curve ID, the 535, the 505, the 525, the 515 and on and on and that is just one brand. Whew! It is hard to know which style is right for you. Should you try on the boyfried cut, the skinny jean, the relaxed fit, the midrise, the low rise? The list is endless. I remember when I was a teenager and they had just invented blue jeans (just kidding), there were only a few styles to choose from.

So Many Choices

There are a lot of options when you are jean shopping, but lets face it, you have to look at certain facts to narrow down your decision. For example, I really love the way those skinny low rise jeans look on those 20 something, stick thin model type figures, but I know there is not a chance in heck that I am going to squeeze my 50 something booty into them and make them work! The same logic applies when looking for a hoof boot. For example, the Glove boot is designed for a barefoot, well maintained hoof with no hoof issues. This means if you just pulled the shoes for winter, your horse is on an 8 week trim cycle and your horse is ouchy and needs 12mm comfort pads, the Glove is not the best boot for your horse even if you do love the way it looks and everyone else is using them.

I thought it might be helpful to list some of our boot styles below to help make your choice easier.

 

Easyboot Glove 

As stated above the Easyboot Glove is designed for a barefoot trimmed, well maintained hoof that has no issues. The Glove boot is measured in millimeters and comes in half sizes. Because this boot has no hardware it has to be a good, snug fit on the hoof. This boot is great for all types of riding from trails to endurance and is the lightest and sleekest boot that we offer. This boot style does not work with hooves that have high heels or flare. A Fit Kit is definitely recommended to fit this boot. This boot comes in both regular and wide sizing. You can ride unlimited miles in the boot. It is sold individually.

 

Easyboot Glove Back Country

The Easyboot Glove Back Country is a combination of two of our best selling boots, the Easyboot Trail and the Easyboot Glove.  The Back Country is sized the same as the Easyboot Glove but because this boot has an upper for added stability, some horses whose hooves will not work with the Glove boot because of conformation issues can successfully use the Back Country. You can go up a 1/2 size and this boot will still work and will allow six weeks for growth. This boot comes in both regular and wide sizing. A Fit Kit is definitely recommended for sizing this boot. This is a medium milage boot good for 25-50 miles per ride. This boot is sold individually.

 

Easyboot Epic

The Easyboot Epic is a good all around boot for any type of riding or turn out. The Epic is the ideal boot for the barefoot horse, aggressive conditions or for the horse that is difficult to keep booted. This is one of our boot styles that can be worn over shoes although it will void the warranty. The Epic has been updated with new tread (same tread as the Easyboot Glove) and a new improved cable/buckle system. This is a good, go to boot for horse's whose hoof confirmation does not work with the Glove or the Back Country boot styles. You can ride unlimited miles in the boot. This boot is sold individually.

 

Easyboot Trail 

The Easyboot Trail was designed for the casual rider, less than 25 miles per week. It is our easiest boot to put on a take off and is great for first time booters. It has an aggressive traction and is very lightweight. It works well with a variety of hoof shapes and sizes. This boot is great for casual trails and can also be used as a temporary therapy boot. This boot is sold individually.

 

Other Options

We do have some other booting options available here at EasyCare, so feel free to call our Customer Service Department with any questions you may have about your booting needs.

 

Shari Murray

Customer Service

If you call the customer service help desk, you’ll probably get me on the phone! I process repairs, returns, credits and exchanges that come into EasyCare.

 

Spring Cleaning, Amateur Trimmer Style.

It's that time! The temperature is starting to warm up, the birds are chirping and the horses are beginning to shed. We are fortunate to have had a brief reprieve from the mud, which is sure to come back with the storm system in the forecast for the next week. For now, I'll take it! 

The New Year is always a time for me to reflect and redirect, and I am now caught up on all my trimming and all of the other things I wanted to catch up on. Now that we've crossed that bridge, it's time for a new one! Spring cleaning, but not the typical, scrub the house from top to bottom with the windows open, no, this is spring cleaning for the barefoot horse owner! 

First order of business is quite possibly one of the most important ones. A new rasp! Be sure to invest in a high-quality rasp, such as the Save Edge Hoof Rasp. I think people tend to forget how old their rasp is and exert a lot of unnecessary energy using a dull one. At only $22, this is something that should be replaced often. You won't regret it! 

While you're buying your new rasp, don't forget the handle. It always surprises me watching people trim without a handle on their rasp. Not only does this look uncomfortable, it seems somewhat dangerous and I frequently have visions of the pointy rasp-end plunging into my body should my horse spooks or jump or fall or something. Yes, I go there. Buy a handle, save yourself from uncertain death. 

When is the last time you've had your hoof knife sharpened? Now is a good time to have it done. A sharp knife requires less force and is much less likely to skip across the hoof and scalp the inside of your wrist. Again, save yourselves, people! 

Take stock of your boots. I haven't done this yet, but I think it would be a good idea to gather up all your boots, make a pile for repairs and a pile for good-to-gos. Organize accordingly. This would also be a good time to make sure you have a full-set for each horse, and the appropriate spares. I like to retire well-used boots to spares, and start the season with a new set. I know boots are expensive up-front, but they are no more than two sets of shoes and last a whole lot longer. For some it's easier on the wallet to buy in pairs. You just don't want to get caught without boots when you need them. 

Prepare a "hoof first aid kit." Coming from an equine vet's wife, we see many clients who are unprepared to deal with a hoof emergency. Unfortunately spring time is prime time for abscesses, laminitis and hoof bruises. Abscesses are common in horses standing in mud, which is unavoidable for some. Laminitis cases spike due to the lush, rich spring grass and hooves are more susceptible to hoof bruises going from soft pastures and pens to harder or rocky trails. Your hoof first aid kit can be stored in a bucket that may double for soaking. Add a bottle of antibacterial dish soap, a long-handled stiff scrub brush, an Easysoaker for more intense soaking, a couple diapers and some duct tape to handle abscesses, an iodine scrub and ichthamol if you're so inclined. If your horse is prone to laminitis, you may seriously consider keeping a pair of Easyboot RX boots in the mix, as they are great for a very sore-footed horse. I could probably go on for a while longer, so I'll stop now. 

Lastly, clipping the long hair at the back of the pasterns prevents the nasty mudballs from forming and has been the only way to keep scratches at bay for my thin-skinned, red-headed, princess mare. I realize this is probably as controversial as me previously saying I clean up the ragged edges of the frogs, but my horses are all live and well despite my propensity for cleaning things up. If it's the worst thing that ever happens to them, well they're doing OK. 

How do you clean-up for spring? 

Paranormal Uses for EasyCare Quick Studs

I wanted to share how we are using EasyCare Quick Studs. I love these little studs.

First we wanted to use them on a worn set of Easyboot Gloves to be able to get more miles out of the boots by increase traction with the studs. We called EasyCare and asked a few questions about the thickness of new boot tread. Then my husband was able to measure how much tread was still left on my old worn boots. We did not have much tread thickness to work with but we wanted to still give it a try. So my husband placed in the Quick Studs where there was the most tread left on each boot.  He increased the number of studs from the recommended four up to eight per boot to evenly spread the pressure points of the studs across the hoof and also to increase traction. I live at the northwest corner of Mount Rainier in Washington State, so traction, or lack of, is a concern to us for about seven or eight months of the year. He would have liked to apply ten studs per boot, but EasyCare sells them 16 studs per pack and we only had two packs on hand.

I have been very impressed with how well the Quick Studs have worked. And I have also been able to use a old set of Gloves in a whole new way.

I recently noticed that the toe studs had started to push through the bottom of the boot of the hind boots. I was able to remove those two studs in each hind boot and now the studded Gloves are good to hit the trails again.

My husband is an ex logger and back when he worked in the woods, he was always replacing the corks in his cork boots. So when we were happy with our experiment with EasyCare's Quick Studs in my horse's Gloves, we decided to give them a try in a pair of his rubber boots. 16 studs later and he was a happy man. We were out hiking today and he was  wearing his studded muck boots and he was sharing how the studs are giving him the right amount of traction/ friction but still will let his foot slide some so he won't torque his knees. His story follows.

I need to order some Quick Studs to put on my own boots  since I am feeling a little left out at the moment.

The short carbide tips on a soft sole boot (mucks and some hikers) or running shoes give a fair amount of traction on rock and bare wood (slick barkless trees going over creeks), but nothing comparable to heavy soled cork boots for tree bark and steep loose forest footing. They work good in pack boots or neoprene boots or waders. I like them for snow and ice primarily as arctic style Muck boots are easy to get on and off and there is no need to use lace ups or tie ice cleats to your boots. These are pretty durable for humans but are no good for the weight and scuffing that horses do in my opinion unless it was for ice and slick wooden bridges.

What do you use your Quick Studs for?

Martha Nicholas

Four Things You Should Know About EasyCare in February 2013

There's been a lot going on at EasyCare over the last few months and we think you'll like what you see. For the month of February, you will notice the fruits of our labor in four areas.

1. Free Shipping

It's called the Sell-e-Bration and it means free shipping at 2012 prices for customer orders placed during the month of February. All you have to do is place an order of $100 or more and EasyCare will pay 100% of the shipping costs. Valid in the continental US only. Offer will be automatically applied to all valid orders.

Yes, that really is a #5 Easyboot Glove.

2. Easyboot Gloves in Larger Sizes

We've expanded the Easyboot Glove spectrum to include larger sizes. The Easyboot Glove continues to be the best-selling boot in the world, and we've just added two new sizes to accommodate even more horses. The Easyboot Glove is now available in #4.5 and #5.0. That means the Glove can now be used on horses with feet that measure up to 147mm wide by 157mm long. See the Easyboot Glove size chart for more detail on sizing and fitting.

3. Our Warehouse is Full

Tired of backorders? So are we! We've doubled the amount of inventory at our distribution facility in Tucson, Arizona. Place orders now if you want to be sure we'll have the correct size Easyboots for your horse.

4. Competitor's Used Boots for Auction on eBay

Our annual sale of competitor's used horse hoof boots accumulated from our Hoof Boot Upgrade Program is under way on eBay. We've divided them into four brands:

Hurry: if you want to buy any of these used competitor boots, the eBay auction closes on February 11, 2013.

Kevin Myers

easycare-marketing-director-kevin-myers

Director of Marketing

I am responsible for the marketing and branding of the EasyCare product line. I believe there is a great deal to be gained from the strategy of using booted protection for horses, no matter what the job you have for your equine partner.

 

Inventory: Check, New Products: Check, And The Best Service to Boot

Every year at EasyCare we have a goal setting workshop where we align our organizational goals and individual goals to create synergy.  Basically, this means our team is responsible for steering EasyCare in 2013. One of most important items we discuss is making sure our team has the knowledge, products and tools to provided our dealer network with the best service in the industry. We have assembled the most talented, hard working, driven and knowledgeable staff I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Our staff is here to support you, the life line to our business, so use us!  No one knows hoof boots and hoof care better than our team. If you have questions or an issue, we will have an answer and a solution. Lean on us, let us help you with: selection of boots, Stowaway Packs, Stirrups or Accessories, a customer that needs extra attention, warranty questions, boot fit and any other areas that have you stumped.

You can expect 2013 to be another growth year for hoof boots and EasyCare will be driving this growth by continuing to develop, improve and educate. Keep your eyes on the Easyboot Facebook Page and our Dealer Newsletter so you stay updated on the latest and greatest happenings in the hoof boot world. The three most important news items for our dealer network in February are listed below.

1. Our Warehouse is Full

Tired of backorders? So are we! We've doubled the amount of inventory at our distribution facility in Tucson, Arizona. Place orders now to ensure you have product in stock and available for your customers.

2. Easyboot Gloves in Larger Sizes

We've expanded the Easyboot Glove spectrum to include larger sizes. The Easyboot Glove continues to be the best-selling boot in the world, and we've just added two new sizes to accommodate even more horses. The Easyboot Glove is now available in #4.5 and #5.0. That means the Glove can now be used on horses with feet that measure up to 147mm wide by 157mm long. See the Easyboot Glove size chart for more detail on sizing and fitting.

3. Competitor's Used Boots for Auction on Ebay

Our annual sale of competitor's used horse hoof boots accumulated from our Hoof Boot Upgrade Program is under way on Ebay. We've divided them into four brands:

Hurry: if you want to buy any of these used competitor boots, the Ebay auction closes on February 11, 2013.

 

Brian Mueller

easycare-sales-manager-brian-mueller

Director of Sales

As the director of sales, I am responsible for identifying new dealer opportunities and building on existing relationships to foster ideas and create additional growth.

 

February 2013: Tack Room Too

Located just a few blocks off of I-5 in Olympia, Washington, Tack Room Too has been serving Pacific Northwest horse enthusiasts for more than 25 years. At Tack Room Too, they strive to provide the very best customer service along with quality products for horse and rider.

When speaking with Tack Room Too, this is what they had to say: “The hoof boot industry just continues to evolve. The boots keep getting lighter in weight, more streamlined, they are easier to use and are more user-specific. The more we learn about hoof function, the more the hoof boots improve.

It is important to recognize the barefoot movement as a new equine community that retailers need to serve. Customers who are barefoot advocates are invaluable for their knowledge and experience. Taking the time to listen to their needs helps us, the retailer, to provide the hoof boots and products that they need. Asking questions about how they use hoof boots, the pros and cons of the boots that they have used in the past, what type of riding they do and their horse’s reaction to hoof boots, helps us to gain a knowledge base to help the next customer. Riding our own horses to gain personal knowledge helps, but it isn’t enough – unless we have a herd to ride and the time to do so! So, customer feedback is very important.

We have worked with EasyCare for over twenty years and carry most of the Easyboot line –  the Original Easyboot, Glove, Epic, Glove Back Country, Easyboot Rx and the EasySoaker. We also carry most boot accessories. When the Easyboot Epic first came out, it was the boot to have. Making sure we had that boot in stock, helped us to gain more barefoot customers. As most retailers know, the Easyboot Glove rocked the house! It is our number one seller. And, the new Glove Back Country boot is an excellent choice for the new to barefoot customer. It is important to get a conversation going with the customer to know what kind of riding they do.

Stocking a variety of hoof boots is necessary to help match the boot to the needs of the horse and rider. Everyone here at Tack Room Too has a vast amount of horse knowledge in a broad range of riding disciplines. Some of us have experience with boots and the barefoot lifestyle. We find that with our love of horses, along with our years of experience in many areas, we are able to assist by always listening and caring about what is important to the customer – their horse and the choices made regarding the horse’s care.

Whether it is boots all the way and embracing the barefoot lifestyle or just having a spare hoof boot in case they lose a shoe, Tack Room Too strives to help with practicality and compassion. It is all about the horse and the enrichment they bring to our lives, on all levels.”

Tack Room Too hosts annual sales such as their Saddle Sale in March and their annual Fall Blanket Sale. Take a full online tour of Tack Room Too at www.tackroomtoo.com. Don’t forget to sign up for their mailers to stay informed of their monthly specials and sales.

Breaking Out the Big Guns

They're here. 

The boots you've been waiting for, to fit the horses who's feet are bigger than most people's heads. The iconic Easyboot Glove will soon be available in GINORMUS sizes! Rock on! 

For all you big horse lovin' peeps, Gloves are now being made in sizes 4.5 and 5. That is huge, folks! For myself and my fairly standard 0.5 Gloved horses, I have a hard time wrapping my head around a size FIVE! Please, send pics. I have to see this. Given my only experience with what I thought were humongous Gloves revolved around a largish Shagya gelding who wore a whopping size 3.5 Glove, I am stoked to see all the big boys and gals who can now get some of their own Glove Love. Big, Bigger and Biggest don't have anything on the new Huge and Huger.