The Top Six Ways to Increase Your Chances of Losing Glue-On Boots

If you want to see the time and resources invested in gluing Easyboot Glue-Ons litter the trail behind you, there are a few key modifications to our recommended protocol you'll need to undertake. These modifications won't add time to your gluing process, but they will dramatically increase your chances of finishing your backcountry trip or endurance ride with fewer boots than you started with.

Vet Dealer and Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts Representative,
Debbie Schwiebert, rides the trail at Red Mountain, Colorado.

Here are the top six ways to increase your chances of losing Glue-Ons:

  1. Don't rough up the hoof wall with the edge of a new rasp. Roughing the hoof wall is a crucial step you should not miss.
  2. Don't use our recommended glues. We suggest the use of Sikaflex 227 and Vettec Adhere glues because testing has proven this combination to be the most reliable and the least likely to fail. If you try any other combination, the adhesive properties of the glues may not be as strong.
  3. Don't use as much glue as we suggest. Less glue = less adhesion. And with less adhesion, well, you know the rest.
  4. Glue in wet conditions and don't dry the hoof with a heat gun before applying the boots.
  5. Re-use your boot shells, or handle the inside of the boots before gluing.
  6. Leave the boots on for longer than ten days. The Adhere seal will break over time and allow more water to penetrate the boot shell. If you notice the seal around the top of the boot shell begin to break away, or if you see gapping at the back of the boot where you would normally expect to see Sikaflex, the process of separation of boot from hoof has already begun.

The Easyboot Glue-On is now available in blue and red, as well as black.

In all seriousness, the EasyCare staff are here to help guide you through every step of the gluing process. We've glued literally thousands of boots onto thousands of hooves: we know the protocol that will reduce your chances of losing boots to practically zero.

Hoof preparation & boot application.

We've just updated our gluing protocol video and our written Glue-On application instructions and PDF Glue-On brochure so they are in step with current best practices. If you're not following the protocols in these tools, you're not doing justice to the information available to you.

Kevin Myers

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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.

 

Free With Every Horse: New Zealand Trek Part II

One man, two horses, 3,000 km.

On November 1, 2012 Pete Langford embarked on a 3,000 km (1,800 mile) trek across the length of New Zealand. What inspired Pete to undertake such a challenging journey? His love of horses and nature were the main catalysts, along with a desire to raise money for Air Rescue Services in New Zealand. EasyCare and our New Zealand distributor, the Institute for Barefoot Equine Management (IBEM), are proud to sponsor Pete on this journey. Pete's horses, Two-Shoes and Cloud, are barefoot off the track standardbreds and they are traveling over the varied New Zealand terrain wearing Easyboot Gloves. The trip started at the bottom of the South Island in Bluff and will end at Cape Reinga on the North Island (you can follow their progress on this SPOT Adventure page). Pete and his horses reached the North Island on April 2, 2013 and are currently near Martinborough.

How are the Easyboot Gloves holding up to such a demanding journey? A few weeks ago, Pete described his initial experiences using hoof boots in the blog Free With Every Horse: New Zealand Trek Part I. Below, Pete discusses application and performance of the Easyboot Gloves on his trek:

Putting these boots on is straightforward and the ease with which they go on should serve as a guide to how good a fit you have - if they just slide on with no effort at all then, in my experience, you are putting on a boot that is too large. They should go on with a bit of effort, twisting them on seems to work best and then a couple of taps to seat the hoof into the front of the boot should see all is well. I have taught team Two-Shoes and Cloud to allow me to tap their hooves on the ground to drive their hoof into the toe of the boot. This method works for me and means no need to carry a rubber mallet.

Performance wise these boots excel, great traction in the rough stuff. Loose gravel, rocks, muddy hills? No problem. I really like that when on rough stony ground, there is little or no risk of stone bruising...brilliant! Grassy slopes? The same story, although I have a feeling that wet grassy hills would be better tackled barefoot. Then again, if I had any extended periods on grass I wouldn't have the boots on in the first place. Thus far, my long ride has consisted of terrain that is mostly stone, gravel and shale and some dirt tracks with only short periods on grassland.

Pete, Two-Shoes and Cloud. Photo by Cliff Smith.

One of my first questions about these boots was how much mileage would I get out of them. After all, I will have covered over 2,500 km's when I complete my ride in May/June this year and being in the right place to have replacements mailed would be tricky (there aren't so many mailbox's around these parts). So far, I have traveled over 1,200 km and one set of boots has covered over 1,000 km of constant use. So there it is, a great boot that performs superbly in even the most demanding of situations...remember the quicksand? Get out there and ride, wherever you live there is a big wide world waiting for you and it's right outside your back door!

Worn tread (left) next to new tread (right).

If you want to know more about what myself, Two-Shoes and Cloud are up to, visit us at www.freewitheveryhorse.com, on facebook (Free With Every Horse) and twitter (@3witheveryhorse).

Pete Langford

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...Your Boots

Several people have approached me about reusing Easyboot Glue-Ons, asking if it's possible, safe, effective, etc. Although EasyCare does not recommend it, the short answer is yes, you can reuse them. When I do it, I take them off the horse and toss them straight into a bucket filled with soapy water, submerge them and leave them overnight. The next day I scrub them out, pull out any remaining glue (use pliers if necessary) rinse them off and set them out to dry. The Adhere tends to crack out pretty easily, the Sikaflex can be a bit more challenging but it usually comes out in the frog.  

They don't have to be surgically clean, and don't worry about the outsides, it's just the inside that matters. The boots above were on Shazam for two weeks, he did an FEI 75 miler in them, they're in great shape so I'm going to use them again for an up coming 5-day ride.

Allow them to dry and voila! These shells are ready to be re-glued and hit the trail.

The Easyboot Glove below has seen a LOT of hard miles, training and racing in the Rocky Mountains. Other than the wear on the toe, the boot is still in great shape, I'll probably use it until the gaiter gives out but even so, it's an excellent candidate for the "Goober-booting process."  When I want to retire a pair of old boots that are looking weary, I throw them in a box for this future purpose.

Every time I do finally blow a boot out, I take it apart and keep all the usable parts. Sometimes the gaiter will get shredded or the screws will pull through and tear the shell, or just a power strap will get mangled, but if you've got a pile of spare parts it's very easy to switch them out.  The only tool you ever need is a little screwdriver.


For example, below is a brand new Easyboot Glove that blew out on it's maiden voyage. It happens, especially when your 16.1h palomino feels fresh and decides to throw a few bucks in while cantering up a rocky mountainside. The boot came off and was still attached to his ankle at a canter, but his back foot reached up and landed on it, so the gaiter ripped when he moved out. It's a bummer but no problem because I have a bag of extra screws/backs/washers and an old, perfectly functional gaiter in the correct size to replace it.

Of course, new Easyboots are awesome, but when necessary, you can save a buck and really stretch out the life of these products. You will be surprised how many miles you can get out of your favorite pair of Easyboots! Looking forward to another great season with Team Easyboot 2013!

Tennessee Mahoney

PS: Join us May 11th & 12th at Remuda Run for a clinic on the Performance Barefoot Hoof with the Bootmeister.

 

Win a Free Ride Entry to Whiskeytown Chaser

What?
EasyCare has an ongoing partnership with various endurance and CTR events across the country. As part of this Win/Win program, EasyCare is proud to give away two complimentary ride entries to the Whiskeytown Chaser AERC ride. Competitors can choose to ride either 25 or 50 miles on April 20 or 21. This year, a new ridecamp, new trails and tons of singletrack will make for a wonderful ride. There will be a potluck dinner before the ride meeting on Friday. On Saturday and Sunday, dinner will be included with the ride entry (additional tickets available for purchase).

Where?
Ridecamp is located at the BLM Swasey Recreation Area approximately five miles west of Redding, CA. There are beautiful new sections of trail consisting primarily of singletrack with limited dirt roads, numerous stream crossings and some rocky sections. There will likely be plenty of water and grazing on the trail (depending on winter rainfall).

How?
If you would like to attend this ride, EasyCare would like to offer you one of two complimentary ride entries. Enter HERE: http://woobox.com/97sgvb before 12:00 pm MST on Tuesday, April 16 2013. All competitors will have the opportunity to win EasyCare product awards at the ride. Out of respect for ride management, this offer is not open to anyone who has already registered for the event.

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, EasyCare CSR

Marketing and Sales

I assist the marketing and sales departments at EasyCare with a special interest in hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts. My horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

 

April 2013 Newsletter: Garrett Ford puts out a call for a unique intern opportunity.

Dear EasyCare Customer,

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- Garrett Ford puts out a call for a unique intern opportunity.

- Pete Langford shares his initial experiences using Easyboot Gloves on a journey across New Zealand.

- We announce the April Read to Win Contest results (that means a free pair of boots to three winners).

- Jennifer Waitte reviews horse heaven on Earth, aka The Bay Area near San Francisco.

- We celebrate Green's Feed, our April Dealer of the Month.

Do you need support in making boot choices or troubleshooting? You can contact us at the EasyCare offices for free advice, no matter where you purchased your boots.

Please keep in touch: our goal is to help you succeed with EasyCare products and your booting needs.

 

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Free With Every Horse - New Zealand Trek Part I

One man, two horses, 3,000 km.

On November 1, 2012 Pete Langford embarked on a 3,000 km (1,800 mile) trek across the length of New Zealand. What inspired Pete to undertake such a challenging journey? His love of horses and nature were the main catalysts, along with a desire to raise money for Air Rescue Services in New Zealand. EasyCare and our New Zealand distributor, the Institute for Barefoot Equine Management (IBEM), are proud to sponsor Pete on this journey. Pete's horses, Two-Shoes and Cloud, are barefoot off the track standardbreds and they are traveling over the varied New Zealand terrain wearing Easyboot Gloves. The trip started at the bottom of the South Island in Bluff and will end at Cape Reinga on the North Island (you can follow their progress on this SPOT Adventure page). Pete and his horses are just finishing their route on the South Island and are currently near Picton.

How are the Easyboot Gloves holding up to such a demanding journey? Below, Pete describes his initial experiences using hoof boots:

Time for some words about hoof boots, specifically, boots used in place of steel shoes. Now this always seems to raise the emotions of some of those who sit on either side of that particular fence. Some seven odd years ago I got off the fence and opted to go down the barefoot route, using boots when the terrain demanded it and neither I nor my horses have looked back. The boots I used were Old Mac's from US manufacturer EasyCare and they did me well on the limited distance riding I did as a "weekend rider". When preparing for this trip I looked to see if they had a boot that could cope with all that my "long ride" could throw at it. After a couple of emails, EasyCare gave me various options and after a discussion with Thorsten at IBEM it was determined that the Easyboot Glove would be the most suitable boot.

Ready to ride! All photos by Pete Langford.

The first thing I had to do to use these boots was to get a good barefoot trim and then measure the hooves. Getting a perfect fit was a bit challenging since neither Cloud nor Two-Shoes had symmetrical hoofs - both had flare and Two-Shoes is a little pigeon toed on the forehand. With corrective trimming, their hoof shape should improve which will make fitting easier. In the meantime, I have been persuaded to use a couple of tricks to ensure boot retention. I had initially ignored the advice to use these tricks and as a result had boots come off when scampering up the sides of mountains or having a run down the occasional suitable tracks...live and learn.

On top of the world, the saddle crossing the Dampiers.

Now these boots are good, there's no doubt about it, having covered nearly 1200 km (750 miles) so far I reckon I'm well placed to comment on them! The sizing/fitting must be as close to perfect as possible for reliable performance and for staying put on the hoof, anything less will see boots being discarded in really demanding terrain. Having said that, there are a couple of tricks to ensure boot retention which are particularly useful if your four legged friends hoof walls are not symmetrical (most aren't). Trick one, power straps, these little gadgets are used to close the slot at the front of the boot which really helps with getting a nice snug fit around the hoof wall. Trick two, using some sports tape around the hoof to get extra grip between hoof and boot. Since I have used these two tricks, I haven't lost a single boot - they have stayed put crossing rivers, scampering up mountains, running along tracks and they even stayed on in quicksand...yes I did just say that! Whilst crossing the Rakaia River we hit a patch of this deadly stuff and were very lucky to get out. If we had been a meter more to one side then there's a good chance I wouldn't be around to write this. Happily I am and can report that even in that instance, the boots stayed firmly put and let's face it, that's important as no one would be keen to start fishing around in quicksand to recover a lost boot!

Rakaia River quicksand.

If you want to know more about what myself, Two-Shoes and Cloud are up to, visit us at www.freewitheveryhorse.com, on facebook (Free With Every Horse) and twitter (@3witheveryhorse). Hopefully we are done the quicksand - once was enough!

Pete Langford

Back Country Boots in the Back Country

The following is from EasyCare customer, Dave Kleist:

Thanks for the fast, friendly service! Because you were able to get the Easyboot Glove Back Country boots to me on such short notice, I was able to take my third horse, Echo, to hunting camp up in the Colorado Rockies. He had been limping on sore front feet after throwing his front shoes miles from the trailer the week before. I couldn't shoe him because of hoof damage. After putting the boots on with the inserts and walking him around for awhile, he seemed very comfortable with the them. This horse doesn't like new things, so I was very happy that he took to these boots so easily. I put the boots on him on Thursday and he wore them for eight days with no problems. I rode and packed him for over seventy miles during that time.

We went into camp, up and down dry rocky trails, creek crossings and mud. The second day, it snowed over a foot. We had all kinds of conditions and the boots worked great.

Thanks for a great product and the fast service!

Dee Reiter

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Retail Account Rep

I am the Retail and New Dealer Account Rep for EasyCare. I will be happy to help you with ordering, selecting the most popular styles and sizes of EasyCare hoof boots to stock. Let me help you with suggestions on merchandising and provide training for you and your staff, at your convenience.

 

4-H Goes Bare and Booted

4-H has been a big part of my horse life. We have always had horses at home but 4-H introduced me to other kids that rode horses.

Randolph County Fair Education Day.

I still remember one of my first 4-H meetings, the topic was trail riding. The club member presenting had a very nice power point presentation - one of the slides showed a rocky trail and she said you must shoe your horse to protect the hooves. I remember looking over to my mom in confusion, our horses were barefoot so this made no sense to me. Attitudes about shoeing have changed a lot since then. People have become more educated on the subject and are more open to barefoot horses and hoof boots. Today, almost all of the members in my 4-H group keep their horses barefoot - some members stopped shoeing and transitioned to barefoot and there are new members whose horses were already barefoot. It’s been fun talking about hoof care and hoof boots (seeing who wears what kind and arguing about which one the favorite is). The best part of 4-H is getting to ride with the other kids.

Ashlee and me riding Nanny and Maggie, Spring Break 2012.

4-H does not just focus on riding or showing, it teaches all aspects of keeping horses healthy. Last year at summer camp our club learned “All About Balance”. During this camp, we learned about the whole horse - how the teeth, body and hooves interact with one another to help or hurt a horse’s balance. We also learned how we, as riders, affect our horse’s balance. You can read more about our camp in Volume 15 Issue 1 of Natural Horse Magazine.

Inez Donmoyer, CEMT, CCMT, CSAMT,  IARP, Unicorn Dream
Wholistic Touch, teaching us about anatomy and massage.

This coming summer, our camp will focus on healthy horses and healthy riders. We are very excited that Dr. Juliet Getty, PhD, author of Feed Your Horse Like a Horse, has agreed to join us for an afternoon to talk about equine nutrition (Getty Equine Nutrition). In addition, we will be learning about first aid, anatomy, stretching and more, for both horses and riders. We have two riding instructors lined up and will learn more about saddle fitting and bridle/bit fit. We even have a chef coming. Chef Megan will be donating her time to teach about human nutrition and cook for us.  It is going to be another good time!

Left: Feed Your Horse Like a Horse by Dr. Juliet Getty, PhD.
Right: Chef Megan, Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Edible Garden Chef.

In my previous blog, you met some of my fellow 4-Hers who are learning to trim. We hope to show you how we are doing in a few months with a little more practice.

High Riders learn to trim their own horses.

Thanks EasyCare, for supporting the High Riders 4-H Club on our learning journey and for selecting me as a member of Team Easyboot 2012!

Nonee High

Gloves on a Pedestal

Last September, Curly and I attended an ACTHA ride at the Washington State Horse Park in Cle Elum, Washington. When talking about my favorite boot, I have a tendency to put the Easyboot Glove on a pedestal (figuratively speaking). At this ride, my friends Lynda Allan and Bonnie Davis came up with a fun way for Curly to show off our favorite boots on an actual natural pedestal. I had never asked Curly to step up on a tree stump before but I am always game to try new obstacles and so is my horse. It was a lot of fun and Curly was a trooper about it, even when the larger stump started breaking away under him. Below is a fun photo Lynda took at one of the "unofficial" obstacles we found on the trail in between the ACTHA obstacles.

The Gloves are a great choice for ACTHA because of the lack of external hardware. Curly had developed a way of hopping through some obstacles when he wore his Easyboot Epics. He quickly learned to trust the Gloves and to not worry about anything when approaching obstacles that include: walking through a pile of brush, walking over a tarp, trotting around the wagon wheel, passing through "the recycle" (a box made out of poles and filled with empty plastic water bottles that produce a crinkling sound). I really appreciate the tread pattern and the traction on his boots - it enables Curly to go over slick bridges, boardwalks, and planks (yes some of our obstacles seem like we are walking the plank), and through it all we can trust this boot to not hinder but to actually help us achieve higher scores while competing in ACTHA rides.

Martha Nicholas

Persistence Prevails

After having my quarter horse in corrective rocker shoes for four years my common sense kicked in. I noticed when my horse's shoes were pulled for winter he seemed to do quite well. The following spring I decided to try keeping him barefoot. Unfortunately the trimmer I selected was not the best choice for my horse. I was loyal to the cause but after three trimmings my horse was lame. I consulted with my vet and she determined his soles had been severely over trimmed - she could not believe he was even standing. I decided to fire the trimmer who's recommendation was that I turn my horse out on pasture. I came close to losing my horse but after emergency care (icing his feet twice a day, isoxoprine and bute) and four weeks of stall rest, he showed improvement.

So after all this, why didn't I go back to shoes? I really trusted that the worst was over. I did more research and found another trimmer, who was able to give me several recommendations from people using barefoot horses in competition. These were not broken down horses that got their last chance from a barefoot trimmer. These were highly exercised competitive horses going barefoot and booted! I have not looked back and I love my new trimmer. She has done wonders with my horse and his feet are now incredibly healthy. If you are looking to transition your horse, find a trimmer that has spectacular references. I use Easyboot Gloves on the rocky trails and I love them. Keep Riding!

Name: Christine Nichols
City: South Grafton, Massachusetts, USA
Equine Discipline: Eventing
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Glove