In With the New - We're Making it Easier for You

Out with the old and in with the new. EasyCare's website will soon have a new look thanks to Doug Aghassi, our graphic & web designer. It has been several years since EasyCare's website was redesigned and our goal was to develop a design with the customer's needs in mind. The new design is simple and engaging. Two new menu items are "Customer Service" and "Dealer Info" - these items allow both our consumers and dealers quick access to important information. Our hoof boots are divided into three categories based on their intended use (Pleasure Riding, Performance and Therapy). With the new website you can access each of these categories right from the homepage. "How do I measure?", one of the most frequently asked questions is also accessible from the home page. 

EasyCare's new home page.

Each of our product pages will also have a new, updated look. At the top of each page you will see amazing pictures of the featured product in action. The size charts are at the bottom of each page and additional information can be found by clicking on "Application" and "FAQs". There is also an information video and application guide on each product page.

Old Mac's G2 new website design.


Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, Marketing and Sales

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.


The Rimrock Trail

In August, I revisited a favorite place of my early endurance riding “career” – Rimrock Ranch. The 40-acre ranch is owned by longtime friends and fellow endurance riders Jeff Herten and Debby Lyon. Many of you may know them in a Tevis-related way. Both serve on the WSTF board, and Jeff is a member of the Haggin Cup Committee. We became good friends when I lived in San Luis Obispo, where I went to college. I rode hundreds of miles with Debby during that time. We all belonged to a group of riders aptly named the Longriders. Back then, we carried the original Easyboot in our saddle packs in case we lost a shoe, as all our horses were shod.

Jeff and Debby relaxing at a Willie Nelson concert at the famous Pozo Saloon near their Rimrock Ranch.

Anyway, introductions aside, lets get back to Rimrock. The ranch is located east of the little town of Santa Margarita in San Luis Obispo County. It’s a 20-minute drive on a narrow ribbon of road to get to it, all the time surrounded by vast rolling pastureland and the Los Padres National Forest. The ranch itself is modest in appearance, but it has all the necessary infrastructure that horse people require - great fencing, large pastures, run-in sheds, a barn and an arena. It is where Jeff and Debby’s retired endurance horses go to live out their lives. That alone makes it a special place. It’s what lies beyond the ranch that is so spectacular—some of the most rugged and challenging riding terrain a true endurance rider could wish for. And no end to it.

A place to contemplate, overlooking Rimrock Ranch.

The ranch backs up to Las Padres and is nestled at the base of the Santa Lucia Mountain ridge. Jeff’s first order of business when he acquired the property was to put in a trail to the top. Within a month, they had a rudimentary trail (read "scary trail") in place to get to the top. This became the Rimrock Trail. Construction of the trail was a cooperative effort between some really tough people: Debby and Jeff, Mike and Marilyn Rehorn, Jim Hurley, Jon Priest, Lauren Jefferson, Patty Hawes, and Sandy and Bill Obermeyer. You may recognize some of those names. The trail has been improved upon over the years and is well maintained, but it is still incredibly challenging.

I’ve ridden this trail numerous times, and never without looking at it in amazement that these hardy people cut the trail on foot with pics and axes, and chainsaws to clear the dense chaparral. It’s a hair-raising trail to ride - definitely NOT for the inexperienced or timid rider. The trail exits the back of Rimrock Ranch and then climbs steadily without reprieve. The elevation at the trailhead is 1550 feet. It climbs 3.1 miles to the top of Hi Mountain, where the Hi Mountain Lookout is perched, at 3198 feet. The trail itself is 2.6 miles, after which it connects with the road to the lookout. From there, a rider can go in any direction – forever.

Hi Mountain Lookout is a special place in its own right. It sits at the crest of the Santa Lucia Mountains. It's is a retired USFS fire lookout that has been brought back to life as a research station for the reintroduced California Condor. It overlooks an historic condor nesting site, which is designated a critical habitat for the rare birds. Check out for more information about the lookout. It's really something to be riding out there and have the shadow of one of these giant birds pass over you.

This was my first visit back to Rimrock Ranch in 15 years. It felt good to be back. My trip wouldn't be complete without a trek up the trail. I didn’t have a horse with me, and so I put on my hiking boots and started up the trail. My hike brought back a lot of great memories. As I looked down, I saw something new. Among various animal tracks were those of horses in Easyboots. Some things never change, and some things do.

2013 Tevis Top Ten Riders Series: Beverly Gray and Jolly Sickle

Bev Gray has completed 45 100-mile events and has 18,200 career AERC endurance competition miles, of which 2,400 are with Jolly Sickle. This was Bev's fourth Tevis completion and Jolly Sickles' second Tevis completion. Bev and Jolly Sickle completed the course in ninth place.
Jolly Sickle (the ice-sickle in his name) was born on a snowy day in Dallas in 2004. His sire, Jolly By Golly, is a champion stallion at Mandolynn Hill Farm. He was bred to race on the track; his pedigree is Polish with a splash of Tunisian and Egyptian. Even with all the impeccable track training, he was not very enthusiastic for the race track.  
I received a call from Mandolynn that they had a very special, tough endurance prospect for me. When I first saw him, he reminded me of my, 9,000 race mile, Breyer model and Hall of Fame champion, AA Omner Indeed, so I took him home to Utah.
Jolly Sickle, otherwise known as Ice, started his endurance training, and at six years old we entered several endurance races. We stayed away from the front runners as he still had a race track mentality, and 50 miles is a lot longer than six furlongs. This was his foundation training for two years, until I started to enter him in 100-mile events. Ahh, finally he could focus and understand that endurance was endurance and not the track!
Last Spring, Jolly Sickle was trimmed way too short: he was lame for two months. How can I help Jolly? I spoke with EasyCare and they suggested trying the Easyboot Glue-Ons. I ordered all the essentials and watched every EasyCare gluing video, read and the blogs to train myself for the application process. It was definitely a learning curve: too much glue, not enough glue, glue sets up too fast, horse would not stand still (needed an assistant). And I looked like the Disney absent-minded professor with plastic gloves glued together: plastic apron and black glue-spattered running shoes.
Jolly Sickle recovered and came sound with his Glue-Ons. He won his homecoming race and got the Best Condition award. It was a very good year for Jolly Sickle, with 14 races, nine firsts and 11 BCs. He even won the AERC's National Champion Best Condition!
I learned the most crucial lesson of Glue-Ons was the trim. I am not a farrier, but my new understanding of hoof dynamics through my EasyCare lessons helps me to prepare for the best performance package. I’m still not overly confident in my own installation and rely on the EasyCare master professionals.
When I decided to ride the Tevis, there was no question that boots would be the best protection for the rugged, rocky, technical Tevis terrain: no question whatsoever. We came to Tevis barefoot knowing the EasyCare professionals would trim and fit Jolly Sickle perfectly. Since I have ridden Jolly in numerous races in Glue-Ons and Easyboot Gloves, I was confident. Jolly moved efficiently and flawlessly all day. At the vet checks I was told “he looks fantastic,” “we wish all the horses were presented this incredibly,” “good work,” etc, etc. We were smiling all day. With a fantastic crew, our entire pace and goal was finish top ten and show for Haggin Cup. Goal Achieved.
My Jolly Sickle moves so comfortably in Easyboot Glue-Ons that it reverberates in my confidence riding him and knowing I have prepared him with the best hoof protection on the market. I believe it is very important to understand the application process and I will be attending an Easyboot clinic. It is really quite simple.
Thank you, thank you, thank you EasyCare Inc.
Submitted by Beverly Gray
All photos courtesy of Vicki Gaebe

Life After Glue

If you’ve used Easyboot Glue-Ons, you already know how great they are. Like most things, they take some practice to get comfortable using, but once you get it down, you just “set it and forget it” and enjoy some of the best hoof protection available. For me, the trouble comes after the ride is over and the boots are off. 50 or 100 miles isn’t enough to wear out a set of Glue-Ons. And I just can’t bring myself to throw away a perfectly good set of boots. Sure, they’re caked with Adhere and Sikaflex, but if you listen closely, you can hear the cries of an Easyboot Glove begging to be born. By following a few simple steps, you can have a perfectly usable, almost new set of Easyboot Gloves that will provide many, many more miles of hoof protection.


The diamond in the rough.

Step one: Order size-appropriate Glove Gaiters from EasyCare. If you have old, spare gaiters lying around, feel free to use those, too. Of course, if the gaiters are ripped or looking tired, you might as well start out with fresh, new gaiters.

Step two: Remove all leftover Sikaflex and Adhere from the boot. The best way to do this is with a dremel. You have to experiment with different dremel tips to find which one works best for removing glue, and be careful not to dremel so much that you begin dremeling the boot material (red or blue boots are great for this, as it’s very easy to tell where the glue stops and the boot material begins).

The rounded, metal attachment works great for removing old glue.
The slimmer, smaller attachment is perfect for drilling holes for gaiter attachment.

Step three: Once you’ve removed the majority of the Sikaflex and Adhere, drill holes into the pre-marked spots on the boot where you’ll need to attach the new gaiter.

Pre-marked spots for gaiter attachment.

Step four: Follow the directions provided by EasyCare for attaching the gaiter to the boot shell.

And voila. There you have it. You’ve given new life to an old boot.

And to almost threw it away!

I’m all for getting the most miles possible out of my boots. But it’s important to know when a boot has had enough and is ready for retirement. When the tread on the bottom of the boot is thin and the gaiter is torn and the Velcro is hanging on by a thread, the you know the boot has reached the end of it’s life…or has it?

Definitely not trail worthy, but still works great for soaking feet.

Since moving to Nevada, my horses have developed rock-hard, concrete feet. The only way I’ve been able to trim their feet is by soaking them for a few hours prior to trimming. So those old, tattered, worn out Gloves that have no business out on the trail, have been demoted to hoof soakers. I apply the boots, “just add water”, and 3-4 hours later, I have hooves I can actually trim.

I promise I’ll actually throw them away after this stage of their life. Unless I can find something else to do with them.

Renee Robinson

Cy Saddlery Makes It Look "Easy" in Alaska

The following is from EasyCare dealer, Stefanie Bergman, of Cy Saddlery in Wasilla, Alaska:

"Well, I just got back from a competitive trail ride (CTR) in Fairbanks. Six hundred miles in the truck and forty miles in the saddle and we're home! I am so happy to report that the HiTie worked beautifully. I honestly wouldn't do another ride without one. My horse was able to move around, which made her more comfortable at the trailer. My mare loves the HiTie. She is much less anxious being on the trailer than when she's tied hard and fast. This is such a great product!

The ride lived up to it's name of being a challenge. We rode up to Ester Dome in Fairbanks and if we weren't going uphill, we were going downhill. On thr first day of the ride, it rained and was windy and cold. I had to rock out the winter riding gear to stay warm.

The second day was beautiful. In the picture below with the Fireweed field, you will see the mountain where we rode to the very top. It was an amazing weekend.

I saw a lot of EasyCare hoof boots, Stowaway Packs and other EasyCare products on the ride. I also donated a set of Stowaway Packs to the ride, which was presented to the "red lantern" rider.

My little mare did a wonderful job. This was her second CTR and she took first place horse, I took third place horsemanship and we won high point combined. It was a lot of fun!"

Another assertive EasyCare dealer that not only talks the talk, but walks the walk! Congratulations, Stefanie!

Dee Reiter


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.


EasyShoe Gluing Clinic Coming To Your Area?

EasyCare had the opportunity to present the new prototype EasyShoe and the associated gluing methods for the American Hoof Association on Sunday July 28th via an online web platform.  Although technology foiled the day and internet speeds didn't allow for an efficient presentation, we have received a great deal of interest regarding clinics for the EasyShoe and gluing methods for Easyboot Glue-On hoof boots and EasyShoe application. 

Heel expansion in the EasyShoe during an application cycle.

Based on the large amount of interest we are considering doing two or three clinics in October, November and December of 2013.  The clinics would cover the details of successful gluing, gluing in different climates, using different types of adhesives, hoof prep for gluing and basic hoof trimming techniques for successful hoof boot use.  The goal would be to give each participant the opportunity to prep and apply during the clinic - hands on, small and one on one.  The $150.00 cost of the clinic will cover supplies. 

Curtis Burns explaining proper hoof prep techniques.

Clinic #1 - Colorado.  Either in the Denver or Durango area.  October 12th.  Limited to the first 30 participants!  Click here to secure your spot today.  We will do a second clinic on the east coast of the USA if the Colorado clinic quickly fills and we have interest in a second venue. 

Clinic #2 - East Coast.  Looking for locations and a practitioner to help us host.  November 16th.  Click here if you have interest in attending or hosting an East Coast clinic.  We will move forward and schedule an amazing clinic based on the interest level. 

Garrett Ford


President & CEO

I have been President and CEO of EasyCare since 1993. My first area of focus for the company is in product development, and my goal is to design the perfect hoof boot for the barefoot horse.


August 2013: Olympia Farrier Supply

Congratulations to Olympia Farrier Supply of Olympia, Washington! When Max and Ken Floyd purchased Olympia Farrier Supply one year ago, they had no idea that EasyCare hoof boots would be such big sellers. Such big sellers, in fact, that Olympia Farrier Supply has been named EasyCare's Dealer of the Month for August.

The Floyds attribute the popularity of the boots, and the success of the store, to Max's full-service approach. Full service means that they will track down any tool a customer desires, but it also means they strive to serve both the barefoot trimmers and the farriers with equal commitment.

Equines in the Floyd Family, Bo and Tess with their pal, goat Ricky Bobby.

"We don't sell EasyCare hoof boots to a barefoot-only audience," says Max. "These days, farriers realize that hoof boots have a place in comprehensive hoof care. We sell hoof boots to those who shoe horses when they are dealing with a problem hoof and they need a temporary solution between shoeings. Or, when the farrier has a client who has decided to transition from shod to barefoot."

"We have a seasonal audience, too," Max also added. "Around here, a lot of people keep their horses barefoot in the winter because of the mud, then put shoes on again when summer rolls around. Having EasyCare hoof boots in stock means that they are able to give their horses a break from metal shoes and be able to enjoy their horse year-round." Currently, Max is the sole operator of Olympia Farrier Supply.

Ken has had two surgeries and has been unable to work. Ken hopes with the last surgery past, that he will be able to be more active in the growth of the business in the future. The picture below was taken before surgeries.

When the Floyds took over Olympia Farrier Supply, they increased the inventory to meet a growing demand for hoof boots. Today, you can walk into the store and find Gloves, Back Country boots and Epics for riding, plus the Easyboot Rx and the EasySoaker for hoof therapy. Having a large inventory of EasyCare hoof boots on hand contributes to their increase in sales. Olympia Farrier Supply stocks a large inventory of EasyCare hoof boots for the convenience of farriers and trimmers. And oftentimes, sales are a referral from a hoof care practitioner.

Farriers and trimmers have come to realize that Olympia Farrier Supply will go the extra mile to stock the inventory that they need. Customers know that if they need a product, the Floyds will track it down. In one case, Max went the extra mile by making an international phone call to order a hammer that was manufactured in Italy, but was found in England. Max also brings enthusiasm and passion to the business, making a hoof care professional's job much easier and more enjoyable.

The Floyds didn't start our as farrier supply experts. They got into the horse business because of their daughter, Madison.

That was seven years and many hooves ago and the Floyds have learned a lot along the way. One thing they have learned is there is more than one way to do hoof care. And they want to supply every farrier and trimmer, no matter their approach to caring for their customer's horses. The Floyd's approach to service is working very well! Visit them in Olympia, Washington or at

Dee Reiter


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.


Déjà Vu - Toe Length and Boot Loss

When I first transitioned Roo to barefoot-n-boots in 2009, the biggest hurdle to overcome was persuading his back feet to stay in their Easyboot Gloves when going up steep hills - particularly after going through water (which seems to be practically every climb we do).

Here's what I wrote at the time:

"I couldn't get Gloves to stay on Roo's back feet. Garrett told me I needed a smaller size but I couldn't see how to smush him into the next size down...I sat down and made a paper template of the inside of the Easyboot Glove. Then I held it up against the underside of Roo's rear foot to ascertain exactly how much toe I needed to remove to get him in the next size down. My impression had been that I was going to have to compromise hoof integrity to make it work (which of course I wasn't willing to do), but when it came down to it Roo just needed a bunch of toe removed - toe that I later decided probably shouldn't have been there in the first place..."

In the interim years since writing the above, Roo got some time off while I rode some of my other horses but this year I decided he'd been mothballed long enough and it was time to get him up and running again. To start with, we just conditioned barefoot, since we weren't going far or fast enough to warrant using boots. As he got fitter and we started to increase the mileage (and the weather turned dry and the rocks came out to play) it was time to get him in boots again. And we were right back to 2009 - once again I couldn't get those back boots to stay on and his right rear would pop off every time we went up a hill, with the left rear also making the occasional escapade.

Little Bald Mountain Loop above Robinson Flat.

Remembering my lessons-learned and following three frustrating rides in a row where I lost four back boots, I sat down to analyze what was going on. My problem was two-fold:

  1. The reason the right rear kept coming off was the same reason his back boots always came off - he needed less toe and then to be fitted into a smaller boot. I rasped his toe and off we went onto the trail again. To my dismay, he still twisted out of the smaller 00.5 boot so I went and fetched a power strap.

    Often times I'll hear people say "I can't get my horse into a smaller size boot", and if I hadn't already got that 00.5 Glove on Roo's back foot before adding the power strap, I'd have said exactly the same thing. It was a relatively new boot and a sparkly new stiff power strap and there was no way that thing was going on. My rubber mallet was put to good use, as were a few choice magic words. Finally I resorted to trotting him up and down in-hand a few times - and finally it popped on properly. Voila - the boot stayed on.

Here's Roo's right rear about two weeks after I dubbed his toe. Time for a touch up on the rest of his foot.

  1. The problem with the left rear boot was even easier to resolve. His left rear is a larger foot, width-wise, so I wasn't going to get him in an 00.5 (I tried, believe me - it wasn't happening). Inspecting and prodding the size 0 Glove I'd been using, a light bulb went on - I realized that the boot I was using was from "Way back when..." - it was an old style boot with the old, thinner toe. Back in 2009 it was realized that the toes on the Gloves needed to be thicker and the design was modified to a more reinforced toe area. The old thinner toed boot I was using allowed for more stretch and therefore the foot was able to twist within the boot. I pulled out a slightly newer, stiffer boot, attached a power strap, and voila, this boot also stayed on. 

And so we put these newly-fitted, newly-accessorized boots to the test, and Roo got to do the section of trail between Robinson Flat and Foresthill at the weekend - 32 miles of canyons. If a boot is going to come off, you can guarantee it'll come off somewhere on this trail.

Roo waiting for Fergus and Patrick to catch up on the trail from Last Chance to Swinging Bridge - 
1700 ft/520 m down and so rough in places that it's better to walk on foot.

Remember the part about how all our best climbs seem to be proceeded by water?
Here's Roo and Fergus getting a drink in the creek below Swinging Bridge.
The trail traveling up from this creek to Devil's Thumb has 34 switchbacks and
ascends 1500 ft/460 m - if your footwear is suspect in any way, you will lose boots.

Late in the evening we arrived in Foresthill, tired and grimy, but having had a most excellent ride. The pones did great and performed above expectation and best of all, Roo's boots never shifted the entire time. Now that right rear boot is broken in, it'll be much easier to get on next time around. Looks like it's time for Roo to hit 50-mile endurance rides again and I'll be comfortable that I'm not going to have to spend the day futzing with his boots.

Lucy Chaplin Trumbull

The Power of Tevis!

It's that time of  year again, Tevis Cup time! For those of you that are not familiar with the Tevis Cup (aka The Western States Trail Ride), it is billed as the most challenging endurance ride in the world. The ride starts in Robie Park, CA and covers over 17,000 feet of accent and over 21,900 feet of decent...finishing 100 miles down the trail in Auburn, CA. Tevis has become a big part of our year at EasyCare. Every year we put our hoof boots to the ultimate test over some of the most rugged terrain in the world.

For the past three years, a horse wearing Easyboot Glue-Ons has won the event. This year the top six finishers were in EasyCare boots - I think it is safe to say we had another dominate year at Tevis. You may wonder why Tevis has become such a big part of our year; we feel it is the perfect testing ground for our boots. If our boots can withstand the rigorous conditions over this 100 mile journey,  they will have no issues tackling whatever your customers need them for. So, next time someone asks you if our boots can handle the conditions they ride in, make sure you share EasyCare's results at Tevis over the past few years. Look for Kevin Myers' blog next week with additional Tevis 2013 statistics. Kevin finished 5th at this year's Tevis.

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.


Grabbing Not Squishing

During a consultation with Dr. Tomas Teskey, DVM, he said that horses feet should "grab the ground and not go squish." In that instant I got a visual of a perfectly formed hoof capsule with a deeply concave sole thrusting against the ground with the weight of the horse driving it into maximum flexion, heels opening with rear frog impact, the sole flattening as the weight of the horse rolls forward. I froze the screen in that instant. My complete focus went to the next frame...the exhausted phase of flexion (when energy is stored). This immediately turned to gripping as the weight of the horse against the sole began to release and traction took over for an instant. The forward and downward momentum of the horse causes the hoof capsule to break over, releasing the recoiled energy. Finally, the hoof is returned to it's relaxed phase with enough stored energy to repeat the cycle. That particular aspect of hoof function, the gripping, had escaped my obsessive mental scrutiny of hoof mechanics. This visual was great in that it held an excellent visceral effect.

I find myself constantly struggling to find ways to get horse owners to feel what is going on in their horse's feet. True soundness depends on the horses ability to feel the ground under the weight of his body, through all gaits and over all terrain. It's the weight of the horse working for him instead of against him that builds this "grabbing" effect. It takes a considerable amount of concussive forces and contortion of the hoof capsule to develop the foots ability to resist these same forces. We all hear about the importance of concavity to the solar surface of the hoof capsule. Many of us understand that it needs to be built not carved. Fewer know how good it must feel to the horse to have the strength to grab the ground while their flying hooves cover a variety of terrain.

A bad "squishing" hoof.

A staggering amount of domestic horses are experiencing the squishing effects of their enormous body weight crushing the soft tissues in their hoof capsule. Whether a horse is shod or in poorly shaped bare feet, the hoof mechanism is often compromised and the weight of the horse slowly compresses the bony column against the solar surface of the hoof capsule. The sole becomes flat and thin and the soft tissue becomes sandwiched in between. The analogy of a plunger has often been used to describe the function of the hoof capsule. In the case of the shod or poorly shaped bare hoof, the plunger is made of thin poor quality rubber and it is stuck in the depressed phase. In the contrary example of the properly shaped and conditioned bare hoof, the plunger is made of high quality thick rubber that takes an impressive amount of weight and strength to compress and/or flex. This type of hoof becomes continually strengthened over time as the weight of the horse pushes against the ground that it covers simultaneously flexing and resisting this same flexion under the strain, grabbing the earth with every pounding foot fall.

This is easy to identify with. I picture a human having a foot with the following issues: fallen arches, loss of circulation from diabetes, arthritic joints, and/or ingrown toenails. Now picture this person trying to perform any kind of physical task.

A good "grabbing" hoof.

In a different situation I picture a human with an undamaged, healthy, functioning foot wearing brand new, perfectly fitting, expensive running shoes. This would be similar to a horse with a properly shaped fully functioning foot wearing hoof boots. In my experience these "fully functioning" feet are difficult to develop on horses that are being cared for in a traditional manner. Trimming alone can be slow, frustrating, and have a futile outcome. There has to be a foundation for hoof health. These days, before I accept a new client I want to see four things:

  1. A diet of grass hay.
    Every time I've ever removed alfalfa or alfalfa products from a horse's diet I've seen improvement in their feet, as well as their behavior.
  2. Adequate movement.
    This is the biggest problem that I see domestic horses facing. They aren't meant to be alone or in cages.
  3. Stone particulate footings, such as pea gravel, chat, and sand.
    These types of footings, when spread at a depth of 4", offer the hardening qualities of stone while simultaneously providing a "self leveling" cushion that helps horses distribute their weight more evenly throughout the solar surface of their feet, as well as their entire body. Studies by Dr. Robert Bowker show that  standing on 4" of pea gravel improves circulation by as much as 40%.
  4. A well balanced and appropriately timed trim.
    I put this last on the list because it's not fair to the horse to force our best guess, or our idea of a proper trim on them without addressing the previously mentioned elements. We should only remove what is ready to exfoliate. Properly formed feet should be encouraged not carved.

The more we take the time to consider the needs and abilities of horses the more valuable we can be to the horse.

David Landreville, Landreville Hoofcare