Do It With Your Boots On

As I look back over the Easyboot Facebook questions to you from the last few months, there are common themes in your responses.

If you could have any wish come true for 2012, what would it be?

*  More time in the saddle
*  To ride my horse on the beachRIDING ON THE BEACH
*  Compete a season of LD's with Easyboot Gloves
*  Hit the dusty trail more often

What is the single most important lesson you learned from your horse in 2012?

*  Not take him for granted, life is short - ride while you can
*  I can't live without them
*  He can go barefoot with the help of his Easyboot Gloves
*  She is a keeper, a once in a lifetime horse

Easyboot Glove
* Think outside the box in training and protective hoof boots
* Be quiet and take the time to listen to your horse





Do you have a New Year's Resolution?
Racing the Barrels
*  Ride More
*  Win another barrel racing buckle (a girl after my own heart)
*  More time in the saddle out on the trails
*  Get a pair of Easyboots
*  Make riding time a priority
*  Try out Easyboots with studs so I can ride in the snow
Easyboot Trail




What are the common themes? More time in the saddle, escape to the trail and have your horse in Easyboots.


Reminds me of some of the words in Kenny Chesney's song, Reality.

"Reality, sometimes life ain't all it's cracked up to be.
So, let's take a chance and live this fantasy
cause everybody needs to break from reality.
Where we feel that sense of freedom
Leave our worries behind, we don't need 'em
All we need is a sunny day and we'll escape realty."
 

Ride to Escape

 

Dee Reiter

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Customer Service

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!

 

A Ride at the Beach with Old Mac's G2s

What a great action shot of Old Mac's G2s in action at the beach in the UK. First-hand proof that OM G2s can be used to canter through water, sand and whatever is in your path.

beach

Photo by Charles Francis.

Mary Jane Sirett had this to say about her travels with the Old Mac G-2's: "My beautiful horse is called Luna and we have great fun riding on the stunning Cornish beaches and mysterious hill snd moorlands. I like to keep things as simple as possible - so tend to ride bareback and Luna is not shod. So when we wnat to trek down the winding country lanes to a distant beach, the horse boots are ideal."

Thank you Mary Jane, and many happy trails to you and Luna.

Nancy Fredrick

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EasyCare Office Manager

As the office manager, I make sure the general operations of the organization run smoothly and seamlessly from A to Z. I have been on the EasyCare team since 2001 and have first hand product knowledge as my horses are barefoot and booted.

 

I Do Boot But I Need Help Until My New Trail Boots Get Here

I am 3 years old so my grandma has to write this for me. She is a barefoot practitioner and a hoof boot advocate.

I have been using Easyboot Gloves for my horse "Carol's Snickers Bar" aka "Snicker Poodle Doodle" for about a year and a half. Mom has to help me put them on because they fit so nice. I am waiting for my very own trail boots so I can put them on myself.

Snickers and me.

About my horse: he is a solid-colored paint horse. I am a very lucky girl to have him to ride. He is well known for having been a good reined cow horse with that "look at me, I'm special attitude". Some very famous people rode him as a 3 and 4 year old. My Grandma rode him in some shows, my mom won year-end in the senior limited on him and now I get to ride him. He is 25 years young now and is still as spunky as when he was a 4 year old. He isn't what you would typically call a "kids horse". He thinks he is still 4.

I am attaching a picture of my first trail ride yesterday where I ride all by myself and no help from mom or grandma. Please notice that Snickers is loving his Gloves. We walked and trotted over lots of downed logs and deadfall that can poke hour horses heel bulbs and make them take a short step. With my Gloves we can negotiate these and hidden rocks with no problems. When we got home from this ride we went into the big arena and I practiced Clinton Anderson's cruising exercise at the lope so I can go fast on the trail by myself. Mom won't let me do that out on the trail for more than a few strides right now.

If we lope a lot on the trail she holds that dang lead rope. I'v been trying to figure out how to get rid of it without her knowing. Oh, I also use the Gloves when I barrel race my horse. Now all I have to do is figure out how to get Mom off the end of the lead when I do that too. Shhhh, don't tell her but Grandma and I are working on it. Oh, and don't tell Grandma that I am trying to figure out how to get her horse to ride next, shhhh.

Name: Boo Nicholson with help from granmda (Rhea Benko)
Address: Arroyo Grande, California, USA
Equine Discipline: Trail
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Glove

 

Easyboot Epics Help Save Casper's Life

Submitted by Chris Hordley from the UK

The Easyboot Epics fit and have been a life saver, literally. Casper's donkey feet were so tender that I was considering putting him to sleep this winter. He had a history of laminitis prior to coming to us. Plus, he is white and at least 35 years old. He is full of spirit in himself, but was finding moving on our yard so painful with his hoof problems.
 

Casper the Donkey
 
Casper in his Easyboot Epics.

 

He is good about having his protective horse boots put on and it's tricky because he is small to close the clip down without his weight against you to help. We manage and he is much happier walking around.
 

Dee Reiter

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Customer Service

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!

 

Team Easyboot 2012 Members Announced

It's official. The votes have been tabulated and the new Team Easyboot 2012 members have been announced. The list of names is published on the Team Easyboot page of the EasyCare website.

Team Easyboot 2012

We received an overwhelming number of applications for this year's Team Easyboot. The panel of EasyCare staff members and volunteers made their selections based on diversity of representation in geography, discipline, age and skill set. They were also asked to use their observations from the Team Easyboot 2011 dialogue to select their list of 75. Our goal is to to populate TE12 with members whom we think will be active in their various communities. We think you will find the TE12 members to be engaged, excited, educated and communicative about EasyCare's product line and application methods.

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Getting ready for the long ride. Photo by Kevin Lange.

Team members are expected to participate actively in at least 7 of the following 12 items:
  1. Represent EasyCare in a professional and positive manner
  2. Be fully knowledgeable about all EasyCare products and help others in the field
  3. Keep information available and on hand to help answer people’s questions
  4. Be available to assist in boot fitting and advice in person and on line
  5. Provide feedback on product as needed
  6. Actively promote the EasyCare brand in person
  7. Submit bio, photo and monthly schedule of activities and availability to help others
  8. Blog once a month on the EasyCare corporate blog
  9. Actively participate with positive interaction and product advice on the Easyboot Facebook page
  10. Wear Team Easyboot attire at events
  11. Display Team Easyboot logo on tack, trailers and vehicles
  12. Consider hosting boot fitting clinics in conjunction with hoof care practitioners
A brief bio and photo of each of the TE12 members will be posted post haste. Do you know any of the new TE12 members?

Team Easyboot 2012 Members


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.

Comfortable At Last

After my horse, Filly, had her front feet trimmed within 1/4 inch of her coffin bone, she nearly foundered and we were off parades, drill and trail for the remainder of the season. I was devestated. She recovered well and went on to win two USEDC titles in Advanced Youth drill team work, but on the trails she was still tender in the front.

Boa Horse Boots

I purchased a full set of four Boa Horse Boots to protect her feet when we ride trails. So now she wears her Boas, or her sneakers, as I call them, on her front feet for all our trail rides and a full set in rocky terrain. She knows the difference. Where she would avoid the trail and go into the grass before wearing the Boas, she now stays to the trail and plows right over the stones and gravel with no hesitation and no discomfort.

This past summer, we were able to enjoy several night rides that would not have been possible if it we didn't have these wonderful boots! Thank you, EasyCare for giving my horse many more years of enjoyment on the trails

Name: R. Dinse
City: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA
Equine Discipline: Pleasure Riding
Favorite Boot: Boa Horse Boot

The Importance of Up-to-date Trims (In Which I discover "Those Boots Won't Fit")

Last weekend Project Horse Hopi came home from the trainer's where he was learning to be a brave horse. Shortly after New Year's I visited him at boarding school, gave him a trim and fitted him for Gloves - size 1.5 - and took him out on a trail ride.

The size 1.5 Gloves were a good fit (understatement - I couldn't get them off at the end of the ride). Hopi has nice round feet.

Fast-forward to a month later and it was time for him to come home. The trainer, Jodi Tuft, very kindly offered to bring him half-way where we'd meet, take a trail ride, and then I'd bring him home.

Hopi not long after arriving home and recoating himself in red dirt

I had a feeling I was going to have some trouble getting those 1.5s on him and I was right - a quick comparison between boot and underside of foot showed me that no-way, no-how were those boots going to go on. Luckily, I had Uno's size 2 650-mile Gloves sitting in the trailer, so I popped those on instead. The one with the Powerstrap was a nice snug fit, while the non-powerstrap one (remember how several months ago I was going to put one on?) was a bit too easy to get on. Hmm.

To make matters worse, rushing to get ready, I neglected to tighten the gaiter on the non-Powerstrap boot. <sigh>

It actually lasted pretty well - staying on for about six miles (the last four miles of the Tevis trail and back) before it popped off on a narrow steep uphill section in the Black Hole, shortly after crossing a creek.


Making helicopter ears high above the American River

Considering that the first time I ever put boots on Hopi he tried to rear to get away from them, and the second time he adopted helicopter ears to try and look at the flapping gaiter I'd deliberately not fastened around his pastern, he actually coped very well with the boot semi-loss. He jumped around some, but I suspect that had more to do with his trail buddies disappearing around the next corner than fear that something had chomped him on the leg. I was able to dismount, pop the thing back on without further excitement.

Predictably, that loose boot came off again in the last few hundred yards of the ride - again, coming up a rough-footing hill. This time he didn't even react to the boot around his ankle and it's only because we passed some riders coming down the hill and one of them pointed the flopping boot out to me that it got noticed. Not bad for a scaredy horse - he's a quick learner. Good boy! (thanks Jodi!).


Heading back up the hill

I suspect that the more he gets ridden the larger his feet will become and he'll graduate firmly to the next size up - instead of just when he needs a trim. Hopefully this year he'll get to do some endurance rides, so we'll see how his feet develop over time.

Of course, the lesson is that if I want to keep him in well-fitting boots [size 1.5] in the meantime, I'm going to have to keep his feet very well trimmed at all times.

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Lucy Chaplin Trumbull
Sierra Foothills, California

Team Easyboot 2012: Have You Submitted Your Application?

Would you like to be an industry insider? Would you like access to discounted product in exchange for helping EasyCare promote the brand? Who wouldn't?

Applications for Team Easyboot 2012 close tomorrow, Wednesday, February 8 at midnight MST. If you have not already submitted your application, you can do so now by going to the Team Easyboot page on our website.

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Do you like to participate in various events in your community? Photo by Kevin Lange.

The team members in 2011 enjoyed sharing information among themselves, and then using it as a basis to disseminate information across their broader communities nationally and internationally.

I've listed below some of the things Team Easyboot 2011 members had to say about their experience.

"I have learned a lot this year, and have been able to help several horses and their riders as a result."

Team Easyboot 2012

"I have really enjoyed being in the team and I'm hoping I will be picked for 2012 also, I really want to stay on this train of knowledge!"

"Thanks so much for giving me the opportunity to be involved with the team this year. I have been able to keep up to date with all the latest developments with Easyboot and try some of the hints and tips out with customers."

"I can't tell you how much I enjoyed being part of Team Easy Boot 2011! I have to say the thing I loved the most is that I was able to help out many new booters at home and at rides."

"I have been very impressed by how active the team was this year and enjoyed reading about all the tips and solutions."

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Do you enjoy social interaction with others? Team Easyboot 2012 may be for you. Photo by Kevin Lange.

"I thought the conversation & blogs of TE11 were extremely helpful in teaching me how to overcome the complexities of boots. It is so important that customers have positive first time experiences booting their horses and I felt so much better equipped to make that happen."

"The knowledge exchange is just the best. Having a variety of experience levels and disciplines has really broadened my understanding of how the boots can be used. The best part is of course the team itself and the information exchanged but a very close second is being able to be a resource to others."

"Thank you for the opportunity to help others with their booting. I love the exchange of information among the group. We all learn from each other and together think up some great ideas and solutions."

We're looking for a broad range of representatives from various disciplines from across the globe, so please send in your application.

Want to read more? You get all the juicy details by reading last week's announcement.

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.

A New Normal

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I got a new hip a few weeks ago and am so excited. Getting a new hip is easy - you just buy it, they pop it in and boom you are good to go. What isn't so easy is the follow-up. For the last few years I was gimpy and lame. Now my physical therapists have told me I have to find a "new normal" way of walking, a new gait you might say. Right about now, you are probably asking yourself, "What does this have to do with me and my horse?" Well, I think my experience is similar to finding a new normal when you pull the shoes off a horse. If your horse is shod, has he ever been gimpy? Does he lose shoes frequently because there is no hoof wall left to hold the nails? If so, your horse is probably wanting a "new normal" too.

I'll admit having the farrier come out and shoe every 6-8 weeks is easy with hardly any work involved. My surgeon told me no-one dies from having a bad hip and this was an elective surgery. That said, I was in a lot of pain and wanted a better quality of life so I decided to go for it. Horse's don't die from being shod either but I think some horses are more comfortable in boots than they currently are in metal shoes.

Deciding to take your horse barefoot and buying EasyCare boots is the easy part. Maintaing a barefoot horse takes commitment and work, just like the physical therapy required after a hip replacement. Even though it takes some effort, in the end it will be totally worth it.

PS - I am doing great on my fight against procrastination (see previous blog) this post is a day early!

Shari Murray

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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.

Crossing the 2011 Tevis Winning Hoof Boot With The 2011 Preakness Winning Shoe

What do you get when you cross the hoof boot that was used to win the 2011 100 mile Tevis Cup with the polyurethane horse shoe that was used to win the 2011 136th running of the Preakness

A new tool for farriers and hoofcare professionals.  The new glue-on urethane shoe is a collaboration between EasyCare and No-Anvil.  The combined efforts have produced a new urethane hoof protection device that blur the lines between boots and shoes.  The urethane hybrid device absorbs concussion, is held securely in place for a shoeing cycle without nails, is lighter weight than most all nail on shoes and allows the hoof to expand and contract as nature intended. 

Shackleford wins the 2011 Preakness in Burns Polyflex shoes

Shackleford at the 2011 Kentucky Derby in Burns Polyflex Polyurethane Horseshoes
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Jeremy Reynolds wins the 2011 Tevis Cup in Easyboots

Jeremy Reynolds wins the 2011 Tevis and Haggin Cups in Easyboots.

Below you will find a couple photos showing the collaboration between No-Anvil and EasyCare.  The freshly filed patent includes some of the following features.

1.  Glue-on urethane hoof protection.
2.  The urethane shoe has an internal moldable skeleton for structure and shaping.
3.  The integrally molded cuff increases the gluing surface area.
4.  The urethane shoe and cuff allow the hoof to expand and contract.

EasyShoe.  Half Easyboot, half Burns Polyflex

The EasyShoe.  Half Burns Polyflex and half Easyboot Glue-On.

EasyShoe In Action

Initial EasyShoe prototypes getting some hard core testing.

Stay tuned for more updates and news on the collaboration. 

Garrett Ford

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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.