New Season, New Boots?

Submitted by Stacey Maloney, Team Easyboot 2012 Member

I'm getting geared up for this year's Competitive Trail and Endurance season in Alberta. In the next week or so, my horses will be going to see the vet for their annual check-ups and barring any surprises there, we will begin conditioning very shortly.

After a few months off due to the harsh conditions of our winter my horses feet are usually a lot more sensitive; both from disuse and standing around in the moisture, so I always have to boot until things dry up.

In the past I have only used my 2001 APHA mare for CTR. I purchased her from Alberta's only (at the time) AANHCP's trimmer and had a steep learning curve to follow when it comes to natural hoof care and boots. Her hooves were amazing and now it was my job not to mess them up. At the time I brought her home Easyboot Epics were the best technology for her hooves and intended sport.

Since then these Epics have seen hundreds of miles. We go completely barefoot when the terrain allows but these boots are absolutely my "go-to" hoof protection of choice.

This year I will be conditioning one, maybe two other horses and will need to fit them for boots. I love my Epic's as they have never given me any trouble on the trail through the toughest of conditions and their adjustable fit make them ideal for hooves mid-late trim as well. I'm not sure if I want new Epics for my other horses this year or should I try something new?

One horse measures out to have a round hoof and should fit into Easyboot Gloves which I've heard nothing but good things about. The third horse will most likely be ridden by novice riders and therefore might benefit most from the Easyboot Glove Back Country due to their ease of application. On the other hand, both should also do fine in Epics and I trust this boot completely.

What to do? What to do? I'm having a hard time telling myself to branch out because of the great success I've had with the one style, but technology is forever changing and I might just have to take the leap.

Watch for us on the trail and you might be surprised to find what is on my horse's feet.

Stacey Maloney

The Top Ten Best Food Combinations of All Time


While I was making dinner last night I started thinking of the greatest food combinations of all time. Here is my list.

10.  Popcorn and butter

9.   Chips and Salsa

8.   Peanut butter and Jelly

7.   Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

6.   Burger and Fries

5.   Soy sauce and Wasabi

4.   Cookies and Milk

3.   Bacon and Eggs

2.   Pizza and Beer

1.  Easyboot Glove and Easyboot Trail

Ok, so my mind slipped a bit off task, but the new Easyboot Glove Back Country was borne out of combining EasyCare's two top selling hoof boots. This new combination takes the very best from two great products and morphs them into a new boot that will offer additional solutions for horses that may have had trouble using the Glove or Trail. Some of the features that make the Back Country one-of-a-kind:

  • The Comfort Cup Gaiter is incorporated into the rear of the boot for the latest technology in support and protection of the soft tissue areas
  • The lightweight upper stabilizes the boot on the hoof
  • Quick and easy to put on and take off: no strength or force required
  • Available in 18 regular and wide sizes to fit most breeds
  • Completely convertible: built on the Easyboot Glove chassis, this boot can be converted into an Easyboot Glove or Easyboot Glue-On (additional accessories required)
  • Sold in singles

On top all of this, it looks amazing too!

 

Get yours today.

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.

 

The Easyboot Glove Back Country Application Video is Live

Have you been wanting to get a better look at the Easyboot Glove Back Country and how to put it on? We've just published the official EasyCare application video for this new boot.

 

A still shot of the Easyboot Glove Back Country in action - photo courtesy of Bernd Jung.

In the video below, you can hear a description of the boot components, and the best practices for putting the boot on.

 

If you subscribe to this blog via an RSS feed, you can see the video by clicking on the Easyboot Glove Back Country Video link.

Keep up the bootlegging!

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.

 

March 2012: Easyboot Glove Back Country Launch, Rehabilitated Feet, Dealer of the Month

It's March and it's all about the luxurious new Easyboot Glove Back Country. Much of this month's newsletter is dedicated to the details of the latest addition to the EasyCare hoof boot lineup.

Garrett Ford tells all about his opinion of the new boot.

Kevin Myers summarizes four things you absolutely need to know about the new boot.

Alayna Wiley writes the first public review of the new boot.

Dawn Willoughby's popular blog returns this month with an aritcle on rehabbing OTTB feet successfully.

And our Dealer of the Month is Amanda Beno Marsh from Mountain Top Natural Hoof Trimming Service.

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 purchase your Easyboots.

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

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The New Easyboot Glove Back Country is Launched: Four Things You Need to Know

The launch date of the new Easyboot Glove Back Country has finally arrived. Here are four things you need to know:

1. The boot is available for the month of March exclusively through seven partner dealers across the globe. That means you can only buy it from them until Monday, April 2, 2012. The list of Glove Back Country dealers is as follows:

Valley Vet Supply
Marysville, KS 66508
Phone: (785) 562-5106
Website: www.valleyvet.com

Trelawne Equine Ltd
Devon, EX21 5XE
Phone: 441409221824
Website: www.trelawneequine.co.uk
 
HufCheck Bernd Jung
Oberrot, D-74418
Phone: 49-0-681-41099684
Website: www.hufcheck.de
 
Hauptner Instrumente GmbH
Zurich, 8305
Phone: 01141448059911
Website: www.hauptner.c
 
Hoofgroove GmbH
Stadel, 8174
Phone: 41-43-311-99-88
Website: www.hoofgroove.ch
 
Ets Weal
Le Passage, 38490
Phone: 0033474887903
Website: www.sosabots.com
 
Mike Ware
Burrill Lake, NSW, 2539
Phone: (42) 864-9369
Website: www.easycaredownunder.com.au

Go to the Easyboot Glove Back Country boot page to link directly to their websites.

Testing the Glove Back Country.

2. The boot is available in 18 sizes. Just like the Easyboot Glove, it will come in 11 regular sizes and 7 wide sizes. You can see the sizing chart on our website. Because of the way the boot attaches around the hoof, the Glove Back Country will be more forgiving with fit throughout the entire growth cycle between trims. If you have a long trim cycle, you can even go a little larger in sizing to accommodate the growth.


3. We're calling this a medium to high mileage boot. We've given it a mileage rating of 25 - 50 miles per week. We're interested in user's experiences with it: there is a chance this could serve as a higher mileage boot.

4. The Easyboot Glove Back Country is built with the finest and most luxurious materials available today. Think of it as the finest off-road vehicle you've ever driven.

See the Easyboot Glove Back Country page now, or for more information on the boot components, visit easybootglovebackcountry.com.

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.

 

Easyboot Glove Back Country: Love at First Sight

Spring has sprung in southern Arizona and love is in the air. My three year love affair with the Easyboot Glove is over – there’s a new boot in my life, the Easyboot Glove Back Country. Some may criticize me for leaving my old boot for a younger model, but I couldn't help but fall head over heels for the Glove Back Country. Last weekend I had my first ride with these boots in picturesque Catalina State Park...it was magical.

Spring in the Desert.

Poppies blooming in front of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

The moment I saw the Glove Back Country I was impressed with the superior quality of the components: the proven tread design of the Glove, the soft comfort cup gaiter, and the breathable upper (made of the most durable materials available). The Back Country is the result of combining two of our best boots, the Easyboot Glove and the Easyboot Trail. In 2011, the Glove was awarded Horse Journal's Product of the Year, and the Trail was a Horse Journal Best Buy - with inspiration like that how can you go wrong?

Our best boots combined.

The Easyboot Glove Back County (center) combines successful
features of the Easyboot Glove (left) and the Easyboot Trail (right).

The Glove Back Country is a medium to high mileage riding boot (25-50 miles per week) which makes it ideal for the majority of riders. Although the sizing chart is the same as the Easyboot Glove, the fit does not need to be as snug. Customers who were unable to use the Glove due to length of trim cycle or lack of hand strength will be able to use the Back Country by selecting a half size larger. If you do not have previous experience with the Glove, we recommend getting a Fit Kit to ensure you select the proper size. Feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns regarding fit; call 1-800-447-8836 and one of our customer service representatives will be happy to help you.

Preparing for application.

Glove Back Country ready for application.

The Glove Back Country is easy to apply with virtually no hand strength required. To prepare the boot for application, first open the upper and fold it forward, temporarily securing the upper in this position with the Velcro (see photo above). Next, fold down the gaiter so that it is flush with the shell of the boot. Facing the rear of your horse, pick up the hoof and put it into the boot toe first. Pull the gaiter over the heel bulbs and put the hoof down. To secure the upper, unfold from the front and pull the flap with the Back Country logo snug across the back. Pull the second flap over the first and finish by securing the Velcro piece with the Back Country logo.

Application

Glove Back Country after putting the hoof down (left) and securing (right).

My first ride in the Glove Back Country was a huge success! Since the size 1 Glove is very snug on Cal, I decided to size up to a 1.5 for the Back Country. I took Cal out on a six mile route with varied terrain. The trails in Catalina State Park are the perfect boot testing grounds taking us through some deep sand and in and out of steep rocky washes. I didn't go through water on my first ride but plan to soon. The ride was comprised of equal parts walking and trotting with some cantering thrown in on the nice stretches. The boots performed flawlessly: they were secure and there were no rubs. I can't wait to ride in these boots again and have no doubt that they will be our most popular boots in 2012.

For more information on the individual components of the the Glove Back Country, visit easybooglovebackcountry.com. To see the boot page and find out how and where to purchase the boot, go to our website.

Alayna Wiley

Alayna Wiley, EasyCare CSR

Customer Service

As one of the customer service representatives, I am happy to help get your horse into the right boots. I have plenty of hands on experience since my horses have been barefoot and booted since 2003.

 

Off The Track Thoroughbreds: All with Beautiful Rehabilitated Feet

Once and for all let's make a concerted effort to debunk a popular myth that thoroughbreds have shelly walls, thin soles, pencil thin frogs and for these reasons they need shoes. "The hell!" I say. Even with wrong hoof care from birth to rescue/career change, the vast majority of OTTBs can be rehabbed to soundness. And gorgeous feet!

Cayuga

When I met him he was 12 years old, shod most of his life. He trained on the track but did not race. Cayuga was living at Tory Hill, a gorgeous farm with a herd of about 10 barefoot geldings, mostly OTTBs, with full turnout on huge and hilly pastures.


Left Front

Too much hoof capsule. Crappy Walls or Horn.

'Beer Can' feet. The heels are almost as long as the toe. This tells me that the coffin bone is  pointing down at a steep angle. The tip of the coffin bone is no doubt disintegrating from mechanical stress. Unfortunately, the farrier can only trim so much and then puts the shoe back on a long, misshapen foot to maintain it.  Rehab demands pulling the shoes.

Left Front Side View

The foot is sweeping forward, in front of the horse.

In a general sense, the green line indicates where the hoof will end after rehab. The Red points out (1) upward pressure of the shoe and (2) a long under run heel

Cayuga's Straight Forward Rehabilitation:

  1. As I applied the mustang roll, mechanical pressure on the lamina was removed and the steep, well connected wall at the top half inch of the capsule grew right in.
  2. As this happens the hoof will get back under the horse. The entire foot will transform as the capsule becomes smaller and the heels shorten.
  3. Transformation is organic. A lot of things are happening at once.
  4. I never force any angle or any particular length because above the hoof is a unique body with unique movement.

Below, in 7 months, the hoof capsule looked more compact.  Soles and walls thicken. Heels open up as the frog and internal structures improve. The more movement and the healthier the diet, the better the foot.

LF 7 months later

7 months later a nicer foot, still on the mend.

Still a long capsule and long heels (as they appear from the outside) but over time it all corrects. Most importantly Cayuga was sound, ridden in padded Epic boots throughout.

Smartie

This fancy OTTB had been in shoes a long term. Sadly we didn't make it to a full rehab before the owner put him back in shoes. He has some things to show us.

Unraveling Hoof Wall

This unraveling hoof wall with cracks around the nail holes is not being held together by the shoe.

Force comes down the leg, hits the shoe and runs back up the hoof and leg maintaining the cracks. To treat the unraveling wall, I would definitely use White Lightening to insure there is no bacteria maintaining the problem. Otherwise, it will grow out in about 3 months.

Long Heels

Solar View: Under run heels and long toe

From the hairline in the back of the foot to the heel where Smartie lands, you see about 2" of heel length running under the horse. Many people misinterpret this saying their horses won't grow heels. Smartie, and many horses, grow heels that run forward.

If the frog is healthy and can take a pounding from the current ground conditions, I'll bring the heels back, and down, half inch at a trim. By the end of rehab the heels will in the back of the foot, next to the back of the frog. Above the frog, internally, the digital cushion and lateral cartilages begin to re-develop and give Smartie the structure he needs.

Above, the toe wall appears to be about 3" in front of the end or apex of the frog. Much too long. If you wait about a week after pulling shoes, the horse will develop a toe callus and you can rasp the toe, 10:00 - 2:00, back to but not through, the toe callus. The callus looks like a long bump.

Personally I like to pull the shoes, round things up and leave the horse alone for a month. Pulling shoes is traumatic enough for one day.

Epics

Smartie feels 100% in Padded Epics.

My Thoughts on Boots: Because Smartie has a long toe, he would not fit into The Trail or Generation 2. The top portion of the boots would rub his pastern. Boots that fit above the hairline are a good choice for the rounder foot that allows the leg to center in the boot.

Bugsy

Bugsy

If it looks like a Duck Foot, is it?

Just because long toes, complete disconnection of hoof wall to coffin bone and under run heels are seen on almost every Racehorse does not mean it's normal! Can you imagine racing in these 'duck feet'? Poor Bugsy was right off the track, shoes a dangling!

Above, if you ran your fingers from the hairline down the wall, you will find where the wall is well connected to the coffin bone. In Bugsy's case there was a hint of connection!

Under run heels

Under run heels and a long toe, confirm what we saw from the top. Nice frog though.

Rehab

Here comes the foot he wants, growing in from the top.

Don't let the steep angle scare you. It will level off as the foot grows.

Janury, 09

Voila! The foot is now under the horse.

Over time, with lots of movement in a herd, the heel as it appears from the outside will shorter to about half this length. Bugsy still has a lot of rehabbing to do.

Love "Sunny" Days

5 years old. Just arrived from the rescue via New Holland Auction.

Thin shelly walls

Typical racehorse feet: Paper thin shelly walls. Laminitic rings from top to bottom.

 

Reahbbed Lateral view

Another straight forward rehab.

The black line indicates where ideal wall to coffin bone connection ends. It will take a few capsule growths (7 months per capsule for Sunny) to get things in order. During the spring he will lose a little connection on the bottom. And as viewed from the sole, he will loose a half inch of concavity. However, he does not go lame. Hacking out, he is happiest, in the spring, in his Gloves.

dinner time

Dinner Time at Tory Hill Farm, home to 7 barefoot Off the Track Thoroughbreds.

A Word on Long Term Rehab of Racehorses

As long as the horse has most of his coffin bone and the lamina aren't necrotic, hoof rehabilitation of former racehorses is usually straight forward.

I gave Sunny off one year from ridden work. This allows all the micro tears and chips to heal or sort themselves out and drugs to clear. I re-started him as a colt in training. From learning ground manners, haltering, leading, ponying off another horse, desensitizing and plenty of in-hand work, former racehorses need a complete reboot if you want an exceptional friend.

I tweaked Sunny's diet according to the teachings of Dr. Eleanor Kellon.

As for his body, I made an incorrect assumption that Sunny could fix himself in an active herd on 35 acres. Now I would have jumped on modalities available to me like chiropractic adjustments, accupuncture, Equine Touch, Ortho Bionomy, sports massage, myofacia release. Learn from the professionals if you can.

Currently, unless I am stuck, I do all my own body work. Much more cost effective! There is a wealth of information on the Internet, in books and on DVDs. A horse can't walk around on bad feet for years, ridden incorrectly at the track and not need serious attention to mind and body!

The wonderful thing about thoroughbreds is that they are sensitive, smart and athletic. Most I have met really crave a relationship with good, kind people.

Happy Trails and Give your ponies a big hug for me!

Dawn of 4 Sweet Feet

An Introduction to Trimming for the Owner:  The 'Maintenance Trim' on Sunny, my OTTB  

(1 of 3 ten minute free videos)

 

The Easyboot Glove Back Country is Almost Here

We've been sneaking various peaks at the Easyboot Glove Back Country over the last few weeks. The big launch is scheduled for March 5 - this coming Monday - but more about them next week. It will be available via a few dealers from across the globe who have partnered with us on the launch of what might be the most exciting boot in the company's history.


Our Best Boots Combined

The Glove Back Country pairs the form fitting Glove chassis and incorporates an easy to secure upper modeled after the Trail. Built to provide ultimate durability using the latest in design and material technology, the Glove Back Country has an infinitely flexible closure system that wraps around the hoof wall. The result: a hoof boot that stays secure in the toughest of trail conditions on the most challenging of hoof shapes.


A Soft, Durable Internal Upper

Lightweight, ergonomic and breathable, The Easyboot Glove Back Country has a soft internal upper that caresses the soft tissue areas of the hoof and lower leg.

We’ve used the latest in technology to build an upper that combines softness and flexibility with the most durable materials on the market today. The result is a boot that secures and stabilizes the foot, reducing fatigue and keeping debris out.

The Comfort Cup Gaiter

The Comfort Cup System: a new form of gaiter built into the back of the boot to caress and protect the soft tissue areas at the rear of the horse’s hoof. Supple and resilient, the Comfort Cup is designed to flex with each step and hug the back of the pastern. And because the gaiter is independent of the flexible Cordura® upper, we’ve virtually eliminated the risk of rubbing.


 

A Convertible Boot

Built on a shared platform, the Easyboot Glove Back Country can easily be transformed into an Easyboot Glue-On or Easyboot Glove. Turn the Glove Back Country into a Glue-On by removing the flexible upper and Comfort Cup gaiter. Turn it into an Easyboot Glove by attaching a Glove Gaiter.


 

An Anatomically Designed Sole

The Easyboot Glove Back Country uses the award-winning tread design from the Easyboot Glove. The anatomically designed sole provides maximum flexibility and resists wear.

The sole shape is available in 18 regular and wide sizes, just like the Easyboot Glove, accommodating a broad variety of hoof shapes for definitive comfort and security. This is a medium to high mileage riding boot (25 – 50 miles per week).

Go to easybootglovebackcountry.com on Monday for the unveiling.

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.

 

Booting Freedom

Submitted by Karen Bumgarner, Team Easyboot 2012 Member

The day dawned gorgeous and frosty and my plan was to ride. So I get on the phone and call friend A.
 
"Hey do you want to ride today?"
 
"Oh I can't I have the farrier coming at 1."
 
"I thought that was last week."
 
"It was but he had to postpone it."
 
"OK well I will be thinking of you."
 
Seems as though everyone has some hoof plan or other to fulfill. While I will be enjoying my horse and the sun in my face they are getting shoes and pads and all the things they need for the new ride season. I can't convert everyone although I have tried. But hoofcare requires a commitment and I have found that some people just don't want to do the work themselves. And thats OK. It is their choice. 
 

 
However, waiting for the farrier is never a problem for me because I maintain my own horse's hooves. I can always ride, just apply the boots and I am ready to rock and roll. Very few things beat the freedom that booting and doing my own hoof care has given me. Besides it brings me even closer to my horses and knowing their needs. I love it! Now stop reading and GO RIDE! 
 
Karen Bumgarner

 

 

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

easycare-customer-service-dee-reiter

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!