It's Super Boot!

Fast as a sneaky slithering rattlesnake. More powerful than the monster tires on a redneck's mud truck. Able to leap over giant stumps in a single stride. It's Super Boot!

Do you doubt the abilities of your horse's boots? ♫Here I am to save the day!♫ Oh wait - that was Mighty Mouse not Super Boot! Ok so enough silliness. Have you ever really though about just how incredibly durable Easyboot Gloves are? And do you really know how many miles a Glove can travel before the burial? As I was sorting through boots and packing up for Owyhee Fandango I picked up a pair of 0.5 Gloves that Thunder has been sporting on the hinds during endurance rides since last August. Yes I said LAST August, as in 2012. 

Just look at all the tread these boots have left. 

The gaiters look very good too. But you can see some wear there in the toe, a little thin spot where the cryptonite Idaho rocks weakened the structure.

When I add up the miles on these boots: 2 days of Pink Flamingo forest = 100 miles; 2 days of Old Selam trees, sand and creek crossings = another 100 miles; all 5 days of Owyhee Canyonlands rocks, creeks, canyons and more rocks and that was 250 miles; one day of Halloween for 50 miles on Thunder and one day on Blue's hinds with a ghastly ghoul along side; then in 2013 a 75 at Owyhee Tough Sucker it was rocks and deep sand; and then I put them on Blue's hinds for a roller coaster 50 at Eagle. That is 675 AERC miles! And they aren't ready for retirement yet.

And for those who think boots can be expensive lets do a little math. If you were to pay $75 for a Glove that works out to about 10 cents a mile. If you shoe your horse over the course of 6 months or more what does that cost per foot by comparison? I haven't shod a horse in ages so I'm not positive of the cost but I know it's more than 10 cents a mile. And if you get them for less than $75 (I'm counting shipping etc. at some places I have seen them listed) then the cost per mile is even less. Easyboot Gloves are a very economical choice for sure.

PS I had to come back and edit this to add another 60 miles on Blue through the Owyhee Fandango rocks down to the Snake River and back. Plus last week they did a 20 mile fun scenic ride from Adrian to the Owyhee River for some swimming. And they are still wearing like Super Boots!

Karen Bumgarner

Will That Boot Stay On?

If I had a nickel for every time I heard a customer ask "will that boot stay on?", I'd be rich man. Honestly, the answer is simple: yes, if it fits. The importance of fit can not be underestimated when it comes to having success in EasyCare boots. It amazes me that measuring for hoof boots is often times viewed as a huge inconvenience. Honestly folks, it is a straightforward and easy process.

I've heard people say "Well, he's a Thoroughbred so he's a size 3." Really? Guessing the correct size boot is not a valid option - keep in mind that at full speed a 1,000 pound Thoroughbred will place the equivalent of 100 times the force of gravity on each hoof with every stride, so fit is highly important. Imagine the following.

This boot is not a good fit - the large gap at the rear of the boot indicates
it's several sizes too big. Accurate measurements are a must!

 Wide load! On the flip side, this fit is several sizes too small.
No-one wants a muffin top.

Yes, I know I am pushing things a bit to the extreme here, but selecting the correct fit is the single most important thing your customers can do to make sure that they get the most out of their EasyCare hoof boots. We just added the Fitting Assistant to our website, so if your customers need additional assistance, please have them use all the resources that are available.

Let us help you - give us call if you have questions or need any assistance at 1-800-447-8836.

Congratulations: by reading this blog you are eligible to receive $100 off your next order. The winner will be selected Friday, July 5th.

Congratulations, by reading this blog you are eligible to receive $100 off your next order! The winner will be selected Friday, June 7th. - See more at: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/horse-boot-dealer-news-and-tips#sthash.XjVSjxXa.dpuf
Congratulations, by reading this blog you are eligible to receive $100 off your next order! The winner will be selected Friday, June 7th. - See more at: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/horse-boot-dealer-news-and-tips#sthash.XjVSjxXa.dpuf
Congratulations, by reading this blog you are eligible to receive $100 off your next order! The winner will be selected Friday, June 7th. - See more at: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/horse-boot-dealer-news-and-tips#sthash.XjVSjxXa.dpuf

Brian Mueller

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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.

 

Going Where Help is Needed - DHF on the Road

One of the most rewarding things I get to do in my life is help horses who are in desperate situations. Many times what the owner is trying hasn't been working for one reason or another and the horse is out of options. Sometimes helping these horses requires me to travel great distances from home. I have been all over the country helping all types of desperate horses. I feel very grateful to be involved in their care and see them get well.

On my latest trip, I had the pleasure of working with two amazing veterinarians, Dr. Linnea Theisen and Dr. Emily Gilmette of Eastern Equine Associates in New Bern, North Carolina. I met Dr. Gilmette several years ago at the International Hoof Care Summit in Cincinnati, OH, and we have since consulted with each other on a variety of cases. When I got the call from these ladies and they asked me to come south, I knew the situation must be bad.  

Here were the radiographs Dr. Theisen sent me of their initial evaluation of the horse:

I talked with the owner and he was glad to have me come and work with the veterinarians to help his horse. Here is what he looked like when I arrived:

As a team we worked on the horse for four hours. We gave him many breaks and took our time with each foot in order to do as much corrective trim work as possible that day. We used hoof boots and pads to protect the opposite foot while we were working which made it easier for him to stand.  

As I've described in other blog entries here in the past, my goals for rehabilitation with these types of horses is based on DDT/E: http://blog.easycareinc.com/blog/hoof-love-not-war/rehabilitation-of-the-insulin-resistant-foundered-horse-dhf-style.

Here are the horse's feet before and after trim work that day:

While all of us were together that day: two veterinarians, two farriers, the horse's caretaker, and my brother, we worked as a TEAM to help this horse get on the path to wellness:

  • We applied a rehabilitative trim aimed at correcting the capsular and phalangeal misalignment.
  • We discussed diet changes that would help the horse's uncontrolled metabolic condition.
  • We assessed the horse's environment and recommended management practices to support him through the rehabilitative process.

While this is just the first step in helping this horse get sound and happy, I feel really good about we achieved this first visit. Since then Dr. Theisen and Dr. Gilmette have been back to see the horse. While there, they soaked his feet with Clean Trax and worked on his teeth which needed attention. I look forward to the next visit in a few weeks and continuing our team effort to help this horse get well!  

For more information about the work we do at Daisy Haven Farm, Inc please see: www.DaisyHavenFarm.com .

July 2013: Kim's Farrier Service

Celebrating ten years in the hoof care business, Kim's Farrier Service is EasyCare's July, 2013 dealer of the month. Located in Chesapeake, Virginia, Kim Burnop of Kim's Farrier Service celebrates a ten-year milestone this month as a hoof care professional. Kim covers Southeastern Virginia and Northeastern North Carolina where she maintains a clientele of about 200 horses.

Opportunity knocks: Often one door closes and another opens. Such was the case when Kim found herself being laid off from her job in the Fall of 2002 which opened the door for a new career. As an avid horse enthusiast, Kim had always been intrigued by her farrier and the work done on her mare. Given this new opportunity, Kim jumped at the chance and enrolled in the Maryland Horseshoeing School and became a BWFA Certified Journeyman Farrier. Kim's Farrier Service was launched in July of 2003 and the rest, as they say, is history.

Kim fitting the Easyboot Back Country.

Keys to success: Kim believes in the basics. Honesty, great customer service and providing top notch work are what make her business thrive. In fact, Kim still works for her very first client. I'll venture to say not many can claim they still work for their very first client ten years later.

EasyCare hoof boots: Kim has been an EasyCare dealer for six and a half years and keeps her truck well stocked with a range of EasyCare hoof boots, pads and accessories. Stocking mostly the Easyboot Glove, Back Country and Trail boots, one entire side of her truck is dedicated to EasyCare products and the needs of a barefoot horse. When it comes to booting clients, she provides a thorough evaluation, fitting not only the horse but also considering the owner's needs. Kim test rides the various boots herself before offering them to clients. This enables her to effectively advise customers based on experience. Special care is taken to answer questions and she assists with the application and removal of the boots to ensure the client has a solid understanding and ultimately a positive experience.

Look at all those boots.

Education: Kim attended EasyCare's three day seminar in 2007 and credits that experience really gave her a jump start with the booting aspect of her business. She is grateful for the work EasyCare does to constantly improve the products and for the dealer support which helps her keep on top of the latest tips and tricks.

Giving back: Kim has served on the board for the Southeastern Association of Trail Riders, the Virginia Paint Horse Club and is involved with the Tidewater Horse Council where she has given booting clinics. Kim and her horse, Summer Breeze, are a crowd favorite on Career Day were she visits several elementary schools each spring in Chesapeake.

Rewards: Kim says it is very satisfying to have the respect of other farriers and veterinarians who often refer their clients to her when traditional methods are not suiting the horse. She also recalls an older gelding that was lame from laminitis and  various corrective shoeing attempts. The horse was put in a pair of Old Mac's G2s and Comfort Pads and he became a new horse. The owner was amazed that something so simple could make such a big change and was elated that the horse could be ridden again.

Elementary school children enjoy Kim's visit on Career Day.

Fun: When Kim is not working on horses, she enjoys riding her American Paint Horse mare, My Circuit Burner, a.k.a. Summer Breeze, on weekend trail rides and camping trips.

The Future:  Kim foresees a steady increase in booted horses thanks to the continuing improvements in boot designs and materials. As hoof boots evolve and the public becomes more informed, Kim feels more horse owners and farriers alike will be open to the proven benefits of hoof boot use.

Kim's shirts say it all.

Congratulations to Kim's Farrier Service on a decade of trimmin,' shoein' and bootin' for the ride.

Debbie Schwiebert

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Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.

 

Busy EasyCare Dealer

Mustang Mountain Ranch is on the run again!  Literally. The Klickitat Trek Endurance Ride was held at the Glenwood Rodeo Grounds in Washington bringing in over 175 riders from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Canada. Of course, Theresa and her father, Chuck, were there, not only to ride, but they had their booth open for business (even while they were riding) because it was manned by Theresa's brother, their saddle maker.

Mustang Mountain Ranch is not only a very active EasyCare Dealer, but they are a dealer for Black Country Saddles from England and Mustang Mountain also makes their own saddles and tack (P-XP Endurance Saddle/the W-XP (western) and coming soon, the Outlaw Saddle for mounted shooting). Now that Chuck and Theresa are involved in mounted shooting, they are looking to integrate EasyCare hoof boots into the sport. They are also heading for Argentina in November with their friend, who is not only an endurance rider but a polo instructor, to study the sport of polo. They are looking to integrate EasyCare hoof boots and their Black Country Polo Saddle into the sport of polo.

Not only did they have their booth open at the Klickitat Trek Endurance Ride, they also both rode the two day 100.

Chuck after the 100.

Chuck and Theresa (having fun) on their way to vetting in.


Theresa and Reo got Best Condition! Congratulations!

As EasyCare Dealers, Mustang Mountain Ranch, not only talk the talk (at their booth) but they walk the walk (notice both horses are wearing Easyboot Gloves). See them at www.mustangmtranch.com.

What are you doing to promote your EasyCare dealership? Send me your story!

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.

 

Gloves and Pads? It Can Work!

I have a sensitive princess mare. Do you know the type? Hates to get wet, doesn't like to get dirty, is very expressive about what she thinks her minions (humans) should or should not being doing, etc. And she loves shoes (aka hoof boots)...lots of them. Her collection of Easyboots is vast and takes up two gear bags! She has winter mud boots (Easyboot Gloves with studs), summer boots (Gloves without studs), gravel/rock running boots (Easyboot Bares converted to the Epic buckle system with dome pads), black boots, red boots, Back Country boots, all in multiple sizes depending on if her feet are wet and bigger/dry and smaller, trimmed/untrimmed, etc. At least she is not into purses, right? She also shows her sensitive side in that she loves her padded boots, especially if the footing is not 100% ideal and may have some rock or gravel in it. She does ok in her Gloves, but really moves so much bigger and carefree when she has her padded Bares on.

I have always had the thought in the back of my mind, that I would like to have more frog stimulation in boots. The flat surface inside can mean not enough frog stimulation, unless they are really big, healthy, dropped down frogs. Sadly, many of our horses do not have awesome frogs, and the only way to get them is by stimulating them with lots of movement/ground contact. The best way to get this, is to ride in padded boots, especially dome pads if the horse tolerates them (I have met a few with thin soles, or painful frogs, that find dome pads to be too much pressure). I love the simplicity of the Glove though, and the fact that she never interferes in them which she does occasionally with her hinds when wearing Bares. I always wondered if I could just put dome pads in the Gloves. I decided a new one was out of the question since it took up half the space in the boot, and I highly doubted they would stay on. So then I thought about taking some older, already squashed down ones out of my current padded boots - that looked much better. Then the testing began. First I went on a trail ride, mostly on flatter terrain with decent footing and mostly walking with some light trotting. I applied Mueller athletic tape to the hooves as I suspected the boots would not stay on otherwise.

That experiment was a success, with the boots staying on and in place (no twisting). I did this a few more times, adding a bit more trotting, some cantering, and a little more distance. Then I decided to them on a 35 mile training ride in Redwood National Park. This involved a good amount of elevation change, mud, creek crossings, downed branches, and a decent amount of trotting and a little cantering. Of course when we were all tacked up and ready to go, I realized I had forgotten to tape the boots - I decided it would be a good experiment to see what happens. So I stuffed a role of tape into my saddle pack and off we went. Sure enough, once up the fist two miles and a long, really big hill, we stopped for an evaluation at a nice, grassy spot. Boot fail - all four had twisted.

Front (left) and hind (right), you can see the gaps left by the twisting.

So out came the tape, and the boots went back on (after much ado about finding the right rock to smack them on with). Then off we went again to continue our ride. Every now and then I would check them, but they did not budge. I had quite a good time riding the beautiful redwoods that day, with my friend Jo on her horse Beetle. Beetle also uses Gloves or Epics with pads, and has been developing much nicer frogs.

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Eowyn taking a snack break.

It sometimes felt like a fairy world...tree blossom petals all over and little wild flowers blooming all around.

The majestic Redwoods towering above us.

The traditional picture spot, a burnt out redwood tree is big enough for horse and rider!

One of my favorite trees in the park. Its roots grew over an old redwood stump.

After eight hours on the trail, and taping them up after the first fail, the boots worked great all day. In fact, I almost had to break out the screw driver to pop them off. This has been a reoccurring theme when I tape Eow's Gloves. My next experiment (without pads) is to tape only with power straps and no gaiters...

I love how the dome pads take on the shape of the bottom of the foot. It fills in all the hollow spaces, moves away from the loaded ones, and supports everything, much like how dirt would naturally fill in the hoof. Compare it to one of the 'dirt pads' I often find in Eow's paddock.

If you'd like to check out the "Fairy Woods" too, our local endurance club, Redwood Empire Endurance Riders, host a ride there every year. This year we will be having it in September. Come on out and join us! http://redwoodendurance.com/

Natalie Herman

Ouch my feet hurt! Easyboot Rx to the Rescue

In my practice, as a hoof care practitioner, I trim foundered and laminitic horses, ponies and donkeys. Unfortunately this spring I have had quite a few founder and laminitis cases. Part of the rehabilitation process is making these equine as comfortable as possible, so they will move and heal. The Easyboot Rx is often a key element in the healing process.

This is Little Girl, a 15 year old registered Rocky Mountain mare, she had just arrived at her new home. When I first met her she was laying in a dark stall, bedded down deep with shavings, suffering from the first of two painful abscess and active founder. This was a week after I first trimmed her, wearing her Easyboot Rxs. You can see she isn't 100% comfortable, as she is holding that front right hoof out, however she is more comfortable with her boots than without. In this photo she was in the process of brewing her second huge abscess, this time in her right front hoof.

Because of the painful abscess, Little Girls right front hoof was soaked every day in Epsom salts, and her hooves were then packed with Epsom salt poultice, her Easyboot Rxs were then reapplied. After three days of treatments she finally blew that painful abscess.

Radiographs were taken of her fronts. Because of her painful abscess, she was unable to fully weight her right front, as you can see in the radiograph.

Below are before and after lateral views of her front feet, two months into rehabilitation and after four or five trims. After every trim her Easyboot Rx's are reapplied to protect her hooves and encourage her to move.

Right front before (left) and after (right).

Left front before (left) and after (right).

This is Little Girl after her most recent trim. She is comfortable when wearing her Easyboot Rxs and well on her way to a full recovery. Every day Little Girl has her boots removed, powdered heavily with Gold Bond, or Odor Eaters powder, given a few moments to air her feet and have them cleaned/inspected, then her boots are reapplied.

Some tips for founder rehabilitation:

  • Diet - Remove the cause of the founder, often it is sugar/starch overload (grass pasture). In Little Girls case it was excessive grain/alfalfa (also sugar/starch overload). Equines need a grass based diet balanced with minerals and vitamins. Slow feeder (small hole) hay nets are very useful, especially when horses are in dry lots. They slow down the horse, keep the horse busy and full, and keep food in the stomach which can help prevent ulcers. They also save you money on your feed bill, as little hay is wasted. 
  • Trimming - Frequent (2-4 weeks) balanced trims are ideal (lower heels, back up the toes).
  • Boots - It is vital to provide protection and sole relief. Easyboot Rxs are the perfect solution for founder and laminitis rehabilitation. They are not made for riding, instead for protection and an aid in movement. 
  • Movement - Movement is a vital part of the healing process. Little Girl had a paddock mate to encourage her to move. Hand walking, in Easyboot Rx's, is also very helpful. 

To follow Little Girls rehabilitation process you can follow her album here on Facebook.

Amy Allen, Amy Allen Horsemanship

The Best Soaked Hooves You've Ever Seen or Your Money Back!

Are you tired of trying to trim those rock hard and dry hooves? Your knife just kind of scrapes over the surface and nothing happens? Your rasp feels dull even though it's new? You don't like having a mud hole and do not have a place to tie a horse so their hooves can soak first? I have a solution that may help you but the title lied  - no one paid me so you don't get any money back but you get the idea...

First you need four old Easyboots (a perfect reason to not throw well used boots away). If they are boots that are a size too big that is even better. I happen to be using Easyboot Gloves here but you can use other boot types as well.

Next pour water into the boot. You may not think much actually goes in the boot but it does and runs down under the hoof. You can add water every so often while you are doing other things and just allow the hooves to soak for at least 30 minutes (an hour is better). 

After soaking and removal of the boot you now have one soggy and softened hoof. 

Now I can actually scrape out some dead sole and clean up the frog which was too hard to do before soaking.

Diamond thinks it's a great idea as the hoof passes her inspection. I hope you think it's a great idea too!

Karen Bumgarner, Zapped Ranch

Bigger is Not Always Better

I've seen it numerous times, horse shopping for myself, horse shopping with my friends and especially when speaking to people new to boots or barefoot trimming. 

"My horse has huge feet!" 

With the exception of a few true anomalies to the breed at hand, most horses have average-sized hooves. Generally when someone is bragging about their horses' big-enough-to-mention feet, they are merely overgrown. 

I remember one particular incident where I accompanied a friend on a horse-shopping escapade. The horse was perfect on paper, lovely in photographs and had the coveted "big bone, big feet." On one hand, the seller wasn't technically lying. The horse would have probably measured into a size 2.5 Easyboot Glove. Did I mention he was a 14.2hh three year old? Those suckers were splayed out like a platypus. Big does not always equal better. 

Recently life has been overfilling with exciting and time-consuming changes. Moving, getting things ready to bring horses home and actually riding on the trail! I went three weeks without even seeing my gelding who's boarded at a lovely dressage barn only 20 minutes away. For the first time in my life, I have literally not had the time to go see my poor Topper (who's probably thrilled with his vacation). Last week, I made a point to get out to see my boy and, oh my, was I surprised at how BIG he was. Standing back, I had to giggle. Not only does my formerly lean, mean, racing machine look like a beached whale, his feet looked huuuuuuuuuuge. Oh yeah. My horse has big feet. 

Putting my ego aside (I pride myself in meticulously caring for my horses' feet), here is what my horse looks like on an 8-week trim. It's pretty bad, folks, but good to remind myself a) why I slave over pony feet every week, and b) just how significant two months of growth is and how there is no way his normal boots would even begin to go on if I tried at this point. 

I'll take a nice little pair of perfectly trimmed 0.5's over a platter-foot size 2 any day! How about you? Does your horse have "super big feet"? While eight weeks is definitely not the end of the world, it certainly impacts boot fit and retention, and I feel like movement is compromised by all that extra growth. In another two weeks, Topper will be home and back on the Trim Nazi's anal trimming schedule and his foot size will shrink. We'll take it.

iBoot and now iGlue too!

I just wanted to share my success today with Easyboot Glue-Ons. A few days ago, I decided last minute to take my six year old Tennessee Walking Horse on his first 30 mile competitive trail ride. I've been using Easyboot Gloves, Edge, and Bare on both of my horses, but decided to try Glue-Ons for the first time for this ride. I trim my own horses, so I simply trimmed, bought the boots and glue, watched the video, and did the deed. It was easy, even though I had to do the heat gun step because of the wet environment here. Well, I just got home after the ride. It rained for two days solid. We finished with all four boots still firmly on despite punishing Vermont hills, mud, wet grass, hard gravel, and more mud. I had great traction and finished with a 96.75 body condition score. When we got home, my horse, Charlie, celebrated his success with a victory gallop around the pasture in his Glue-Ons. I'm impressed with how easy it was to do the gluing, and how well the boots held in rough conditions.


Name: Michelle Grald
City: Plainfield, New Hampshire, USA
Equine Discipline: CompetitiveTrail
Favorite Boot: Easyboot Glue-On