My experience with Easyboots started when I was able to buy Bug, the horse I had been riding since I was eight. Her previous owner had recently made the decision to go barefoot, and had purchased a pair of Easyboot Edge’s. With the help of our friend and farrier, Suzanne Warsinsky, I started using the boots more and learning about barefoot trimming.
Riding Bug in her Easyboots.
Over the years, Bug, who is 23, had started being off around springtime. After several examinations by the vet, it was determined that she had the beginnings of Navicular Syndrome. The vet blocked her hooves and though she seemed to be more comfortable, it was not something we could continue doing.
In September 2012, we casted Bug’s front hooves with dental impression material in an effort to build up her digital cushion. Not long after, I attended a horsemanship clinic by Buck Brannaman, and I am happy to say we didn’t have any lameness the whole time! We kept the casts on for two cycles, used Easyboots and pads when riding at all times, and began regulating the amount of grass she took in, which we felt likely contributed to her lameness.
One of Bug’s casts came off overnight at the Buck Brannaman Clinic. Thankfully, I had my Easyboots with me and popped one on the bare foot so we could keep riding in the clinic.
It’s been almost a year since we casted her and she has been happy and limp-free ever since in her Easyboots and pads. We have been careful about limiting her grass intake and have put her on MSM for extra joint support. Even though she is no longer able to barrel race, the use of Easyboots has kept her comfortable and able to be ridden.
Bug and me.