Submitted by Åsa Nuttal, Team Easyboot 2011 member

I have really fallen in love with the Easyboot Trail when it comes to rehabbing hooves. They stay on and they are very easy to put on and take off. And with a fleece sock I made the hooves stay dry and rub free. The biggest problem with leaving on boots for a long time seems to be the rubs and the moisture trapped in the boot. So I tried to think of something that would prevent that.

I went to the store and bought a small fleece blanket. They cost next to nothing and come in pretty colors. I am cheap, so I ended up with the ugliest pattern because it was on sale. I also bought some elastic string. Then I went home to see if I could make something that would work. I placed a cadaver hoof (you use what you have) on a piece of cardboard that I used as a template, and drew a circle about two inches outside the hoof. Then I used it to cut two pieces of fleece. I thought it would be best to use two layers so the material would rub against each other and not on the skin at the heels.

Easyboot Trail sock on the hoof.

Easyboot Trail sock on the hoof.

Then I poked little holes around the edge of the fleece circle and thread the elastic string through. Now I had a little slip on sock that I could use with the Easyboot Trail.

The no-rub sock for the Easyboot Trail.

The no-rub sock.

They can be used a few days in a row and then they can be thrown in the laundry. Make a few pairs so you can change them out. Eventually they will wear at the toe but you can still use them for a while because at the toe you do not have to worry about a rub. Just make sure the hole does not end up at the heel when you put the sock on.

Åsa Nuttal