Alyxx and Toaster. All photos by Lange Photography.

Certain is it that there is no kind of affection so purely angelic as of a father to a daughter. In love to our wives there is desire; to our sons, ambition; but to our daughters there is something which there are no words to express.  ~ Joseph Addison

When my little girl calls me “Daddy” it captures my heart and soul.  It’s hard to explain but the connection between a father and his daughter is a special one to say the least. My mother wanted me to have a daughter because she believed it would soften me and increase my compassion.  Alyxx has done that in a big way and melts me with “Daddy”.

So when Alyxx started to ask for her own four legged companion I knew I had to find a very special one.  As a father I’ve always wanted to pass on the gift of horses and the life lessons these special animals give us the opportunity to experience.  I put out the usual feelers but didn’t find exactly what I was looking for.  I turned down many horses and ponies because I just didn’t have the right gut feel.  I wanted that one horse or pony that would create a bond that Alyxx would never forget.

With some time and looking I found a special pony named “Toaster” located in southern California.  Toaster was owned by a great family and had given his last young girl four years of memories.  At 12 hands he would be easy for Alyxx to handle and had all kinds of experience that would help Alyxx learn quickly, safely and with confidence.

Alyxx gets her first look at Toaster after his long trip to Colorado.  One happy little girl!

They hit it off quick and Alyxx thinks about Toaster every waking hour.  Halters are on and off several times each day, Alyxx picks feet between trips to the barn with treats.  Blankets on at night and off in the morning.  Alyxx is learning snaps, straps, clips and buckles.

Helping Alyxx with Toaster’s halter.  Memories I will never forget. 

Over the years, I’ve balked at customer requests for smaller Easyboot Gloves and Easyboot Glue-Ons as the mold costs will take a long time to recover due to the small number of sales.  But when the request comes from your 5 year old daughter it somehow strikes a different cord.  “Dad, I want Toaster to have the Easyboot Glove boots that you use on Fury. Can you make them for me?”

The day before Toaster arrived Alyxx had her nails done in her favorite color purple, Toaster arrived with a purple halter.  Of course Alyxx is wondering why I can’t make her purple Easyboots.  Are purple pony sized hoof boots in EasyCare’s future?

Purple nails to that match Toaster’s halter.  “Why can’t he have purple Easyboots dad?”

Toaster has been part of the family for less than a week and the memories and learning experiences have already been burned deep into the places they never leave.  I hope that Toaster will be the first of many for Alyxx and she will have the opportunity to pass on the gift to her children some day.

Days and photos we will never forget.

Garrett Ford


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.