Written by Dan Schroeder, EasyCare’s Hoof Care Practitioner & Veterinarian Dealer Representative 

Winter is coming! Any Game of Thrones fans here?

In all seriousness, winter is here for many of us in the Northern Hemisphere, which means snow, ice, and everything that goes with it. You may want to think about adding some traction to the bottom of your hoof boots and shoes. One of the best methods to add traction quickly and easily is to apply EasyCare’s Quick Studs.

The video above is a great resource when you’re ready to apply your first set of Quick Studs, and we’ll go through the process step by step here, as well.

For this demonstration, we will use the Easyboot Glue-On (which is the base of the Easyboot Glove and the Easyboot Back Country), the EasyShoe Versa Grip, and the Easyboot Trail Original. The studs can be applied to any of our boots and shoes, but these are the styles pictured below.

You’ll need a few tools, including any style of drill, a Quick Stud Application Tool, and Quick Studs.

Insert the Quick Stud Application Tool into your drill.

The Quick Studs have two notches in them so they seat into the notches on the Application Tool.

Apply firm downward pressure onto the boot or shoe, and screw the Quick Stud in until the head comes into contact with the boot or shoe.

This will keep the Quick Studs firmly in place and allow them create a good amount of traction on not only snow and ice, but also on wet rocks and grass.

When you’re applying the Quick Studs to the bottom of the boot on the raised areas of the tread, the stud should not come through the sole of the boot. Quick Studs should not come into contact with any part of the horse’s foot.

Below is a common pattern to use when applying Quick Studs to a boot/shoe. However, you can apply the studs wherever you like, and add as many as you need for more traction.

You may be wondering, “Can I put studs into the Versa Grip since there is steel inside the shoe?” The answer is yes! There is enough material surrounding the steel inside the Versa Grip that Quick Studs can be completely inserted without coming into contact with the steel.

Pictured below is the bottom of the Easyboot Trail Original. As you can see, Quick Studs can be placed on smaller sections of the tread pattern.

After the snow and ice melts, you can remove the studs without damaging the integrity of the boot.

For the ultimate option with the most grip, you can use the EasyShoe Versa Grip with Studs. This style comes with pre-threaded inserts in the heel where you can easily apply studs. In the picture below, we have screwed studs into these inserts, and we have applied Quick Studs to the toe of the shoe.

Hopefully this helps you feel more confident the next time you go to apply a set of Quick Studs to your Easyboots or EasyShoes. We wish you safe, secure, and enjoyable riding experiences this winter, wherever you are.

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