The Easyboot Stratus and the pad system are a collaboration between EasyCare/Polyflex Horseshoes and Garrett Ford/Curtis Burns. We have been working to bring a new concept to market that will help horses. The comfort of the horse has been the main goal but we are also putting emphasis on a product that can be adjusted and changed for the horse as the needs of the horse change. In addition the system needs to hold up, stay in place and can’t twist. We tried to look at the challenges laminitic/founder horses have now and provide a better solution. When asked about the project, Curtis offered the following.
“When Polyflex Horseshoes and EasyCare first began working together, it quickly became obvious to me that just as the equine industry continued to improve, so would our products.Garrett had a way about him that never seemed to settle with “good enough” when it came to his company. According to him, every product could always be improved. It’s that core business value that brought us to the Easyboot Stratus.
“My personal challenge was to redesign the sole insert. We needed a material that would withstand long term use while simultaneously offering therapeutic benefits to the horse. After research, trial & error we created a product we are truly excited about.
“Its honeycomb design is the most notable feature. We discovered that this pattern increases in stability as the horse loads weight onto their foot – making it ideal for horses requiring therapeutic feedback for extended periods of time. The new insert is soft enough to cushion the sole yet resilient enough to maintain its integrity. It offers a dependable, personalized level of comfort for horses who require a consistent level of therapeutic feedback.”
The system comes with a pad and three densities of stabilization rods.
The holes go 80% through the pad. The horse stands on the side without the holes.
Rods are inserted in different areas of the pad to customize the experience for every horse. Stiffen different areas with different densities.
Stabilization rods placed in the pad a cut to length
Hoof surface side
The pad system will work both in the Easyboot Stratus and Easyboot Cloud hoof boots. In addition the pads will be available to purchase and can be cut to fit other EasyCare hoof boot designs.
“The relationship shared between Polyflex and EasyCare in itself is an example of professional collaboration for a common goal that we are proud to be a part of. Together we are working to create and improve products for the good of horse – and the Easyboot Stratus is just one example of many more to come,” concluded Curtis.
I have been President 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.