EasyCare currently manufactures more flexible, urethane, hoof care products than any company in the world. We manufacture several versions and sizes of urethane boots, glue-on shells, hybrid protection options that are a cross between a glue-on shell and a shoe, glue-on shoes, and shoes that can be applied using glue or nails.
With so many shoe options offered by EasyCare, why another shoe? The new EasyShoe Versa focuses on three main areas that we believe will help the horse, horse owner, and farrier.
- Ease of application.
- Comfort and wear.
The EasyShoe Versa is designed to go on a horse quickly and easily, with little modification required. There are only 4mm between sizes in both the front and hind patterns. Because there are more sizes, it’s very likely that farriers will be able to find a size to just drop on. A couple of rasp strokes should be all that is needed for the shoe that needs adjustment.
The Versa has 12 nailing locations in the front pattern and 10 nailing locations in the hind pattern. Nails can also be located above the clip, if needed. Open nail slots eliminate modification time spent drilling.
Many horse owners can see how the shock absorbing benefits of urethane can add more years of soundness to their equine partners, but they find many urethane options too cost prohibitive. The better brands of steel shoes cost roughly $7.00-$12.00 per pair. Better urethane shoes cost $30.00-$60.00 per pair. The goal of the EasyShoe Versa is to come to the market with a urethane shoe that costs $15.00-$29.00 per pair. We want to reduce the cost barrier so more horse owners can give these shoes a try.
In addition, we have focused on manufacturing techniques with less waste, fewer steps, and fewer parts. The internal metal plate and side clips lower the cost and add strength. We expect many to be able to reset the EasyShoe Versa and get more than one shoeing out of each pair. Distance riders on rough ground will most likely only get one shoeing. In any case, we believe these shoes bring together the comfort, durability, and ease of application features that we all want in one affordable package.
We are in production now, and our goal is to release twenty sizes of the EasyShoe Versa in December 2019 or early January 2020.