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 versions 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. The front and hind patterns are only 4mm between sizes. Although 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 is all that is needed for the shoe that needs adjustment. The Versa also 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 see the shock absorbing benefits of urethane and the ability to add more years of soundness to their equine partners. Although many are sold on the positives we often select another option because of cost. 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 version that is between $15.00-$25.00 per pair. We want to reduce the cost barrier so more horse owners give the 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 are one piece eliminating cost and adding strength.
It doesn’t matter what the shoe costs if they don’t make a horse more comfortable and wear for the entire shoeing cycle. We expect many to be able to reset the EasyShoe Versa and get more than one shoeing out of each pair. However, distance riders on rough ground will most likely only get one shoeing.
We are in production now, and our goal is to release twenty sizes of the EasyShoe Versa in December 2019 or early January 2020.