Over the years I have been asked by several engineers and material specialists “What type of force will a horse put on this material?” or “How much torque will a horse boot handle?”. I always look at them and say “I’m not sure but it’s a truckload!”
Here is an example of what type of torque, force and torture horses put on hoof boots and iron shoes. The photos below show a horse boot that was worn over iron shoes and then glued into place using EasyFoam. Easyboots continue to be used in this fashion to protect horses in rocky country or in events where horses are subject to long sections of road where concussion becomes a problem. The horse not only pulled the boot off his hoof but pulled all six nails out of the iron shoe. The horse also broke the EasyFoam bond. The force and torque had to be enormous.
Does this mean the farrier work was poor? Does this mean hoof boots don’t stay in place? Does this mean the EasyFoam bond in not solid? Or does this mean that our horses are incredibly strong, gifted athletes?
Either way, I hope these shoe/boot/foam combination pictures will give you something to think about next time you have a boot failure. There’s a lesson there somewhere.
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.