EasyCare currently offers numerous options for your horse's hoof protection such as the Easyboot Glove, the Easyboot Glove Back Country and the Easyboot Trail to name a few. All of these boots are wonderful choices, but my tried and true favorite is the Easyboot Epic.
The current Epic has been around since 2005 and was voted Horse Journal Product of the Year in 2006. The Easyboot Epic can be used for every kind of riding from weekend trail riding to endurance. If you have a horse with hoof problems such as laminitis or navicular, or if you have just pulled your horse's shoes and are looking for a boot, the Epic can be used with both our 12mm Comfort Pads or our 6mm Comfort Pads to give added cushioning to your horse's hooves. You can also turn your horse out in the Epic boot.
Over the years of working at EasyCare, I have accumulated some critical tips for using the Easyboot Epic. Listed below are a few of my favorites.
- Cable/Buckle – Sometimes when using the boot, you find that the cable may be a little too long and you cannot get the boot to tighten down enough. You should have to step on the buckle to close it, if you can close it with your hand it is not tight enough (I am talking to the ladies here). If you need a little less length you can order a cable that is a size smaller than your boot. So if your boot is a size 1, you can order a size 0 cable.
- Comfort Strap – Most of the time you need this strap in the boot: it helps hold the hoof down in the boot, but occasionally you will have hoof measurements that just need a smidge more length for a good fit. When this is the case, there are two options: you can cut out the comfort strap right where they connect to the tapers (see picture below, the taper is the plastic pieces on the end with the holes) or you can remove the comfort strap completely and order a pair of tapers (with out the heel strap attached) to install in the boot.
Comfort Pad – Depending on your horse's hoof measurements, sometimes one size in the Epic is too small and the next size up is going to be a tad too big. If this is the case, you can use our 12 mm comfort pads in the boot to help take up some room. When using pads for this purpose, I like to recommend the firm pads because they will last a little bit longer.
As always, if you have any questions regarding any of our EasyCare products please contact our customer service at 1-800-447-8836.
If you call the customer service help desk, you’ll probably get me on the phone! I process repairs, returns, credits and exchanges that come into EasyCare.