Pictured above is Vickey and friends. The TWH on the far left is now happily shoeless and booted.

If you ask me, it’s more than a crowd: it’s a stampede. More and more horse owners are discovering the overwhelming benefits of maintaining their horses in a natural life style and barefoot and booted has become more than just the” talk of the town”.

Hoof Care Practitioner  Vickey Hollingswoth, of Clintonville, Wisconsin, shares her thoughts on how things are changing. Vickey writes, “One of the most common conversations I have with friends/trimming customers on trail rides is how great boots are and how none of us could ever imagine going back to iron shoes.

At this ride there were more than 500 horses on the trail, and I saw probably a dozen horses that I didn’t know in Easycare boots. Yes it’s a tiny percentage, but this trail was OK to ride barefoot so I did see a lot of barefoot horses. So there may have been more that just didn’t have their boots on.

Five years ago, I almost never saw a set of boots on these group trail rides up here, except on my own horses. And people would ask me what are those things on the horse’s feet. Now, nobody asks anymore, so I assume they are more familiar with boots.

Last year at the Colorama ride (largest trail ride in the Midwest with over 3,000 horses), I saw boot prints in the mud all over the place.  I could see the tread patterns from Epics, Old Mac’s G2, Edge and Glove boots. I was actually surprised how many hoof boot prints I saw all over the camping corrals, sides of the roads, and on the trail.

Things are changing and changing fast!”


If you’ve been thinking about making a change give us a call we’d love to help you join the crowd and discover the ultimate in hoof boot protection from Easycare.

Debbie Schwiebert


Vet Dealer & Hoof Care Practitioner Accounts

I manage the hoof care practitioner and veterinarian dealer accounts at EasyCare. An integral part of my job is to stay current in all areas of barefoot hoof care, which enables me to serve this vital group of EasyCare dealers at the next level.