When I was a young boy my father asked me to read the Serenity Prayer 100 times in a row out loud. I was a stubborn little sucker and my father was hopeful to change my way of thinking. The evening did little at the time but the Serenity Prayer and the exercise stuck with me. There are many things we have the ability to change in life and there are many things we have to roll with despite the internal pain it causes.
I can’t change the fact that many horses have very poor feet. I challenge each of you to drive down a horsy area in your town. Take a look at the horses feet, look at flare, look at toe length, look at the last time a professional touched the horse. When I do this exercise I feel defeated at the number of poor feet. As a hoof boot manufacturer we are gearing several new designs toward boots to fit poorly maintained feet. Boots that fit long toes, flares, under run heels. We have several exciting new boots to announce that will accommodate less than perfect feet.
I can embrace the horses that have great feet. For the folks out there that maintain their horses feet in short intervals, remove flare and remove excess toe the Easyboot Glove is still the best horse boot in the world. I’ve had the opportunity to test and ride my endurance horses in just about every hoof boot that has hit the market. There are several great boots for the trail horse and recreational rider but as mileage and time on the trail increases the number of boot choices diminishes quickly. 50 and 100 mile events show boot flaws quickly.
I knew we had a winner in the Glove when we launched it in 2008. As easy as it is it doesn’t work well on horses with flare or long toes.
If I had to ride a horse for the life of a family member my hoof boot choice would still be the Easyboot Glove.
The challenge with the Easyboot Glove is it requires a diligent horse owner.
- Trims every 4 weeks. Possibly sooner if the horse tends to flare or grow toe.
- The fit has to be snug. No buckles or hardware requires a snug fit. The boot needs to fit like a “Glove” or a second skin over the hoof.
A recent canter with Easyboot Gloves. Hard to tell they are even there.
It pains me to develop boots for horse’s feet that are poorly maintained but after 45 years in the marketplace we are seeing the quality of hoof care decline and it’s something I cannot change. There seems to be less education opportunities, fewer trained professionals, the trained professionals are booked and can’t keep up.
What do you think needs to happen to bring our equine hoof health to the next level. How can we change and improve our current education opportunities?
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.