Boots and Casts

The saying that best describes hoof boot success is “fit, fit, fit”. - Easycare Inc.

 A lot of people turn up their noses at boots due to experiance with the first boots on
the market. I agree they weren't great, but technology in boots has come a long way.
Even in the last few monthes there have been huge strides in the boot market,
Easycare came out with 4 new boot styles and more are coming from that.

 The first Easyboots were pretty rough. They came off easily, they had cleats that
dug in the hoof wall, they twisted. They recieved a horrible reputation. But then they
got gaiters.

 The Easyboot Epic was born. The cleats were done away with, these boots stay on
through just about anything, if fitted properly don't rub or twist, and will fit just about
anything.  Plus if a year later you want newer cooler boots, you can sell the old ones,
depending on condition, and get most of your money back.

 Boots are very user friendly, in that anybody can use them. The problem is,
everybody thinks they can fit them. Without proper fit, they just don't work. You
wouldn't drive to the farm store pick up a horseshoe that "looked right", throw it on
and expect it to A) fit or B) stay on. You'd be lucky if you didn't lame your horse or
tear up his feet. And you really wouldn't then blame the horseshoe for its bad fit or
improper application. But people do this with boots all the time, assuming if it looks
right it's fine or if they can get it on it fits.

 I always hear the stories of boots that "fell off all the time" or "where horrible to get
on and rubbed his heels". These are two sure signs of bad fit, well fitted boots should
do niether. Boots are not hard to fit really, my main advantage over the average
person is I happen to have a truck full of sizes to try. A horse may very well measure
for a #2, but is a much better fit in a #1 with the backstrap cut out. Or might have a
#1 and a #2 foot. Or you might touch up a flare and the hoof is now a totally differant
size. Then you need to check pads, either firm, regular, or soft. Frog support, cut the
frog out, leave the pad flat or use dome pads? Asking each individual horse is the only
way to find out, and having everything handy to try sure helps.

 People always ask how hard they are to get on. That depends on the model, Bares
with bungees being the most difficault and Gloves being the easiest, and on the
condition of your horses' hooves. If you are fitting healthy feet they are much easier to
get on then flared feet. They are also much easier to get on a calm horse who knows
how to pick up his feet then a wild thing who is kicking and fighting.

 The new Easyboot Edge is incredibly easy to get on and adjust. The back is extra low
and the tongue is padded. They slide on and off easier because they don't have the
backstrap or tapers to get stuck on, they are completely smooth on the inside. You can
also adjsut the worm clamp so you don't have to tighten or loosen them to get them on
and off, which makes booting even faster. Plus they have new heavy duty tread.

 I have used the Easyboot Bares with the bungee system... once. I like them to be
easy to get on, I don't like an arguement over it. So I took off the bungees and put on
UpBuckles, and now they are as easy to get on as an Epic, with the advantage of the
new tread. The UpBuckles give you more options for adjustment and won't pop up if
they hit a rock. I switched all my Bares to UpBuckles and did away with any hassle.

 The new Gloves are remarkably easy to get on. They slide on, nothing to buckle or
adjust, and they slide back off just as easy. Their big disadvantage is the fact that they
have to fit perfectly of they won't work, and you can't adjust fit much. They either fit
great when you slide them on, or they don't fit at all. You also can't put foam in them
yet.  So either they are used by themselves, or with a hoof packing for support.

 The Glue-On shells are the same design as the Glove, without the gaiter. Glued on
they will stay for a few weeks. They are great for long camping trips or endurance
rides where you wouldn't be taking them off for a week or so, then just pop them off
when you get home. They can be re-used after being glued on.

 Casts are one of the newer protection options for horses. They are not in fact solid
casts but do have some flexion to them.  A shoe is nailed on with the hoof off the
ground, so the shoe fixes the hoof within it's contracted form; while a cast sets up with
the horses hoof weight bearing or double-weight bearing on the ground, so that the
hoof is in its expanded form, which allows more flexion and expansion during
movement. Casts are a sort of custom boot. I can put them on any kind of deformed
hoof that I couldn't boot or shoe. I really like using them on horses with severe thrush
issues, I can pack the cast full of medication and it stays on and treats the thrush 24/7
for about 4 weeks. This can work wonders on stubborn thrush, plus gives the horse
frog stimulation and support while it works. Usually this makes the horse much more
comfortable and by the time you take them off they are well on their way to growing a
healthy frog. They are also very useful in cases with bad wall cracks, the casts hold the
hoof wall together much more throughly then a shoe ever thought about, while helping
to protect the cracks from picking up bacteria and treating the bacteria they may
already have.
Epics after a long ride

Epics after a long ride. These
boots have had lots of miles on
them, but hose them off and
they look like new!
Easyboot Bares with the UpBuckle
My geldings Easyboot Bares
with the UpBuckle.
Easyboot Edge
The new Easyboot Edge. This
is basically a Bare with a
much improved fastening
system. It also has a padded
tongue, a lower heel, and no
backstrap. Very cool boots! I'm
really impressed so far.
Easyboot Glove
The new Glove. These are a
super simple boot, extra low
profile, no hardware, and
really easy to get on and off.
Easycare is working on a new
dome style foam pad to use
with them.   
Easyboot Glue-on
The new Glue-on shells. This
one is not glued on, the hoof is
wrapped in athletic tape to
give it extra grip. These are
great for long trips where you
can glue them on and go, no
taking boots on and off.
Casts
Bottom of Casts
Casts fit entirely below the
hairline and add support and
protection to the entire hoof
capsule.
Casts can cover the entire sole
or be partially open like this
one. I left this one partially
open on the bottom and back
so the owner could keep
treating for thrush.
Felicia Payne        
2534 S 800 W
Kewanna, IN 46939        

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