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"It is not failure to boot your horse or mule! "


More on Transitioning to Barefoot using Equine Boots

Equine Boots

EasyCare Inc Official DealerEquine boots can do most everything a steel shoe does and much more. Boots also protect the entire sole, heel bulbs and the rest of the foot from injury, all without compromising the general health of the foot! When the horse or mule isn't ridden in an environment that requires protection, they are barefoot, as nature intended. It is not "failure" to boot your equines hooves. Buckshot in his EasyCare BaresYou should not be embarrassed to ride in boots. Booting your horse or mules when you go for a ride on tough terrain is the safest, most humane way to protect their feet. Boots are used for hoof therapy in addition to riding. Hoof boots, if fitted properly, are easy to put on and remove. MYTH - horses need shoes for traction. Nothing could be further from the truth. A hoof is designed to carry a horse or mule over all types of terrain, be it rocks, dirt, gravel, snow or ice. What about that bald faced rock you rode over, the shoes slid & your butt puckered! A bare hoof with a proper barefoot trim, a healthy frog and a deep concave sole will provide all the traction needed and as God intended it to be. You might worry about the animals hooves being chipped, broken or otherwise ruined if you ride that animal over rocky terrain without shoes. Once a horses' feet have healed from the damage done by shoes or neglect, the hooves will harden to meet their everyday environment. Note: if your horse or mule lives on pasture or other soft ground and you want to take your horse or mule for a trail ride on rocky ground, you may have to boot the hooves for protection. Read more about how you can condition the hooves in the section on "Diet & Environment". A healthy bare hoof adapts to its environment.

Equine boots today come with gaiters or pastern wraps that wrap around the pastern to prevent loosing a boot, while also protecting the lower leg and helping to keep out debris.

I am an authorized dealer for EasyCare, Inc. and can offer discounts off retail prices. This includes the Original EasyBoot, EasyBoot Epic, EasyBoot Bare, Old Mac (original and G2), Boa, Grip and Soaker boots.

 

UPDATE ON BUCKSHOT AND WHAT HE'S WEARING FOR 2008 - Posted 1-26-2008

EasyCare is correct in that the Bare Bungee system on a boot is a little more difficult to put on than a cable/buckle system.

After using the Bares for a while during the summer/fall of 2007, I noticed some twisting of the boot on the hoof after riding. I think that because theCustomized Bare boot with Up-Buckle Installed mule hoof is cylinder shaped as compared to the horses hoof shape being more conically shaped, that the BUNGEE fastening system may not be the best solution for booting mules. I like the Cable-Up Buckle method of securing the boot to the hoof. There are no pulleys to possibly malfunction. I also like having only one length of cable to either side of the buckle with risk to catching on something. The cable also seems to lay flatter against the boot surface. Again, this is just my particular preference and observations. Each animal is different in their needs and shape of the hoof. During the transitioning phase from shod to natural, the hoof will most Customized Bares without comfort strapcertainly change in varying aspects depending upon the condition of the hoof prior to regularly scheduled natural hoof care. The customized boot shown in the above photo is courtesy of EasyCareInc.com's custom ordering tool. These pics are of the customized boot combination that I'm currently testing on our mules. Riding season will be here soon and I'm looking forward to using them on my mule. My husband used this system on his mule last year and said he preferred the the up-buckle to the original buckle with pulleys. So from Bares, to customized Bares, the trials continue. Oh yeah, DON'T FORGET THE COMFORT PADS. In my personal opion, you should NOT use the boots without the pads. We could get into the perfusion of blood throughout the hoof here, but I won't. Pads provide a more even distribution of weight across the hoof than the hoof just resting on the walls in the bottom of the boot. Yes, these boots flex, especially with the weight of the animal on them, but, you just can't beat putting a pad in them for the comfort for the animal and stimulation of proper hoof mechanism.

 

Boot Fitting

Boot fitting is at no charge when you purchase of a pair of hoof boots from me. Equine boots have improved greatly over the years, though they are not yet perfect for every horse or mule. We will determine what size is needed and I will adjust the boots to fit a specific horse or mule. If I do not have the boots you need in stock, they can be ordered.

Please click on the boot names below and you will be taken directly to the EasyCare website for detailed information on each boot. Click on the images below to launch a larger image.

EasyBoot Epic

Epic Epic Epic tread

EasyBoot Bare

Bare Front Bare Rear Bare Tread

Old Mac G2 and Original

Old Mac G2

Old Mac G2

Old Macs - G2 & Original

Old Mac G2 (left) Old Mac Original (right)

Old Macs Tread G2 & Original

Tread - Old Mac G2 (left) Old Mac Original (right)

Boa Hoof Boot

Boa Boot Front Boa Boot Tread Boa Boots on horse

EasySoaker

Soaker Boot

EasyBoot Grip

Grip Front Grip Rear Grip Tread

EasyCare Inc. Warranty

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