EasyShoe Information Page
THE EASYSHOTEMa truly flexible shoeing option that can expand and flex in every way.
If you compete in a discipline that as yet, does not permit boots in competition, or need to rehab a horse who is competing then the Easyshoe range may be just what you need!
Below: EasyShoes at the races, in the US, Eventing, & used for rehab by top dressage rider Shannon Peters & "Squishy" in EasyShoes.
Squishy excelled at his sport but was held back as traditional shoes did not work for him. Photos courtesy of Easycare Inc.
It is vital for the hoof as it evolved as a conical shape which naturally expands as it grows downward and nailing to a rigid steel plate prevents this natural expansion.
Easyshoes for rehabilitation purposes:
The Easyshoe is an exceptional tool for horses with hoof problems such as Navicular Syndrome.
Farriers and professional trimmers alike will find it useful for situations where steel shoes can no longer be kept in place and the hoof capsule is slowly weakening due to lack of hoof mechanism which is usually accommpanied by slow or no hoof growth.
The "spacers" accessory make it invaluable for dealing with contracted heels as they can be changed during the shoeing cycle without removing the shoes.
The EasyShoe can also be filled with various sole support materials.
"HOW TO" VIDEOS - FROM THE MANUFACTURER - EASYCARE INC.
Success with the EasyShoe depends intirely on the attention to detail paid to the preparation and gluing process. Easycare Inc. have a series of videos on the various ways to apply the EasyShoe. We suggest that anyone who is considering using these shoes for the first time, take the time to watch all of these especially if you are applying the shoe yourself. Even if your farrier is applying the shoe for you, we feel that they too should view these videos prior to application.
Statement from Easycare Inc. about the development of the EasyShoe.
EasyCare is passionate about the equine hoof and believes that the best equine feet spend a great deal of time out of hoof protection.
Barefoot time strengthens the hoof, allows for natural expansion and contraction, and hoof boots are the perfect protection when needed. Although most agree that barefoot time is crucial, horse owners often sacrifice what is ideal for their horses in order to fit our own human schedules.
If your horse is performing in a discipline where hoof boots are not permitted then the Easyshoe may be an option for you.
The EasyShoe will complement our 13 hoof boot models and gives horse owners and professionals a 3-6 week form of hoof protection that aligns with our hoof mechanism theories.
The key to successful application of the EasyShoe depends entirely upon hoof preparation and application techniques. Please view these videos on the application of the shoe prior to applying.
Introducing the Easyshoe - Presentation by Garrett Ford CEO Easycare Inc
Glue On Techniques - Preparation:
If you are using the glue on technique preparation is everything! We cannot stress this more highly! Please view this video on the best way to prepare the hoof for a great result. Never cut corners in the preparation stage.
Glueing the Easyshoe:
The EasyShoe can be applied with various equine hoof adhesives. Some take more time to cure then others, some make a better bond than others. Easycare Down Under would like to suggest that your easiest option would be to use the quick curing and very strong Vettec Adhere glue. Hoof care professionals might like to explore the other options they may be familiar with.
For the "mere mortals" who may be glueing for the first time, Vettec Adhere glue cures fast so that you are able to put the horse's hoof down on the ground as soon as the shoe is applied. Some of the other glues require that you hold the hoof in the air for up to ten minutes. Sometimes difficult with fussy horses!
With the adhere glue you can place the Easyshoe on the hoof and then let the horse put the hoof on the ground. By picking up the opposite leg up for a short time you can stop the horse moving for the short time it takes to cure. In addition the horse's weight on the glue/shoe creates a strong bond.
Note: Applying the Performance N/G with nail on technique:
Removal of the Easyshoe:
The equine hoof grows constantly. To remain in a healthy fully functional state it is best if it can be bare and regularly trimmed. If you find you need hoof protection such as the EasyShoe it is vital that you have a regular trim cycle (approx four - five weeks for most horses) and that you remove the Easyshoe, trim the hoof, and replace the Easyshoe regularly just as you would traditional shoes.
Demonstration of the Heel Flex once the Easyshoe is applied.
Now to choose the best Easyshoe for your purpose.
There are several styles of Easyshoe with slightly different features.
First measure your hoof so you know if your horse will fit into the sizing range for the Easyshoe.
If you find you have a vey short wide hoof that does not fit into the sizing for the Easyshoe or hoof boots (often the Australian Thoroughbred develops this type of hoof shape) then you might also like to look at the new FLIP FLOP just released. This is a new boot/shoe hybrid that can be glued on for the full trim cycle and can be adjusted to suit short wide hooves.
How to measure for the Easyshoe.
Note: All the individual boot styles from Easycare have slightly different sizing charts. Shoe size does not relate to boot or Easyshoe sizing. Measure after a fresh trim. If you are fitting an Easyshoe do not scoop the quarters.
Introducing the EasyShoe lineup:
Easyshoe PERFORMANCE N/G
Can be nailed or glued into place - sold as pairs.