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New Easyboot added to the Range

The Easyboot Glove Back Country was added to the Easyboot product line as of  Monday, March 5, 2012. Garret Ford, CEO of  Easyboot says “This boot combines many of the features of the Easyboot Glove and a quick wrap outer cover similar to the Easyboot Trail.  I believe the Back Country will be one of our most versatile boots and will quickly become our best seller.

New Easyboot Back Country Boot

Some of my reasons I believe the BC will be on of our best hoof boots.

  • The boot is very easy to apply and remove.
  • The upper is form fitting and reduces unnecessary bulk.
  • The Easyboot Glove Back Country will come in 18 sizes.  11 standard and 7 wide sizes.
  • The Back Country will use the same lower shell as the Easyboot Glove.  This will allow riders to use the EasyCare fit kit system to insure a proper fit.
  • All parts of the Back Country and replaceable.  Shell, Comfort Cup Gaiter and outer cover.
  • The parts can be mixed and matched for various and unusual hoof shapes and sizes.  If you have a horse with very large heel bulbs it’s easy to custom build a Back Country with a larger outer cover.
  • It will be a favorite for retail dealers.  The wide size selection and one color combination reduce inventory and will allow one boot to work for many customer segments.”

Sold as singles for US $72.95 approx. or in Australia for $226.50 a pair from . For a complete list of Easyboot Retailers worldwide go to the Easyboot website here.

How to Measure for Hoof Boots

“How do I measure the length?”

How to locate the heel butresses for hoof boot length.

The EasyCare website has a wonderful Education tab and this question is one of the topics discussed. Many people have no problem measuring the widest part of the hoof but the length measurement (toe to heel buttress line) is a bit trickier. Quite often, people measure past the heel buttress line and include the heel bulbs. To determine where the heel buttress line is you must first determine where the heel buttresses are (in the photo above they are outlined in green). When you pick up your horse’s foot, follow the collateral grooves along the sides of the frog which make a “V” (outlined in orange). At the top of the “V” look on either side and notice that the hoof wall curves inward towards the bar. These points are the heel buttresses, the last weight bearing part of the hoof. When you have located them, draw an imaginary line across the back of the foot (dashed red line) and measure from that line to the toe. Once you have your measurements, the EasyCare customer service team will be happy to help you select the ideal boot style and size.

New Power Hoof Trimmers

Phil from Soft Touch Natural Hoofcare  now has the new Softouch Power Trimmers in stock. This is a small, lightweight (3.1 pounds) angle grinder made to his specifications, especially for hoof trimming. You can see them here on the web site.

One for the Dutch Readers – Laminitis Book Reviewed by Saskia

Hoefbevangenheid Begrijpen, genezen, voorkomen. Written by Remco Sikkel van Zoest.

Remco works as hoof trimmer and horse masseur in both The Netherlands and France. Written in Dutch only.

Laminitis. Understand, cure, prevent.

That’s the title of this must have book for Dutch horse enthusiasts.

The scope of this book is to provide a broad perspective by making clear what happens inside the horse’s body before a Laminitic episode and during a Laminitic episode. Described are what factors contribute to Laminitis and what can be done to try and avoid a Laminitic episode.

This hard cover book has an attractive pictorial lay out with plenty of detailed images, drawings and photos. Every section offers insight in different areas, such as hoof anatomy, cause, diagnosis, treatment, prevention and environment.

The in depth and detailed information makes this book easy to read and easy to follow for both the horse enthusiast as well as the equine professional.

The knowledge gained after reading this book will leave you hopeful and more equipped to ask questions to anyone involved in your horse’s recovery, knowing that horses can overcome a Laminitic episode with both your and professional help.

Equally important to regular trims are diet, exercise, environment and social interaction with other horses.

If this book leaves you wanting to know more then check out the beaut lists at the end of this book. Noting books, publications and websites used by Remco to aid in his research ready for you to do your own research with.

A well written book for anyone interested to improve their understanding of Laminitis and what can be done to help horses back to soundness. Available from  the publisher here.

DIY Hoof Trim Workshop

2 days – 24th & 25th March at ‘Waterfall Creek’, Tallangatta Valley. Vic.

Learn about hoof anatomy, hoof balance, barehoof soundness, tools for trimming and trimming techniques so you can confidently carry out maintenance trims on your own horse.

Limited numbers of participants at the workshop allow in depth discussion of Bare Hoof Care and detailed examination of trimming techniques.

Workshop fee $240 per participant. People accommodation extra. Horses free!
Glenn Wilson (ACEHP) on P: 02 6071 0210  (after dark) E:

Equine Soundness Hoof Care Courses

In May Claudia Garner is traveling to Australia to teach two seminars and a Continuing Education workshop. Hope you will have the opportunity to join her there.

All details are on the webpage:

Certificate III Agriculture – Equine Hoof Care

– April 30th to May 11th 2012

We are very excited to announce that  Globalnet is our RTO to deliver the course in 2012 and beyond.
We are now setting our commencement date for our two week block as April 30th to May 11th 2012 so we can have all our systems in place and online teaching resources established. We have just set up our Facebook page (Australian Hoofcare Practitioners) – so “like” our page as we start to send out all our information.

May will be an excellent time to hold the course at Mountainside as the autumn weather should be very comfortable for us to work in with the likelihood that we should get great weather for the whole two weeks. We are also very excited that Carol Layton of will be joining us again to teach nutrition – Carol is one of the world’s most respected equine nutritionists.
We have set the cost for course @ $3,200 per student.
Enrolment forms will be sent to anybody who sends us an expression of interest. For all expressions of interest and enquiries, please do not hesitate to email us:
Marg Richardson –
Leigh Martin –
Jen Clingly & Jeremy Ford –

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