Manufacturer: Easy Care, Inc
Model: Easy Boot
Category: Horse Boots and Wraps
Purchase: I've bought several easy boots over the years--usually State Line has the best prices. I'm sad to see they are now $40 and up for one boot! I use the boots for endurance conditioning and usually compete barefoot. My primary usage is on gravel roads where I do speed. When on trail or grass, I usually ride barefoot.
Likes: Easy boots last, and when applied properly with a few tricks, they will stay on. They are extremely durable, and they do not flop around when properly fitted. I've had the same boots for 100s of miles, and, am now ready to replace some worn ones. They do fit well on barefoot horses, but you might want to make a few adjustments (see below)
Dislikes: The biggest problem with easyboots is that, although you can tweak them to stay on, over time they will cause an indentation in the front hoof wall (it is depressed). I have seen this happen in all of my horses that use easy boots, but I haven't seen lameness or hoof wall issues because of this. Even so, having enough compression on the front to cause hoof wall indentation can't be a good thing. BOOTS CAN BE SLICK on very dry grass. I've noticed more issues on dry grass than on wet grass. To get a proper fit, BE SURE YOU MEASURE the hoof. Also, look around the web for the duct-tape method to help fit the boot. Currently, I'm using 1 1/2 wraps of vetwrap followed by the high-temperature duct tape (can handle heat and more water w/o falling off). Then, I place the boot on...pull the back strap up a TINY bit...followed by depressing the front clip. I then use duct tape on the outside of the boot. You don't need tons of it...just a little, and you can go with out the vet wrap, although the vet wrap makes it easier to remove later. The tape will not pull out the hair, and it's useful on the front hairline if your horse tends to rub there.
Quality: Very durable, will have these for many miles. It seems some boots wear the cable down quicker than others, but these can be replaced. I use my easyboots primarily on roads and gravel, so they old up despite this abrasive surface.
Summary: Overall, I've used easyboots for years and on many horses, and in a variety of situations. For now, they still seem to be the best boot choice.
Usefulness Rating: 2 out of 5.
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