This Is Conde, my barefoot specialist saying hello again to the mare~
I love the EasyCare Company..they have some very neat stuff like -a "Bun warmer", which is a quarter sheet for the horse to keep the hind muscles warm while riding.
They have the best saddle bags and packs made, and the philosophy on barefoot has always been mine. Though...***.....
I was doing the final cleaning of the truck and trailer for my Nephew to come and take it back to his mom, my sister. I decided to give my barefoot specialist a call, in advance of trimming needs, to have an apt made for a Wa mare to have her hooves measured for the new hoof boots Easycare has made.
My trimmer Conde was able to come out. He checked all her hooves, made some minor adjustments in my work, and told me I could work for him trimming! NOPE...too hard on this body! I will just do my own, thanks!For over a year Washashe wore the "Easyboot Epics"...I haggled with the wires and became an expert with application and removal! Then suddenly, when I began to trot more and canter.... R I P...they came off..she oversteped the fronts and ripped boot right off the gaiter! I always found my boots..but it became expesive to buy new gaiters all the time...so I changed to the Boa Boot...
kinda clunky, but I was keeping to 25 miles and under, so I did not worry. Then,that wire broke. I bought a replacement wire..and I worked on it for an hour, my husband worked on it- aaaarggg! We never did get it fixed!
Again, I called Conde to fit her for some Old Mac's G-2's. They have been the easiest, by far,to apply. But..sometimes they twist on her hooves.So...leading me right up to yesterday's fitting...He measured her with this handy tool He made. It measures the fit exactly to the sizes of the boots. Pretty cool, but..she was too wide for any of them-
NONE would fit!Not the "Glove not the"Edge"and the glue ons,I dreamed of for my next camping trip..DRAT!!!!
I had a fleeting moment, ...***....when I considered shoes and pads? I actually said it out loud to Conde and his assistant too...they looked horrified and I took it back!
So, I am back to padding the G-2's to make them fit tighter and I will order a smaller size for her hinds using the Easycare's really Awesome 50% "Trade Up" deal. I will send them a pair of a used boots..and they take the 50% off a pair of new boots of a different model. I can do that for Wa's hinds!
So...after all the cleaning and sizing I saddled up for a gallop. I put her newly padded Old Mac's G-2's on her fronts-seen her to the right- and a pair of the Easyboot "Epics" on her hinds...off we went to try it out. Gallop and trotting galore..and no twisting and she kept a nice regular even tempo'd gait...NO PAIN!
For now...this is what we shall do!