Adjusting the Easyboot Bare bungee system: The bungee system is designed to be adjusted before the boot is applied to the hoof. You want the bungee in the tightest position that will still allow you to apply the boot. Start on the middle setting (they come standard in this configuration) and if they are too difficult to apply loosen them. If they go on too easily or are not fitting snug enough, then tighten to the tightest setting. After applying the Easyboot Bare for the first time, try to slide the handle of a hoof pick or the end of a flat screwdriver between the hoof and the front of the boot. If you can slide a flat screwdriver between the hoof and the front of the boot, the boot needs to be tightened. Remove the boot and adjust the bungee on both sides of the boot to the next notch. Continue this process until you can no longer slide a flat screwdriver between the hoof and the front of the boot.
Adjusting Bungee: Remove side screw. Slide metal plate into the desired hole position. Tighten screw.Use the screw itself as a lever to help pull everything into alignment. If tightening both sides at once makes the boot too difficult to put on when new, then adjust one side back to a looser setting and apply the boot. It may help to tighten the settings in increments going one hole tighter after each use. The boots become more flexible and easier to work with after they have been used.
Putting on the Easyboot Bare: Loop the 3/4" nylon webbing pull-strap around the inside back (heel) strap. Fold the gaiter back and hold it and the pull-strap out of the way while fitting the boot over the toe. Pick up the horse’s leg and support it between your knees (as if you were picking the hoof) so that you can use two hands when applying the boot. Place the boot over the horse’s toe and using a slight back and forth twisting motion, slide the boot on the rest of the way. You can also put the foot down on the ground and allow the horse to put weight into it. Don’t use the gaiter to pull the boot on.
Using a rubber mallet: If you are unable to get the boot to stretch enough to slide it on, a couple taps with a rubber mallet at the toe area will usually do the trick.
A properly applied boot: The inside back strap is designed to fit snugly, low around the quarters, below the hairline, and below the heel bulbs. You can pull it into position with the included nylon pull-strap, then slide the pull-strap out once the back strap is in proper position. If the horse has a very low heel, make sure the back strap is not pulled out of its position, or in any way allowed to abrade a low heel. Horses with low heels may require the back strap to be cut down a notch or two to avoid chafing near the heel bulbs. Do not use the boot if any portion of the back strap is above the hairline or touching sensitive skin. You will need to slide your finger in the back of the boot to make sure the back strap is not touching sensitive skin.
Fastening the Easyboot Bare Gaiter: Fasten the Gaiter next. Pull the top of the Gaiter tight around the pastern. Fasten the hook and loop straps.
Removing the Easyboot Bare: The easiest way to remove a properly fitted Easyboot Bare is to use a flat-head screwdriver. Unfasten the Gaiter straps. Next, place the screwdriver inside the boot, between the boot and the hoof at the quarters. Wedge the screwdriver under the hoof to pry the boot off. You may have to work both sides of the boot for easier removal.
Adjusting the back strap: The width and length of the hoof determines the correct size Easyboot Bare, but the length of the back strap can also be a factor. If the back strap in a properly sized boot is too long for your horse’s hoof conformation, it can be replaced with a smaller strap—just remove the back strap and side clips with a screwdriver, and replace with the new back strap available from EasyCare.
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