New Brookside Trail Boots offer superior comfort and support for horses, at an unmatched value for riders
Comfort, support and affordability for riders spurred the introduction of Brookside Trail Boots, available exclusively from Valley Vet Supply.
“The Brookside Trail Boot offers relief and support for the unshod horse, to additional support in the recovery phase. The natural feel of this boot will keep horses comfortable from short hacks to long hours in the saddle,” said Omar Hinojosa, Valley Vet Supply president. “The Brookside brand is available exclusively from Valley Vet Supply, and our team of experienced equestrians trialed the boots – as we do every item branded Brookside – to make certain it’s a success for our dedicated horsemen.”
The hoof boots were manufactured by EasyCare Inc., the company who pioneered the first hoof boot marketed to the equine industry in 1970.
“EasyCare values its strong partnerships throughout the equine Industry. Our mission to improve the well-being of horses by providing the equestrian community with superior service, education and innovative equine products aligns very well with Valley Vet’s own mission,” said Brendan Coulter, Director of Sales with EasyCare Inc. “Being approached by Valley Vet to help provide another quality product for their family of Brookside products was an exciting opportunity. Throughout our long history, Valley Vet has continued to highlight and promote the hoof boot and alternative hoof protection category to their equine customers. The Brookside Trail Boot is a great product for horse owners new to hoof boots or to an experienced user.”
Putting the new Brookside Trail Boots to the Test
To test how the trail boots could withstand rugged terrain and support horses overall, two horsewomen of the Valley Vet Supply marketing team – an eventer and an all-around cowgirl – saddled up in the surrounding Kansas Flint Hills. Donning the new Brookside Trail Boots for a solid 90-minute ride at all gaits, they mastered hills, rocky water crossings, wooden bridges and even a much-too-close rattlesnake encounter. All-around cowgirl and Director of Marketing, Kori Simmons, shared her thoughts overall, regarding their application and wear.
“I booted up the two horses with the Brookside Trail Boots. The easy on/off of the boots, as well as the snug fit, certainly aids in the overall wear of the boot, I’m sure. I was impressed with how naturally they mold around hooves of very different shapes, even measuring the same size. One horse wore 2’s on the front and 1’s on the rear, while the other wore 2’s all the way around. The 360⁰-adjustable fit of the boot makes them forgiving for fitting horses throughout the duration of their trim cycle, too.”
“Both horses moved smoothly and naturally with the boots on all four feet. We monitored both horses with caution knowing they’ve never worn boots before. Start to finish, the horses were moving freely and comfortably. The traction and durability of the boots was impressive. Back at the trailer, it was the moment of truth. Would their feet be free from sores, debris and rubbing? Once removing them, we were thrilled to find their feet in tip-top shape, with not a single tuft of hair out of place.”
“A barefoot horse can be somewhat limiting as far as where they can be ridden. For me, anytime we need a break from the arena, I hit the gravel roads in the area for conditioning exercises. For the barefoot horses in the bunch, it always feels like you’re playing with fire not having shoes and waiting for a stone bruise or abscess. The last thing any of us want is a lame horse, so keeping their feet protected and in great condition is key. The Brookside Trail Boots have become a quick staple to keep barefoot feet protected and comfortable, which has opened up a multitude of areas I’m now able to ride without reservation.”
For additional information, both editors and readers are invited to attend a Facebook LIVE with riders who have trialed the Brookside Trail Boots, as well as Brendan Coulter with EasyCare Inc. Mark calendars for 1:30 p.m. CDT on July 15, 2021, and RSVP here.
Visit ValleyVet.com for more offerings to ensure horse health and comfort, including a wide selection of Brookside products – including horse blankets, supplements, tack and more – available only from veterinarian-founded Valley Vet Supply.
About Valley Vet Supply
Valley Vet Supply was founded in 1985 by veterinarians to provide customers with the very best animal health solutions. Building on over half a century of experience in veterinary medicine, Valley Vet Supply serves equine, pet and livestock owners with thousands of products and medications hand-selected by Valley Vet Supply founding veterinarians and their professional staff. With an in-house pharmacy that is licensed in all 50 states, and verified through the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP), Valley Vet Supply is the dedicated source for all things horse, livestock and pet. For more information, please visit ValleyVet.com.
Press contact: Aimee Robinson
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