At last totally flexible hoof protection for the hard to fit horse!
Sold as single boot.
The FLIP FLOP -
Something never before seen in equine hoof protection!
In Australia there are a lot of off the track thoroughbreds used as pleasure and sporting horses. They often develop a short wide hoof shape because of their very early shoeing practices. This is a very hard shape to fit and often does not fall into the sizing charts for boots and many of the owners of these horses have had to use steel shoes even though they would prefer boots.
The new flip flop is a hybrid of a glue on boot and a glue on shoe and the rear portion of the boot can be cut off so it is untimately adjustable. This allows the width to be accommodated and the length to be adjusted to suit each horse. What is great is that because they allow the hoof to breath when applied correctly they are able to stay on for the entire trim cycle.
Flip Flop Q & A from the Easycare Customer Service Team:
Q: How long can the Flip Flop be left on?
A: The Flip Flop can be left on for the entire trim cycle.
Q: Is the Flip Flop sold in pairs?
A: No, the Flip Flop is sold individually.
Q: Is there a Fit Kit for the Flip Flop?
A: Yes, there is a Fit Kit available for the Flip Flop.
Q: Do I need a length measurement?
A: No, to adjust the length, the Flip Flop may need to be trimmed down using nippers or a table saw.
Q: Is the sizing the same as the Glove and Glue on?
A: The width measurements will be the same, the length is cut to fit.
Q: Can the Flip Flop be heat fitted?
A: Yes, the Flip Flop can be heat fitted the same way the Glue-On or Glove is heat fitted.
Q: Can pour in packing be used with the Flip Flop?
A: Yes, pour in packings can be used with the Flip Flop.
We recommend Vettec Equipak Soft, Glue-U Shufill Silicone or dental impression material.
Q: Which adhesive can be used when applying the Flip Flop?
A: We recommend using Vettec Adhere. EasyShoe Bond Fast Set and Slow Set may also be used.
Q: Is the Flip Flop compatible with the Click Therapy System?
A: Yes, the Flip Flop is compatible with the EasyCare Therapy Click System.
Q: Can the hoof prep be done with the hoof on the ground?
A: Yes, since the Flip Flop’s only gluing surface is on the dorsal vertical wall the horse can be standing flat if needed
to keep a horse comfortable.
Q: Why is the junction at cuff and the base so thick?
A: Since the back portion of the base has so much movement this thicker area insures the base will not separate from the cuff. Do not modify this with a hoof buffer or rasp this could cause the Flip Flop to fail.
Q: Is the Flip Flop a shoe or a boot?
A: Both: it has the benefits of a boot but can be left on the same duration as a shoe.
Q: What is the difference between the EasyBoot Glue-On and the Flip Flop?
A: The Glue-On is only intended to stay on a maximum of 10 days where the Flip Flop may be left on for the entire trim cycle. The Flip Flop offers much more ventilation to the hoof and less chance of moisture retention.
Q: What is the difference between EasyShoes and the Flip Flop?
A: The Flip Flop is much easier to apply than the EasyShoes, also the Flip Flop is compatible with the Therapy Click System, whereas the EasyShoes are not.
Q: Do I have to worry about rocks or small debris getting lodged between the base of the Flip Flop and the hoof?
A: No, during testing there were no complications with anything getting lodged. We recommend checking after each ride. Adding a pour-in pad will insure nothing can become lodged in the front portion of the Flip Flop. The flexibility in the rear part of the Flip Flop prevents anything from getting stuck in the back half of the foot.
Q: Can the Flip Flop be reset?
A: No, we do not recommend resetting the Flip Flop.
Q: How do I remove the Flip Flop?
A: To remove the Flip Flop, you will need to pull the base away from the hoof then cut the junction of the cuff and base, removing the entire base off of the cuff. Then, use pull-offs to carefully remove the cuff from the hoof wall.