~ Soft Ride ship deadline for summer break is June 27th at 12pm EST and will resume shipping and customer service on July 8th at 9am ~

Newsletter - Issue #4

Happy Father’s Day to all the Studs out there!

A couple weeks ago we discussed the importance of supporting mares through their pregnancy and foaling by using Soft-Ride boots to decrease the hoof strain of the extra weight they carry, but what about the dads? For many breeding facilities, especially ones that require live coverage, this can mean a lot of miles on the road, and sometimes airplanes, for studs.
 

Utilizing Soft-Ride Comfort Boots during travel helps:

  • Minimize vibrations and jarring from the road
  • Mitigate heat transfer from hot asphalt
  • Combat standing containment fatigue
  • Protect hoofs and soles from debris and foreign objects on the ground.

Travel is a tiring experience for everyone, horses and humans alike, so make sure all your favorite equine dads are as safe and comfortable as possible this Father's Day.


The Soft-Ride Team
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Coolmore Studs - Ireland to Australia and Back Again

World-renowned champion sire, Galileo, preparing for a flight from Ireland to Australia in his Soft-Ride Boots.
“We used Soft-Ride boots on our stallions when traveling with them from Ireland to Australia and Ireland to New Zealand. I found the boots to be very effective on the stallions for their truck ride to and from the airports, and while they were flying.

This trip took about 38 hours and the boots remained soundly on the stallions’ feet. The construction of the Soft-Ride boots fitted the stallions’ hooves very well. The removable gel pads and the slight rolled toe on the gripped base of the boot worked great. There was no need to fix or readjust the boots, just put them on in Ireland, load the stallions on the plane, and take them off when safely in Australia, no fuss.

In my opinion the stallions wore the boots very well; they were comfortable in them and seemed to travel better and quieter in them. I recommend them to be fitted to all our stallions for future travel by road and by air.”


Gerald St John
Stallion Manager
Coolmore Australia
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Keeping it in the Family: Summer Break

Roger and Betty Ruetenik, parents to Soft-Ride’s founders and current owners, out for a ride, circa 1950
Soft-Ride has worked over the last two decades to be a global presence, shipping internationally to over 50 countries, being stocked in over 6,000 veterinary clinics, and in use in every veterinary teaching hospital in the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.

But, at our heart, we’re a small family business. Our operation is very close-knit, employing just a handful of people across the US. Many of us are direct family members, or staff we care about like family. We have always made the quality of life among our employees a top priority. That means we make a point of having two one-week vacations a year, one in the summer and one in the winter, so our staff can take the time to focus on their families. Our summer holiday will begin on June 29th this year and we will reopen for shipping and customer service on July 10th. Our website ordering system will continue to operate normally during that time and any order placed will leave our facility when we reopen. We appreciate all our loyal customers giving us this time to focus on our human and equine family, and who knows, maybe when we’re all together this break we’ll brainstorm the next amazing Soft-Ride product to help keep your equine family safe and comfortable!
Read Tribute to Roger Ruetenik

Soft-Ride on the Road

AAEP Focus on Podiatry

Soft-Ride is sponsoring the American Association of Equine Practitioners summer meeting focused on podiatry in Lexington, KY. This conference will provide in-depth knowledge and practical skills related to equine podiatry including topics such as:
  • Lameness Evaluation
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Therapeutic Shoeing including using SoftRider shoes
  • Advances in Podiatry Research and Treatment
We’re excited to attend and learn the next cutting edge information in regards to healthy hooves and what Soft-Ride can do to help keep your horse sound or getting him healthy faster!
 

Event Information:

When
June 22, 2023 to June 24, 2023

Where
Spy Coast Farm
3700 Newtown Pike
Lexington, KY 40511


This meeting is currently full and a wait list has been started. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please contact Kristin Walker at kwalker@aaep.org.

From the Ground Up Conference

Soft-Ride is also sponsoring Northwest Equine Performance’s “From the Ground Up” Conference on equine podiatry in Mulino, Oregon. This conference will feature podiatry based lectures and labs from Mark Revenaugh, Tim Ober, Charlie Buchanan, and many more. Talks and wetlabs will focus on:
  • Strategies and limitations for Nerve Blocks
  • An Update on Orthobiologics
  • Lessons learned as USA Team Farrier for 25 years
This meeting will focus on the collaborations of veterinarians, farriers, and equine footing experts to address equine soundness. Soft-Ride is pleased to be involved in this pioneering research and advancement in the field.
 

Event Information:

When
July 7th and 8th, 2023

Where
Hopkins Demonstration Forest
16750 S Brockway Road 
Oregon City, OR 97045


If you would like more information or to attend this event, please contact NW Equine Performance at info@equinepi.com

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We LOVE hearing from our customers and getting updates on how your horses are doing! Please send us your story and a photo of your horse in their Soft-Ride products for a chance to be featured on our social media, in an upcoming issue of our newsletter, and to be entered in a Soft-Ride giveaway!

Email us here: socialmedia@srboots.com

Text us photos and stories to 419-469-5293 (this number only receives texts, for questions please call our main customer service number).
 

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