Horse Boots Patents (Class 54/82)
  • Patent number: 10457541
    Abstract: Under-saddle (1) comprising a flexible base (2) which defines a pair of base surfaces (4, 4?) separated through the relative thickness (6), and a plurality of separation elements (8, 8?, 10, 10?) which extend from at least one (4, 4?) of said surfaces to distance the flexible base (2) from an opposite abutment surface (12, 12?) in contact with said elements. The separation elements 8, 8?, 10, 10? are reciprocally distributed in such a way that at least a pair of them delimits with the base surface (4; 4?) and with the abutment surface (12, 12?) an aeration chamber or duct (14) open on at least one side. The present invention further relates to a manufacturing method of an under-saddle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: October 29, 2019
    Assignee: AMAHORSE TRADING S.r.l.
    Inventor: Mauro Benetti
  • Patent number: 10368594
    Abstract: A device for coupling a limb guard to a human limb includes a support sleeve configured to wrap around the limb. The support sleeve includes a friction pad configured to cushion the limb and oppose translational and rotational displacement of the device relative to the limb. The support sleeve provides a stable attachment surface for a joint guard and/or limb guard and may be worn without discomfort for extended periods, remaining stationary relative to the limb while a person wearing the device moves about.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 6, 2019
    Inventor: Normand P. LaCroix
  • Patent number: 10231433
    Abstract: The present subject matter relates to a pet protection device comprising a single layer of semi-rigid twenty gauge polycarbonate designed to protect pets such as small dogs from an attack by a bird of prey. In use, the device is strapped to the dogs' back and prevents the talons of birds of prey from penetrating through the back and/or sides of the dog's body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 19, 2019
    Inventor: William M. Caruso
  • Patent number: 10028486
    Abstract: A lightweight and flexible dog shoe is described here for protecting a dog's feet from external cold or hot temperature conditions, cuts and abrasions, or other injury with a waterproof construction while allowing breathability and comfort during use. The shoes are designed to be easily put on by the dog owner with a large top opening and a Velcro strap system for securing the shoes to the dog's feet. The shoe is flexible to conform to the shape of the dog's legs while providing tactile feeling ability on the soles. The material is breathable, and acts as a check-valve with air permeability for breathability, but prevents water from entering. Adjustment is provided with Velcro straps, buckles and buttons. The front laces are for added stability and support purposes. The shoe is constructed with a synthetic materials: a multi-layer nylon fabric shell, synthetic rubber sole & toe enclosure, and is one hundred percent waterproof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2018
    Inventor: Liy Kath
  • Patent number: 9904029
    Abstract: An above-ground optical fiber cable installation consists of an optical fiber cable that is laid along an edge of a street (such as along a curb), and then covered with an adhesive overcoat material, such as a fast-curing epoxy and/or concrete repair/resurface compounds. The adhesive overcoat initially functions to affix the optical fiber cable to the street, and as it cures provides a protective encapsulation for the installed cable. The hard shell prevents exposure of the optical fiber cable to the environment and reduces the potential for damage from equipment that might otherwise cut through the cable. This type of cable installation is useful for situations that require rapid deployment, and avoids the need for creating either underground or aerial pathways.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 27, 2018
    Assignee: OFS FITEL, LLC
    Inventors: Daniel Hendrickson, Daryl K Richardson
  • Patent number: 9815255
    Abstract: A protective article for a horse includes a protective member and a replaceable securing member. The protective member includes a body portion extending between a pair of opposing ends and dimensioned to be wrapped around and secured to a horse's body part, and further includes a first engagement member coupled to the body portion adjacent one end, and a second engagement member coupled to the body portion adjacent the other end. The replaceable securing member is adapted to be selectively engaged with the engagement members in a manner that urges the engagement members towards one another. The replaceable securing member includes a first securing assembly adapted to be manually reversibly secured to the first engagement member, and a second securing assembly adapted to be manually reversibly secured to the second engagement member, the first securing assembly securing to the first engagement member independently of the second securing assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Inventor: Brett W. Mills
  • Patent number: 9579223
    Abstract: Protective sleeve for a medical device having a moveable joint including a tubular assembly comprising a flexible material that satisfies International Organization for Standardization ISO13997 (1999) for a cut resistance of at least ISO level 5. The tubular assembly has a first end portion, a second end portion, and a length extending therebetween. The tubular assembly includes a base member made of the flexible material having an internal surface and an external surface and a reinforcing member made of the flexible material coupled to the base member along the internal surface and the external surface of the base member. The reinforcing member forms a channel at the first end portion. The tubular assembly has an internal cross dimension sized to receive a medical device having a moveable joint therein. The protective sleeve further includes an adjustment member received in the channel to radially adjust the first end portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: SHRINERS HOSPITAL FOR CHILDREN
    Inventors: Todd DeWees, Steve Miller
  • Patent number: 9351477
    Abstract: A long-wear equine diagnostic boot for use on the lower leg of a horse has a plurality of alignment ribs for locating a bladder against the horse's limb when the boot is secured to the horse's leg. An electronic diagnostic device retained and secured in the boot inflates the bladder upon activation to urge the bladder for engagement against the horse. The bladder transmits a signal via a pulse transmission tube to the electronic device. The boot is constructed of latex-free, breathable, lightweight, washable material which allows for safe, long-wearing of the boot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 31, 2016
    Inventor: Sharon Ann Caswell
  • Patent number: 9089107
    Abstract: A protective boot for the ankle of a horse includes a flexible panel with a middle portion and two opposing side portions extending outwardly therefrom. The middle portion is suitable for abutting the digital flexor tendon of the horse. The two opposing side portions are suitable for wrapping around the ankle of the horse. A slot is provided which extends along the digital extensor tendon and is defined by the two opposing side portions. A cup is formed at a bottom of the middle portion, the cup receiving the proximal sesamoid bones of the ankle of the horse. Lateral grooves are provided, which are positioned over the palmar digital veins of the horse. The flexible panel includes an outer foam layer and an inner heat-absorbing layer. A reinforcing elastic wrap is removably affixed around the flexible panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 28, 2015
    Inventor: Mariti Antonio Munoz
  • Patent number: 9044306
    Abstract: A joint-supporting device comprises tensile members extending from above the joint to below it, supplementing the tensile characteristics of the joint's tendons, ligaments, and other structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2015
    Assignee: HOSSO, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Pflaster, Joseph J. Crisco, Carl A. Kirker-Head, Russell D. Fiore, Wendy Drumm
  • Publication number: 20150047303
    Abstract: A long-wear equine diagnostic boot for use on the lower leg of a horse has a plurality of alignment ribs for locating a bladder against the horse's limb when the boot is secured to the horse's leg. An electronic diagnostic device retained and secured in the boot inflates the bladder upon activation to urge the bladder for engagement against the horse. The bladder transmits a signal via a pulse transmission tube to the electronic device. The boot is constructed of latex-free, breathable, lightweight, washable material which allows for safe, long-wearing of the boot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 13, 2014
    Publication date: February 19, 2015
    Inventor: Sharon Ann Caswell
  • Patent number: 8931244
    Abstract: A horse boot assembly includes: a boot body shaped to accommodate a hoof of a horse, a fastening device associated with the boot body for fastening the boot assembly onto the hoof, and an adapter. The adapter is compressed against a rear part of the hoof upon fastening of the fastening device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 13, 2015
    Assignee: Osca 2 S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Gola
  • Patent number: 8894594
    Abstract: A joint-supporting device comprises tensile members extending from above the joint to below it, supplementing the tensile characteristics of the joint's tendons, ligaments, and other structure. The tension members extend between a proximal cuff above the joint to a distal cuff below it, and pass over a pad at the apex of the joint, redirecting the tension members. In order that the cuffs are supported in position so that the tension members can effectively support the joint, they are spaced away from the joint by compression members bearing on proximal and distal bolsters, in turn located positively by the boney structure of the joint. In order that the structure of the invention not interfere overly with the normal function of the joint, the device employs dilatant materials having the property of varying their hardness upon motion. The dilatant material is disposed so as to limit the relative angular velocity of the members of the joint.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2011
    Date of Patent: November 25, 2014
    Assignee: HOSSO, Inc.
    Inventors: Daniel Scott Pflaster, Joseph J. Crisco, Carl A. Kirker-Head, Russell D. Fiore, Wendy Drumm
  • Publication number: 20140325944
    Abstract: An equine boot attachment that allows the boot, and therefore the equine hoof, to roll forward, rearward or to the side, without unnecessary bending, thus allowing the horse to find a comfortable natural position to relieve stress on a sore, injured or diseased hoof. The rocking action of the boot attachment allows the equine to adjust its stance to find the most comfortable position, not unlike standing in a bed of sand. A “rocker” attachment and optionally a spacer, is placed on the underside of the sole an equine boot that allows the boot to rock. The attachment may comprise two components, one harder component immediately beneath the sole of the boot (and preferably patterned to mate with the contours or pattern on the underside of the sole) to which a “rocker” attachment is secured. The rocker may be adapted to have its position adjusted on the spacer. This attachment can replace expensive hoof treatment by a Ferrier and can easily be utilized directly by an equine owner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 12, 2014
    Publication date: November 6, 2014
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Publication number: 20140305085
    Abstract: A protective boot for the ankle of a horse includes a flexible panel with a middle portion and two opposing side portions extending outwardly therefrom. The middle portion is suitable for abutting the digital flexor tendon of the horse. The two opposing side portions are suitable for wrapping around the ankle of the horse. A slot is provided which extends along the digital extensor tendon and is defined by the two opposing side portions. A cup is formed at a bottom of the middle portion, the cup receiving the proximal sesamoid bones of the ankle of the horse. Lateral grooves axe provided, which are positioned over the palmar digital veins of the horse. The flexible panel includes an outer foam layer and an inner heat-absorbing layer. A reinforcing elastic wrap is removably affixed around the flexible panel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 16, 2014
    Inventor: Mariti Antonio Munoz
  • Publication number: 20140260126
    Abstract: The hoof bandage is designed to bandage a hoofed animal's hoof. The hoof bandage includes a base plate with a bottom and at least a front wall portion and a securing element to maintain the base plate on the hoof. The hoof bandage is preferably designed to fit a horse hoof or a cow hoof. The hoof bandage preferably easily slips onto the animal's hoof and is preferably secured by the use of a common household hair dryer to heat the shrink wrap surrounding the animal's hoof. No heating is required in the heel area, as this portion of the hoof is secured with an elastomeric band. Bandaging the hoof is accomplished easily and with less time and considerably fewer problems than with conventional hoof bandaging methods.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Publication date: September 18, 2014
    Applicant: HOOFSKINS, LLC
    Inventors: Florence Riley, Adam Steigerwald
  • Publication number: 20140144109
    Abstract: A boot for treating laminitis in horses has a hoof casing snugly receiving an supporting a horny hoof wall of the laminitic hoof and a sole pivotally attached to the hoof casing such that the laminitic hoof may pivot with respect to the sole while the sole is planted on ground, thereby reducing stress on the inflamed laminae. A bearing assembly disposed between the hoof casing and the sole facilitates pivoting, and friction adjustment may be provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2013
    Publication date: May 29, 2014
    Inventor: Michelle Burr
  • Publication number: 20140130466
    Abstract: A hoof medical device comprises two attaching plates, two clamp bands, each clamp band attached to one of the two attaching plates, a band adjustor comprising a band adjustor screw and configured to connect and slidably adjust the two clamp bands relative to each other by rotating the band adjustor screw, a strap folded over at least one of the clamp bands so that the at least one of the clamp bands is movable within a fold of the strap, and a plurality of screws configured to attach the two attaching plates and the strap to a hoof of an animal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Publication date: May 15, 2014
    Inventor: Charles Spencer Potter
  • Publication number: 20140033661
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved shock absorbing, light-weight, thermally insulative orthotic pad designed for use in a pad and boot assembly for hoofed livestock. The pad is comprised of a mixture of small particles, preferably spheroids, and elastomeric materials. In a preferred embodiment, elastomeric material generally is more concentrated at the top portion of the pad, and particles dispersed in a matrix of elastomeric material concentrated at the bottom section of the pad. The particles have a lower density than the elastomeric materials and possess better thermally insulative properties, and in a particularly preferred embodiment, at least some of the particles are comprised of closed-cell polypropylene foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 4, 2013
    Publication date: February 6, 2014
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Publication number: 20140007548
    Abstract: A sole for the foot of an animal, where the sole is constructed such that during use it maintains a stable and unchanged position between the foot and the sole independent of the surface and independent of whether the foot is loaded during the down step or unloaded during the up step, and furthermore where the sole, when in use, forms a natural and dynamic bio-mechanical anatomical chamber which takes up frictional forces that arise between sole and foot in a self-adjusting way in relation to the forces that are applied. The sole has damping and energy control of forces caused by internal and external influencing factors, i.e., the animal's foot and the surface on which the sole is used, respectively.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2013
    Publication date: January 9, 2014
    Applicant: Equine Fusion AS
    Inventors: Sven REVHEIM, Ali AZFOR
  • Patent number: 8584624
    Abstract: An equine support boot comprises a base portion, at least one upper strap, a concave portion formed in the base portion, an orthopedic pad disposed in the concave portion, and at least one sling strap connected to the base portion, the sling strap being configured to apply an upward force on the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 6, 2009
    Date of Patent: November 19, 2013
    Assignee: Western Legacy Sales, LLC
    Inventors: Ward Heid, Kirby A. Smith, Stephen W. Coder
  • Publication number: 20130219838
    Abstract: A one piece hoof sock bandage for use with horses, livestock, and other hoofed animals includes an elastic, water resistant sock material having a sole portion coated with a resilient, puncture resistant material. The sock material provides uniform compression to avoid constriction and extends up the leg to the pastern or higher where it is held in place by a cuff portion. The resilient sole portion covers the sole of the hoof and extends up the wall of the hoof far enough to prevent the sole portion from sliding on the hoof and to protect as much of the hoof as desired. The sock and sole portions may contain medications in various forms and generally function to treat the hoof area and protect it from contamination.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2011
    Publication date: August 29, 2013
    Inventor: Jeannette Swearingen
  • Patent number: 8505270
    Abstract: Method and devices for treating equine laminitis by cryotherapy, comprising a boot to be fitted over the horse's hoof, having a wedge shaped sole that is angled by 20° toward the front; The purpose is accomplished by the boot in conjunction with three opportunely shaped removable soles, and a cryotherapy reservoir of flexible material, that is inserted into the boot and connected to an external device for refrigeration by circulation of a fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2013
    Inventor: Lorenzo D'Arpe
  • Patent number: 8443763
    Abstract: An equine support boot comprises a base portion, at least one upper strap, a concave portion formed in the base portion, an orthopedic pad disposed in the concave portion, and at least one sling strap connected to the base portion, the sling strap being configured to apply an upward force on the concave portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 21, 2013
    Assignee: Western Legacy Sales, LLC
    Inventors: Ward Heid, Kirby A. Smith, Stephen W. Coder
  • Patent number: 8413412
    Abstract: A horse boot (10) includes a shell (12) and a gaiter (22). The shell has a sole (14) and an upper (16) with a vertical slit (18). The gaiter (22) is releasably attached to the heel of the upper and is wrapped around the pastern (P) above the hoof's hairline (C) and below the fetlock to anchor the shell to the pastern and function as a barrier against debris. The gaiter includes a portion of two-way stretch material (60) that makes it possible to fold it out of the way for ease of installation. The process is further facilitated by the slit (18) that allows spreading of the shell. By shaping the upper (16) so that it presses against the hoof (H), the boot is advantageously held in place using only the gaiter anchored to the heel of the boot and strapped to the pastern of the horse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2013
    Assignee: Easycare, Inc.
    Inventor: Garrett N. Ford
  • Publication number: 20130061563
    Abstract: A protective article for a horse includes a protective member and a replaceable securing member. The protective member includes a body portion extending between a pair of opposing ends and dimensioned to be wrapped around and secured to a horse's body part, and further includes a first engagement member coupled to the body portion adjacent one end, and a second engagement member coupled to the body portion adjacent the other end. The replaceable securing member is adapted to be selectively engaged with the engagement members in a manner that urges the engagement members towards one another. The replaceable securing member includes a first securing assembly adapted to be manually reversibly secured to the first engagement member, and a second securing assembly adapted to be manually reversibly secured to the second engagement member, the first securing assembly securing to the first engagement member independently of the second securing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 9, 2012
    Publication date: March 14, 2013
    Inventor: Brett W. Mills
  • Publication number: 20130019575
    Abstract: A horse hoof boot for supporting a horse's hoof in a position above the ground but open to air circulation to protect an afflicted frog of a horse's hoof while promoting healing of the affliction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 20, 2012
    Publication date: January 24, 2013
    Inventor: Guy F. Bartlett
  • Publication number: 20130008139
    Abstract: A hoof boot has a base, a heel captivator, and a pivoting mechanism that disposes the heel captivator to pivot relative to the base, preferably in a manner that allows the heel captivator at least three degrees of freedom of movement relative to the base. The heel captivator is preferably low in the rearmost portion, which provides clearance for the pastern bones of the equine lower leg to descend upon weight bearing during movement at various gaits. To reduce the possibility for bruising and chaffing of soft tissue around the pastern bones, and to help eliminate accumulation of debris, preferred heel captivators have an open mesh architecture. Heel captivators can alternatively or additionally be designed with fabric covered neoprene or other liners. Boots are preferably tightened using mechanically advantages laces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Inventor: Kirt Lander
  • Publication number: 20120279184
    Abstract: There is disclosed an improved shock absorbing, light-weight, thermally insulative orthotic pad designed for use in a pad and boot assembly for hoofed livestock. The pad is comprised of a mixture of flexible spheroids and elastomeric materials. In a preferred embodiment, elastomeric material generally is more concentrated at the top portion of the pad, and spheroids dispersed in a matrix of elastomeric material concentrated at the bottom section of the pad. The spheroids have a lower density than the elastomeric materials and possess better thermally insulative properties, and in a particularly preferred embodiment, at least some of the spheroids are comprised of closed-cell polypropylene foam.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 14, 2012
    Publication date: November 8, 2012
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Patent number: 8291683
    Abstract: A boot assembly and method that simulates, in a static equine animal (stalled or hauled), the natural mechanical action of walking or other gaited exercise. The assembly has a boot, containing a shock absorbing pad that is fitted with a separate pulsing bladder disposed on, under or inside the shock absorbing pad. Pressuring and relaxing the pulsing bladder in the bottom of the boot rhythmically pushes against the sole and frog of the equine hoof in much the same way that the hoof is exercised when the animal is moving. The pulsing action helps stimulate blood flow through the hoof and is beneficial to shod, injured, and transported horses. The assembly may be fitted on one or more hooves, and may be automated to provide timing and sequencing to simulate different gaits of the animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Date of Patent: October 23, 2012
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Publication number: 20120227364
    Abstract: A horse boot (10) includes a shell (12) and a gaiter (22). The shell has a sole (14) and an upper (16) with a vertical slit (18). The gaiter (22) is releasably attached to the heel of the upper and is wrapped around the pastern (P) above the hoof's hairline (C) and below the fetlock to anchor the shell to the pastern and function as a barrier against debris. The gaiter includes a portion of two-way stretch material (60) that makes it possible to fold it out of the way for ease of installation. The process is further facilitated by the slit (18) that allows spreading of the shell. By shaping the upper (16) so that it presses against the hoof (H), the boot is advantageously held in place using only the gaiter anchored to the heel of the boot and strapped to the pastern of the horse.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 22, 2012
    Publication date: September 13, 2012
    Applicant: EASYCARE, INC.
    Inventor: GARRETT N. FORD
  • Publication number: 20120180441
    Abstract: A hoof boot for use on a horse that provides efficient locomotion through loose soils is disclosed. The hoof boot includes lugs of a particular shape and angle on the sole of the boot that displace the loose soil providing efficient movement for the horse through loose soils.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 13, 2012
    Publication date: July 19, 2012
    Inventor: Kirt Lander
  • Patent number: 8220231
    Abstract: An improved equine hoof boot, boot pad and boot and pad assembly that consists of a flexible boot and a shock absorbing pad disposed inside at the bottom of the boot, the pad having optionally a combination of soft and harder components.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2012
    Inventor: Monty Ruetenik
  • Patent number: 8196378
    Abstract: A horse boot (10) includes a shell (12) and a gaiter (22). The shell has a sole (14) and an upper (16) with a vertical slit (18). The gaiter (22) is releasably attached to the heel of the upper and is wrapped around the pastern (P) above the hoofs hairline (C) and below the fetlock to anchor the shell to the pastern and function as a barrier against debris. The gaiter includes a portion of two-way stretch material (60) that makes it possible to fold it out of the way for ease of installation. The process is further facilitated by the slit (18) that allows spreading of the shell. By shaping the upper (16) so that it presses against the hoof (H) the boot is advantageously held in place using only the gaiter anchored to the heel of the boot and strapped to the pastern of the horse.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2012
    Assignee: Easycare, Inc.
    Inventor: Garrett N. Ford
  • Patent number: 8166734
    Abstract: Apparatus for and methods of core cooling the blood of an equine animal. The apparatus is a flexible boot with an orthotic pad that has various features to allow for circulating coolant so the bottom hoof area of an equine can be cooled. Optionally the pad is designed to allow cooling under vacuum. In some aspects the apparatus also provides elements to facilitate cooling the lower leg of the equine in a way designed to allow coolant circulated through the boot pad to also be circulated through leg cooling elements while maintaining a controlled temperature against the leg surface. The invention is also a method of core cooling an animal utilizing the apparatus described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2012
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Patent number: 8151546
    Abstract: A horse boot includes the combination of an inner liner (10 and 10?) and an outer shell (12). The liner is adapted to wrap around the front and lateral surfaces of the hoof of the horse, while the shell includes an upper (16) designed to conform with the exterior surface of the liner for attachment to it. The shell is fastened to the liner by some detachable means, such as nuts (22) and bolts (20), and the liner/shell assembly is glued to the hoof. The shell may then be removed at will to allow the hoof to be barefoot and may be re-installed to produce a boot in place when desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Easycare, Inc.
    Inventor: Garrett N. Ford
  • Patent number: 8151545
    Abstract: A horse boot has a sole that includes a dome portion designed to conform to the frog and sole of a horse's hoof when no pressure is exerted on it. The dome provides a support surface for the frog and hoof sole when the boot is off the ground and it resiliently deforms downward, thereby allowing the frog and hoof sole to deform naturally, when the boot presses against the ground. As a result, the hoof's frog and sole are always supported in resilient manner while allowed to move as needed for their natural function. The pressure exerted by the ground against the edges of the sole of the boot and the simultaneous counter-pressure exerted by the hoof cause the dome in the boot's sole to flatten, thereby slightly increasing its size to accommodate the natural deformation of the hoof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 7, 2009
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2012
    Assignee: Easycare, Inc.
    Inventors: Garrett N. Ford, Pete Ramey
  • Patent number: 8132543
    Abstract: A device for protecting the skin of an animal from damage, abrasion and/or moisture is provided. A first version includes an elastic portion band attached to a protective sheet. The elastic band in combination with the protective sheet encircles an animal limb above a hock. The elastic band is optionally detachably attachable to the protective sheet by means of a hook and loop fastener, a zipper assembly, a button and buttonhole combination, or other detachable attachment means. A moisture absorbent material may be attached to and disposed between the protective sheet and the animal limb. The absorbent material may be a wicking material, such as a moisture wicking fleece. The protective sheet may be asymmetric as positioned about a sagittal plane central to the hock. The protective sheet may be partially curved to form a cup shape for at least partially enclosing the hock.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Shari Lee Click
  • Publication number: 20120005995
    Abstract: This invention relates generally to mechanical devices, and more specifically, to hoof protection devices. In one embodiment, a hoof protection device includes a base; and a cuff comprising one or more panels, wherein the hoof protection device is configured for securing with a hoof. In another embodiment, the hoof protection device includes one or more girdles configured to wrap around at least a portion of the cuff. In another embodiment, the hoof protection device includes one or more girdles configured to securably link the cuff with one or more anchor points of one or more anchor plates. In another embodiment, the hoof protection device includes an adjustable width base comprising an open and/or at least partially closed sole. In another embodiment, the hoof protection device includes a collar configured for securing with above a hoof. In another embodiment, the hoof protection device includes a grip sock interfaceable with the cuff and a hoof.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 19, 2010
    Publication date: January 12, 2012
    Inventor: Leslie Emery
  • Publication number: 20110271652
    Abstract: A protective boot useful for protecting the legs and hoofs of livestock. The protective boot can have a legging member and a shoe member. The legging member can be made of a durable fabric and fastened together around the leg of livestock with a fastening device. The shoe member can be made of a durable fabric or more rigid material with a cushioned bottom portion. The cushioned bottom portion can include a gel pad that is soft, supportive, and durable. The shoe member may be custom-fitted to a particular animal's hoof or to each of the animal's hooves. The cushioned bottom portion can protect the hoof of the animal from impact injuries caused by locomotion across various surface types. The legging member and shoe member of the protective boot may be separated by unfastening the fastener connecting them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 4, 2010
    Publication date: November 10, 2011
    Inventor: Janet Amy Wollowick
  • Publication number: 20110219732
    Abstract: A horse boot arrangement for a horse's hoof, the horse boot arrangement comprising a flexible sock member having a base portion for engaging a sole of the horse's hoof and a sleeve portion extending from the periphery of the base portion for covering the hoof, means for fastening the sleeve portion against the horse's hoof to ensure the flexible sock member remains on the hoof under working conditions, and rigid ground engaging means being detachably mountable to the flexible sock member via coupling means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 15, 2011
    Publication date: September 15, 2011
    Inventor: PATRICK FINNEGAN
  • Publication number: 20110197554
    Abstract: A boot assembly and method that simulates in a static equine animal (stalled or hauled) the natural mechanical action of walking, or other gaited exercises. The assembly has a boot, containing a pad that is fitted with a pulsing means of expanding and contracting against the underside of an equine hoof. Pressuring and relaxing the pulsing means in the bottom of the boot rhythmically pushes against the sole and frog in much the same way that the hoof is exercised when the animal is moving. The pulsing action helps stimulate blood flow through the hoof, and is beneficial to shod, injured, and transported horses. The assembly may be fitted on one or more hooves, and may be automated to provide timing and sequencing to simulate different gaits of the animal. The fluid for the pulsing means may be gas or liquid and the liquid may be a coolant for cooling the hoof sole. The boot base may be fitted with a rocker attachment.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 26, 2011
    Publication date: August 18, 2011
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Publication number: 20110067366
    Abstract: An equine boot attachment that allows the boot, and therefore the equine hoof, to roll forward, rearward or to the side, without unnecessary bending, thus allowing the horse to find a comfortable natural position to relieve stress on a sore, injured or diseased hoof. The rocking action of the boot attachment allows the equine to adjust its stance to find the most comfortable position, not unlike standing in a bed of sand. A “rocker” attachment and optionally a spacer, is placed on the underside of the sole an equine boot that allows the boot to rock. The attachment may comprise two components, one harder component immediately beneath the sole of the boot (and preferably patterned to mate with the contours or pattern on the underside of the sole) to which a “rocker” attachment is secured. The rocker may be adapted to have its position adjusted on the spacer. This attachment can replace expensive hoof treatment by a Ferrier and can easily be utilized directly by an equine owner.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 15, 2010
    Publication date: March 24, 2011
    Inventor: Monty L. Ruetenik
  • Publication number: 20110000173
    Abstract: A hoof boot has a base, a heel captivator, and a pivoting mechanism that disposes the heel captivator to pivot relative to the base, preferably in a manner that allows the heel captivator at least three degrees of freedom of movement relative to the base. The heel captivator is preferably low in the rearmost portion, which provides clearance for the pastern bones of the equine lower leg to descend upon weight bearing during movement at various gaits. To reduce the possibility for bruising and chaffing of soft tissue around the pastern bones, and to help eliminate accumulation of debris, preferred heel captivators have an open mesh architecture. Heel captivators can alternatively or additionally be designed with fabric covered neoprene or other liners. Boots are preferably tightened using mechanically advantages laces.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 14, 2010
    Publication date: January 6, 2011
    Inventor: Kirt Lander
  • Patent number: 7818952
    Abstract: A hoof boot enables a user to cover, protect and/or treat a hoof. The hoof boot comprises an elastic, hoof-enveloping casing. The casing comprises an interior surface area, an exterior surface area, a ground-contacting bottom portion, a hoof-contracting intermediate portion, and a boot-holding upper portion. The interior and exterior surface areas are non-parallel at the intermediate and upper portions for effecting axially-varied inwardly-directed radial return forces under hoof-based tensile stress from the upper to the bottom portion. The interior and exterior surface areas are substantially parallel at the bottom portion for effecting substantially uniform upwardly directed return forces under hoof-based compressive stress. The casing is elastically actuable and returnable during hoof loading/unloading for improving blood circulation in the hoof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 26, 2010
    Inventor: Catheleen B LeCompte
  • Publication number: 20100229508
    Abstract: A horse boot assembly comprises: a boot body shaped to accommodate a hoof of a horse, fastening means associated with the boot body for fastening the boot assembly onto the hoof, and an adapter. The adapter is compressed against a rear part of the hoof upon fastening of the fastening means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2007
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Applicant: OSCA 2 S.R.L.
    Inventor: Andrea Gola
  • Publication number: 20100229509
    Abstract: A protective article for a horse includes a protective member and a replaceable securing member. The protective member includes a body portion extending between a pair of opposing ends and dimensioned to be wrapped around and secured to a horse's body part, and further includes a first engagement member coupled to the body portion adjacent one end, and a second engagement member coupled to the body portion adjacent the other end. The replaceable securing member is adapted to be selectively engaged with the engagement members in a manner that urges the engagement members towards one another. The replaceable securing member includes a first securing assembly adapted to be manually reversibly secured to the first engagement member, and a second securing assembly adapted to be manually reversibly secured to the second engagement member, the first securing assembly securing to the first engagement member independently of the second securing assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 2, 2010
    Publication date: September 16, 2010
    Inventor: Brett W. MILLS
  • Publication number: 20100223893
    Abstract: Method and devices for treating equine laminitis by cryotherapy, comprising a boot to be fitted over the horse's hoof, having a wedge shaped sole that is angled by 20° toward the front; The purpose is accomplished by the boot in conjunction with three opportunely shaped removable soles, and a cryotherapy reservoir of flexible material, that is inserted into the boot and connected to an external device for refrigeration by circulation of a fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 5, 2010
    Publication date: September 9, 2010
    Inventor: Lorenzo D'Arpe
  • Patent number: 7762048
    Abstract: A hoof boot assembly enables a user to remedy a select hoof disorder, and comprises an outer hoof-enveloping casing and an inner cavity-filling core. The casing is constructed from an elastic material and the core is constructed from a viscoelastic material. The core is received in the casing such that when donned upon a hoof, the sole/frog cavity of the hoof negatively impresses the core. In other words, the boot assembly is outfitted upon a hoof such that the casing envelopes the hoof, and the core compressibly fills the hoof cavity thereof. The optional medicament is deliverable to a target treatment site via core compression for topically treating the site. The casing is elastically actuable and returnable during hoof loading/unloading, and the core is creep-compressible and creep-returnable during hoof loading/unloading.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 27, 2010
    Inventor: Catheleen B. LeCompte
  • Publication number: 20100154366
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a sock for use on the leg of a horse or ungulate, such as a cow, donkey or other hoofed animal. In the preferred embodiment the sock is tubular in shape having an upper opening and a lower opening. The sock is generally comprised of an upper cuff, main body and lower cuff. The upper cuff is configured to frictionally engage the leg of the horse such that the sock will not easily slip down on the leg of the horse. The main body is hollow and is configured to bunch together to hold the horse's body heat close to the leg of the horse. The lower cuff is configured to expand over said hoof of said ungulate and when over the hoof conform to or hug the small pastern.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 24, 2008
    Publication date: June 24, 2010
    Inventor: Raymond Petterson