Our story

 

Flex Hoof Boots have been designed and manufactured by a Finnish company Vainica Oy. The founders of the company are Jiri and Satu Vainikka. This is how they tell about their early stages of manufacturing Flex Hoof Boots :

– We have years of experience in the holistic hoof care of the horses, the use of different boots, fitting and selling all brand’s of boots to our customers. We started importing hoof boots in 2007.

The idea of making our own boots was first launched years ago when the market had not yet had boots for small ponies. We wanted to do something about it, after all there were two small friends in our own paddock who needed boots. That’s how we started to design boots specifically for small ponies. Our miniature ponies Pim-Ahti and Poks-Ahti have been working as Flex Hoof Boot testers since the beginning.

One very important thing for us was to made the boots in Finland. Environment is very important to us, so the less we import goods from over seas, the better.

Because design work is time-consuming and we wanted to make a good product, it took time. We did not want to compromise on quality and functionality, even though other brand of small boots started to appear on the market.

The actual design work began in 2011. Over the years, we have been required for innovativeness, determination, perseverance, and lots of passion. That is the thing that has led us all these years. A passion for increasing the well-being of the horse is the most important thing for us in our work. We live as we teach!

In 2017 we finally launched FlexPony boots. Unfortunately regardless of us, there were huge problems with the factory and our years of work just faded away. We lost our factory and story of the pony boots ended before if even properly started. We were devastated.
Fortunately, there was some good people that we got to know during these years and quite quickly after disaster we started working with horse boots. Finally, in fall 2018 we are ready to launch FlexHorse and in fact, it is the design we wanted to have from the beginning. We are so happy and proud to be able to offer this boot to our customers.

We wanted our boots to meet the following features:

  • light, sleek and comfortable
  • allows the biomechanical function of the hoof
  • offers a good grip in many surfaces
  • allows you to add ice studs
  • comfortable and easy to use with long-lasting fastenings
  • disturbs the horses movement as little as possible
  • offers comfortable natural break over
  • flexible skin that moves with the hoof
  • easy to clean and do not absorb water
  • offers holistic way to improve the health of horses hooves

Flex Hoof Boots™ , functional, holistic, comfortable and classy hoof boots are MADE IN FINLAND, EUROPE!

 

May I present our wonderful Test Team Flex Hoof Boots!

Team Nuuksio

Our first memeber in Test Team Flex Hoof Boots™ is Päivi and her daughter Emma with their 2 horses and a pony.
Päivi and Miina the arabian mare, are endurance team and Emma and Pommi the mixed breed arabian are starting their career in endurance. Pommi has been competing earlier with Päivi, but now he is training with Emma. They also have a welsh pony mare Tara. She is going to be carriage pony. All the horses has been barefoot for years, and now they are using Flex Hoof Boots™. They have beautiful trails and they usually spend time in the woods a lot with horses, so we get wonderful test results from them.

Päivin omin sanoin kerrottuna:
Asumme Espoossa keskellä Nuuksion kansallispuistoa mahtavien ratsastusmaastojen ja laidunmaiden keskellä. Perheessämme on kaksi hullua hevosnaista, minä Päivi ja tyttäreni Emma 11 v. Meillä harrastetaan matkaratsastusta, ei mitenkään kauhean tavoitteellisesti mutta sen verran mitä nyt näin ruuhkavuosina kykenee.

Miina (Merula ox) on 2004 syntynyt arabitamma joka on minun elämäni hevonen, Miina tuli 8kk vanhana joten olemme aika tiiviisti hioutuneet yhteen, aika harva toinen ihminen Miinaa ymmärtääkään. Meillä on tulos 60 Km:n matkalta, tämän vuoden olemme joutuneet pitämään kisataukoa, mutta eiköhän ensi vuonna jatketa siitä J . Miinalta ei vauhtia puutu, sivuloikat ja rodeot kuuluvat välillä lenkkeihimme, mutta elämä olisi tylsää ilman Miinaa!

Pommi (Ka´Bom) on 2000 syntynyt arabi-new forest-risteytys ruuna ja on minun ensimmäinen heppani, Pommi oli 6kk kun sen päätin omakseni saada. Pommi oli välillä 7 vuotta toisella omistajalla, mutta kolme vuotta sitten sain ostettua sen takaisin! J Pommilla on kimosyöpä, joka ei kylläkään vaivaa (paitsi joskus mun mieltä) sekä astmaa/allergiaa joka joskus vähän hiljentää meidän tahtia, etenkin kesällä. Pommi on oikein reipas tyyppi, nykyään enimmäkseen Emman ratsuna, Emma haaveileekin matkaratsastuskisoista ensi vuonna Pommin kanssa. Meillä Pommin kanssa on tulos 16 km:n matkalta.

Tara on 2013 syntynyt welsh mountain ponitamma joka enimmäkseen kulkee käsiponina, opettelee ajoponin alkeita ja harjoittelee pitämään ihmistä selässään.

Meillä kaikki kolme ovat kengättömiä ja kuolaimettomia, pyrkimys mahdollisimman lajityypilliseen elämään. Liikumme aktiivisesti ja maastomme ovat haastavia, paljon ylämäkiä, metsäpolkuja ja erilaisia pohjia. Hevosten elinalue on reilun hehtaarin kokoinen ja siellä on paljon vaihtelevaa maastoa, sielläkin liikkuvat paljon. 

Team Savioja ranch

Our second member in Test Team Flex Hoof Boots™ is Savioja ranch from middle of Finland. 

Teresa, the lady of the ranch, has 3 horses and 3 ponies. All of them are barefoot. When they go out to the woods with horses and ponies, there is no laughing and speed missing!

Flex Hoof Boots™ have been in severe use of all their horses and ponies and we have got very good test results from many kind of terrains. 

Team Jaana & co

Our third member in Test Team Flex Hoof Boots™ is Jaana, her endurance horses and Domi the dog.
Jaana is pro when it comes to endurance riding. She has been competing in endurance over 10 years with her own barefoot horses and has very good rankings too. She has plenty of experience using hoof boots and her needs for the boots are quite demanding. Jaana gives us good test results for hard use with FlexHorse boots on 2 of her horses. Conditioning endurance rides are on different kind of terrains and dozens of kilometers per week.